On Huechahue we have great horses, masses of space and lots to do on horseback! Argentina is famous for its tremendous equine culture and arguably the best way to explore Patagonia is on horseback.
You can ride through barren rolling hills and along the narrow rocky gorges of the Andean streams; to the tops of the hills where the mighty Andes rise up behind you and the vastness of Patagonia stretches out before you; Watch condors and eagles as they float high above you. Gallop across water meadows and watch watch condors and eagles. Our cattle are worked on horseback so there are always plenty of opportunities for helping the gauchos work the herd.
Our riding programs are tailored to the needs and abilities of those participating. Whilst we can cater for novices who are fit and enjoy a challenge, there is plenty of scope for fast and challenging riding.
There is a minimum stay of three nights on horseback. However, the longer you stay, the more deeply you will become immersed in our way of life and the more you will discover to do on horseback.
A sample week riding with us:
- Day 1: On arrival there will be a late lunch followed by an afternoon ride. A chance to familiarize yourself with the horses and tack and the way we ride.
- Day 2: A full days ride on Estancia Huechahue with an “asado” lunch. Follow the Huechahue stream through its basalt canyons, riding as fast as you want across the water-meadows sending the plovers and ibis screeching, before returning over the top of Chenque Hill, where the Andes rise up behind you and the vastness of Patagonia stretches out before you.
- Day 3: A day spent working cattle with the gauchos. Lunch with the gauchos is strips of beef ribs threaded onto a stick and cooked over the open fire. A siesta in the shade and a chance to separate the cows on horseback or try your hand with a lasso.
- Day 4: A full days ride on Estancia Huechahue to visit the Indian burial caves. The caves were formed when the glaciers carved the valley opening an entrance to the lava flow tunnels formed during previous eras of volcanic activity. The Tehuelche Indians laid out their dead, surrounded by their weapons and always somewhere where they could see their enemies coming. They decorated the walls with designs. The remains have disappeared, but the petroglyphs and the view are still there.
- Day 5: A morning’s ride to see our stallion with the mares and new foals, and a chance to herd horses. After a late lunch there will be an evening ride to the cliffs where the condors and eagles roost. While we have a cocktail and the sun goes down, the condors return, they soar above and below us before settling for the night.
- Day 6: A full day’s ride to our Indian neighbour up river. Riding up over the top, a chance to see guanaco, deer, wild boar and “peludos” – the baby armadillo. Lunch on the river, a great place to swim. Returning to Huechahue riding down the river with lots of birdlife.
- Day 7: A day’s ride over the ridge and into town for a look at the shops. We race along the top of the ridge with huge views on either side. Lunch is a picnic on the neighbour’s watched over by the Lanin Volcano before crossing the River Chimehuin and on into Junín de los Andes.
- Day 8: Up early for a farewell ride on Huechahue before transferring to the airport.