Lone horse in the fields
Fast Gaucho riders
Three cute faces
Girl playing polo
Cold white wine
Old Gaucho
Horse turning head
Lady riding sunset
Lone Gaucho riding
Gaucho trimming
Grey horse close up
Horse eye close up
Horse face
Horse in the sunset
Four Gauchos riding
Group riding in sunset
Guest taking a photo
Guest Lassoing
Guest barrel racing
Family Polo
Polo mallets
Guest plays sortija
Two Gaucho riders
Group riding
Rider with a hat
Saddle close up
La Candeleria
Riding to a church
Gaucho with calf
Gaucho with cows
Gaucho on his horse
Barrel racing
Smiling Gaucho
Group having lunch
Meet on the BBQ
Cakes
Pudding
Los gigantes
Relaxing in the sun
Children in the pool
Drinks by the pool
Bench at sunset
Verandah at night
Main house
Lounge
Bedroom
Bedroom
Cactus in the sunset
Young calf
Lonely owl
Black cow
Calf in the field
Group in the waterfall
Waterfall
Kevin and Louisa
Tea break
Los Potreros Bell
gallop!

Estancia Los Potreros is an exclusive 6,000-acre working cattle farm that has remained in the same Anglo-Argentine family for four generations. Polo is part of the tradition here, and this extends to Gauchos and Guests. The estancia is in a very secluded location at an altitude of 3,000 feet nestled between Pampas and the Andes in the heart of the beautiful region of Cordoba. If you have a love for the wild and enjoy the thrill of arriving by horse, this adventure allows you to experience Argentine wildlife, scenery and culture at close quarters while not abandoning creature comforts provided by good accommodation, the best tack and fabulous horses.

Los Potreros was voted in 2010 as one of the "100 Best Hotels In The World" in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from BC of Besthorpe on 25/04/2018

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Riding
The riding time is totally flexible on ranch stays, it can be from 4-6 hours on a day trail ride or less if staying on the Estancia to work with the gauchos or play polo. Type of Riding: The riding is “Western” and very relaxed. You can ride at any pace dependent on your ability. Riding is usually centred round the Estancia life with occasional overnight excursions, longer expeditions are arranged. Scenic rides out and horseback visits to local sights are also options. There is no riding on Sunday afternoons.

Ad-hoc overnight rides
For guests staying at the estancia for 5 nights or more during the summer months, ‘ad hoc’ 2 day/1 night can usually be arranged with sufficient notice at an additional charge (payable locally), minimum 2 people. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Polo
Learn to play polo weeks are available from October to April subject to availability and a minimum of 2 people. These are as for estancia stays plus: half day "stick and ball" and practise chukkas; daily tuition; in house tournament on the last day; daily trail ride.
For more serious polo playing see the set date Polo Week itineraries.

There is no set itinerary for this horse riding holiday, the following is an example of some of the options available: On your arrival day you are introduced to the horses and gauchos, followed by a familiarisation ride to a "top view" point. A half or full day riding on the estate following streams through valleys to the "top of the world" stunning views of Cordoba City in the distance and the pampas beyond with a picnic lunch on the way. Riders may have the opportunity to spend the morning with the gauchos while they work cattle.The amount and type of work will depend on the season, rounding up, herding, branding etc. Enjoy a full day's ride to explore Candongas C1600 church, returning to Los Potreros past the "Estancita" and the Dominican church. Spend a day visiting the Canada de los Condores and swim in the waterfall (Cascades de los Condores). Picnic by the crystal clear stream under the willows. Once a week there is a Polo day, you can learn the basics and play a few chukkas, everyone can have a go.

Guide
Kevin and Louisa are your hosts on this ride. The Begg family have lived on the Estancia for 4 generations and know its history intimately.

