Equestrian Horse Riding Holiday Chile

Lifetime Experience calls all the nature lovers who love to enjoy breathtaking views on horseback. This holiday will take you to beautiful places of Chilean Patagonia that you never imagine before. You will ride your horses to Estancia Consuelo, Torres del Paine National Park, Glacier Grey viewpoint, and much more. The scenic views along the way will enchant your eyes while you're sitting on your Criollo-mix horses. The boat trip to the Last Hope Sound will also be an unforgettable experience. So, what are you waiting for? Come to Chile and sit on the horseback!

Key information

  • Tack type: Chilean tack
  • Horse Breed: Criollo-mix horse

Highlights

  • 2-hour ride in Estancia Consuelo
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2-9 hours
  • Ride across the heart of the park to Laguna Amarga
  • Morning horse ride in the beautiful Laguna Sofía area
  • Boat trip up the breathtaking Last Hope Sound
  • Horse ride to Glacier Grey viewpoint
  • 4 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

The accommodations will be in a mix of authentic estancias and where this is not available, the accommodations will be at comfortable hotels. On day one, you will be accommodated at Estancia Perales. On day two and three, you will stay at Pampa Lodge. This hotel offers comfortable rooms and great views of the Paine Massif. A large living / dining area with log fires and a comfortable bar and good restaurant. For early risers, the place also offers some of the best sunrises in all of Patagonia. On day four and five, you will spend the night in a guest house in Laguna Sofia. Please note that all accommodations are subject to availability.

Program

The main highlights of this horse riding holiday tour will start and finish in Puerto Natales. Accommodations will be at comfortable hotels and authentic estancias throughout. This riding will include a boat trip up Last Hope Sound, five-day rides on Criollo-mix horses with Chilean tack, ride to the Glacier Grey Beach with an optional boat trip, experience breathtaking views of the Torres del Paine mountains, ride through woodland, over mountains, through rivers, and around lakes, enjoy spectacular views every day of the mountains, glacial rivers, and lakes, eat typical Patagonian food and wine, meet some of the people who live in this beautiful place, and see many local birds, animals, and plants.

Brief itinerary

Day 1

You will arrive in Puerto Natales in the morning and be transferred to Estancia Consuelo. There, you will have a two-hour ride in the area. Thereafter, you will be transferred to Estancia Perales and have dinner. The night will be spent in Estancia Perales.

  • Hours in the saddle: 2 hours

Day 2

You will take cutter across fjords to Balmaceda. There, you will meet horses for the ride to Serrano. The night will be spent at Pampa Lodge. All meals will be included.

  • Hours in the saddle: 8 to 9 hours

Day 3

You will ride to Glacier Grey viewpoint. You may also have an optional boat trip. Then, you will ride or transfer back to Serrano. The night will be spent at Pampa Lodge. All meals will be included. Please note that for those taking the optional boat trip, you will be transferred back to the hotel in a vehicle and the hours in the saddle will be three hours.

  • Hours in the saddle: 6 to 7

Day 4

You will ride the up and over across the heart of the park to Laguna Amarga. Then, you will be transferred to Laguna Sofía. The night will be spent in a guest house. All meals will be included.

  • Hours in the saddle: 7 to 8

Day 5

You will have a morning ride in Laguna Sofía area and then be transferred to Puerto Natales for onward travel. Breakfast and lunch will be included.

  • Hours in the saddle: 3

Note: Hours in the saddle are approximate and largely depend on the group size and pace of riding. In addition, this ride is not scheduled and can be suited to individual’s date requirements.

Detailed day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

You will need to arrive in Puerto Natales in the morning. You will meet at the comfortable café, Spacio Kau, for the trip briefing. Afterwards, you will take a transfer to Estancia Consuelo where you will have a two-hour ride in the area. Then, you will be transferred to Estancia Perales. Dinner and night will be spent in the Estancia Perales.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on the boat which will dock especially to take you for a great ride up the Last Hope Sound. You will enter the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. You will then disembark from the boat here and enjoy the stunning views which combine old growth forests of evergreen and deciduous southern beech, fire bushes, and cypresses - a stunning contrast to the snow-capped peaks and glaciers in this region.

You will meet your new horses and have some lunch before setting out on a beautiful trail through thick forests passing pristine rivers and streams in the shadow of the Chacabuco and Balmaceda range of mountains. A fairly slow ride today will give you the opportunity to find your riding stride while enjoying the dazzling scenery on the route into the Torres del Paine National Park. Towards the end of the trail, you will cross the Nutria River and come out onto the pampas which mark the end of today’s ride as you will approach the hotel for the night, Pampa Lodge. All meals will be included (not included wine / drinks).

