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Equine Immersion

summary
Dates
December to March (tailormade only)
Location
Provincia Neuquen, Argentina
Duration
14 days (8 nights in estancia, 5 nights camping)
Level
Intermediate riding skills
Size
Minimum of 4 people
Cost
Contact us for details

(includes full board, pack and riding horses, transfers from Zapala, artisan workshop, horse tamer, mountain guide and gaucho, exclusive remote estancia accommodation)

The objective of this trip is to immerse people into all things equine. We will have a guest 'tamer' of fine reputation, guest artisans for added interest and insight into the skilled textile weaving of the Mapuche Indians and highly skilled leather work of the gaucho. There will be two early evening talks over drinks at the main house.

We will swim horses, do day rides, play games on horseback and go on a five night mountain trip. The estancia will be your home, which is nestled in the remote wilderness of northern Patagonia. The Estancia is accessible only by horse, so guests ride in and their luggage is assembled on pack horses. The land hugs the cordillera of the Andes. It is a magical hide away, hosted by a wonderfully family and lends itself perfectly to an Equine Immersion. There are wonderful horses of which there are personalities for all standard of rider.

This is the perfect balance of a remote, rustic estancia stay from which you experience a few days of taming horses, other equine activity and a wonderful ride in the mountains.

Itinerary
Day 01
Pickup from bus at Zapala. Drive 5 hrs to trail head. Saddle up and ride to estancia (3 hrs). Hearty supper and drinks.
Day 02
Round up horses in surrounding valley. Optional morning and afternoon rides.
Day 03
Different horse related activities over coming days including regular horse taming in the coral.
Day 04
Gaucho horseshoeing workshop. Ride to swimming spot for horses. Early evening talk outside over drinks.
Day 05
Artisans workshops – wool, textile and leather. Early evening talk.
Day 06
Pack horse demonstration for mountain safari. Sunset ride. Early evening talk.
Day 07
Pack the horses and embark on mountain trail ride after breakfast. Find campsite next to river.
Day 08
Visit hospitable family living in cave on high ground. Great camping and bbq spot. Drink water straight from spring.
Day 09
Ride to hot springs down in the valley, bath and wash in the river. Find new campsite.
Day 10
Ride up close to Chilean border. Setup camp lakeside.
Day 11
Rest day. Relax by the lake, walking, fishing, swimming horses.
Day 12
Full day’s ride back to estancia. Hot showers, roaring fires, traditional bbq evening of song and dance.
Day 13
Optional rest day. Play horseback games. Ride out for a swim. Last night bbq, with family and gauchos.
Day 14
After breakfast pack horses with luggage and ride to truck pick up point. Drive to bus or airport for onward travel.