Glacier Horse Drive- experience the majestic views of this riding adventure in Chile

Glacier Estancia Horse Drive

Ride Overview

This unique riding adventure in Chile takes place in the spring, an ideal time to visit. Experience an ever-changing natural beauty as you venture off the main hiking trails and into the heart of the vast and varied landscape of the Torres del Paine National Park.  The ‘Torres’, great granite towers and the mountains of the Paine massif dominate the park.  Surrounding the massif is open rolling country with pockets of forests with the scarce “Lenga” and “Nires” trees, rivers, lagoons, waterfalls and incredible massifs or “Horns”, which reach 10,000 feet at their highest point.  Great glaciers flow down from the southern Patagonian ice cap into the lakes of the park.

On this end of the season horse moving ride the horses are moved from the Estancia Tercera to their winter grazing pastures in the park. Most of the tourists have left the area so the trails are quiet, the days often windless and the mountain tops snow-capped. This is really a great time to visit the area. The sight of loose horses cantering in front of the mountains is very memorable. The ride starts at Lodge Guido, travels down to Tercera Barranca where the horses are picked up and continues onto the Serrano River and Grey Glacier and ending at the gorgeous Estancia Lazo. It is best suited for experienced riders who like to ride fast and long.

On the Glacier Estancia Horse Drive you stay in comfortable guesthouses and hosterias along the route. The treks are spent exploring this incredible park on horseback, with plenty of time in the mornings or late afternoons for short hikes, photography, or to just relax and enjoy the solitude of this remote wilderness.

Accommodations & Food

Several nights are spent in small hotels or guesthouses (hosterias) that are associated with local working estancias. Comfortable ensuite accommodations are provided. Other nights are spent in estancia “homestay” accommodations, where a family atmosphere and hospitality are generously extended. The rooms are clean and comfortable. At times, three or four guests may share a room and a bathroom. Hot showers are available each night.

Breakfast and dinner are eaten at the guesthouses or refugios. Breakfast usually includes ham, cheese, bread, croissants, local jams, coffee and juice. The restaurants in the refugios offer a lively atmosphere and wholesome food. Dinner menus generally include salmon, chicken, beef and fresh salads, accompanied by rice or potatoes. Lamb, a local staple, will be served on a few of the nights. Beer and wine are available at a reasonable cost throughout the ride.

Lunches consisting of sandwiches with fillings such as tuna, cheese, peanut butter, avocados, ham and vegetables, along with fresh fruits and other snacks will be prepared by riders at breakfast and packed in saddle bags or day packs. You are required to look after your own lunch boxes.
Vegetarian options are available upon request.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The horses are Criollo crosses and vary in size with the majority being between 14 - 15.2 HH, they are strong, fit and willing to move out when asked. Horses are changed half way through the trip to ensure that they are fresh. You are not responsible for grooming or tacking, as there are Chilean horsemen (Baqueanos) that care for the horses during the ride. The tack is Chilean which is similar to western tack with comfortable suede/sheepskin lined saddles. Rawhide straps are used as girths giving more security than traditional string girths. The style of riding is western and the horses respond to neck reining. Most of the horses are ridden in simple snaffles.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Criollo crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    moderate to fast
  • Tack:
    South American
  • Weight limit:
    210 Ibs

Meeting Point

Puerto Natales

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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