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8 Days Exploring and Trail Riding Holiday in Córdoba, Argentina

Haras Ampascachi, Nono, San Alberto Department, Córdoba, Argentina

Tranquil Horse Riding Holiday in Argentina

This riding holiday offers you a wide range of options which varied from the chance of having a pleasant and quiet stay at the estancia, enjoying the pool or the tennis court, to the possibility of participating in various equestrian activities related to cattle and nature, full time horse rides, and the discovery of beautiful places in the Valle de Traslasierra. In addition, you can participate in the breeding and taming of the horses, or even enjoy the perfect combination of both, tranquillity and horses. It is your choice!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse Breed: Peruvian Paso horses

Highlights

  • 6-day horse riding from Ampascachi
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 or 6 hours
  • Equestrian and non-equestrian activities
  • Knowledgeable gauchos and guides
  • Riding wear and body hygiene kits
  • Transfers during the holiday
  • Healthy meals and drinks
  • 7 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport
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Accommodation

During this horse riding holiday, you will stay at the Estancia Haras Ampascachi for six nights and Ampascachi campsite for one night. The accommodation options offer the opportunity of visiting beautiful places in Argentina. The Estancia meets quality standards at the time that it amazes you with its colonial architecture, decoration, and carefully planned details.

Estancia Haras Ampascachi

Accommodation is at the Estancia Haras Ampascachi, with its colonial style preserved and cared for in every detail. It is considered one of the most beautiful places in the region as it offers comfort and top-of-the-range customer service in a countryside environment. The estancia offers you a wide variety of activities, indoors or in the open air, the excellence of its cuisine options and near-by visits which perfectly combine natural beauty, culture, and history. The estancia synthesizes colonial style architecture with Jesuit reminiscences. It has eleven rooms and two apartments. Its cuisine is on the hands of expert chefs offering an extensive traditional Argentine and international menu. It also has a swimming pool and a tennis court. As an outstanding feature, it has a stud farm Peruvian Paso horses regarded as the best saddle horse in the world are bred. Rooms are heated, have private bathrooms and all the comfort. They are named after the most valued horses in the stud farm.

Ampascachi campsite

Tents are set up and maintained by the Ampascachi logistics team. The campsite consists of dorm tents with cots and sleeping bags, dining shelters with chairs, tables and silverware, toilette tents with chemical toilets, and hot water. Ampascachi provides you with body hygiene kits and the necessary equipment such as sleeping bags. In this type of accommodation, you might have to share the tent with other people.

Program

This riding holiday is the possibility of taking horse rides of different distances, including a two-day ride in which you stay for the night at a campsite in contact with nature. All these activities are optional for the traveler. Another choice is to participate in rural tasks in the Haras so as to be closer to the horses.

Ampascachi takes safety seriously. In all rides, you will be accompanied by at least two people; an expert guide and a member of Ampascachi's team. During the first part of your trip, the guide will explain safety measures for you and your horse in extreme situations. The staff has satellite telephones, first aid knowledge and a first-aid kit for emergencies.

If you do not want to participate in any of the equestrian activities detailed for days 6 and 7, you can stay at the estancia and rest and sunbathe at the pool, or play golf, or if requested, you can participate in the many activities organized for these days as explained in the riding holiday specifications for companions.

Itinerary

Day 1

Ampascachi will pick you up at Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR) to start your way to estancia Haras Ampascachi in the Valle de Traslasierra. During a two-hour trip, you will enjoy the moment from the very beginning as the different landscapes will surprise you because of their intensity and variety of shades of the Altas Cumbres.

Upon arrival at the estancia Haras Ampascachi, you will be welcomed by the members of Ampascachi's team with some typical food and a wine tasting, and depending on the time, you will have a criollo lunch. You will have the rest of the day for free in order to enjoy the premises of the estancia and relax. Before going to bed in the comfortable rooms of this estancia, you will taste the best of local cuisine prepared by the chef. There is much to enjoy and many places to discover, let's take a rest!

