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                                                 Pioneers of Patagonia – Neuquén

We ride the most pristine wilderness of the incredible Patagonia in Argentina. The base camp is set on a 45 000 acres working “estancia” embedded in the Andes range. It was founded long ago and first owned by English pioneers.

Get ready for five days of exploration of uninhabited land where we will see, at most, a few Mapuche Indians grazing their herds on the summer prairies. We ride across unique places you can only reach on horseback and camp by crystal clear rivers or lakes full of trout.

We go past valleys and mountains covered by indigenous sub- Antarctic forests. Here, the gigantic monkey puzzle trees set the stage. Up from the hill tops, we will get sight of Chile on the other side of the border.

As the sun sets, the spectacular stars of the southern hemisphere will cover the sky. Relax at the camp with its peaceful atmosphere, the campfire that lightens up the darkness as you share a cup of coffee, tea or mate. All this creates the ideal ambiance to feel the spirit of the old time explorers and to make new friends. On the sixth day, we finalize the trip rafting down the Aluminé river, the region’s best. Our 8 years of experience guarantee an unforgettable vacation. Hopefully, the trip of a lifetime.

Day 1: Pick-up at San Martín de los Andes airport. Meet your guide and transfer to one of the finest hotels in town. Enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Early in the morning transfer to the Estancia. Meet the horses. Start of ride to first campsite.

Day 3 to 5: Breakfast. Preparation for a riding day. Last minute packing before riding past valleys and mountains covered by indigenous sub- Antarctic forests, lakes and rivers. We will get very close to the Chilean border. At night we will camp by rivers or lakes.

Day 6: Final day of riding. At sunset, after crossing a few rivers through the incredible Patagonian forests, we reach the base camp at the estancia to spend the night. Say farewell to our horses. At dinner we will enjoy a farewell typical Argentine barbecue.

Day 7: Rafting on the River Aluminé, the region’s best. 8-12 miles on the rapids surrounded by awesome scenery. The level of difficulty of this river is OK for everyone, thus combining adventure with safety. Transfer back to San Martín de los Andes. Night at hotel.

Day 8: Transfer to San Martín de los Andes airport.

Rate: Ask for quotation
Days: 8 days/7 nights, 5 full riding days
Dates: departures during season (October – April). Please ask for our schedule
Horses: Criollos and mountain horses
Pace: Slow with enough opportunities for those 
who like to canter and gallop – 5-6 hrs /day
Level: Suitable for novice to experienced riders
Weather: Summer Hi 25°C (77ºF) - Lo 0°C (32ºF) 
Meeting place: San Martín de los Andes airport (flight via Buenos Aires - Argentina)
Included: Transfers to/from San Martín de los Andes, accommodations (2 nights hotel, 5 nights camping, camping shower), meals and beverages. English speaking guides. Not included: flights, travel insurance, gratuities. 

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