Horseback Riding in Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros


Estancia Los Potreros is an ideal location for a horseback riding trip in Argentina. It is a 6,000 acre working cattle ranch and has remained in the same Anglo-Argentine family for four generations. The Estancia is secluded on top of the Sierra Chicas at an altitude of 3,000 feet and located between the pampas and the Andes in the heart of the Cordoba region. Known for its breathtaking views and healthy climate, the higher lands of the Cordoba Hills are covered in long straw like grass called ‘paja brava’. At lower altitudes one encounters a large number of tree species with much bird and wildlife seen from your saddle. From early spring to autumn a mosaic of wildflowers are there to be admired. It is the perfect setting to enjoy a variety of riding activities, including gaucho work and playing polo.

The Estancia has a traditional Cordoba farmhouse and all seven bedrooms with private bathrooms are authentically decorated giving the place a special atmosphere. The house surrounds a large grass patio where guests can admire the beautiful gardens and hills beyond. Separate from the house, the swimming pool commands excellent views of the surroundings and the activities on the farm.

The excellent cook makes the most delectable dishes, usually with produce from the farm. Vegetarian or other specific dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice.

  • Overview:
    The horses on the estancia have exceptionally soft mouths, they are in excellent condition and are either "Criollos" or "Paso Peruanos" with some crossbreeds. These horses differ from the norm because they are worked constantly on the farm, moving cattle over the terrain makes them sure footed and willing animals. The tack is English with sheepskins over the saddles. The horses are chosen to suit the ability of the horseback rider. The horseback riding is “Western” and very relaxed. There is a vast area to explore across the Sierras and we tend to arrange the itinerary according to the visitors wishes.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Criollos and Paso Peruanos
  • Trip Pace:
    To suit riders
  • Tack:
    McClellan w/ sheepskin and polo saddles
  • Weight limit:
    210 lbs, 182lbs for riding the Peruvian Pasos and for the polo weeks

While riders are on horseback, there are no separate activities planned for non-riders, who can enjoy the accommodations and region independently.

Cordoba, Argentina

Itinerary Summary

This is a flexible program centered around horse riding. You will be met on arrival and driven to the beautiful Estancia Los Potreros. During your 7-night stay you may relax and soak up life on the estancia, or take full advantage of the superb riding, walking and the outdoor life. On the final day you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight.

Riding is usually centered on estancia life with a huge variety of rides around the estancia with occasional overnight excursions. The staff offer regular round pen demonstrations, lassoing, gaucho games and Paso demonstrations with the estancia's impressive stallion. Helping the gauchos in their daily work is a truly memorable experience and brings with it the very best traditions of Argentina.

To ‘ride like an Argentine’ probably refers to stylish polo players and the gaucho is at the root of this tradition. The estancia boasts a polo field and riders are welcome to ‘stick and ball’ with informal instruction from the owners. Polo is more for the keen novice than the high goal player, though by the end of your stay you may enjoy a chukka or two.

There are plenty of other activities, from picnics and wine tasting, to swimming, lassoing, bird watching and stargazing.

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Trip Dates & Pricing

Year round, except for May and June when they are closed for maintenance. We recommend a week but additional nights or stays of less than a week are possible (3-night minimum stay). A 5 night minimum stay is required over Christmas and New Years. Polo Weeks are available on these dates: March 18-25, October 14-21 and December 2-9, 2019; March 2-9, October 5-12 and November 9-16, 2020.

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $2,870
    Weekly rate May through September
  • Pricing Variation
  • $3,185
  • For 3-6 nights
    January through April May through September October through December
    nightly rate $490 $440 $490
  • $3,405
  • 20% off standard rate for children aged 10-16. Minimum age to ride at the estancia is 10yrs. 2 cottages with interconnecting rooms are ideal for families.
  • Single Supplement
  • Three rooms available to singles at no extra charge. Thereafter a 30% supplement applies.
  • Transportation
  • Included from and to the Cordoba airport between 8 AM and 8 PM. For all other transfers please check with us.
Additional Pricing Information:
Ride price is set, guaranteed and final at the time deposit is paid.      

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Contact Biggi Hayes

The whole operation at Estancia los Potreros is first class and every horse is so fit and well-trailed and so agile. The gauchos, wranglers and all staff were extremely helpful and fun to be with.

Barnes, 2014