Day 2

A country breakfast with typical products from the region will be prepared by the chef. You will have the opportunity of enjoying the different options offered at the estancia Haras Ampascachi, by just relaxing or enjoying a variety of indoor or outdoor activities. If you choose to participate in equestrian activities, the guides will introduce you to the Peruvian Paso horses trained and tamed by using Ampascachi's own techniques. It is Ampascachi's intention that each rider learns about this special technique so as to be able to choose which horse will be the best option for the rides and the rider gets training on riding the horse chosen.

You will have lunch at the estancia and then a horse ride to a dwelling called “Los Algarrobos” in order to visit the Chapel “Nuestra Señora de Fátima”. On the route, you will go along streams and farmhouses which seem to be lost in the past. The chapel you will visit is of great value to the region as it was built to honor the beatified priest José Gabriel Brochero, known in Argentina as “El Cura Gaucho” (The Gaucho Priest).

Upon arrival at the Chapel, you will stop at the favorite place the Cura Brochero used to take a rest and enjoy delicious wines and a tasty “picada serrana” (sausages and cheese served over a wooden table). After horse riding, you will start your way back to the estancia, but this time it will be through different routes to continue discovering this magnificent region which throbs with tradition, great customs, and the view of incredible landscapes. You will have dinner at the estancia Haras Ampascachi, enjoying a delicious meal prepared by the chef and then go to rest for the night. The amazing landscapes and the peace felt at the estancia fill you with plenty of joy.

Day 3

You will have breakfast at the estancia tasting the best home-made pastries and smelling the freshly brewed coffee. Today, you can choose among different activities; you can either rest or enjoy different activities at the estancia or take the most from a wonderful horse ride. If you choose the last option, you will have the chance of horse riding up the hillsides of the mountain chain of the Altas Cumbres. The Mercado family, who live up in the mountains, will be waiting for you at a place which can only be reached on horseback.

You will go through a place called the “Huaico”, the hillsides make a deep hole which offers a microclimate and a peculiar vegetation. Upon arrival at the house of Mercado family, you will share regional sausages and cheese served over a wooden table while you talk about people lifestyles and ways of breeding sheep and goats, which is a typical activity of the region. For dinner, you will go back to the estancia Haras Ampascachi and taste the famous criolla empanadas and roasted meat and enjoy a music of Argentinean folklore. You will have the rest of the afternoon for free to enjoy different indoor or outdoor activities as you please. You will have dinner at the estancia and go to rest. Sharing with others is always a great experience.

Day 4

A new day starts at the estancia and you will enjoy breakfast and the beauty of the sierras cordobesas. Today, you can either go horse riding or rest at the estancia. For the ones who choose the first option, you will horse ride to the famous Rocsen Museum. On your way, you will go through a small dwelling called “Las Calles”, whose inhabitants still live in a quiet and relaxed way and are proud of their hospitality.

You will cross the Paso de las Tropas river until you reach the shore of “La Toma”, a natural pool known as the pit. Even someone in the group might dare to jump to the crystal water from a rock which is 12 meters height. You will continue your route along ways surrounded by hills until you arrive at the Rocsen Museum, a magical place built by an artist and his family. This place is known as a multi-faceted museum as you can find dissimilar objects which have been part of the history of mankind.

After this visit, you will have good wine and a tasty picada criolla (sausages and cheese served over a wooden table). You will take your way back to the estancia through a different route so as to enjoy even more the beauty of the Valle de Traslasierra. Lunch will be served at Haras Ampascachi and you will have the rest of the afternoon for free to choose from many activities at the estancia. Passion in any person transcends when this person can share it with others.

Day 5

You will start the day enjoying a serrano breakfast made by the chef who, as usual, surprises you with home-made bread and marmalades. Today, you will have the option of staying and relaxing at the estancia Haras Ampascachi or going horse riding further in distance through the well-known Valle de Traslasierra.

