Day 1: Balmaceda/ Coyhaique - Estancia Numancia in Argentina. Private transfer from Balmaceda/ Coyhaique to the Estancia Numancia in Argentina – through Coyhaique Alto. La Numancia owners, Marcelo and Veronica, will welcome us at 5 pm. After a light snack, there will be a tour of the Estancia buildings, to later enjoy the evening while a good and typical Patagonia barbecue is prepared. After dinner, guests will be accommodated in the Estancia house. Includes: (D).
Day 2: "Following the pumas footprints". Breakfast will be ready at 8 am; afterwards we will get acquainted with the horses and the tack. We will not need pack horses since the gear will be taken from one camp to another on a 4 wheels drive. When ready we will start your journey guided by local gauchos from the Estancia. We will head toward the summer pastures of the ranch. These are the lands of the puma that comes here to hunt at night, if lucky we might find some footprints in the morning. At noon we will stop for lunch and afterwards we will ride to the summer posts where dinner and camp will be set and waiting for us. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: "Ride to Cerro Negro". Early start with breakfast and strong coffee. After breaking camp and getting the horses ready, our guides will take us through a thick lenga forests (deciduous nothofagus), the natural habitat of Magellanic Woodpeckers. At noon we will be back at La Numancia for lunch. In the afternoon we will continue to Cerro Colorado from where we can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape and most of the ranch land scattered with small lagoons with ducks, Black-necked Swans, and Chilean Flamingos. Around 6 pm we will reach the old houses of the Estancia, at the foothill of Cerro Negro. Dinner and camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: "Border crossing". This morning we will begin the day more relaxed since we must be around noon at the border, only a few miles away. Breakfast should be around 9 am. After having the horses ready, we will follow an inland and more attractive trail and not the gravel road; this trail meanders along small valleys, borders beautiful lagoons and crosses the Potrero de los Toros (the bull meadow). This is the habitat of the Black-chested Buzzard Eagle which will keep us company during our ride. After going through customs and do the necessary paperwork we will continue to the border milestone, where we must say goodbye to our horses and guides.
This is the most symbolic moment of our adventure and perfect for farewell pictures. After taking the saddles off our horses and letting them run free in the pampa we will enjoy a nice goodbye lunch prepared especially by Veronica, and later meet our new Chilean guides and horses, who will be our companions for the remaining of the journey. At 4 pm we will be at the Chilean customs, filling again the necessary paperwork ; from there we will continue to Estancia Punta del Monte where Teresita and don Pablo will be waiting for us with a good dinner. Lodging in the owner’s house and in camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: "Ride to the Chenque cemetery and to the summer pastures". Today breakfast will be at 8 am in the main house in order to be ready to leave around 9:30. We will follow narrow trails among fields to the Chenque cemetery, one of the many scattered resting places of the old inhabitants of these lands the Aoniken or Tehuelche. They were the first to live out of these lands and pictographs, arrow tips, "boleadoras" and daily tools have been found in different archaeological sites. At this site we will rest and have good lunch; we can let our horse quench their thirst in the little stream that runs nearby. Afterwards we will continue our ride to the summer pastures where we will set camp for the night. Dinner and camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: "At dawn with the condors". Today we will wake up very early, around 6:30 am, and after breakfast we will walk to the condor’s cliff about a mile away and on the north-eastern side of the mountain. We will approach silently the top of the cliff where we can watch, looking downward, the condors alighted on steep rocks and waiting for the first ascending warm currents to take off. This cliff is the condor’s natural habitat and they have probably been using it for ages to rest and spend the night. From this point there is a magnificent view to the Valle de la Luna (moon valley) that spread out down below. This is the perfect place and moment for memorable pictures. We will stay as long as necessary in this cliff to enjoy the first flights of the condors and we will keep quiet once they start gliding over our heads. His silent and majestic flight above us is the real proof that the condor is the king of the Patagonian sky.
At noon we will be back at camp where we will have lunch. Later we will start our ride back to the Estancia houses following the “Cerro de las Tetas” (boob’s hill) trail that cross several pastures and the alfalfa field. At around 6 pm we will unsaddle and prepare for our last evening and dinner is the Patagonian Pampa (steppe). Don Pablo will have prepare for us an exquisite barbecue with fresh salads and good Chilean wine. Camp and lodging at the owners house. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: "Back to Coyhaique". Breakfast will be ready at 9 am, afterwards a private transfer will take us back to Coyhaique to continue with our Aysen adventure or to Balmaced to take a flight to Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas or Santiago. Includes: (B).
- Minimum 4 passengers, maximum 12 passengers
- Experience in horseback riding required – average difficulty
- 5 hours average per day on horseback
- Mostly walk, little trot, canter or gallop
- No pack horses needed – all movement of luggages and gear by car
- Clothing: warm and comfortable clothing, hat, gloves, sun block and sleeping bag.
- Passengers must have valid paper to cross into Argentina
- Weather: very little possibility of rain. Possible strong winds and cold
- Clients are required to sign a document in which they state that they are aware of the program and the nature of the activities, that they are aware of the risks involved and liberate the operator of responsibility. The client must have a valid insurance policy covering personal accidents including evacuation and transport if required.
- Valid from October to Abril
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