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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: 2021 Prices

You can arrive or leave any day and stay from a 3 night minimum, we recommend a 7 night stay.
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  • 7 night “Estancia Stay”
    January to April & October to December – $3,685
    • GBP: 2,760
    • EUR: 3,094
    per person sharing
    May to September – $3,318
    • GBP: 2,485
    • EUR: 2,786
    per person sharing
  • 7 nights “Learn to Play Polo”
    $3,685
    • GBP: 2,760
    • EUR: 3,094
    per person sharing
    1 – 8 March 2021
    4 – 11 October 2021
    8 – 15 November 2021

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: 2021 Dates

Open all year

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 your perfect hosts, Kevin and Louisa Begg, 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 – 15 stone / 95kg / 210lbs and 13 stone / 83kg / 182 lbs for polo weeks.

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
Your transfer will meet you at the international airport of Córdoba. Just under an hour from your pick-up you will
arrive at Estancia Los Potreros in time for a late lunch. An introductory ride to get used to the ‘gaucho’ style of
riding – long legs, deep seats and neck reining, whilst enjoying the comfortable sheepskins on the saddles. After
your ride, Kevin and Lou invite you to dinner in what has been the Begg family home for over 100 years.

DAY 2
Ride to the ‘Top of the World’, the highest point on the estancia, to appreciate the spectacular views out over the
Sierras Chicas. The trail along the ridge is perfect for condor and eagle spotting, before returning to the estancia in
time for lunch on the veranda.
Demonstration and introduction to the very special Peruvian Paso horse. Learn more about this amazing 5-gaited
horse, before trying out their super smooth paces yourself. All of our horses are home-bred on the estancia and are
forward-going and extremely comfortable.

DAY 3
A long morning’s ride to the far south of the farm, dropping into the local village to visit a unique and unusual
chapel and museum that was built as a memorial to his wife and daughter by Guido Buffo, an art and science lover.
Enjoy a traditional Argentine ‘asado’, sampling several different cuts of the estancia’s home-reared beef, washed
down with plenty of Malbec.
Take the rest of the afternoon to relax by the pool and in the evening, you are invited to an informal wine-tasting,
sampling local wines of the region before sitting down to a candle-lit dinner.

DAY 4
Cattle day! Discover your inner gaucho as you help the boys round up our herd of award-winning Aberdeen Angus,
collecting them and moving them across the hills to our cattle station. Following lunch ´gaucho style´ under a
shady tree, see if you can master the art of the lasso in the corrals, before some lovely long open canters along the
top of the hills as you return to the estancia for tea and cake on the veranda.

DAY 5
The ride this morning drops down to our hidden waterfall where you can take a dip or just take a few moments to
relax in the cool shade. From there a wonderful long canter takes you up to ‘Potrero de Niz’, the original family
home of the Beggs, and a delicious picnic lunch on the porch. Perched on the top of a hill, the house has stunning
views over the valleys, and we warn you that once there you will never want to leave! In the afternoon we ride back
via the ‘Bellstone’ which will have the geologists amongst you scratching your heads. Tonight, our chefs open the
farm kitchen doors and invite you to join them in preparing some traditional local dishes whilst sampling some
more fabulous Argentine wines.

DAY 6
No horse-riding holiday to Argentina would be complete without trying your hand at the ‘Sport of Kings’ – polo!
Ride down to the polo ground where you will be given a short lesson followed by some practice ‘stick and ball’ and
then play a few chukkas of this highly addictive game. After a barbeque lunch, challenge our gauchos to some
gaucho games – barrel racing and ‘sortija’ – a race that involves spearing a small ring with a stick at speed!

DAY 7
On your final day, ride through plunging gorges and over soaring mountain tops to reach ‘Las Tasas’ – a gorgeous
natural swimming-hole where you can dive, swim or just take a snooze in the sun. After a shady picnic lunch, help
our gauchos round up the mares and foals to protect them from the elusive puma. Tonight, enjoy some live
traditional Argentine music with a glass of wine in the garden before sitting down to a fabulous farewell dinner.

DAY 8
After breakfast depart for your onward travels.

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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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

Lisa on Buenos Aires Polo Club, Argentina

We both play polo, though not to a very high standard, and wanted somewhere nice to stay for a week that would serve both as a place to relax and a place to hone our polo skills. Put simply; we loved it so much, we arranged a special trip to return just four months later!

Lisa from London