This program is similar to the Estancias Ride but includes two new accommodations and includes a full day of riding in the Torres del Paine National Park as well as Serra Baguales. In Baguales you will stay in 'glamping domes' with a chance to ride in the Serra. You will ride through the wild and beautiful landscape of Patagonia in Chile, staying in a number of remote estancias along the way. This is an expedition for adventurous riders who are resilient and can handle the changeable weather that this region is famous for. Our guide is a local gaucho and professional guide who likes nothing more than taking guests well off the beaten track and show to his own personal favorite parts of this magical region.
You will gallop across the vast Patagonian Steppe, the famous “Pampa”, covered in the strong native grass named Coirón. Home of the agile and fast South American Guanaco. You will also ride under the protective canopy of “Lenga” trees, near to the Sofía lake. Some of the estancias where you will be staying are very near to archeological and anthropological sites that give interesting incites about the history of this region. When riding out from the estancias you will follow the tracks of the old gauchos and the animals, passing fenced farmland, corrals, old barns and “Puestos”; During the ride, you will visit one of these cabins that has been home to many a solitary Gaucho and will gives you a feeling for their unique way of life and culture.
Departure & Return Location
Fly into and out of Puerto Natales
Date and Rates
January 2023 - please contact us for exact dates and rates
You will ride mainly Chilean Criollo horses.and Criollo TB and Arab crosses,. Every estancia has its own kind of saddle and almost all of themhave sheep skin for cushioning,
All the Horses respond with the use of the Western style of riding.
You will ride out from five different estancias. An estancia is a large ranch consisting of thousands of hectares. Some estancias farm sheep, cows or both or just breed horses. You will move between the different estancias by transfer.
Estancia Laguna Sofía / 2 full days riding. (2 routes: one mainly riding fast, toward a Gaucho cabin, “Puesto Vega Señoret”. The other is mixture, going uphill through a peaceful forest with nice viewpoints of Sofia Lake and the mountains.
Serrano sector and Torres del Paine National Park : 1 full day ride. This route will allow for trots, canters and gallops. On a clear day you will see the Paine Massif. We ride toward the Grey Lake sector and perhaps we walk out to see the lake.
Estancia San Luis / 1 half day ride + 1 half day ride with a lamb bbq for lunch. Steppe landscape allows for trots and canters. Views of Paine Massif and Sierra Baguales. Argentina border is part of the Estancia, Sierra del Cazador hill.
Hacienda 3 R / 1 full day ride with 2 options; going uphill to the high Plateau, over the terraces, with mountains and panoramic views. The other is riding fast over the hills, exploring and looking for the herd of horses.
Estancia Las Cumbres / 1 full day ride + half day ride. Ride toward old Gaucho cabins/ Puestos, fossils location, “Hidden” Lagoon. Steppe and hills, mixture of canter, trot and walking.
Estancia Baguales/Baguales glamping domes/ 1 full day plus 1/2 day of riding. You will explore some of the valleys with views of various peaks of the Sierra Baguales. The estancia borders Argentina.
Pick up and Transfer from Natales Airport.
After leaving the bags in the hotel we will meet to talk about the week ahead (locations, clothes/equipment/weather forecast, etc.) This could be in the hotel or maybe during a nice walk in the shoreline (Costanera), or sharing a tea or coffee. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Hostal Los Pinos
Transfer of 30 minutes, from Natales to Estancia Laguna Sofia.
There are two options:
Transfer approximately 2 hours to the Serrano Sector. Take the horses into the Torres del Paine National Park and ride fast across the Pampaenjoying the views of the Paine Massif if the day is clear until we reach the Grey Lake where we have lunch. We then turn back and enjoy some exhilarating canters. Transfer back to Natales. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Hostel los Pinos.
After breakfast transfer to the Sierra Baguales Mountain Range, to “Hacienda 3 R”. This Estancia has only horses that live as a herd on the property, some much like the North American mustang.
Depending on the weather conditions / interests / skills of the riders there are two options to choose from:
A) ride uphill through a very steep track for around one hour to arrive on a plateau with great panoramic views, the ruins of an old Puesto and maybe some .Guanacos. After lunch we continue riding closer to the base of the mountains.
B) Ride through the estancia, where we could do some nice gallops in the steppe and the hills, with the idea to see the Patagonian “Baguales” horses roaming free while we enjoy the beauty of Sierra Baguales with its mysterious peaks. Back to “Hacienda 3 R”, Dinner and overnight in the Estancia familiar house.
After breakfast transfer to Estancia “Las Cumbres”.
Full day ride towards some old Puesto´s in the middle of the endless Pampa, perfect to do some gallops, feeling the freedom of this landscape. Before the Gaucho culture, this was the territory of the great horse rider people, the Aonikenk or Tehuelche. After lunch we continue riding and exploring the Estancia, with a visit to some fossils. Back to the House of Estancia Las Cumbres and Dinner.
After breakfast we saddle up and ride toward Baguales Glamping, where there are domes and the Puesto "Rodas".
Our baggage will be transported by a 4x4 vehicle from Las Cumbres to Baguales Glamping.
Lunch in Puesto Rodas after which we explore the surrounding valleys being mindful of the wetlands. We return to Baguales Glamping at the end of the day. Dinner in Puesta Rodas and overnight in the amazing domes.
Breakfast at Puerto Rodos. We leave our bags ready to be taken back to Estancia "Las Cumbres" We saddle up and ride towards the mountain stopping at the 'hidden lagoon" (Laguna Rodas) . After lunch we continue riding on to Las Cumbres. We untack after a beautiful days ride and transfer back to Puerto Natales (about 3 hours) . Farewell inner at a local restaurant and overnight in Hostal Los Pinos.
Breakfast at Los Pinos Hostel and transfer to the airport.