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2 Days Horseback Riding and Ranch Vacation in Chilean Patagonia, Chile

Estancia La Península, Puerto Natales, Última Esperanza, Magallanes Region, Chile

Horse Riding Holiday in Chile

This program allows you to get to know some of Patagonia's hidden gems! You will be crossing rivers and riding through native forests while having the historic Last Hope fjord, the Moore mountain range and the Balmaceda glacier surrounding you. Your guide will teach you about flora, fauna, local gaucho culture and about the ancient native people who lived here. We even have some historic archeologic sites we are going to visit. If you are a beginner, we will teach you how to ride "working style" and how to put on equipment on your horse. You will come out as an expert at the end of the programme!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 130 kg
  • Horse Height Range: 15 - 16 hands
  • Tack Type: Western
  • Horse Breed: Criollo

Highlights

  • Well-behaved horses
  • Comfortable saddles
  • Learn about sheep farming
  • Authentic estancia experience
  • 1 night's accommodation
  • Diverse landscapes

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

You can choose between Estancia La Península or La Barrosa, two of Estancia La Península's ranch houses. Simple accommodation that makes you feel like home.

Program

Horseback riding in Puerto Natales is a popular activity because it is a pleasant and relaxing way to discover the breathtaking and extreme nature of Patagonia. If you would like to see one of the most remote and beautiful places in Patagonia from a horseback, then Estancia La Península has the perfect activity for you.

There are many exciting places to visit at peninsula Antonio Varas, and you will be riding through the native forests and the pampa, chasing amazing views and riding along beaches and crossing rivers.

Besides exploring the ever-changing nature around the area, the peninsula Antonio Varas also have some fascinating archaeological sites to visit. Only a few hours from the Estancia you'll have some important historical Kawesqar sites like “the children’s cave” where you will see ancient cave paintings of a funeral ceremony.

Another Kawesqar site you will visit is the famous “conchales,” a pile of seashells made by the Kawesqar people who lived here. Here you will be studying lithic materials made by this native tribe.

Itinerary

Day 1

The first day, Estancia La Península will pick you up in the morning from your hotel and then the adventure starts as soon as you get into the boat. From Puerto Natales, you will navigate towards the Estancia and you will experience the fjord of Last Hope.

Upon arrival at La Península, you will be welcomed with some tea or coffee and a light breakfast before you will get introduced to your new best friend the next two days: one of Estancia La Península's strong and beautiful white horses.

Shortly after an introduction in horseback riding the western style way, you will initiate the horseback riding going up to Cerro Ballena (Whale Hill) and then pass different landscapes and forests and cross various rivers to get the La Barrosa, an extension of the estancia.

Here, you will put up tents, while the guide will prepare a delicious dinner. There is time for some optional short hikes around the area e.g. to see some waterfalls.

Day 2

The next day, you will head back towards Estancia La Peninsula. On the way, you will visit the “Children’s Cave” where you will have to leave the horses and hike 10 minutes to get to the cave. The “Children’s Cave” is an ancient Kaweskar site where you will find old cave paintings.

You will arrive at La Península around lunch time, where a typical Patagonian lamb barbecue will be served (there is a vegetarian option). After lunch, Estancia La Peninsula will show how their sheepdogs work with a group of sheep, and then a shearing of a sheep will take place. You will learn about how to classify the wool and the process from grazing sheep to final product, e.g., a sweater.

Criollo horses

The horses Estancia La Península have are Criollo breed and are native horses who originate from the old Andalusian horse brought by the Spanish conquerors. It is very popular among gauchos and cattle farmers because of its endurance. The breed is known for its hardiness and stamina and it might have the best endurance of any horse breed in the world next to the Arabian.

The horses used for tourism are mature horses from 14 years and up and comes typically from other estancias where they have been used for working horses. They are well domesticated and have a calm temper that makes them perfect for tourism. Furthermore, Estancia La Península uses the horses for herding the cattle.

Location

The Peninsula, Antonio Varas, is located beside the historic Last Hope Fjord, the Moore mountain range and glacier Balmaceda. It is only accessible by boat, a 30-min boat ride from Puerto Natales.

Food

Try something typical from Patagonia: hake and lamb barbecue. Estancia La Península also does vegetarian food and adjust the menu according to special food restrictions.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

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

What's included

  • Transfer from Puerto Natales to the pier
  • Boat ride to the peninsula, Antonio Varas
  • Private guide
  • Chaps and helmet
  • 1 night's accommodation
  • All meals
  • All activities

What's not included

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal outdoor equipment (rain clothes, gloves, shoes etc.)
  • Personal stuff like toothbrush, hairbrush, toothpaste etc.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

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