HORSEBACK RIDING IN PATAGONIA (6D-5N)

Torres del Paine National Park
All year 6 days - 5 nights

Discover Patagonia from a different perspective, horseback riding through Torres Del Paine and Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks. Visit glaciers, and turquoise lakes, feel free galloping across never-ending pampas and with the Gauchos, ambassadors of this windswept and inhospitable land.

Day 1 – Punta Arenas Airport – Torres del Paine National Park

At Punta Arenas airport, your private transfer will be waiting to take you to Torres del Paine via Puerto Natales. Leaving Punta Arenas we’ll see the Strait of Magellan and the island of Tierra del Fuego. Our 5-hour drive weaves through open pampas and huge estancias (ranches) with the chance of seeing the ñandus (similar to ostriches) that call these landscapes home. Passing through the fishing town of Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope and surrounded by mountains, we’ll take an unsealed road to Cerro Castillo, a small village at the head of the Torres Del Paine commune. Night at Hostería Pioneros. Included:  dinner, bedroom and breakfast, transfer arrival.

Day 2 – Torres del Paine

After a hearty breakfast, we set off by transfer to the Sarmiento Lake area, where our horses will be waiting to start the ride to Tercera Barranca. We will enjoy a 7-hour slow ride with trotting and cantering to a beautiful and quiet estancia where we will rest for the evening. Along the way, we will have views of the Towers in the distance and opportunities to see the diverse Patagonia landscapes and local fauna including guanacos and ñandus. 6-7 hours of slow riding, trotting and cantering. Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca. Included:  full board, bilingual local guide, horseback ride, bedroom and breakfast.

Day 3 – Torres del Paine

Our destination today is Salto Las Chinas waterfall on the east side of Torres del Paine National Park, a route taken more than a century ago by Lady Florence Dixie – and whose 1880 account of travelling Patagonia is still iconic. We’ll ride across pampas and plateaus and likely see condors matching our speed as they soar the skies above us. We’ll stop for lunch at the waterfall before making our way back to the ranch via the same trail. Our evening will be spent beside the fire, with Pisco sours and Patagonian lamb barbecue or dinner in case less than 8 passengers. 7-8 hours of slow riding, trotting and cantering. Night at Río Serrano Domos Riverside Camp. Included:  full board, bilingual local guide, horseback ride, bedroom and breakfast.

Day 4 – Torres del Paine

Today’s ride winds through native beech forests and around small lagoons. Splendid views will continually follow us – though you’ll find a particularly excellent picture-taking opportunity at today’s highest point, where we’ll observe how the Paine River fuses with the agua waters of Toro Lake, the largest in the region. From here, we’ll start the descent towards your home away from home for the next two nights: Río Serrano Riverside Campsite. Sleep snugly in domes on the shores of the Serrano River beneath an impressive view of the formidable twin black granite peaks, Los Cuernos. 6-7 hours of slow riding, trotting and cantering. Night at Domos Serrano Riverside Camp. Included:  full board, bilingual local guide, horseback ride, bedroom and breakfast.

Day 5 – Torres del Paine

A morning ride across huge pampas and a suspension bridge over the Grey River takes us to Grey Lake’s superb viewpoint. From here we’ll see the numerous floating icebergs that have calved from Grey Glacier and been whittled into fantastic shapes by the sun and wind. We’ll have lunch at this lookout point, then set off on a short hike through a beech forest to the pier. (While hiking, be sure to listen out for the woodpeckers and Austral parakeets that call this forest home!) Our hour-long cruise through Grey Lake weaves around blue-hued icebergs and stops right in front of Grey Glacier’s massive facade. Here, we’ll stay for a while to take pictures, observe the glacier’s intricate colours and icy textures – and maybe even see ice chunks calving. As we make our way back, watch out for the wind-sculpted “ice mushrooms” atop Paine Grande. Ashore once again, a transfer will take us back to our campsite. 4 hours slow ridding & trotting. Night at Domos Serrano Riverside Camp. Included:  Camping & breakfast, full board, bilingual local guide, horseback ride.

Day 6 – Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas Airport

Your program ends with a private transfer to Punta Arenas airport. (To allow for travel time, guests should arrange their return flights for after 1 pm.) If you would like to stay the night in Punta Arenas, we’ll take you to your hotel.) Included:  transfer departure.

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