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6 Days Intermediate to Advanced Horse Riding Holiday in Northern Patagonian Andes, Argentina

El Portal Del Lago Deptos, Ruta 16, Kilometer 14, Lago Puelo, Chubut, Argentina

Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday Argentina

This horse riding vacation will include three nights' accommodation with breakfast included and two nights' camping in the Patagonian Andes mountains. You will enjoy five days of guided rides in and around the stunning Lago Puelo National Park. It's an unbeatable way to see the Andes mountains and to experience first-hand the natural beauty this corner of Patagonia has to offer.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 199 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 15 to 17 hands
  • Horse Breed: Criollo Argentine

Highlights

  • 5 days of riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 - 6 hours
  • Ride in and around Lago Puelo National Park
  • Trail ride to the ´Maninga´ viewpoint
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Your accommodation would be:

  • El Portal del Lago on day 1, 2, and 5
  • Camping on day 3 and 4

Puelo Horse Riding's El Portal del Lago is a small family-run business and as such they have a limit of no more than five guests at a time, guaranteeing a personal and unique holiday experience. They also have all the local knowledge necessary to ensure you have an unforgettable stay.

At El Portal del Lago, the accommodation would be in a double, triple, or quadruple ground-floor studio apartment with private bathroom and kitchen. It's fully equipped. It also has Wi-Fi and satellite TV.

Program

Day 1

  • 14:00 Arrival and check-in to accommodation
  • 14:30 Ride in Lago Puelo National Park: along the River Azul to the lake, and by the shore of the lake. You will then cross the river Azul on horseback and take the mountain trail that goes through the national park towards Chile. This beautiful ride takes you into the native forest of cypress and cohiues to an old settlement on the trail towards the border with Chile. Approximate riding time is three to four hours.
  • 18:30 Back to Puelo Horse Riding’s establishment for afternoon ´mates´ and refreshments
  • 20:00 – 21:00 Typical homemade Argentine dinner, cooked in earth-oven or grill
  • 1st night´s accommodation: El Portal del Lago holiday apartments

Day 2

  • 09:00 Breakfast at accommodation
  • 10:00 Trail ride to the ´Maninga´ viewpoint on the Currumahuida Mountain. Beautiful views of the Puelo Lake and Río Azul valley as well as the mountains towards Chile. Approximate riding time is three hours
  • 12:00 Light lunch in the viewpoint before heading back down to accommodation
  • 14:00 Back to accommodation
  • Dinner at accommodation
  • 2nd night´s accommodation: El Portal del Lago

Day 3

  • 09:00 Breakfast at accommodation
  • 10:00 Horse riding leaving from the establishment. You’ll cross the river ´Azul´ on horseback and follow the river upstream to the home of a local family who lives at the foot of the mountain. Once there, you’ll take a trail which goes up the Motoco Mountain. Light lunch half way up on a viewpoint overlooking the River Azul valley. After a three to four hour ride through the native forest, you reach a small lake known as ´Laguna Huemul´ (so-called after a small deer native to this part of Patagonia). It is a breathtaking place, nestled in a forest of native lenga, notro y ñire trees and with beautiful views of the surrounding summits. You’ll set up camp on the shore of the small lake. Total riding time: 5-6 hours.
  • Dinner at camp
  • 3rd night´s accommodation camping by the Lake Huemul

Day 4

  • Breakfast at the camp
  • Day of horse riding: exploring the summits and high valleys surrounding the Huemul Lake
  • Light lunch half-way through the day
  • Dinner at camp
  • Total riding time: 3-4 hours
  • 4th night´s accommodation: camping by the Lake Huemul

Day 5

  • Breakfast in camp before packing up
  • Horse ride back down the mountain trail to the River Azul valley. Once more we cross the river to finish our ride back at our accommodation
  • Total riding time: 5-6 hours
  • Dinner at the accommodation
  • 5th night´s accommodation at El Portal del Lago

Day 6

  • Breakfast and check out

Location

This riding holiday takes place in and around Lago Puelo National Park. Puelo Horse Riding is situated at the entrance to Lago Puelo National Park, Northern Patagonian Andes, Argentina.

Distance

  • Bariloche, 120 kilometers
  • The city of Esquel, 170 kilometers
  • Town of El Bolson, 20 kilometers

Food

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Dinner on the first night is typical barbecued Argentine "asado" including beef or lamb, vegetables, salads, and beverages. Vegetarians are catered for. Please inform Puelo Horse Riding of any special dietary requirements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

Optional afternoon activities on day 2

  • Boat trip
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Trekking

What's included

  • 5 days of horse riding in and around Lago Puelo National Park (2 - 6 hours per day)
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Tents and camping gear (not including sleeping bags)
  • Breakfasts, lunch, and dinners
  • Transfers from El Bolson or Lago Puelo

What's not included

  • Optional extra activities on the afternoon of 2nd day
  • Sleeping bags (necessary for night 3 and 4)

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 on arrival.

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