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4 Day Volcano Horse Riding Holiday in Araucania Region

Suizandina Lodge, Camino Internacional, KM 83, Malalcahuello, Chile

Chile Horse Riding Holiday

Enjoy the unique experience of riding through millenary forests, steep mountain slopes up to the foot of a mighty volcano. Sure-footed Chilean bred horses will take you to places that seem to be out of a "Lord of the Rings" movie. You'll get a thorough instruction of the Western riding style based on biomechanically and anatomically correct riding and an understanding of the horse's natural behavior. Additional riding or horsemanship lessons are offered as an alternative to short hacks.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 13 to 15 hands
  • Tack Type: Western tack
  • Horse Breed: Chilean bred horses

Meet the instructors

Ivana
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Highlights

  • 3 horse riding days
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 - 6 hours
  • Western riding and horsemanship lessons
  • A full-day riding trip to the slopes of the Lonquimay volcano
  • Hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 5 participants
Airport transfer available:
Maquehue Airport (US$150 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Suizandina Lodge is a cozy Swiss-style lodge with a large park-like garden. There are three different houses:

Main House

The hotel rooms in the main house are kept in wood and thus have a cozy atmosphere. Central heating assures a comfortable temperature at any time. The sanitary installations and general cleanliness satisfy even the most demanding guest. In the Main House, you can choose between five rooms, each with a private bathroom

Guesthouse

The independent guesthouse, 20 meters from the main house, has three rooms with four cabin beds each and one room with four cabin beds and a double bed. All rooms have a private bathroom. In the center of the building, there is a kitchen and a living room for common use.

Cabin Vista Hermosa

The cabin situated just 30 meters from the main house and was built on the side of a hill, offering a beautiful view of the stunning landscape around, therefore, the name Vista Hermosa. It provides a room for up to six persons, a matrimonial room, a room with two bunk beds, a kitchen for six persons, and a bathroom with shower and a separate bathtub. The closed fireplace in the living room provides a cozy atmosphere and invites the guests to spend relaxing evenings together.

Program

Day 1

  • Arrival at the Lodge during the morning (depending if you travel by bus or plane).
  • In the afternoon, you'll get to know your horse with a personalized horsemanship lesson. Feel free to stroll around the woods and hills or just relax and enjoy the peace and quietness of the gardens.

Day 2

  • After a hearty Swiss-style breakfast, the horses are awaiting you for your first riding lesson.
  • In the afternoon, saddle up for a four-hour ride along the Cautín River.
  • Have dinner at the lodge.

Day 3

  • After breakfast, you'll start your one day ride to the foot of the Lonquimay volcano, riding through millenary Araucaria forests of the Malalcahuello national reserve. Have a boxed lunch on the way.
  • Have dinner at the lodge.

Day 4

  • In the morning, you can choose another riding or horsemanship lesson, or opt for another short trail ride in the beautiful surroundings of the lodge.
  • After lunch, either take the transfer back to Temuco Airport (ZCO) or enjoy a free afternoon until you take the overnight bus back to Santiago.

The horses roam free in a herd all year round and, therefore, are physically and mentally balanced which makes them perfect partners even for less experienced riders. After a day of intensive riding, you can enjoy the quiet surroundings of the lodge, have a yummy Swiss or Chilean style dinner or get a lift to the nearby hot springs.

Instructors

Ivana Franz

Location

This small paradise lies amidst unique nature, embedded between dense native forest with monkey puzzle trees, colorful mountain lakes, crystal-clear rivers, and snowcapped volcanoes.

The lodge is situated right in the heart of the many attractions of the Araucanía Andina region. In a shoestring, you can visit the National Park Conguíllio, the National Park Tolhuaca, and the National Reserve Malalcahuello-Nalcas, climb or ski the volcanoes Tolhuaca, Llaima, Sierra Nevada, and Lonquimay with its side crater, Cráter Navidad, and relax in one of the three nearby hot springs, Termas de Malalcahuello, Termas de Manzanar, and Termas de Tolhuaca.

Whether you like to trek, bike, ski, snow-shoe, ride a horse, fish, observe birds, or just relax, you have got everything just at the doorstep of Suizandina. Feel at home at the Northern tip of the Chilean Patagonia - even far away from home. Suizandina welcomes you with a cozy, familiar atmosphere and offers energizing sleepovers, good food, and a wealth of information for activities in the region. For years, they have strived to fulfill guests needs and expectations and it is their goal to make your stay both enjoyable and unforgettable.

Food

Suizandina is famous for its rich breakfast with fresh and local ingredients, homemade bread, muffins, cereals, yogurt, and jams. After a day with a lot of outdoor activity, what could be more rewarding than a special dinner? The lodge proudly serves Swiss specialties like raclette, cheese fondue, knöpfli, or rösti. Also, they offer homemade pasta or a hearty homemade Chilean dish. For dessert, it is hard to resist the parfait de Maison or the apple strudel, or a variety of homemade cakes. If you have any food restrictions or special wishes, the chef will be happy to cater to your needs.

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)

There a three national parks or reserves close by where you could easily add some days of trekking to your program. Also, the lodge rents bicycles and there is the possibility of a kayak tour on the close by Cautín river; also, there are three hot springs nearby.

Your host, Ivana, is a professional physiotherapist and will attend to any sores or aches; or just simply give you a relaxing massage after a long day of riding.

What's included

  • 3 days of riding
  • 1 introduction riding lesson
  • Use of riding gear (tack and helmets)
  • Professional English, German, and Spanish guide and instructor
  • Use of water bottle, saddle bag, and riding helmet
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Daily hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the lodge
  • A boxed lunch on the full day ride

What's not included

  • Individual travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Massages and extra services at the Lodge
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Maquehue Airport (PZS). There are flights from all the major cities in Chile to this airport. The flight from Santiago takes 50 minutes and costs approximately 150 USD, depending on the season. If you sit on the left side of the plane you can enjoy the extraordinary view over the Andes! From the airport, there are mini-buses that take you to the city center of Temuco (40 USD fee to Temuco by minibus).

If requested, the lodge will organize your transfer from the airport directly to Suizandina. A minibus for up to 10 people is available even upon short-term notice. The cost per trip with a driver is approximately 150 USD.

Arrival by bus

There is a direct overnight connection from Santiago's "Terminal Central" every night, arriving directly in front of the hotel at around 7:30 a.m.

Airport: Maquehue Airport Airport transfer available: Maquehue Airport (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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This vacation is available from December to April.

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