Day 1: Arrive into Puerto Natales. Transfer to El Pionero. Clients joining this trip can either arrive from el Calafate in southern Argentina or Punta Arenas in southern Chile. Bus tickets are included and we can make the reservations on your behalf. On arrival into Puerto Natales you will be met off the bus by a member of our team before being taken to our office. After some tea and a chance to meet your guide and the rest of the group, we will be hopping in the van for the 45 minute transfer to the small outpost town of Cerro Castillo.
Our destination is the comfortable Hosteria el Pionero, a villa with the look and feel of an English country home. Built by European settlers to Tierra del Fuego at the beginning of the century it was once home to one of the most important and influential estancieros in the region. Now a hosteria it offers comfortable accommodation with an excellent restaurant serving a variety of typical local foods and international cuisine.
The fireside bar is an excellent place to enjoy a pisco sour whilst meeting your new friends and discussing the adventures to come.
Comfortable en suite accommodation (some rooms with fireplaces). Dinner in the comfortable restaurant included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).
Day 2: Ride onto the pampas and Estancia Tercera. After a breakfast of home baked bread and cakes served in the bright dining room, we will be meeting our horses and listening to a safety briefing and introduction to western riding. After some practice in the vicinity of the estancia and a chance to adjust to the different tack and style of riding we will be heading north east towards the peaks of Paine and Estancia Tercera Barranca.
This is a classic Patagonian ride with the seemingly never ending pampas stretched out in front of us. Our journey takes us towards the spectacular and dramatic mountain ranges of Torres del Paine and La Cumbre that makes up the natural barrier between Chile and Argentina. We will be crossing the land belonging to various local farmers and with luck may be invited to join a local for tea or mate.
After five or six hours riding with lunch taken in one of the many picnic spots en route, we will be riding onto the land belonging to Estancia Tercera Barranca. Our destination is the comfortable ranch house belonging to this working estancia. Comfortable and cosy accommodation in this authentic country house with fabulous views of the Towers from its large west facing windows. Fireside living room/bar and traditional quincho (wooden dining room with outside BBQ area). En suite rooms. Includes: (B), (L), (D) (wine/drinks available at extra cost). Hours in the saddle: 5-7.
Day 3: Ride west across the heart of the Park to Serrano. After a wholesome breakfast and packing up we will be starting our ride westwards towards the heart of the Park. We will now be riding directly towards the Paine Massif mountain range so the views are dramatic and beautiful. Our trail skirts the southern edge of the mountains on a rarely trodden path as we pass azure and turquoise lakes with the huge granite mountain peaks standing behind.
After a picnic lunch taken in one of the pretty valleys we will continue west to the beautiful soft pampas beside the Serrano River. Here we will have a chance for a nice long canter as the light fades and the shadows lengthen and we arrive at our destination hotel, the Cabanas del Paine.
Situated by the emerald green waters of the Serrano River with river and mountain views this is our base for the night. Includes: (B), (L), (D) (wine/drinks available at extra cost). Hours in saddle: 5-6 depending on photo stops. All rooms en suite.
Day 4: Ride to Mt Donoso. Transfer to Puerto Natales. Today we will be riding out in the vicinity of the beautiful Serrano River on the horses belonging to a nearby estancia. The scenery in this area is nothing short of spectacular with the dramatic, granite, snow topped mountains providing a marvellous back drop to the golden sunlit pampas and the crystal clear waters of the Serrano River.
We will ride out on soft meadows on our responsive horses through grassy valleys and past meandering rivers to our destination, the beautiful Donoso lookout. Afternoon return to the estancia for a tea and cake before driving back to the gateway town of Puerto Natales. Includes: (B), (L). Hours in the saddle: 3-4.
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