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You will ride alongside horses that are running free. Spectacular!

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Horse Riding Holidays Chile – Horse Moving Adventure

PRICES & DATES top

Horse Moving Adventure : 2017

Rates are quoted per person sharing. This is a set departure ride.
8-10 riders – £4,910/€4,765/$5,999
6-7 riders – £5,070/€5,960/$6,199
4-5 riders – £5,400/€6,345/$6,599
2-3 riders – £5,730/€6,730/$6,999

Single Supplement – £810/€950/$990

Dates
2 – 11 April 2017

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

This Horse Moving Adventure is a spectacular Horse Riding Holiday during which, for three days, you will be riding alongside horses that are running free. See areas that only the privileged get to see and experience it all on horse back! This Horse Moving Adventure will take riders from the southern to the northern parts of Torres del Paine National Park. They will experience the lush green areas of the south, through to the dry, vast pampas of the north.

Horse Moving Adventure Main Highlights

  • Tour starts and finishes in Puerto Natales, accommodation in real, working estancias and comfortable hotels
  • Three days of riding next to free-running horses which are moved from their summer pasture to their winter pasture
  • Includes eight, full-day rides on Criollo-mix horses with Chilean tack
  • Ride to the Glacier Grey beach, with optional boat trip
  • Experiencing breath-taking views of the Torres del Paine mountains
  • Ride through woodland, over mountains, through rivers and around lakes
  • Spectacular views everyday of the mountains, glacial rivers and lakes
  • Ride close to the Argentinian border in the Sierra Baguales mountains
  • Eat typical Patagonian food and wine and meet some of the people who live in this beautiful place
  • See many local birds, animals and plants
  • Extend your trip and compete in the the famous Las Torres Equestrian Endurance Race

THE RIDING top

Horses – Criollo Crosses, which vary in size with the majority being between 14hh -15.2hh. They are strong, fit, willing and sure-footed. There are horses for both experienced riders and rusty riders.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to advanced. It is an advantage to have a certain level of fitness as there will be some long days in the saddle 5- 7 hours per day.

Tack – The tack is Chilean and comfortable and comprises of metal framed saddles onto which is layered felt, sheepskin and leather. Rope, rawhide and leather form the bridles, girths and straps.

Weight Restriction – 14 Stone / 90 kg / 198 lbs.

Group Size for this Horse Moving Adventure – Maximum 12.

Horse Moving Adventure : Getting There
International flights to Santiago, followed by an internal flight to Punta Arenas.

Transfer
There is a very good bus service to Puerto Natales from Punta Arenas or we can easily arrange a private transfer to pick you up at the airport.

ACCOMMODATION top

At the end of a long day riding during this Horse Moving Adventure and rounding up horses you can expect real comfort and great food in a mix of family run estancias, either working estancias that offer guest rooms or estancias that have been fully converted for guests. They are beautifully located and have wonderful views.

The food on this Horse Moving Adventure is fresh, tasty and plentiful. Expect toast, cereal and cooked breakfast, packed lunches and either a family style meal with your estancia host, if it’s a private working ranch or a menu style option if it’s a converted estancia – either way, you’ll be served 3 courses with a good selection of chicken, beef, fish and lots of vegetables.

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 like this Horse Moving Adventure are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Chile.

Included – All the riding, transfers Puerto Natales and in Park, boat trip to Balmaceda, meals and guides.

Excluded – Flights, meals in Puerto Natales, drinks, transfers from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, optional Grey Glacier boat trip circa $96 & tips.

Please Ask About

  • City add-on in Santiago
  • Trekking & kayaking add-ons in the park

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

DAY 1

Your Horse Moving Adventure starts by arriving in Puerto Natales by either bus or private transfer from Punta Arenas. In the evening you will be escorted to dinner by your guide (payable locally) for the trip briefing. Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 2

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to Laguna Sophia (c. 20kms). Here you will meet your horses and start your journey into the mountains, including moving loose horses from their summer pasture towards their winter pasture. The ride takes you up into little known mountains with amazing views. Condors soar close by and the same level as the riders. In the afternoon you arrive at a mountain lodge called El Puesto (The Hut!) where a meal will be prepared for you in this fabulous, rustic, mountain hideaway. There will be no other people and you can enjoy the fresh mountain air and multitude of stars with no light pollution.

