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Summary:
Working cattle estancia near Cordoba, Argentina. Ride with gauchos and experience Argentine hospitality, lovely accommodation and learn to play polo. All levels.
Departure Dates:
  • 2022/23: Open all year except May and June, anytime arrival and departure.
  • Christmas/New Year: 1 - 15 January and 15 - 31 December
  • Trip Length: Suggested 8 days/7 nights or as you wish. There is a minimum of 3 nights (5 nights over Christmas & New Year).
  • Approximate riding time per day: Flexible, on trails 4-6 hours. No riding on Sunday afternoons
  • Meeting point: Cordoba Airport, Argentina.
  • Riding Ability Required: All riding abilities catered for
  • Usual Group Size: Max 12
  • Transfer: 2022/23: Included from Córdoba Pajas Blancas airport or Rio Ceballos (but not Córdoba central) between 08.00 and 20.00. All other transfer requests will be quoted on a case by case basis. Approximate transfer time is 1 hour.
Herding cattle in the Andes
from $1,789
Summary:

Visit the high Andes of north west Argentina on this unique trail. Ride on ancient Incan pathways, searching for cattle in the high altitude grasslands at 3,000m where condors circle overhead. You'll help the gauchos drive the cattle into corrals and assist with sorting and branding.This destination is for experienced riders who want to experience local Argentinian culture by taking part in one of the last truly authentic cattle drives in the world. Accommodation is in mountain cabins with two nights in a hotel for a true gaucho experience.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022: 30 Apr; 1 Oct
  • 2023: 29 Apr; 30 Sept
  • Trip Length: 9 days/8 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 6-9 hours
  • Meeting point: Salta Airport (SLA), Argentina
  • Riding Ability Required: Walk, trot and canter on a good horse.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-10
  • Transfer: 2022: Included from Salta airport or city centre.
Desert portion of the ride
from $1,855
Summary:

Ride along ancient Inca trails in the Andes Mountains where life goes on as it has for centuries. From the dry Calchaquí desert on the west of the Dead Lion Range of the Andes, we cross at 3,000m (9,000ft) where condors roam and descend into a different world of lush green valleys and tropical forests of Lerma. 

En-route we stay in the homes of the local Calchaqui Indians with 3 nights of camping under the spectacular southern hemisphere stars in the high Andes, an unmissable experience. A relaxed ride with beds and hot showers all or most nights for riders who can walk, trot and canter.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022 9 Day Programme: May 10; July 16; August 21; October 11; November 27.
  • 2022 12 Day Programme: May 22; July 3; August 7; September 18; November 13.
  • Tailor-made rides can also be arranged all year round
  • Trip Length: 9 days/8 nights/6 days riding OR 8 days/7 nights/6 riding days (excluding Buenos Aires activities)
    12 days/ 11 nights/9 days riding OR 11 days/10 nights/9 riding days (excluding Buenos Aires activities)
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: 9 day: Salta Airport (SLA)
    12 day: Buenos Aires Airport (EZE) or Salta Airport (SLA) (11 day itinerary)
  • Riding Ability Required: Walk, trot and canter on a good horse.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8. Ride may be confirmed for less than 6 at a supplement, see Prices and Dates tab.
  • Transfer: 2022: Included from Salta for 9 day programme. 12 day programme approximately $60 one way per car (1-3 pax) from Buenos Aires Pistarini (international) or $30 from Buenos Aires Newbery (domestic).
Gaucho and horses
from $1,949
Summary:

Combine the essence of the Argentinian experiences: ride on the pampas at all paces, learn cattle work from the gauchos on a working estancia, learn to play polo with the locals and visit Buenos Aires in one convenient holiday. This ride is aimed at riders and accompanying non-riders.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022 departure dates on request all year round.
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/5 riding days
    OR
    per night with a 3 night minimum
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4 - 6 hours
  • Meeting point: Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE)
  • Riding Ability Required: Comfortable at walk, trot and canter.
  • Usual Group Size: 2 - 10
  • Transfer: 2022: Included for weekly stays. Can be arranged for shorter stays for approx $200 per car return (max 3 passengers).
Playing polo on the Estancia
from $3,579
Summary:

