Caring for the horses
On Horseback
Rocky Trail
Estancia across the pool
Verdant Fields
Bedroom
Bathroom
Dining Room
Delicious Meals
Preparing a feast
The Group

This 8-Day center-based horseback riding vacation is perfect for novice equestrian riders upward who enjoy the choice of whether to join in certain rides, or relax at the estancia. The daily horse trips are half or full-day trail options and include a two-day visit to a remote cattle farm where the group stay at the fully-equipped camp set up by the logistics team. There is also the chance to learn about the hosts impressive training system on the breeding field close to the estancia. This is the ideal way to discover the great variety of landscapes of the Traslasierra Valley on horseback.

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Day 1
Arrival. Transfer from Cordoba airport through the mountains to the estancia.(2.5 hours). Relax by the pool or play tennis before dinner.

Day 2
After breakfast, meet the horses and discuss riding experience. An induction, meeting the Peruvian Pasos and their gait, the Paso llano, with tips on how to sit. After lunch ride out in the countryside past farmhouses and along small rivers. Visit the chapel “Nuestra Señora de Fátima”, built in honour of the beatified 'Gaucho Priest'. After a picnic lunch take a different trail back through the traditional farmlands. Dinner and overnight at the estancia.

Day 3
After breakfast, ride into the Altas Cumbres mountains to a remote farm to meet a family and learn about traditional life on a farm. This trail can be walked or ridden and passes an area of special microclimate created by “Huaico”. Picnic on the farm with the family and learn about their life and traditions. Ride back to the estancia in the afternoon and relax until dinner.

Day 4
Today's ride leads into the mountains to the Mogote, a residual hill, with far reaching views of the nearby valleys and mountains. En route, there is a short break to visit the Rocsen museum. The trail crosses canyons and rivers, then finally reaches the top where the back up team have brought a picnic lunch. Relax with views over the Traslasierra Valley and then ride back to the estancia for dinner.

Day 5
Today's ride traces the La Viña dyke past farmland and along the Los Sauces river. Arriving at Cura Brochero, where the 'Gaucho priest' was beatified, stop for refreshments with a local family before riding on to Panaholma, where the horses will stay. Transfer (30 mins) to the estancia for dinner.

Day 6
After breakfast, transfer back to the horses and set off up the mountains to a remote working cattle farm in the northern area& of the mountains, arriving about 2pm. After a picnic lunch, join in with some of the farm tasks looking after the cattle. The back up team set up camp and prepare dinner.

Day 7
After breakfast at the farm, spend time with the gauchos and learn about& cow wrangling and drive them to new pasture. After a picnic at midday, leave the farm and ride back through a pristine landscape of remote canyons and clear rivers. At a tiny mountain village, meet the back up team. Say goodbye to the horses an transfer back to the estancia (1 hr). Farewell dinner with folk music by local musicians.

Day 8
After breakfast, transfer to Cordoba airport

All riding days are optional and there are other activities at the estancia for those who wish to remain there.

We are part of the programme NO DEJE RASTROS (NDR) that translates to 'Leave No Trace'. The idea is to minimize the impact on nature and the environment by education about ethical behaviour and techniques so future visitors can also enjoy a pristine experience. The programme unites social and institutional conditions, and emphasises the importance of protecting the environment. If we damage our natural world, it has impacts on soil, vegetation, flora and fauna and water resources, and hence our quality of life.

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

The horses are gaited Peruvian Paso horses, bred on the farm. The Paso Llano is a 4 beat gait, a little like the Icelandic tolt, a comfortable pace for long distances. Using anatomic saddles, similar to the Argentine gaucho type, the animals are responsive to light aids and ridden in short shank Pelham bits. The daily rides, including the excursion to the cattle farm, are optional.


Rider requirements

Intermediate riders onwards will adapt to the Paso Llano. Riders must bring their own well-fitting riding helmet and its use is mandatory.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 220 lb/100 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The estancia is a colonial country house that has been refurbished to offer maximum comfort to guests while preserving its charming gaucho style. There are 9 rooms and 2 apartments with central heating and private bathrooms and air conditioning. There is a training area for the horses, a swimming pool and tennis courts.

Expect local cuisine with typical regional recipes prepared by the resident chef. There is an optional excursion to a cattle farm with camping.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements within reason can be accommodated with advance notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests before booking.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures and requirements while travelling.

Visa 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 should you need a visa.