You will start your trip to the river mouth of Los Sauces River, which goes down from the Altas Cumbres, in the point of the “La Viña” Dam, which is a place to stir your senses. Before crossing Los Sauces River, in the vicinity of a town called “Nono”, you will make a stop to have something to drink at the typical bars of the area.

You will continue your way entering even farther into the hills, crossing rivers and the varied geographies of the place will allow you to practice different walks or even galloping. You will arrive at the rural dwelling of Ramírez family, a countryside family, who's a gaucho lifestyle and with them, you will be able to participate in rural tasks at the hacienda and taste a delicious asado criollo.

Later, you will go back to the estancia Haras Ampascachi, cross Los Sauces river, and head to the old town of Nono which has an old church and the main plaza at the heart of the town. Across the street, on the corner, there is an old grocery and a convenience store which is more than fifty years old and used to be the favorite stop of the gauchos of the area. Upon arrival at the estancia, you will have a campestre supper and have the rest of the day for free. At night, you will taste the delicious dishes prepared by the chef and rest. The things that one has seen might be remembered, but the things you live are unforgettable.

Day 6

You will have breakfast at the estancia and, while you are having a good time talking about your experiences, you can decide whether to stay at the estancia or go for a visit at the cattle estancia called “Taruca Pampa” located in the north of the Pampa de Achala. You will arrive there around midday and the local dwellers will be waiting for you with a tasty typical dish of the region called “roasted lamb on the coals”.

After recovering your energies, you are invited to participate in some tasks at the hacienda on horseback of the Peruvian Paso horses. At sunset, the Ampascachi's logistics team will set the camps you will spend the night. This is a memorable experience as you will stay together with the countryside people at the same place with the cattle. You will be living as the Gauchos used to live and still do.

Day 7

The rest of you who have stayed at the estancia Haras Ampascachi will have breakfast and do the activities offered at the place, or even rest. For the group who has chosen the experience of going to Taruca Pampa, you will have a delicious serrano breakfast. After breakfast, you can either do some rural tasks such as driving the cattle or taking the animals that are resting to pasture. Afterward, you will stop at the side of the track and enjoy a camper picnic. Later, you will take the transfer bus to the estancia Haras Ampascachi and will have a farewell dinner and enjoy a folklore music. It is time to rest. Anything you treasure in your hearts will never disappear.

Day 8

You will have breakfast at the estancia and taste home-made marmalades, breads, and pastries prepared by the chef. Ampascachi will take you to the airport in Córdoba city. You have shared and lived experiences in contact with nature and the beloved Peruvian Paso horses. It has been a pleasure to be with you on this trip and Ampascachi is confident that this has been an enduring experience for each of you. Ampascachi is pleased that you have chosen them for your riding holiday and they hope to have you here again. Have a nice trip and see you soon dearest friends!

The Peruvian Paso horses

The Peruvian Paso horses are worldwide famous for being the best saddle horses as well as for their fascinating gait. The Peruvian Paso Horse’s gait, like a subtle and wonderful play of horse legs which seem to recreate in the air, is its main characteristic. This characteristic has led this breed to be known as “the best saddle horse in the world” since the horseman rides comfortably and smoothly at a speed of nine or ten kilometers per hour allowing a longer travel in which neither the horse nor the rider gets tired. It should be pointed out that other breeds reach this speed in short gallops or fast trot which impact directly on the horseman. The Peruvian Paso horse has a smooth temperament, is dedicated and has a suitable disposition.

Ampascachi has bred the horses that you will be using for the travel; these horses have been selected, tamed and trained at Haras Ampascachi. The taming method used at Haras Ampascachi is based on equestrian etiology and on techniques derived from the learning theory applied to horse training. This results in dynamic and quiet horses who will respond vigorously to the rider’s command.

Saddles, reins, and bits

Saddles used have been specifically designed for horse riding equestrian routes, with anatomical and comfortable saddles for the rider and the purpose of caring for the horseback while keeping the Argentine saddle criollo style. Reins and headstalls are made of the leather sole, similar to those used for horse training practice. Bits are plan-type horse bits, with a small leverage for a gentle and agile riding of the horse.

