We have an extensive portfolio of tried and tested ranches from the classic USA and Canadian cattle ranches to the traditional Estancias and Fazendas in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico.
The USA and Canada offers iconic landscapes and a way of life upheld for generations where the pioneer spirit still holds strong. Some are intimate working ranches where guests are welcomed as members of the family, others are larger with more facilities for your comfort- children’s programmes and organised entertainment in the evenings for example.
Latin America is Gaucho country, the forerunners of the North American cowboys. The added cultural twist of hot blooded Latin American is a great pull for riders looking for an adventure.
We also offer some exciting ranch riding holidays in Portugal and France offering genuine western riding and the ranch experience closer to home.
You've either never ridden or may have had a few lessons. You may be able to trot or ride out at a walk.
You've mastered the basic aids in walk, trot and canter. You're confident on a well-schooled horse in walk, rising trot (posting), and for short periods of canter in a school or even outside.
You're a secure and confident rider on a well-schooled horse at all paces including a fast canter in open country. You're happy to ride for several hours and may have some jumping experience.
You're an experienced rider, confident and relaxed on horseback. You ride regularly, have an independent seat and soft hands. You're capable of handling a spirited horse in open country and are happy to jump. You have experience of riding a variety of horses.
Does not wish to ride.
Like riding at home, service levels, language, standards and comforts similar to home.
A little different from home, there may be language barriers or different ways of doing things, still quite comfortable, may be unpredictable parts or some rugged terrain.
Different accommodations, attitudes or methods of riding are used to normal riding at home, may have challenging terrain, long days or itinerary changes, may involve camping or not so comfortable accommodation. An appetite for exploration and new experiences required.
Extreme adventure, very challenging terrain and possible extreme or fast changing weather requiring adaptation of the itinerary, must be very flexible, good humoured and fit.
A 15,000 acre self sufficient working ranch in northern Patagonia. Ride out each day where the mighty Andes rise up behind you, or ride into the neighbouring Indian reservation. Look out for wildlife of the area, especially condors.
2017: Season runs from 1 September to 30 April 2018, any day arrival and departure
Trip Length: A stay of seven nights is recommended. There is a minimum stay of three nights
Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 6 hours per day
Meeting point: Chapelco Airport, San Martin de Los Andes (CPC)
Riding Ability Required: All levels catered for, experienced riders separated. Minimum age 12.
Group Size: Max 12
Transfer: 2017/18: From San Martin (approx. 30 mins) $70 per vehicle each way. Other transfer options can be viewed below the itinerary.
Working cattle estancia near Cordoba, Argentina. Ride with gauchos and experience Argentine hospitality, lovely accommodation and learn to play polo. All levels.
2018: Open all year, anytime arrival and departure.
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
Group Size: Max 12
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
A working estancia stay in the heart of the Pampas 3 hours from Buenos Aires. Work with the cowboys, ride a cattle drive and relax under the stars at this genuine traditional Estancia. The itinerary finished with two nights in the heart of bustling Buenos Aires including a city tour, tango show and river trip. The perfect combination to experience Argentina.
Set at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Canada this small working cattle ranch is the real thing. For novice riders onwards, slower pace on ranch stay, faster for cattle drives. On 2 week programmes guests will experience cattle work and learn the basic techniques of working cattle and ranch roping.
2018 Ranch stay and short break: 3, 17 Jun; 15, 22 Jul; 5 Aug; 2, 9 Sept.
Trip Length: 14 days / 13 nights - cowpuncher
7 days / 6 nights - ranch stay, cattle drives & branding week
5 days / 4 nights - short break
Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 6 hours
Meeting point: Calgary International airport (YYC). Set transfer pickup time is between noon and 6pm on Sundays and the drop off time is between noon and 6pm on Saturdays.
Riding Ability Required: Novice onwards. For cattle drives riders must be at intermediate level due to the rough terrain and long hours in the saddle. Minimum age 14.
Group Size: 1-10
Transfer: 2018: C$315 return for a single passenger and C$52.50 return for every additional passenger (including local taxes). Payable on site. Approx. transfer time 2 hours. Pick up is on Sundays between 12 noon and 6pm, drop off is on Saturdays between 12 noon and 6pm.
Alternatively take the Red Arrow bus from Calgary for a total cost of C$90pp.
For stays between 12 and 19 February: book one rider, get the second rider or non rider 50% off. Book a single rider and we will waive the single supplement. In addition you will get one free optional non riding tour - Kayaking, Massage, Estuary Boat Tour, Stand Up Paddle Board, Snorkeling, or others
A short tropical riding break, ride along the Old Spanish Trail, Pacific Coast beach riding, natural horsemanship, Costa Rican rainforest, lots of wildlife and lush forests
On request: 1 November to 31 July - High Season; 1 August to 30 Sept - Low Season
Trip Length: 6 days, 5 nights, 4.5 days riding (2 night expansion available, please enquire)