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7 Days Patagonian Bagualeo Lifestyle Experience Horse Riding Holiday in Puerto Natales, Patagonia

Estancia Mercedes, Km. 35 Austral de Chile Highway, Antonio Varas Peninsula, Chile

Bagualeo Horse Riding Holiday in Chile

This is a program of tradition, value, and skill called Bagualeo, developed in a mythical land such as Patagonia. In the Patagonia of Chile there is an immensity of virgin and wild landscapes that will dazzle you with their magnificence and wildness. Learn what is Bagualear at heart and allow your soul to be nourished by a breathtaking experience.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 14 to 15 hands
  • Tack type: Chilean Gaucho leather tack
  • Horse breed: Chilean Creole

Meet the instructors

José Tomás & Sebastián
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Highlights

  • 5 days of riding
  • 5 hours of riding each day
  • Round-trip transfers from Puerto Natales
  • Full camping gear except for personal sleeping bag and mattress
  • All meals at the Estancia and base camp
  • Guides and camp staff included
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Land transportation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

During your stay, you will spend two nights at Estancia Mercedes, in a room with private bathroom and wood heating, and four nights at Andes Riding's base camp, in double tents. Single tents are also available for a price supplement.

Note: Please note that single occupancy is available exclusively at the base camp. At the Estancia, single rooms are not available.

Program

Day 1: Puerto Natales - Estancia

After meeting at your hotel, you will be transferred to Estancia Mercedes, located 35 kilometers from Puerto Natales, traveling the southern section of the Austral Highway. The transfer includes navigation by barge with a duration of seven minutes (or boat with outboard motor with a capacity of six passengers only on Saturdays and Sundays).

Arriving at Estancia, the family will welcome you with breakfast. After breakfast, there is a technical talk on bio-security and familiarization with your horse, more techniques for walking in aggressive environments, and managing the bond with tame animals.

You will be equipped with the "pilcheros" (freighter horse) with provisions, tools, and sleeping bags, with the chance to participate and learn in the process. A dinner is planned for this evening, followed by overnight at the Estancia, in a room with private bathroom and wood heating.

Days 2-5: Estancia - Base camp

After a country breakfast (which lasts for one hour) consisting of mate, bread dough, cheese, eggs, milk, coffee or tea, fruit, and cereals, you will saddle the horse (one hour) and depart for a tour of the sector, along with dogs and gauchos (five hours).

Every day, you will tour a different sector and have the opportunity to develop your skills as a baggage rider and apprentice. On each day, you will have a stop for a snack (lunch) outside the base camp. Then, you will return to the base camp and unsaddle the horses. You will leave them in the paddock so they can feed and rest.

At night, you will have dinner and then you will evaluate the day (how you connected with your horse, problems, experiences, observations, etc.). On the other hand, your physical state will be evaluated. At any time, you may decide to return to the camp or rest for one day and stay without going out to tour the field.

Days 6-7: Base camp - Estancia

You will enjoy a country breakfast at 7:00 a.m. Subsequently, the base camp is raised, the horses are saddled and armed with pilcheros (pack horses) to return to the farmhouse of Estancia.

When you arrive at the Estancia, you will be greeted with a delicious lunch or dinner, depending on the arrival time (which is relative since work with animals is unpredictable). During the meal, you can enjoy and relax, telling the anecdotes and experiences of Bagualeo. On the seventh day, you will have breakfast and leave for Puerto Natales.

Note: This itinerary is suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot, and canter.

Instructors

José Tomás Liberona

Sebastián García

Location

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with all meals both at the Estancia and the basecamp. Base camp box lunches will consist of nuts, chocolate, cereal bars, jerky, water, mate, and a sándwich, while base camp dinners are formed of dishes based on beef or lamb, assorted salads, accompaniments, wine, water, and dessert (fruit).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • 5 days of riding
  • Guides and camp staff
  • Land transportation
  • Full camping gear except for personal sleeping bag and mattress
  • Transfers in / out Puerto Natales - Estancia
  • All meals at the Estancia and basecamp
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Additional expenses due to weather, sickness, failure of transportation, or other causes
  • Airfare
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, and special foods
  • Any type of insurance and medical costs
  • Extras at hotels
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Tips (optional)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ). Transfers from and to this airport are included. Andes Riding will pick you up at the airport or your hotel.

Airport: Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport Airport transfer included: Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Are you alone?

Check with ANDES RIDING if there is another person requesting this trip for the same travel period. Post on your multimedia that you are looking for a travel companion.

Pricing information

Prices are linked to the Chilean Peso, in case of strong exchange rate fluctuations, the price can be adjusted up to 3 weeks before departure.

Availability

This tour is available all year round with the best period (climate wise) to visit Southern Patagonia is from September to April. Please select your arrival date below.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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