4 Days Mountain Horseback Riding Holiday in Córdoba, Argentina

Wondrous Horseback Riding Holiday in Argentina

Join Estancia La Constancia for an extraordinary horseback riding in Cordoba, Argentina! In this getaway, Estancia La Constancia will guide you through a journey to venture in the breathtaking Sierras de Córdoba. You will appreciate the landscape of the Cordovan Sierras as you travel through this magnificent mountain range on horseback, which will create an unforgettable memory in your lifetime.

Key Information

  • Tack type: Chilean-type saddles
  • Horse breed: Criollo horse breed

Highlights

  • 3 days of mountain horseback riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 1 - 8 hours
  • 1 bilingual guide and 1 gaucho (local guide)
  • Saddlebags, leggings, and water-bottle
  • 4 lunches, 4 dinners, and drinks
  • 3 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

During this holiday, you will be spending your night in various accommodations provided by Estancia La Constancia. On your first day, you will be staying at Las Jarillas in a double room. For your second and your third night, you will be accommodated in Puesto Domínguez and Puesto Tres Arboles, homes to the local people.

Las Jarillas

Las Jarillas is a comfortable rural boutique hotel with winery run by their owners. You will be provided with double rooms with private bathroom.

Puesto Domínguez and Puesto Tres Arboles

These shelters provide sheets, towels, and blankets. There is also Electricity to charge batteries but there is no heating. These “puestos” are the homes of the local people. Depending on the place, they could join the group and share the table. The building styles and the distribution of the rooms have been made available for visitors, which vary from place to place.

Generally, there is only one bathroom available with the possibility, in most cases, of a hot shower. They provide bed linen and blankets, but all the same. It is recommended that you bring your own sleeping bag. It is interesting to shed all the comfort, which one is generally accustomed to an incursion into the lives of the locals, to understand their rhythms and their philosophy of life.

These are all enterprising people who have decided to open their homes to provide services to travelers as a means of supplementing the family income, which is generally derived from the breeding of sheep and the sale of sub-products such as mutton, wool, and hides.

Estancia La Constancia Argentina Horseback Riding Holiday Program

Overview

  • Total round trip: 51.5 kilometers
  • Minimum altitude: 11,381 meters
  • Maximum altitude: 2,790 meters
  • Difficulty: intermediate (riders must have experience of riding at least six hours a day)

Program

In this holiday, you will set off on horseback from the estancia corrals and, accompanied by Agustín Dorado and a Gaucho, you will begin a trek, leaving civilization behind, and are unencumbered by anything, which would be of little use on the journey. Self-sufficient, you, your horse, and the saddlebags will begin to travel along the horseshoe trails.

Heading east, you will rapidly gain height and cross a pass at over 2,700 meters above sea level, very near to the peak of the Cerro Champaquí, the highest mountain of the Cordovan range. Along the steep trails and valleys, which become deeper and deeper, the condor glides high in the sky, while the eagle hovers, seeking his prey and, on the ground, a great variety of plants, many of them medicinal, perfume the air.

The landscape of the Cordovan Sierras is varied; you will cross pine groves, high-altitude pastures, soils with enormous flagstones, riverbeds, and copses of tabaquillo (Nicotina corymbosa), a most curious plant whose bark is similar to onion skin. Spending time with the local guides gives one an insight into their solitary lives, which reflect both the rhythm and the cadence of nature. There are campfires, stories, and periods of silence where the only sound is the rhythmic hoof-beats.

Unwittingly, the horses climb, gaining altitude, tiring, while you enjoy the view. Details become lost on the mountainsides as the horizon expands. The stillness can quickly become windy, the blue sky becomes covered with clouds, which form in the valleys and climb up the mountainsides to envelop the riders. You will be accompanied by starry skies, the murmur of the stream, contrasts, and magical moments, which transport you far from your mundane reality. There is no absence of barbecues, home cooking, and mate. This is truly a perfect getaway.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Maximum altitude: 1,400 meters
  • Hours on horseback: 1 - 2 hours.