Day 3

After breakfast, you will be meeting your horses and preparing for the pampas ride to Laguna Grey. The view will be dominated by the jagged peaks of the Paine Massif as you will ride out along the Rio Grey to the largest glacier in the park, Glacier Grey. On reaching the trailhead, you will tether your horses and walk out across the swinging footbridge through the forest to Grey Beach.

The view that greets you will be memorable - the pebbly shores of the beach form an almost surreal contrast to the blue of the floating icebergs that have calved-off the nearby glacier. After some time walking along the beach and enjoying your picnic lunch, you will walk back to the waiting horses for the ride back to Rio Serrano. Then, you will return to Pampa Lodge for the night. All meals will be included (excluding wine / drinks).

Day 4

After breakfast at the hotel, you will pack up and start your ride eastwards towards the heart of the park. You will now be riding directly towards the Paine Massif mountain range so the views are dramatic and beautiful. The trail skirts the southern edge of the mountains on a rarely trodden path as you will pass azure and turquoise lakes with the huge granite mountain peaks standing behind. After picnic lunch taken in one of the pretty valleys, you will continue east onto the beautiful soft pampas of the Patagonian steppe. After arriving at Lake Nordenskold, a private transfer will be waiting and will take you to Laguna Sofía. All meals will be included (excluding wine / drinks).

Day 5

After breakfast, you will meet your new horses, check the saddles, and begin your last day of riding in the beautiful area of Laguna Sofía. Here, you will have great views of the mountains around you. By lunchtime, you will let the horses rest and have nice lunch. After these lovely views, you will get ready to return to the guest house where you will take a transfer to Puerto Natales. Breakfast and lunch will be included (excluding wine / drinks).

Suitability

This horse riding holiday suits experienced riders wishing to combine some local flavor and comfortable accommodations with their riding adventure. It is designed for those who prefer not to camp and who enjoy a mixture of riding from technical to some fast riding. There are some days of approximately eight or more hours in the saddle. During long days, riders will be asked not to ride their horses overly hard. Lifetime Experience strives to be a humane company and keep the horses fairly treated. The holiday is a joint experience of the place and the riding.

Lifetime Experience expects the riders to treat the horses as though they were their own at all times. Riders will experience a first-hand view of Patagonia estancia life which includes the joys, threats, and difficulties posed by farming cattle and sheep in the area. The route offers plenty of diversity with rides across open pampas, rides to wild glaciers and ice-berg-filled lakes, as well as peaceful rides through valleys and ancient beech forests. Throughout these long days in the saddle, the snow-capped mountains are never far away.

Important information

  • Riding experience: Intermediate to advanced. This holiday has some fast sections and some technical sections and some long riding days. Fitness and experience are essential. This holiday is not for beginners.
  • Age limit: Lifetime Experience can accept clients between the age of 12 - 70. Younger riders must be experienced and accompanied by an experienced adult.
  • Trip length: Five days / four nights - three full days of riding and half day rides on day one and five
  • Group Size: Two - eight riders. Custom groups of any size details are available on request. On custom rides, beginners are welcome. They will need to be fit and able to withstand five days of riding. They need to be prepared for some sore muscles.

Included excursions

You will have a boat trip up Last Hope Sound.

Location

Your horse riding will cover several areas in Patagonia, Chile including Estacia Consuelo (Puerto Natales), Last Hope Sound (Última Esperanza Sound), Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Laguna Grey, Grey Glacier, Grey Beach, Rio Serrano, Paine Massif (Cordillera Paine), Nordenskjöld Lake, and Laguna Sofia area. Shared by the regions of Magallanes and Aysen, Bernardo O’Higgins National Park is the largest national park in Chile and one of five of the most expansive in the world (over three million hectares).

With an access only via the water, the mountains, or the southern ice field itself, it remains a remote and pristine corner of the planet. It also contains the third largest mass of ice on earth after Antarctica and Greenland so the climate is understandably extreme. Besides, Glacier Grey protrudes off the southern ice field and is quite simply a wonder of nature. Measuring 28 kilometers in length and covering a total area of 270 square kilometers with its frozen walls of blue ice towering almost 35 meters high, it never ceased to impress.

Food

Lifetime Experience will serve you four breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, excluding wine / drinks. You will eat typical Patagonian food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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

Things to do (optional)

On day three, as the Glacier Grey itself is 17 kilometers from the Grey Beach, so for those who would like to get up close to the face of this marvel of ice, Lifetime Experience can arrange a trip out onto the lake in the Grey III boat. This is an optional excursion available at the cost of approximately 140 USD per person. Those guests who take the excursion will return to the hotel by transfer, not by a horse.

What's included

  • 5-day rides in the Patagonian area
  • Boat trip up Last Hope Sound
  • Use of Criollo-mix horses with Chilean tack
  • 4 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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