DAY 3

After breakfast, you will be saddling up to carry on with your journey alongside the loose horses. The riding will be fast paced as you keep up with the horses running ahead and alongside you. Continue out of the first valley into the next valley which is tree covered – you should be able to see the whole valley laid out in front of you. The paths are easy and fun to ride along. You will have a picnic lunch along the way and then continue to your next mountain lodge – Campana. These mountain lodges are basic but comfortable and cost after a full day of riding, a good meal and few glasses of wine.

DAY 4

Today you will be heading out of the mountains and into civilisation! Enter the third valley which affords more breathtaking views – another fast paced ride today. In the afternoon you arrive at Hotel Tres Pasos where you can shower and rest before a long day in the saddle tomorrow!

DAY 5

Today there is a short transfer of c. 15 minutes to the small town of Cerro Castillo, where you will meet your new horses and start a ride which will take you over a vast pampas area, great for long canters! This ride will be very different from the last three days in the mountains as you ride through an impressive valley, with massive hills on either side. Have lunch along the way and in the afternoon you should start to see the mountains of the Torres del Paine National Park coming into view. It is a truly impressive sight as they start to loom up in the distance. In the late afternoon you arrive at your destination, Estancia Tercera Barranca, a working estancia with an enviable position where, during dinner, you can relax and take in the mountains right in front of you. A long, but great day!

DAY 6

After breakfast you will be riding out to Laguna Azul (Blue Lake). With views of Torres del Paine in front of you during the morning you ride past the waterfall of the river Las Chinas, over rolling hills and through some woodlands and the edge of Lake Onion until reaching the spectacular Laguna Azul. On a good day you can see the Towers framed in the background. After lunch continue riding along the coast of the lake and across meadows and woodlands back to the estancia. Along the way you should hopefully see guanaco and rhea’s as well as possibly grey foxes and armadillos.

DAY 7

Today you will be transferring by vehicle literally to the end of the road known as Ruta 9 to a mystical area and the Estancia Las Chinas, situated in the heart of the Sierra Baguales, a wild mountain chain that extends from the north eastern limit of Torres del Paine penetrating the border into Argentina. The name of the mountains “Baguales” translates to mean domesticated animal gone wild, such as a cow, bull or, in this case, horses. Its distinctive peaks of basalt are cathedral-like in their forms and the area is also famous for its marine and land fossils which document the passing of geological eras. Here you meet your horses for the ride out into these grand peaks, climbing high up towards the Tetas Las Chinas where, with luck, you may spot the famous wild horse herds of the Sierra Baguales. After a few hours riding, return to the estancia house for tea before driving back to Estancia Tercera Barranca for dinner.

DAY 8

Today you ride from Tercera Barranca across the heart of the park. This spectacular ride takes you across pampas and past Laguna Amarga (a salt lake which sometimes has flamingos on it). You start climbing up from Laguna Amarga with magnificent views of the Towers and Paine massif on your right. The views are breathtaking. After lunch, continue the route towards the Rio Serrano. You will notice the terrain changing from dry pampas to grassy woodlands. At a viewpoint over Bull Lake you should be able to see your destination. At this point you start descending towards the Weber Bridge and the Park Administration. After crossing the bridge there is a final c.7km of pampas inviting you to have a final canter before reaching the hotel.

DAY 9

Today after breakfast, you will begin your final full day of riding to Grey Glacier. The ride takes you across the pampas past the Park Administration where the view of the Paine massif is a constant companion. The ride is flat today and so there are plenty of opportunities for trots and canters. After a few hours we reach the Grey area where you have a final lunch together in the park. After lunch you can walk to the Grey beach and admire the huge icebergs that have fallen off the glacier and been blown to the far end of the lake. For those who want a closer look at the glacier there is a 3hr boat trip available (subject to weather conditions) which is payable locally – c. USD 120 per person. If opting for the boat trip then you will be transferred back to the hotel afterwards; those who prefer not to do the boat trip can assist with taking the horses back across the pampas to the hotel.

DAY 10

After a leisurely breakfast transfer to Puerto Natales. Private transfer/bus can be arranged (at extra cost) back to Punta Arenas for your flight home or onward travel.

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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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