Riders’ level of experience

The riding holiday has been designed according to the riders’ experience. At Ampascachi, they evaluate the riders’ skills according to the riding holidays chosen. You may choose the horse you wish to ride, but you should follow tour guide's advice as the horses are Peruvian Paso horses, bred, tamed, and selected in the equestrian centers.

As a rider, you should be physically fit and in good health for the riding holiday chosen to be able to fully enjoy your holiday. A further consideration is your experience in equestrian sports as well as your riding skills for these activities which turn more demanding as speed is increased when riding, as you ride over the rough and variable ground and as ridings get longer.

  • Beginner: Rider that is comfortable at a slow canter, but with a certain difficulty. Able to saddle up and unsaddle without help.
  • Intermediate: A rider at a steady canter, but that does not ride regularly. Confident and in control of the horse at any gait for long stretches.
  • Experienced: A confident rider and in control at a fast canter.

Location

Food

Food and drinks are included in the holiday. Meals are healthy, balanced, and natural and you will also be able to taste the typical regional Argentine food and seasonal vegetables and fruits. Ampascachi has a varied and nutritious menu in accordance with food requirements for the activity to be pursued. The cuisine says a lot about the place you visit and makes part of your experience where all your senses play around. When you engage in active tourism, such as equestrian tourism, nutritional requirements are an important issue to consider at the time that enjoying the typical cuisine of each region is also paramount. If you have any food requirements, please let Ampascachi know when booking.

  • Serrano breakfast at camp: Typical mountain breakfast (milk, yogurt, cereals, butter, jams, homemade sweets, coffee, teas, infusions) to boost your energy and continue with the equestrian route.
  • Breakfast at the estancia: Typical regional breakfast depending on each estancia.
  • Riding at midday: light picnic food with sodas or mineral water. Lunches are light for an active and comfortable riding.
  • Lunch and dinner at the estancia: Specially prepared by each estancia chef to taste typical cuisine.
  • Night at the campsite: Open-fired meals prepared by Ampascachi’s chef including starter, first course and dessert, wines, and sodas.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6-day horse riding on Peruvian Paso horses from Ampascachi for all programmed routes
  • Equestrian and non-equestrian activities
  • Gauchos baquianos (knowledgeable of the region) accompanying the group
  • Ampascachi host guides
  • Riding wear, camping equipment, and body hygiene kits
  • Satellite phones and cell phone for emergency calls
  • Transfers during the holiday
  • Airport transfers from and to Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR)
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Healthy meals and drinks

What's not included

  • Extra activities and packages (let Ampascachi know if you need recommendations for contracting any extra tour package)
  • International flight tickets (Ampascachi can help if you need assistance)
  • Additional meals and drinks in guesthouses, restaurants, or any other road shop
  • Accommodation not scheduled for the riding holiday
  • Transfers not scheduled for the riding holiday (for any reason, including transfers due to flight delays, shall be paid by the traveler)
  • Laundry service

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ampascachi will pick you up from the airport.

Please follow airlines recommendations regarding weight and items allowed to be carried in your baggage and carry-on baggage. You may not exceed 20 kilograms since this is the maximum weight allowed in most airlines and in domestic flights in Argentina. You can carry your baggage in two separate suitcases that do not exceed 15 kilograms each for ease of handling. The logistics staff will be in charge of carrying your baggage from the hotel and during the entire trip.

Airport: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport Airport transfer included: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information 

There are 6 riders required for this tour. Price per person is 1960 EUR.

If the group finally consists of 4-5 people, you will need to pay a supplement to Ampascachi.For a group of 4 riders, the supplement will be 980 EUR per person. For 5 riders the supplement will be 392 EUR per person. You will be notified by Ampascachi 31 days before the trip. If you don't want to pay the supplement, you can cancel 30 days before the trip and get all the money back.

Sunday November 3, 2019
(8 days / 7 nights)

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