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Some of the most stunning scenery in Northern Patagonia

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Horse Riding Holidays Argentina – Estancia Huechahue

PRICES & DATES top

Estancia Huechahue : 2017 Prices

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

£325/€380/$400 per night (no single supplement)

Estancia Huechahue is a flexible holiday and you can book by the night. We recommend 7 nights to make the most of your trip.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

Included – All the riding, full board accommodation, all activities on the estancia including fishing, drinks and airport transfers.

Excluded – Flights, tips & transfers out with conditions.

Estancia Huechahue : 2017 Dates

Open all year round.

Getting There
International flight to Buenos Aires, followed by an internal flight to Chapelco airport, San Martin de los Andes or to Bariloche. Bariloche is a good option as it has more regular flights.

Transfer
The transfer time from the nearest airport Chapelco is half an hour and from Bariloche just over 2 hours.

Transfers included if you are staying 5 or more nights or are a group of 4 staying 3 plus nights.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

A truly ‘Special Estancia’, Estancia Huechahue is nestled in the foothills of the Andes, offering guests the chance to view some of the most stunning scenery in Northern Patagonia from the back of a horse. On this estancia you’ll enjoy adventurous riding, incorporated with some tough cowboy work, astride some fantastic homebred horses.

This extraordinary Estancia Huechahue horse riding holiday in Argentina is for those of you who enjoy adventurous riding – set at the foot of the Andes, this real life working cattle estancia on some 15,000 acres is spectacular. Some 400 acres are under irrigation where alfalfa is grown for hay and there are also orchards of plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, apples, walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds.

Estancia Huechahue prides itself on its self-sufficiency whether in the form of fruit, nuts, vegetables or electricity! Beef is home-produced and during the week you have the opportunity to enjoy at least one asado – a traditional Argentine barbeque lunch. Estancia Huechahue is owned and managed by a British woman, Jane Williams who married into an Argentinian family.

Life on Estancia Huechahue is always an adventure, involving you, the horses and the gauchos – out riding you’ll be climbing rocky hills, visiting Indian burial sites, spying eagles and condors and helping the gauchos out with the estancia’s herd of Hereford cattle. The riding routes often take you through beech forest and bamboo thickets, with wonderful views of lakes and mountains and the snow capped peak of Lanin as a spectacular backdrop.

In addition, on a Estancia Huechahue holiday a rider can take their non riding partners, as there are plenty of other activities to enjoy and include walking, fishing or swimming in the river, chilling out in the hot tub, reading, or simply marvelling at the self sufficiency of this truly amazing place.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Criollo, Thoroughbreds & Partbreds

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. There will be lots of opportunities for fast gallops on the plains surrounding Estancia Huechahue.

Tack – Western.

Weight Restriction – 15 Stones / 95 kg / 210 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 16.

ACCOMMODATION top

The accommodation Estancia Huechahue is comfortable and there are 12 rooms, housed in 3 chalets and in the main house itself, all with ensuite.

Meals are eaten together in the dining room of the main house at Estancia Huechahue, with lots of the ingredients grown and made on the estancia. Bread is baked daily and there is always fresh milk and home-made cheese as well as plenty of delicious home grown fruit and vegetables – depending on the season, sweet tomatoes, corn on the cob, nectarines, apricots, apples, plums, peaches… Lunch and dinner are traditionally large meals in Argentina and dinner is generally eaten late – never before 9pm and sometimes not until 11pm.

Argentinian beef is renowned for its excellence and is a very popular item, often served as part of a traditional ‘asado’ (barbeque) along with chorizo or lamb, accompanied by fresh salads, home-made bread and cheeses, washed down with Argentinian wine. Home cured hams, venison, wild boar or other game may also be on the menu for dinner. Argentinian wine, which is included with lunch and dinner, is excellent. Vegetarians will be catered for as far as possible but please give us prior notice of any special dietary requirements.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Horse Riding Holidays at Estancia Huechahue are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Argentina.

Please Ask About

  • Wild Boar Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Buenos Aires
  • Igazu or Angel Falls add ons

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

An example of a week’s riding from the Estancia. In September, October, November, March and April, the condors are particularly spectacular. Lunches next to the river with the chance to swim are best in January and February. Generally there is more interesting, varied and fun horse and cattle work to be done than in the summer from November to March.

DAY 1

You will be met at Bariloche airport and driven to Estancia Huechahue (approx. 2 hours 30 mins). After lunch there will be an afternoon ride. A chance to familiarise yourself with the horses and tack and the local riding style.

DAY 2

A full day ride on Estancia Huechahue. Follow the Huechahue stream through its basalt canyons, riding as fast as you want across the water-meadows sending the plovers and ibis screeching, before returning over the top of Chenque Hill, where the Andes rise up behind you and the vastness of Patagonia stretches out before you.

DAY 3

Spend the day with the gauchos rounding up cattle into the corrals. Lunch may be with the gauchos and could be strips of beef ribs threaded onto a stick and cooked over the open fire. You cut off the chunk you fancy and eat it sandwich style. Meat, bread and mate - the gaucho diet. After a siesta in the shade you will get the chance to separate the cows on horseback or try your hand with a lasso.

DAY 4

A full day ride on Estancia Huechahue to visit the Indian burial caves. The caves were formed when the glaciers carved the valley opening an entrance to the lava flow tunnels formed during previous eras of volcanic activity. The Tehuelche Indians laid out their dead, surrounded by their weapons and always somewhere where they could see their enemies coming. They decorated the walls with designs. The remains have disappeared, but the petroglyphs and the view are still there.

DAY 5

A morning ride to see the stallion with the mares and new foals and a chance to herd horses. After a late lunch an evening ride to the cliffs where the condors and eagles nest. While you have a cocktail and the sun goes down, the condors return soaring above and below you before settling for the night.

DAY 6

A day ride through the neighbouring Indian reservation. The saddle rugs and saddle bags on Huechahue are woven by some of the Indian women and the skins from Huechahue cattle are worked into rawhide and then bridles and halters by the men. Ride by and share a 'mate' on the way through.

DAY 7

A full day ride to a different part of the Estancia. There are 15,000 acres in all so there is still plenty left to explore. Lunch on the river. On the way home a chance to see guanaco, deer, wild boar and 'peludos' - the baby armadillo.

DAY 8

A farewell ride on Huechahue before transferring to the airport.

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Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

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Argentina Holidays Testimonials

Sally on Across the Andes Ride, Argentina

The sheer beauty of each country was amazing, the views were AWESOME, river crossings so many and all memorable, adventurous riding albeit not galloping all the time, but you had to be confident, just thinking of the shakey bridge! And your horses, incredibly fit, forward going and so sure footed, I was glad to be

Sally from UK