12-day Estancia Ride from £3,503
What makes this special?
Pass fjords & mountains as you ride the open pampas & trek to the towers of Torres del Paine. You'll also visit the hanging Glaciar Serrano and have a traditional 'asado' BBQ. Support & accommodation are great - you'll be met at Punta Arenas airport by your guide & stay at cosy, authentic estancias, one ...
This twelve day trip starts in the historic town of Punta Arenas. The first evening we dine out and meet the rest of the group, the following day we set off on our adventure. During this holiday we stay in and visit working estancias and converted houses that were lived in by the first pioneers. In most of the estancias ...
Itinerary Map: Key landmarks and route for 12-day Estancia Ride
Info - Torres del Paine
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Day 1: On arrival at Punta Arenas airport you will be met by your guide who will escort you and the rest of the group to your hotel, Rey Don Felipe, in the town centre. In the evening we will dine in a local restaurant and give you a brief on the ride.
Day 2: After breakfast we will set off to Puerto Natales a small fishing town on the banks of the Ultima Esperanza sound. During our transfer you will have time to observe the vast open plains typical to the region. As we come close to Puerto Natales the landscape will change and the mountains and fjords are a welcoming sight after the 3 hours journey. Lunch will be taken in a restaurant in Puerto Natales. After lunch we take a 5 minutes transfer to Bories House a small boutique hotel nestled on the banks of the Ultima Esperanza. After a welcome drink and a chance to settle into your room we will meet our horses. Today we will take a 2 hours ride to the Estancia Puerto Consuelo a beautiful estancia on the Eberhard fiord. This farm was the first to be founded in the Ultima Esperanza Province by Captain Hermann Eberhard whom sailed in a dingy to this breathtakingly beautiful corner of Patagonia in 1893 and subsequently settled here. This ride will give us an opportunity for you to adapt to your horse and the Chilean saddles. An Evening meal at the estancia before returning to the guesthouse, (Bories House)
Day 3: We take an early transfer back to the estancia Puerto Consuelo and today we shall take a wonderful ride to the park Villa Luisa which was where Eberhard built his splendid mansion. Unfortunately in the 70 ́s due to government unsettlement the family decided to demolish the house. Today the remains are a reminder of what great vision and achievement Eberhard had made during the early years of settlement. We shall stop for a barbecue lunch at the “quincho” that now stands there and relax and enjoy the scenery. For the evening we will be staying in the beautiful hamlet Puerto Bories on the shores of the Ultima Esperanza sound. We shall stay at the pleasant guesthouse, Bories House
Day 4: Early morning transfer again to Estancia Puerto Consuelo. Today we set off across the pampa to the Milodon cave which Capt Eberhard discovered in 1895. The name “Milodon” was given after the remains of a giant sloth dating back 10,000 years ago where found there by Eberhard. We continue the ride to Laguna Sofia, through ancient Lenga forests and open valleys until we reach a Condor lookout point on the cliffs of Laguna Sofia. After lunch we take a transfer to our stay for the night at the travellers inn Tres Pasos which use to be frequented by the Noble prize poet Gabriela Minstral.
Day 5: Today we set off from the travellers inn Tres Pasos and ride through beautiful countryside until we arrive at a small farming settlement Cerro Castillo. This ride will take us around lagoons, through woodland valleys and up to a lookout point to see the Torres del Paine National Park. Tonight we stay at Hotel El Pionero. This house use to be the home of an English gentleman Mr Saunders whom was one of the managers who worked for the company “Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego 1893 – 1943”.
Day 6: From the farming settlement Cerro Castillo we set off on a challenging days ride across the pampa to estancia Cerro Guido on the Eastern border of the Torres del Paine National Park. This is a long, but rewarding days ride. The evening is spent at Cerro Guido at this beautifully restored farm house that offers privileged views of the Towers of Paine. Day 7 Today we have a wonderful ride around the estancia and take lunch in a puesto. We will ride through mountain passes and along high ridges that will enable us to have spectacular views of the towers, Sarmiento lake and the impressive Baguales mountain range. The evening will be spent again at estancia Cerro Guido.
Day 8: One of the One of the most beautiful rides of the trip today we head to Laguna Azul. With the towers of Paine as our constant back drop we ride through diverse terrain of pampa and woodland until we reach the Las Chinas waterfall where we will stop for lunch. By early afternoon we arrive at Laguna Azul. The afternoon ride will take us to estancia Tercera Barranca which lies to the east of Torres del Paine. Again we will spend the nights at an estancia with spectacular views of the Towers.
Day 9: Today we have a spectacular ride across the awesome National Park Torres del Paine, navigating winding mountain passes, with incredible views of the turquoise lakes and lagoons and the magnificent Horns of the park, this is one of highlights of the trip. The evening will be spent at hotel Rio Serrano which has breathtaking views of the horns!
Day 10: The morning ride will take us across flat open “pampa” with the spectacular horns as our backdrop. We will arrive at glacier Grey by lunch time and will have lunch on the beach. The afternoon ride will take us back to hotel Rio Serrano for the night.
Day 11: We return to Puerto Natales by boat down the Ultima Esperanza fjord, visit Serrano glacier then stop for a traditional Patagonia barbecue lunch in Estancia Puerto Consuelo. In the afternoon we have the last ride of the trip from Puerto Consuelo over the pampa to Puerto Bories for our farewell evening meal at Bories House. Bories House) (Option to take a transfer back to Bories House).
Day 12: Early morning transfer to Punta Arenas airport.
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Contact us about this trip
Pass fjords & mountains as you ride the open pampas & trek to the towers of Torres del Paine. You'll also visit the hanging Glaciar Serrano and have a traditional 'asado' BBQ. Support & accommodation are great - you'll be met at Punta Arenas airport by your guide & stay at cosy, authentic estancias, one of which is the operator's home.
|Group Size:||4 — 8|
Horse Riding in South Patagonian Lakes and Rivers
|Number of hours riding per day:||(unknown)|
|Type of horse:||Chilean criollo|
|Park entrance included:||Yes|
|Number of nights in estancia:||3|
|Number of nights in hotels:||7|
About the operator
This company belongs to a Chilean/English couple who combined their love of horse riding with their love of the southern Patagonian pampas to create fantastic 'estancia to estancia' rides across the region. They own lots of horses and have opened up their country house as a hotel for clients.