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Warm hospitality and upmarket accommodation in an authentic Argentine estancia, riding with the gauchos

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Horse Riding Holidays Argentina – Estancia Los Potreros

PRICES &DATES top

Estancia Los Potreros : 2017 Prices

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

Estancia Stay

  • Jan-Apr £375/€435/$460 per night, staying 3-6 nights
  • Jan-Apr £350/€415/$435 per night, staying 7 nights or more
  • May-Sep £330/€390/$410 per night, staying 3-6 nights
  • May-Sep £310/€390/$380 per night, staying 7 nights or more
  • Oct-Dec £375/€435/$460 per night, staying 3-6 nights
  • Oct-Dec £350/€415/$435 per night, staying 7 nights or more

Long Distance Trail Ride – 7 nights

  • £2,665/€3,125/$3,290
  • Dates on request, minimum riders required.

Learn to Play Polo – 7 nights

  • £2,610/€3,060/$3,220
  • 13th – 20th March, 16th – 22nd October & 30th November – 4th October

No single supplement in single rooms (3 available) otherwise 30% supplement applies.

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

Included – All riding, full board accommodation, drinks & Cordoba transfers.

Excluded – Flights & tips.

Los Potreros is a flexible holiday. The minimum stay is 3 nights but we recommend 7 nights to make the most of your trip. There are also some set packages on fixed dates offered.

Estancia Los Potreros : 2017 Dates

Open all year round.

Estancia Los Potreros : Getting There
International flight directly to Cordoba or to Buenos Aires, followed by an internal flight to Cordoba.

Transfer
Approx. 1 hour car transfer to/from the estancia, included in the ride price.

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

Take your first lessons in the game of ‘polo’ at Estancia Los Potreros, or ride sturdy-footed horses with the gauchos across the oldest mountain range in South America. Either way, you will enjoy this unique, working estancia, for its warm hospitality, and upmarket accommodation.

Estancia Los Potreros is a 6,500 acre estancia, nestled between the pampas and the Andes, on top of the ‘Sierras Chicas’, in the heart of the region of Cordoba. The ranch is owned and run by the Beggs, a fourth generation Anglo-Argentinian family. It is a perfect location for those looking for a relaxed horse riding holiday in Argentina with excellent, well-schooled horses and comfortable, country house style accommodation which is adorned with antiques, giving the place a rustic, grand fell. You’ll also enjoy the superb, tasty, home cooked food, served with excellent, locally produced wine.

There is a polo field and a fine string of polo ponies at Estancia Los Potreros, so it is an ideal place for those who wish to try a few relaxed chukkas. Day rides from Estancia Los Potreros are exciting and adventurous, and you can often accompany the ranch gauchos on a working day rounding up the Aberdeen Angus cattle or a herd of rested horses and lassoing calves. The relaxed atmosphere lends itself well to families and groups who are looking for a bit of variety, rather than hard core riding all day, although you can do that as well if you wish.

In addition at Estancia Los Potreros, there are lots of other activities and makes this an ideal place to take non-riding partners and family, like visiting a nearby vineyard, hiking, bird watching, fishing, golfing and sight seeing. Or, you can just chill out and soak up the warm sun, enjoy the gentle breeze and swim in the pool in complete tranquillity, which is only interrupted by bird song or the distant echo of everyday ranch life.

At Estancia Los Potreros there are 2 special riding experiences on specific dates throughout the year, which are ‘Learn to Play Polo’ weeks and a trail ride called the ‘Bellstone’ named after ‘The Bellstone’ – an unusual rock formation on the estancia that sounds like a bell when hit with a stone. The rock also looks like a bell turned upside down, which was in fact the cattle brand of the estancia for many years. The ride is beautiful and takes you out to areas impossible to reach by car. The expedition is rich in local history and offers some excellent riding.

Not surprisingly, this authentic estancia has won many accolades, including most recently, ‘Top 100 Hotels’ voted for by the Sunday Times Traveller Magazine.

