Patagonia Horse Riding

EcoCamp Patagonia Stay
Trip Length: 1 Days
Group Size: 1-8
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From: 423 USD
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It's time to giddy up and tame the wilds of Patagonia on this horse-lover's dream trip.

EcoCamp Extension

The best way to experience Torres del Paine? From the back of a horse, of course! Channel your inner cowboy and join the ranks of the local “baqueanos” cowboys for a day of riding across the grassy pampas of Patagonia, luxuriating in the fresh air and stunning views, and learning more about the fascinating cultural history of the region.

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Traditional Baqueano guides.
  • Views of Torres del Paine.
  • One of Chilean Patagonia’s largest ranches.
  • Local Patagonian horses.
  • Historical cultural immersion.
  • Journey through varied wildlife.

Itinerary

Patagonia horse riding

Chilean Patagonia

After breakfast, we will walk from EcoCamp to the horse-riding range. Upon arrival at the ranch stables, we meet our local Baqueano (Patagonian cowboy) guide who introduces us to the fine selection of Patagonian horses we will be riding. Our horses have been raised in the area’s wild geographical surroundings but are very well-trained and used to being ridden by anyone - no previous riding experience is needed.

As you ride along the deep blue shores of Lake Nordenskjöld, our expert baqueanos will help you learn how to ride. With the wind in your hair, the sounds of the lake, and the rhythm of the horse’s strong, sturdy movements, you’ll get a feel of Patagonia and its beginnings. Creating a genuine connection with nature, you’ll feel the powerfully pure joy of the moment.

Mount Almirante Nieto and its hanging glacier will hover in the skyline and you’ll appreciate numerous viewpoints and Patagonian flora as you cross pristine rivers and dense forests on horseback. We will venture into the Asencio Valley and cross the Asencio River, where you’ll be able to appreciate an ecotone – the intersection of two distinct ecosystems. The forest and the pampas transition into one another, uniquely blending together in the middle.

This famous lake is situated at the base of the Paine Massif and is named after Otto Nordenskjöld (1869-1928), a Swedish-Finnish explorer who dedicated himself to the study of Chile, Antarctica, Peru, and Greenland. During the ride, we will settle down to enjoy our picnic amid the spectacular Patagonian scenery and reflect on the generations of Baqueanos who have traveled across Patagonia’s plains before us.

Our guide will expand on the region’s horse riding history and the geography of this fascinating area so close to the world’s end, with a wealth of stories passed down through generations. Figures such as Santiago Zamora who traveled from Central Chile down to Punta Arenas in 1868 and integrated with the European colonists, spending his life exploring the region alongside them on horseback, form part of the rich intercultural heritage of the region.

We make our way back to the stables, soaking up the experience of riding across the Patagonian plains in traditional fashion. Once we say goodbye to our guide and horse we walk back to EcoCamp to enjoy our evening aperitif and meal and share our day’s experience with fellow EcoCamp guests.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia

Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in geodesic domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 28m²/300ft²)

Suite Dome EcoCamp Patagonia 1920x1281Suite domes were designed to further our goal of providing comfort in a natural setting with minimal environmental impact, and also maintain the hotel’s familiar and cozy vibe. The domes have comfortable double or twin beds, a wood stove and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome Loft
(2 floors, Heating & Private bathroom, 37m²/398ft²)

Suite Loft  (4)Suite dome lofts are two-storey domes which fit up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, come with a wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

EcoCamp Patagonia Superior Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 23m²/250ft²)

Superior Dome InteriorSpacious, comfortable and equipped with private bathrooms, Superior Domes are the optimum choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s walk. Each Superior Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater, skylight windows and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet

EcoCamp Patagonia Standard Dome
(Shared bathroom, 10m²/108ft²)

Standard Dome TwinEcoCamp Standard domes were the world's first lodge accommodation in geodesic shape. They are resistant to the strong Patagonian winds, and come equipped with two single beds (doubles on request), cozy fleece blankets and feather quilts. There are windows in the ceiling for stargazing. Standard domes include shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender divided.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all standard domes will be reserved for individual travelers or travelers from the same reservation group.

Included

Included

  • 1 full day excursión Patagonian.
  • Horseback riding.
  • 1 overnight in Ecocamp Dome.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Safety hat horse riding equipment.
  • Round trip transportation to stables.
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Not included

  • Transfers in and out of airport.
  • Insurance. (the same as for main programs)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Items not mentioned.

Facts

Departures

Regular departures every day on request. Only valid as an extension to our Ecocamp Tours!
*April departures are subject to weather conditions.
Also, please note:
If the excursion is canceled because of bad weather conditions, alternative options will be offered.

What is an EcoCamp extension?

EcoCamp Extensions are excursions you can book in addition to our regular EcoCamp programs, to enhance your Patagonian experience. These tours can take place before or after your main program but we strongly recommend doing them afterward to maximize your arrival experience at EcoCamp with your fellow trekking/Safari group members. Transport in and out of the park is not included as these services are covered by your regular program with EcoCamp. If you wish to book an EcoCamp Extension without any other EcoCamp program please contact us so we can give you a quote.

Starting / finishing point

The trip starts and ends at Ecocamp Patagonia.

Physical demands

This trip requires a level of fitness sufficient to spend a day riding on a horse over varied terrain. Speed will be determined by group fitness. No previous experience is necessary.

Only available for passengers under 65 years old.

Transport

EcoCamp van to Horse riding ranch and back.

Weather

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, both the strong marine and the South Patagonic Ice field influence make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer, fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find cold- strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min).

What you need to bring

You need to bring your personal belongings and box lunch provided by EcoCamp. It can get pretty chilly during the ride so warm clothes, gloves and hat suitable for strong winds are recommended.

Itinerary modifications

We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

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