Wilderness Log Cabin Stay

summary
Dates
October to April
Location
Estancia Sofia, Puerto Natales, Magallanes, Chile
Duration
5 nights (Estancia lodge and log cabin stay)
Level
Beginner, intermediate and experienced riders
Size
Minimum of 2 people /maximum 6 people
Cost
Contact us for details

Option to camp or stay in refuge instead of the estancia lodge nights to reduce cost

(This includes horse, experienced guide, all accommodation, camping kit, excellent homemade foods and catering, good wines and transfers. Price can be reduced if you choose Refugio or camping rather than estancia)

This is a short five day estancia and camping ride, perfect for those wanting to escape the tourist trail and immerse themselves in the beautiful wild land owned by a family who have a tremendous history in this area of Chile. Ideal for the traveller who is passing through and wants to ride in stunning country off the beaten track. This ride can be catered for those with only a little experience as well as those who are confident riders.

You start at an estancia lodge, then journey to a summer land grazing meadow where the cattle are tended by a gaucho. It is a fantastic ride to reach this spot and there are great opportunities for cantering along the way. Camping is at the puesto, the remote summer abode of the gaucho, where there is a coral and grazing for the horses and a stream flowing nearby.You will be camped outside or staying in the log cabin. Meals will be outside or snug around a wood burning stove in the evenings, weather depending.

The Estancia lodge itself is nestled below the mountains in valley near a huge lake. A fine spot to start and finish. There is an aura of adventure in this region. Historically it was the ancient hunting grounds of the Selk’nam (also known as Telheuches) Indians. There is lots of fabulous riding terrain, including mountain trails, remote caves and open grassland gallops.

Itinerary
Day 01
Pick up from Puerto Natales to Estancia Laguna Sofia. Late afternoon ride to the lake. Estancia house for 2 nights.
Day 02
A full day of riding and exploring the valley.
Day 03
5 hour ride up into the mountains. Picnic in the forest en route. Austral parakeets in the forests. 2 nights in simple puesto (log cabin) stay with wood burning stove. Charming spot, river nearby.
Day 04
Two rides exploring this summer land and the surrounding forests. Lots of potential to canter the horses.
Day 05
Head down to Laguna Sofia back to the estancia house for the last night.
Day 06
Truck back to Puerto Natales to continue your travels.