THE RIDING top

Horses at Estancia Los Potreros – Criolla, Peruvian Paso, Thoroughbreds & Partbreds.

Level of Riding & Pace – Beginner to Advanced.

Tack – Western style and Polo tack.

Weight Restriction – 16 stone /102 kg / 224 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 12.

ACCOMMODATION top

Accommodation on Estancia Los Potreros is in one of two farm-houses. Rooms are traditionally decorated and preserved as much as possible in the original colonial style with tiled floors, rugs and original furniture and fittings. Bedrooms have en suite with either bath or shower and wood burning stoves to take the chill off the mountain air.

Expect excellent food at Estancia Los Potreros, meals are eaten in the dining room of the main house. Fresh bread baked daily and plenty of delicious Argentine beef. Days start with a cooked breakfast for those who wish or you might have muesli with yoghurt, fruit, bread, toast and homemade jam. Lunch and dinner are often a traditional Argentine ‘asado’ (barbeque) with beef, chorizo or lamb, accompanied by fresh salads, home-made bread and cheese, washed down with Argentinian wine. Los Potreros have their own label of locally made wine and the various grape varieties make for interesting wine tasting. Vegetarians will be catered for as far as possible but please give us prior notice of any special dietary requirements.

There is also from October through to April ‘La Casita de Carpintero’ (The Little Woodpecker House), a self-contained cottage with spacious accommodation, consisting of 2 bedrooms (a double, and a twin or triple), 2 bathrooms, sitting room, verandah area and front garden.This cottage is bookable in advance for a minimum of 2 people, for a fixed daily supplement of £320.

Calle Florida – a cool, stylish one bedroom apartment in central Buenos Aires. A great stop place to stay and combine with a visit to the estancia. Could be used as a stop over in and out of Buenos Aires! Enquire for availability and price.

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 Los Potreros are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Argentina.

Please Ask About

  • Group Exclusivity
    • From groups of 5 to 32 people, ideal for Polo Clubs or Charity Rides
    • Tailored itineraries
  • Polo Weeks
  • Trail Rides
  • Add-ons
    • Buenos Aires
    • Iguazu or Angel Falls

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Example of the ‘Estancia Stay’ Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive at Estancia Los Potreros and settle into your room. Take a sunset ride to the 'Top of the World' to get your bearings and enjoy the spectacular views and look out for condors. In the evening take part in Kevin Begg’s famous wine tasting and sample some of the wines of the region, including Los Potreros own label.

DAY 2

Ride to the waterfall and take a refreshing dip in the natural pool. Return to the estancia for lunch on the verandah and after a well earned siesta help the gauchos to bring in the mares and foals.

DAY 3

A full day picnic ride to a local Dominican church and to visit the local one-teacher rural school which is supported by Estancia Los Potreros. The fabulously smooth and forward going Paso Peruanos make sure that the delay in the saddle doesn’t feel quite so long.

DAY 4

No horse-riding holiday would be complete without trying your hand at the 'Sport of Kings' – Polo! Ride down to the polo field have a short lesson and some practise 'stick and ball' and then play a few chukkas of this highly addictive game. A barbeque lunch at the polo field is followed by a visit to 'El Vergel’, the oldest building on the estancia dating back to 1639. If that wasn’t enough try your hand at 'sortija', a gaucho game on horseback that involves threading a stick through a small ring at speed!

DAY 5

Ride to the north of the farm – Potrero de Niz to soak up some of the family history of the farm. This was the original family home of the Begg’s some four generations ago. The landscape is peppered with shrubs along running streams. Take to the corrals in the afternoon for some lassoing and to see the horse-breaker at work.

DAY 6

Another full day’s ride to the far south of the farm. You have a picnic by the stream next to a small museum in what used to be the house of Guido Buffo, an art and science lover who built an unusual chapel as a memorial to his wife and daughter.

DAY 7

Visit Chiviquin on horseback the main working cattle part of the farm perhaps seeing the gauchos in action with the Aberdeen Angus cattle which are the backbone of the farm today. Ring the 'Bellstone' on the way back and on returning to the estancia enjoy a traditional Argentine 'asado' and a leisurely afternoon dip in the pool.

