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6 Days Mountain Trek Horseback Riding Holiday in Córdoba, Argentina

Estancia La Constancia, San Javier Department, Córdoba, Argentina

Wondrous Horseback Riding Holiday in Argentina

Join Estancia La Constancia for an extraordinary mountain horseback riding in Cordoba, Argentina! During this getaway, Estancia La Constancia will guide you through a journey to venture through 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 unforgettable memories.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 253 pounds / 115 kilograms
  • Tack type: Chilean-type saddles
  • Horse breed: Criollo horse breed

Meet the instructors

Agustin & Cristian
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Highlights

  • 3 days of riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 1 - 8 hours
  • 1 bilingual guide and one gaucho
  • Daily delicious meals and drinks
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport
Airport transfer included: Brigadier Mayor César Raúl Ojeda Airport
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Accommodation

During this holiday, you will be spending your nights in various accommodations. On your first, fourth, and fifth nights, you will be staying at Estancia La Constancia, in a double room. On the second and third nights, you will be accommodated at Puesto Domínguez and Puesto Tres Arboles, homes to the local gauchos.

Estancia La Constancia

La Constancia has several buildings; each visitor can find his or her own favorite corner where one can lose oneself in the silence and listen to the sounds of nature. In the main block, there is a living room with a fireplace and a library, and this room gives access to four bedrooms.

Upon going out onto the veranda, on one side there is access to an apartment and two other bedrooms and on the other side is the dining room which is in the basement of the original estancia building. A little further on, there are two bedrooms which give out unto the garden and the patios.

Since everything is connected, but with different modules, each guest has the possibility of privacy. In all cases, one must go outside and along the veranda to get to the dinning room. Further apart, there is a large games room where, apart from several board games tables, there is a table-tennis table and a pool table.

There are television sets in the two games rooms. Wi-Fi is available in certain sectors of the house, and the telephone signal is weak and can only be caught in certain places.

All told, there are eight bedrooms and an apartment consisting of two bedrooms and a bathroom. The total guest capacity is for 23 people. Set in the mountains, it is the ideal place for the necessary rest before and after the mountain horseback trek.

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 local people. Depending on the place, they could join the group and share the table. The building styles and the distribution of 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 for 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.

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

You set off on horseback from the estancia corrals, and, accompanied by Agustín Dorado and a gaucho, you begin a three-day trek, leaving civilization behind, and are unencumbered by anything which would be of little use on the journey. Self-sufficient, the rider with his horse and saddlebags begins to travel along the horseshoe trails.

Heading east, you rapidly gain height and cross a pass at over 2,700 meters above sea level, near the peak of the Cerro Champaquí, the highest mountain of the Cordovan range. Along 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 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 onionskin. To spend time with local guides gives one an insight into their solitary lives which reflect both the rhythm and cadence of nature.

Campfires, stories, and periods of silence where the only sound is the rhythmic hoof-beats. Unwittingly, the horses climb, gaining altitude, tiring, while their riders enjoy the view. Details become lost on the mountainsides as the horizon expands. The stillness can quickly become windy, the blue sky become covered with clouds which form in the valleys and climb up the mountainsides to envelop the riders.

Starry skies, the murmur of the stream. Contrasts. Magical moments which transport you far from your mundane reality. There is no absence of barbecues, home cooking, and mate. A perfect getaway!

Itinerary

Day 1

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

You will be met at the airport and transferred to La Constancia. Arrival at La Constancia will be in the afternoon. In the corrals, horses are assigned to their riders for a short trek so that riders and horses can become accustomed to one another. Before dinner, saddlebags are handed out to be filled with personal effects needed for the following three 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 overnight will be at the estancia.

Day 2

  • Hours on horseback: 8

At cock-crow, riders start getting ready for an eight hour day. Heading towards the Cerro Champaquí on the Cuesta de las Cabras (The Goat´s Slope), you 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 halt for lunch.

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

Day 3

  • Hours on horseback: 6

Heading south, you go along the eastern slopes of the mountain range. At the Tabaquillo River, you stop for lunch. There will be time to relax and enjoy its sandbanks, pools, and waterfalls, and perhaps even have a swim, if the temperature permits it.

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

Day 4

  • Hours on horseback: 8

The trail climbs to the ridge of the Cercado shoulder and then begins the steep downhill to the west. In Puesto Ferreyra, an asado awaits you to regain your strength. After the asado, you spend your last two hours on the horse. You will arrive at La Constancia in the afternoon.

Day 5

Hike to the Tabaquillo forest after a complete breakfast, then have lunch and enjoy interaction with horses (the horse as an emotional mirror). Afternoon tea in the countryside, then dinner at the ranch await you.

Day 6

After breakfast and ready to bid farewell to the mountains, the program ends. You will be transferred to the airport, 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: All the outings are private. 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.

Instructors

Agustin Dorado

Cristian Romero

Location

This horseback riding holiday will take place in the mountain range of Sierras de Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Argentina. During the ride, you will visit the Champaquí Peak, the highest of the province, of 2800 meters.

The Tabaquillo River is also a highlight during the journey, where you will have lunch and spend the afternoon swimming in the fantastic natural pools. You sleep at rustic mountain gaucho´s shelters (puestos) for two nights, were you will share the customs, stories, and a nice supper with the gauchos.

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with four lunches, four dinners, as well as drinks with the meals. At La Constancia, they offer traditional and local homemade dishes. The infallible beef barbecue with grilled vegetables isn’t the only star of the kitchen.

Many other outstanding dishes make an appearance, such as chicken cooked on a plough disc, kid casserole, homemade pastas with mushroom or pesto sauces, vegetable lasagna, risottos, goulash, and many others. At dessert time, you may be surprised by chocolate marquise, apple flan, caramel mousse, pear bavarois, chestnut cake, or seasonal fruit tarts.

During the ride, you have sandwiches with fruits during the first lunch. The second lunch at the river is a traditional Argentine picada (a variety of local cheese and salami with homemade bread, olives, dried tomatoes, homemade preserves, and more).

The third lunch is a barbecue at Ferreyra´s family mountain ranch. The first dinner at the shelters is lamb with salad (bred at the ranch) and the second is a typical Argentine milanese with mashed potatoes. Also, they always have optional vegetarian and celiac menus.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

  • Massages, reflexology, Reiki, Qi Gong at La Constancia (days one, four, and five)

What's included

  • 3 days of riding
  • 1 bilingual guide (English and Spanish) and one local guide (gaucho)
  • Saddlebags, leggings, water-bottle
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 lunches, four dinners, and drinks with the meals (local wines)
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Additional single bedroom at the Estancia
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks during the meals at the inn (dinner day one and day four)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Córdoba airport (local and international connections) or Brigadier Mayor César Raúl Ojeda Airport (LUQ). Transfers from and to these airports are included. Estancia la Constancia will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

You can reach Villa Dolores by night bus, and Estancia la Constancia will pick you up from there.

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.
Airport: Brigadier Mayor César Raúl Ojeda Airport Airport transfer included: Brigadier Mayor César Raúl Ojeda Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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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