**PLEASE NOTE: Prices for this ride include a tax discount for non-residents of Argentina. Riders must provide a photocopy/scan of their passport at the time of booking to qualify for this discount. Argentinian riders are asked to contact us for prices excluding the discount.**

Other activities
There is plenty to do for those not interested in riding or on a day off. Walking in the hills and exploring the streams, watching the exotic bird life or just lying by the pool. There are also three excellent golf courses in the vicinity. The farm is remote but a taxi ride or a lift can take you shopping to Rio Ceballos, La Falda or La Cumbre. Cordoba city (55K) is an interesting University town, a principal staging post between Lima (Peru) and Buenos Aires. The area is rich in Jesuit churches showing their intense activity in the region. The folkloric festival at Cosquin and the Rodeo at Jesus Maria are also annual attractions as are cattle sales and the cattle branding. Specific activity itineraries are available for riding, vintage car driving, trekking, golf and mountain biking.

Staying in the Winter from June to September?
Also enjoy, free of charge (subject to availability): - a half day polo session with tuition and the chance to play some ‘chukkas’
- a demonstration by our horse-breaker on our style of working with young horses
- an organised photo shoot of our herd of beautiful horses galloping on the hills
- gaucho skills afternoon . . .watch the gauchos in action taking part in some of their favourite activities, such as lassoing, and then have a go yourself!

Buenos Aires city break
Should you wish to visit Buenos Aires we can arrange an excellent city break in good hotels with a city tour, Tango dinner and show and more. Alternatively, Estancia Los Potreros also owns a studio apartment in Buenos Aires called 'Casa Mini'. It is available for a minimum of 2 nights at a very reasonable price. It is situated right in the centre of Buenos Aires on the main shopping street and makes a cost effective and very comfortable alternative to a hotel. Please enquire for more information.


Reading List
We're avid readers here at Unicorn Trails and have selected several books connected to this ride. If you're interested in reading more about the area before you travel, or want to get into the cultural background, here are some suggestions that may inspire you. Click on the links for more information.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

There are between 4-6 hours riding per day on the estancia ranch stays. Usually there is a morning and afternoon ride or a day ride with picnic lunch. Polo is played once a week, usually on a Wednesday but it could be changed to another day depending on circumstances. There is no riding on Sunday afternoons. The riding is 'Western' and very relaxed. The tack is English with sheepskins over the saddles. You can ride at any pace dependent on your ability although terrain dictates a lot of pace. Riding is usually centred round the Estancia life with occasional overnight excursions, longer expeditions are arranged. Scenic rides out and horseback visits to local sights are all part of the itinerary. Paso Peruanos are bred here, and this breed exhibit the 5th 'pace' gait.


Type: Most are either "Criollos" or "Paso Peruanos" with some crossbreeds. Total Number: 510+, all home bred. Riding Horses: 30+ Height: 14.3 – 15.3hh Nature: These horses have exceptionally soft mouths, are well mannered and in excellent condition, they are responsive and sure-footed.

Rider requirements

Beginner, novice, intermediate and experienced riders are all catered for and can ride together or separately as wanted. There is informal tuition available for those wanting to improve, as well as riders wishing to try some polo.

There is no upper age limit and children over the age of 10 are welcome to ride. Children aged over 10 years can only ride if they are able to sit and control their horse independently and if they do not ride they must be accompanied on the Estancia at all times by an adult. If your child/ren are younger but do have an independent seat then please do enquire. For the children's convenience the dinner times are a little earlier than the adults, although lunches are taken together. Children must be accompanied by an adult on all rides. There are 2 cottages available with interconnecting rooms, ideal for families. The weight limit is 15 stone/95 kg/210 lbs.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 15st /210 lb/95 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The Estancia rooms are individually decorated authentically with wood stoves to heat the rooms. They are well furnished with good quality linen and antique furniture. The rooms are lit by electricity generated on the Estancia. There is no single supplement providing one of the three allocated single occupancy rooms is available. A guaranteed double room for single occupancy attracts a supplement of 30%. The food is plentiful and beautifully prepared. Breakfast is home made bread and toast, cereals, bacon and home produced eggs. Lunch is a 2 course cooked meal, salads, sometimes BBQ, and wine. Sometimes it is a picnic lunch on an all day ride. Dinner can be home grown beef dishes, but always changes daily with a good range of cuisine all delicious. All meals are served with drinks and good Argentine wines. Various grape varieties make for interesting wine tasting. The Estancia has its own wine made locally.

