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from £1,070 or €890
Open from October through to May.
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Included – All riding, guiding, accommodation, meals, drinks and San Carlos de Bailoche tranfers.
Excluded – Flights & tips.
The nearest airport is San Carlos de Bariloche.
The transfer from San Carlos de Bariloche to Sapucia is 4 hours by car.
Sapucai is a special mountain cabin retreat that sits at the foot of the Andes range beside the clear flowing Chubut river. It’s home to Dominic and Tammy Robaina, who live off grid with their beautiful herd of Criolla horses. They welcome you into their home and offer you the chance to escape from civilisation, to chill out and take part in their estancia style, every day life. It’s a small intimate, authentic retreat where at most they have 8 people staying at any one time.
Day to day there are lots of outdoor activities like walking, fishing for trout and swimming in the river but the main focus is riding out up into the Alto Chubut mountains……………..this is glorious and varied riding, trekking out on the vast Patagonian steppe, scrambling up and down steep mountain sides, crossing rivers and riding through beautiful beech forests. Depending on your riding level there may be the opportunity to explore the highest glacier lake, clear ice blue and so high up in the range, that the 9 hour round trip day expedition to see it feels worthwhile.
This is the ideal retreat if you want to completely disconnect from the world and immerse yourself in simple estancia life. You can either stay here for a few days, if you are travelling around Argentina and would like to experience different regions or a complete destination to concentrate on riding and relaxation.
Jill visited here in February 2019
Really friendly people I connected with straight away, Dominic is laid back and informative about the area and a true horseman, Tammy is this small bundle of joy, always laughing and happy to run to your assistance at any moment. This creates a great vibe in their rustic homestead, their gaucho hands are equally as friendly and helpful. It’s in a very special position, sitting on a river, deep in the Chubut valley surrounded by the Andes. On arrival, we were quick to chuck off our dirty travelling gear and jump into the fresh, clean river for a swim!
I loved the riding and my Criolla horse, she was compact, very beautiful and so very powerful, the mountain sides we climbed were insane and she moved up and down them like a nimble goat, I felt very safe to let her take the paths she thought best. While we were there, we experienced riding over the vast Patagonian steppe, through beautiful beech forests, crossed rivers and the highlight was this incredible high mountain climb to see a beautiful glacier lake – it took us 9 hours, with a few times having to get off to let the horses scramble up and down steep parts of the route. It truly felt like an adventure that day, to get so high up on a horse felt amazing. Incredibly the next day when we went to check and mount our horses every one looked as fit and well as they did the previous day, testament to the care that Dominic and Tammy give their much loved horses and to the incredible Criolla breed itself, which is characteristically strong and hardy.
Sapucai Andes Mountain Retreat: Horses – A much loved herd of sure footed and forward going Criolla type horses, often left to graze in the garden and grounds on the estancia.
Sapucia Andes Mountain Retreat: Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to advanced riders.
Sapucia Andes Mountain Retreat: Tack – Western style.
Sapucia Andes Mountain Retreat: Weight Restriction – 90kgs / 14 stone 2 lbs / 198lbs.
Sapucia Andes Mountain Retreat: Group Size – Maximum 8
The accommodation is rustic, home from home, very clean and comfortable.
There are 2 options, you can either stay in the Homestead itself, there are 2 twin rooms or there are 2 yurts, which can sleep up to 3 people.
The Homestead is small but perfect in every way to give a very comfortable stay. There are 2 twin rooms for guests, a kitchen with wood burning stove and a lounge with a wood burning stove. In fact there is no electric, no WIFI – you will need to bring back up chargers for your mobile phone if you want to take pictures and a torch! There is a satellite phone should there be any emergencies.
It’s position is central to the estancia, with an asada pit outside beside a babbling brook, it really is very idyllic for those craving a return to a simple way of life.
The 2 yurts are large taking up to 3 people, with a wood burning stove and a deck to sit out on and admire the views.
There is one central shower room shared between the whole property, it is large and kept very clean. On our stay we were very happy to take a bath in the river!
All the meat and vegetables are all organically grown and sourced from local farms. You can expect breakfasts that include freshly baked breads, freshly laid eggs, cheeses and ham. Lunches are picnic style out riding and dinners are often fresh trout or an asado with lamb or goat, potatoes and fresh salad, washed down with some local red wine.
Horse Riding Holidays like this Across The Andes expedition, are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Argentiana.
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We will pick you up in the morning in Bariloche and take the National Route 40 by car to Villa del Bolsón, (120 km)
Stop and tour of the place.
We continue to Villa del Maitén – already in the Chubut province – to enjoy lunch and discover the mythical town of La Trochita. We will arrive at the Refuge in the afternoon, time to enjoy a welcome cup of tea or coffee and some freshly baked cake.
Settle in, a walk round the property, perhaps a swim in the river, before dinner in the kitchen, eating local food and drinking red wine.
Day 2 & 3
A typical Andean breakfast, eggs, fresh roll, cheese, jams and ham.
Each day you can choose what you would like to do, morning and afternoon rides, day long rides with picnics or simply relax, have a walk, read a book, fish or swim in the river.
Asado dinner of goat or lamb, perhaps fresh trout, potatoes, salads and winde.
Breakfast and return to Bariloche.
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