Riding past Laguna Azul

Glacier Estancia Ride

Ride Overview

This horseback riding tour in Chile is a spectacular opportunity to experience the wilderness and culture of the region. Riders absorb an ever-changing natural beauty as they 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 the Glacier Estancia Ride you stay in comfortable hotels and authentic hosterias along the route. The itinerary includes a boat trip up the Last Hope Sound from Puerto Nateles into the park. You will experience a first-hand view of Patagonia’s estancia life, which includes the joys and difficulties posed by farming cattle and sheep in the area. The route offers plenty of diversity with gallops across open pampas, treks to wild glaciers and iceberg filled lakes and peaceful rides through valleys and ancient beech forests, 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

The last night of the ride is spent in a comfortable hotel in Puerto Natales. Several nights are spent in small hotels or hosterias which 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. Hot showers are available each night.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the guesthouses or estancias. Breakfast usually includes ham, cheese, bread, croissants, local jams, coffee and juice. The restaurants in the estancias offer a lively atmosphere and wholesome food. Dinner menus include lamb variations (the main staple of the local cuisine), chicken, some fresh fish, salads and vegetables, accompanied by rice or potatoes. Beer and wine are available at a reasonable cost throughout the ride.

Lunches will be given to riders at breakfast and packed in saddle bags or day packs. They consist of sandwiches with fillings such as tuna, cheese, peanut butter, avocados, ham and vegetables, along with fresh fruits and other snacks. 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 hands, they are strong, fit and willing to move out when asked. Horses are changed through the trip to ensure that they are fresh. Riders are not responsible for grooming or tacking, as there are Chilean horsemen (Baqueanos) that care for the horses on the ride. The tack is Chilean. This 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
  • Tack:
    Chilean
  • Weight limit:
    210 lbs

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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