Arrival at La Constancia, San Javier, during the afternoon. Before dinner, saddlebags are handed out to be filled with personal effects needed for the following two days. This is the moment to get rid of all unnecessary items, leave technology behind, and prepare yourself to set off into the mountains and turn your back on civilization. Dinner and bed will be provided in the estancia.

Day 2

  • Hours on horseback: 8 hours

At cock-crow, you will start getting ready for an eight-hour day. Heading towards the Cerro Champaquí on the Cuesta de las Cabras (The Goat´s Slope), you will rapidly gain altitude. To the west, the landscape seems to expand beyond infinity. Near the summit of the Cerro Champaquí (2,884 meters above sea level and the highest mountain of the Cordovan range), you will halt for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will begin to descend in an easterly direction until you will come to a shepherd’s hut known as Puesto Domínguez where a traditional lamb barbecue awaits you. You will spend the night in the puesto.

Day 3

  • Hours on horseback: 6 hours

Heading south, you will go along the eastern slopes of the mountain range at the Tabaquillo River where you will stop for lunch. There will be a time to relax and enjoy its sandbanks, pools, and waterfalls, and perhaps even have a swim if the temperature permits. This is also a nice river too for fly fishing between October and May.

In the afternoon, after a few hours of riding, you will arrive at the Puesto Tres Árboles (Three Trees Puesto) where you will dine and spend the night.

Day 4

The trail climbs to the ridge of the Cercado shoulder and then begins the steep downhill path to the west. In Puesto Ferreyra, an asado awaits you to rebuild your strength. After the asado, you have the last two hours on the horse before arriving at the ranch, which is the end of the program.

From here, you can take a night bus to Mendoza, a night bus to Buenos Aires, or a bus or private transfer to Córdoba city from where you can fly to many local and international destinations.

Horses

The Criollo breed horses are bred on the Estancia La Constancia and have a firm, safe gait on the mountain paths.

Notes

Children over the age of 12 can participate in this program, provided they have experience of riding for more than six hours a day. It should be noted that this outing is not apt for children under twelve. Additionally, during the journey, the main cargo travels by pack-animals; the individual equipment is carried in the saddlebags provided by Estancia La Constancia. Your baggage remains in Las Araucarias in a secure place.

Instructors

Agustin Dorado
Agustin Dorado was born in Buenos Aires in 1981 and grew up there. He has a degree in tourism and hospitality. Four years ago, he came with her wife to live in San Javier. However, his relationship with this place comes from a long time ago, four generations of his mother's family. He really enjoys doing this trip and he wants those who do it, apart from enjoying the horse, to know the mountain, its people, and its traditions.
Cristian Romero
Cristian "El Guayo" Romero was born and raised in El Rodeo de Piedra, a town above the sierras, very close to San Javier, Córdoba, Argentina. He is a gaucho from the Sierras who knows all its corners, a great companion of the horse and a great friend with whom he and Agustin have shared this program for some years. Guayo is a guarantee for the program to be safe. He will know how to solve any inconvenience with the weather or the horses.

Location

This horseback riding holiday will take place in the mountain range of Sierras de Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Argentina.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • 3 days of horseback riding
  • 1 bilingual guide (English and Spanish) and 1 local guide (gaucho) for every four / five riders
  • Saddlebags, leggings, and water-bottle
  • 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Drinks with meals (local wines)
  • 3 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Sleeping bags
  • Tips
  • Transfers

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires or Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ) in Mendoza.

From Buenos Aires, you can book a flight to Córdoba or San Luis and book a transfer to San Javier. From Mendoza, you can also book a private transfer to San Javier. You can also go to Villa Dolores from San Luis, Córdoba, or Mendoza by a night bus and book a transfer to San Javier.

A private transportation is available and you will be going in a Toyota Hilux for four passengers. The one-way costs from each city to San Javier are:

  • San Luis - San Javier: 275 USD
  • Córdoba - San Javier: 250 USD
  • Villa Dolores - San Javier: 50 USD
  • Mendoza - San Javier: 400 USD

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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Pricing information

If you like to travel in a large group, 7 to 10 person packages are also available:

  • 7 persons package:875 USD per person
  • 8 persons package: 850 USD per person 
  • 9 persons package: 825 USD per person
  • 10 persons package: 800 USD per person

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