When visiting Argentina your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/argentina

In the US: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Argentina.html

In Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/argentina

Climate Summary

The climate here is considered warm and temperate. During the winter season, precipitation levels are significantly lower compared to those experienced in summer. In Nono, the mean yearly temperature amounts to 15.3 °C | 59.6 °F. In a year, the rainfall is 1093 mm | 43.0 inch. The geographical position of Nono is situated in the southern hemisphere. Summer begins in December and ends at the end of January. The months of summer are: December, January, February, March. According to our analysis, the optimal period for embarking on a journey is during January, February, March, November, December. In July, the precipitation level plummets to a mere 15 mm | 0.6 inch. This month holds the title for being exceptionally arid. The majority of rainfall occurs during the month with the highest precipitation, which is January, and has an average amount of 189 mm | 7.4 inch.

Climate Chart

Health

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travel to some parts of the country.

Health authorities have classified Argentina as having a risk of Zika virus transmission.

Dengue fever can occur throughout the year. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in Argentina and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.



Electricity

In Argentina the supply voltage is 220V. If the appliance is a single voltage rated appliance, it will need to operate at the same voltage as the supply voltage of the country i.e. 220V. If this is not the case it should be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly.

Mobile, WiFi and charging

There is internet connection and wi-fi in the reception area but it doesn't extend to the rooms. If using a GoPro ensure you have the group's permission to be filmed.

Packing List

- Riding Helmet - we strongly recommend that you wear a properly fitted riding helmet of the current standard which is PAS015 or BSEN1384 (One can be provided, but we recommend you bring your own)
- Gloves
- Clothing for horseback riding (resistant fabric pants, fast drying shirts, long sleeve shirts to protect from the sun)
- Riding Boots - it is important to have correct shoes or boots for horse riding. Jodhpur or ankle boots with a rubber sole are recommended but sturdy shoes with a definite heel are acceptable (such as walking boots)
- Half Chaps - these are great when worn with ankle boots and help prevent the stirrup leathers rubbing against your legs
- Broad rimmed hat which must stay on firmly
- Casual Clothes - for when out of the saddle
- Jersey
- Warm jacket (spring, autumn and winter)
- Raincoat (seasonal)
- Shorts
- Sarong or wrap
- Swimsuit
- Sunscreen
- Sunglasses with string
- Personal Items - toiletries, any medicines you require and please be sure to take insect repellent
- Refillable Water Bottle - it's very important to drink a lot of water when it's hot, especially when doing physical activities
- Camera, spare Batteries/Chargers - an absolute must! It is also a good idea to take a camera case you can strap around your waist or onto a belt for whilst you are riding
- Binoculars
- A copy of your passport & travel insurance

Provided by hosts
Riding Helmet

Programmes

8d / 7n programme with 6 days riding. Departures Mar - June; Aug - Dec

Departure Dates

2024: March - June; Aug - Dec

Pricing
No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
20248d/7n6double pp2,209
20248d/7n6Single Supplement room239
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20248d/7n6double pp2,579
20248d/7n6Single Supplement room285
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description US $
20248d/7n6double pp2,995
20248d/7n6Single Supplement room329
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20248d/7n6double pp31,049
20248d/7n6Single Supplement room3,389
Recommended Reading

Rough Guide to Argentina - 2nd Edition - Danny Aeberhard

On A Hoof And A Prayer: Around Argentina At A Gallop  - Polly Evans

Footprint Argentina Handbook - Christabelle Dilks

‘Gauchos and the Vanishing Frontier’ –Richard W Slatta,

‘The Drunken Forest’ and ‘The Whispering Land’ – Gerald Durrell,

‘Saddled With Darwin’- Toby Green

‘In Patagonia’ – Bruce Chatwin.

For the equestrian traveller who would like to see what is possible on horseback visit www.thelongridersguild.com 

Also a fantastic place to acquire your equestrian travel books is www.horsetravelbooks.com


Other Activities

Tennis, Swimming, hiking, tabletennis.

Wildlife

Typical wildlife on the ride are hares, foxes and condors.

Other Information

Nono is a small town full of history with a cultural background and heritage that root back to local native tribes and the Spanish colonialists. Please carry your passport with you at all times or if you leave it in a safe, carry a copy of your passport with you and always have a copy of your passport separately in your luggage. In Argentina, you can pay by credit or debit card, you can also change foreign into national currency at a bank, also Ampascachi offers that service.

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 distinctly European feel, Argentinians are much more European in temperament than 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
Transfer:
2024: Road transfer to and from Cordoba Airport included
Flight Guide:
2024: London - Cordoba from £1300.00 pp return
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