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

At the time of going to print visas are not required for UK passport holders staying under 90 days, but please check before you depart.
In Argentina the UK high commissioner is Dr Luis Agute, 2412/52, 1425 Buenos Aires. Tel: +54 11 4576 2222, and is usually open 12.45 –17.00, hours extended during the Summer months (Jan –March).

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on 020 7008 0232/0233 or see www.fco.gov.uk

Climate Summary

Cordoba is known for its good weather and healthy climate; "siempre de temporada" always in season, is the old slogan. The climate can vary but is generally sunny and dry, the rainy season is in the summer months. The winter is short but can be cold at night, it is usually warm and sunny in the middle of the day.The sun can be very strong so hats and good protection is recommended all year round.

Climate Chart

Health

There are no specific health requirements although do remember sun block.

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org.

Electricity

Electricity: 220V, 50Hz as in the UK so electrical appliances can be plugged in with appropriate adaptors. These are widely available for purchase, including at departure airports throughout the UK.

Film and Camera Equipment

There is electricity available at the Estancia for digital cameras and video recorders. Film should be purchased before arrival at the Estancia. There is free wi-fi in the main building, a laptop for guest use and a satellite phone for emergencies. There is limited mobile phone coverage. Please note that the wi-fi is satellite based and as such can be slow and/or intermittent. In addition wi-fi is turned off during mealtimes on the estancia.

Packing List

Laundry can be done for you on request. Light summer clothing is needed on most of the departure dates. You need a riding helmet or a broad rimmed hat which must stay on firmly and sunglasses with string. 2 pairs of riding trousers, half chaps are recommended, riding gloves, jersey, warm jacket (spring, autumn and winter), shorts, long sleeves shirts, T-shirts, sarong or wrap, swimsuit, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat (seasonal), sun block, camera on a shoulder strap with a pouch which can be secured to your belt, binoculars, lightweight riding boots and another pair of shoes, perhaps trainers which are comfortable to walk in. A selection of hard hats available provided on site and it is obligatory to wear a hard hat when playing polo. The Estancia can also provide chaps but not boots.

Programmes

The Estancia is open for guests all year round including Christmas. Any length of stay can be booked, although 5-14 days are recommended. There is a minimum stay of 3 nights required for normal times and 5 nights for Christmas, New Year and Easter.

Departure Dates

2018: Open all year, anytime arrival and departure.
2019: Open all year, anytime arrival and departure.

Pricing
A single room can be booked for no extra supplement when available.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1double pp339
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1single supplement99
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1Child 10-16269
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1double pp299
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1single supplement90
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1child between 10 - 16239
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1double pp325
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1single supplement97
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1Child 10-16259
2018 per night Oct - Dec 7+ nightsper night1double pp345
2018 per night Oct - Dec 7+ nightsper night1Child 10-16279
2018 per night Oct - Dec 3-6 nightsper night1double pp369
2018 per night Oct - Dec 3-6 nightsper night1Child 10-16299
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1double pp379
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1single supplement115
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1Child 10-16299
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1double pp335
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1single supplement99
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1child between 10 - 16269
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1double pp365
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1single supplement109
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1Child 10-16289
2018 per night Oct - Dec 7+ nightsper night1double pp385
2018 per night Oct - Dec 7+ nightsper night1Child 10-16309
2018 per night Oct - Dec 3-6 nightsper night1double pp415
2018 per night Oct - Dec 3-6 nightsper night1Child 10-16335
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1double pp435
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1single supplement129
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1Child 10-16345
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1double pp385
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1single supplement115
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1child between 10 - 16305
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1double pp415
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1single supplement125
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1Child 10-16335
2018 per night Oct - Dec 7+ nightsper night1double pp445
2018 per night Oct - Dec 7+ nightsper night1Child 10-16355
2018 per night Oct - Dec 3-6 nightsper night1double pp475
2018 per night Oct - Dec 3-6 nightsper night1Child 10-16379
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1double pp3,899
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1single supplement1,169
2018 per night Jan-April 7+ nightsper night1Child 10-163,119
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1double pp3,459
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1single supplement1,039
2018 per night May - Sept 7+ nightsper night1child between 10 - 162,765
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1double pp3,749
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1single supplement1,125
2018 per night May - Sept 3-6 nightsper night1Child 10-162,999
2018 per night Oct - Dec 7+ nightsper night1double pp3,999
2018 per night Oct - Dec 7+ nightsper night1Child 10-163,199
2018 per night Oct - Dec 3-6 nightsper night1double pp4,299
2018 per night Oct - Dec 3-6 nightsper night1Child 10-163,439
Wildlife