A week dedicated to learning to play polo on a working cattle estancia. Ride with gauchos and experience Argentine hospitality, lovely accommodation.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022: 3 (FULL) October; 7 (FULL) November.
  • 2023: 6 March; 2 October; 6 November.
  • Other dates on request for 2+ people
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Approximate riding time per day: Flexible, polo tuition every afternoon.
  • Meeting point: Cordoba Airport, Argentina (COR)
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate and experienced riders will get the best out of this ride
  • Usual Group Size: 4 - 12
    Minimum age 12
  • Transfer: Approx 1hr included from Córdoba Pajas Blancas airport or Rio Ceballos (but not Córdoba central) between 08.00 and 20.00. Other transfer please ask.
Outside a Mayan temple
from $2,075
Summary:

Discover the real Belize on horseback and you will experience historical Mayan ruins, ride in tropical rainforest, diverse flora and fauna, home of the jaguar, Baird's tapir, monkeys, macaws, toucans and snakes. Stay at Belize's award winning eco-logde located on 105 acres of nature reserve with a fully operational citrus farm on-site.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022 Low Season: 1 May - 30 October (closed for 4 weeks in September - October, please enquire for dates)
  • 2022 High Season: 4 January - 30 April (excluding Easter Week)
  • 2022 Peak Season: Tuesday to Tuesday during Easter Week; 21 December - 3 January 2023
  • Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights/4 days riding or
    8 days/7 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2-5 hours
  • Meeting point: Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE)
  • Riding Ability Required: Able to walk, trot and canter
  • Usual Group Size: 2-10
  • Transfer: 2022: Included from Philip Goldson International Airport or Belize City
Beach riding in Brazil
from $2,919
Summary:

Visit the Brazilian state of Alogas, the smallest state in the country for an action-packed riding holiday with plenty of sun, surf, beach gallops and caipirinhas. This relatively unexplored region in Northern Brazil is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the country as well as lush jungle and picturesque colonial villages. Join this 9 day trail along the tropical coastline, on fit, native, Mangalarga horses which boasts far more than your standard beach ride. River swimming, boat trips, authentic cuisine and wild-life filled lagoons combine to make this the quintessential Brazilian experience.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022: 11 October (FULL); 9 November (FULL); 9 December.
  • 2023: 6 January; 5 February; 9 October; 12 November.
  • Trip Length: 9 days/ 8 nights / 7 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2 - 6 hrs
  • Meeting point: Hotel in Maceió
  • Riding Ability Required: Walk, trot and canter on a fit, forward-going horse
  • Usual Group Size: 7-14
  • Transfer: Transfer from Maceió airport to hotel on Day 1 is not included. Guests can easily take a taxi or local bus.
galloping gauchos
from $2,729
Summary:
Trail from one fazenda to another in the cattle farming backcountry of Brazil. Superb riding at all paces 5.500 ft surrounded by outstanding ever-changing scenery.
Departure Dates:
  • 2022: 20 November.
  • 2023: 25 February; 15 April; 23 September; 1 November.
  • Trip Length: 8 days/ 7 nights / 6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5 - 7 hrs
  • Meeting point: Florianopolis Airport (FLN)
  • Riding Ability Required: Walk, trot and canter on a good horse
  • Usual Group Size: 5-15
  • Transfer: Transfers included, pick up approx. 12 noon and drop off approx. 11am.
Gallop in Moon Valley Oct 2011
from $3,585
Summary:

Fantastic riding adventure in the driest desert in the world, the Atacama desert in Chile. Long hours, fast riding, excellent horses.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022: October 23.
  • Trip Length: 10 days/9 nights/7 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 6-8 hours
  • Meeting point: Calama Airport, Chile (CJC)
  • Riding Ability Required: Confident in walk, trot and canter and riding fit
  • Usual Group Size: 5-12. A small group supplement is applicable for groups of less than 5,
  • Transfer: Included from meeting point. Approximate transfer time is 1 hour.
Taking a rest
from $3,489
Summary:

The ultimate challenge - cross the High Andes along the remote historic route. For the adventurous, tough and reasonably fit only.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022: December 28.
  • 2023: January 22, February 12, March 2
  • Additional dates are available on requests for groups of 6 or more from Dec - March.
  • Trip Length: 10 days / 9 nights / 7 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 6 to 9 hours
  • Meeting point: Santiago, Chile at 2pm.
    End point of ride - Mendoza, Argentina. It is possible to catch a bus back to Santiago at the end of the ride - this takes 6 hours and costs in the region of $40
  • Riding Ability Required: From fit and confident novice onwards. Min age 10.
  • Usual Group Size: 10-15
  • Transfer: Included from Santiago and back to Mendoza at end of ride. Transfer time is approx 2 hours.
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