DAY 8

After a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs depart for your onward flight.

Example of the ‘Trail Ride’ Itinerary

This ride takes you over the constantly changing geography of the region, through areas impossible to reach by car. You stay at a variety of locations from cattle estancias to very simple dwellings exposing you to the life of the local people. This expedition is rich in local history and offers some excellent riding.

DAY 1

Meet your host at Cordoba. Transfer to Los Potreros. Afternoon ride if time allows to Estancia Chiviquin, an outpost. This is a very old and simple traditional dwelling and offers an insight to cattle farming in these remote areas. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner, this is a tradition on every evening when staying at Los Potreros, an opportunity to discuss the plan for the rest of the expedition.

DAY 2

A morning ride to feel comfortable with your horse and the gauchos. Climb to some of the high points and get your bearings. Explore the cattle ranch. Lunch is a traditional Argentine 'asado' (barbecue) by the pool with several cuts of meat to try. The afternoon may be spent swimming or walking. Watch the sun go down, enjoying a drink on the 'Patio Verde'. Dinner and night spent at Potrero de Los Melados and if the moonlight allows - go to a high point to see the lights of the city of Cordoba in the distance. On the way hear the sound of the 'church bell stone' that inspired the original bell-shaped cattle brand of this farm.

DAY 3

'Across country' past 'Canada de los Condores' Canyon of the Condors, where condors may sometimes be seen, to 'La Estancita' for a picnic lunch at the local school, visit Dominican church go past local dwellings and small farms. Night spent camping out or in Canada del Molle farmhouse, the childhood home of Kevin and Robin Begg.

DAY 4

Set out towards Candonga going north along the top of the Sierras Chicas towards Menta’s farm (cabin). Menta is a wonderful host and a good cook. Together with her brother she ekes a meagre existence from her smallholding. The visit is worth the experience! Some earth road work. A dip in the natural rock pools is followed by a late afternoon ride to Candoga church (C1650) riding back at sunset along the river to your hilltop accommodation. Stay in Menta’s cabin or camp out.

DAY 5

A long day’s ride, some on earth roads. Climb above La Cumbre to the 'Loma Grande'. Dinner and night spent at a charming and secluded stone lodge. The house is not reached by any other means than walking or riding. The stone constructed house has no road or electricity but hot showers, excellent food and spectacular views. Don’t miss the night stars, you will feel like you could reach out and touch them!

DAY 6

Descend to explore the town of La Cumbre (town of English origin) at the top of the Punilla valley. Chance to replenish stocks and batteries. Lunch in a typical Cruz Chica home. Wind down towards La Falda along the 'Camino de Los Artesanos' towards Estancia Alto San Pedro. Night spent at the Reydon Hotel an old girl’s boarding school tastefully restored into a charming and comfortable guest house. Your hosts are well known for their impromptu tango lessons.

DAY 7

Early morning start towards 'El Cuadrado' road. Passing La Falda a town of German origin, via the remains of the famous Eden Hotel (funded by Hitler during the war and now a museum). Climb ridge to vermiculite mines (Cerro Sapo), make your way along the top of a ridge seeing the views across the Valle de Punilla. Return past the ruin at 'El Vergel' (C1700) dinner and overnight at Los Potreros.

DAY 8

Farewell ride on the estancia before returning to the airport.

Example of ‘Polo’ Itinerary

Part of the estancia was once owned by polo legend Lewis Lacey, one of the world’s first 10 goal players and one of the few to have played polo for both Great Britain and Argentina – he’s also the man credited with inventing the polo shirt.

The aim of the polo at los Potreros is to encourage you to start playing the game, to build on what skills you may already have and to leave wanting to play even more. And it’s all done in a relaxed manner, by some great coaches.

In addition to the two afternoons a week where all guests can play polo, there are also dedicated Polo weeks with 2 sessions per day for the duration of your stay.

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