The Cordoba hills are in the centre of Argentina and are famous for their healthy climate and wonderful scenery.
The higher land is bare of trees and covered in long straw like grass called ‘paja brava’ which the animals eat in the winter months. There are a number of tree varieties, acacias, cocos and molles are the most common, and wild flowers cover the hills from early spring to autumn.There is an interesting variety of bird species from vultures and eagles down to the most brightly coloured humming birds. Condors today have returned to the hills

Partridges and doves are plentiful. Foxes and hares can often be seen, though pumas, wild boar and small deer are more elusive
The locals are steady, respectful and gentle people. The culture of the gaucho and reverence of the horse is strong and bring with them the best traditions of Argentina. The locals gather for annual religious or music festivals and ride to the venues kitted in their best attire riding their sharpest steeds.

Other Activities

There is plenty to do for those not interested in riding or on a day off. Walking in the hills and exploring the streams, watching the exotic bird life or just lying by the pool. There are also three excellent golf courses in the vicinity. The farm is remote but a taxi ride or a lift can take you shopping to Rio Ceballos, La Falda or La Cumbre. Cordoba city (55Km) is an interesting University town, a principal staging post between Lima (Peru) and Buenos Aires. The area is rich in Jesuit churches showing their intense activity in the region. The folkloric festival at Cosquin and the Rodeo at Jesus Maria are also annual attractions as are cattle sales and the cattle branding. Specific activity itineraries are available for riding, vintage car driving, trekking, golf and mountain biking. Dove shooting is also available locally.

Other Information

**PLEASE NOTE: Prices for this ride include a tax discount for non-residents of Argentina. Riders must provide a photocopy/scan of their passport at the time of booking to qualify for this discount. Argentinian riders are asked to contact us for prices excluding the discount.**

There is free wi-fi in the main building, a laptop for guest use and a satellite phone for emergencies. There is
limited mobile phone coverage. Please note that the wi-fi is satellite based and as such can be slow and/or
intermittent. In addition wi-fi is turned off during mealtimes on the estancia.

Other Country Information

Argentina is the second largest country in Latin America after Brazil (almost all the countries of Western Europe and Scandinavia could fit inside Argentina's land mass). The country is diverse and includes rain forest in the north, vast areas of fertile farming land in the centre, the Andean mountain range to the west and the desolate plains of Patagonia in the south, leading down to glaciers at the southern tip. Argentina has the world's southernmost city (Ushaia).

Despite Argentina's recent economic woes, its pleasures - stunning natural wonders, an elegant capital and a passionate culture - are still as tempting as ever. Argentina has a dinstinctly European feel, Argentinians are much more European in temperament that their South American neighbours but their Latin spirit is still evident such as in their love of football and in the tempestuous dance of the Tango.

Argentina is three hours behind GMT. Remember in the summer the UK is one hour ahead of GMT and daylight savings is not in use in Argentina. They use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram.

The international dialling code is +54.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Cordoba Airport, Argentina.
Transfer:
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
Flight Guide:
London - Cordoba return £450 - £850. Fly via BA or Sao Paulo.
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