Exploring Patagonian Wilderness on Horseback

  • Riding along the shore of the Lake

It’s time to swing into the saddle of our horse and ride into the wilderness while admiring the beautiful Patagonian landscapes. Our expert guide will lead us through lush green forests and by pristine blue lakes while we’re surrounded by the snow-capped Andes mountain range.

Your Patagonian horseback riding kicks off in the morning, when we’ll head out on 30 minute drive along the legendary Route 40. As Argentina’s longest road, it traverses 3,107 miles (5,000 kilometers) from the country’s northernmost city to its southernmost tip. Our destination is “Los Banqueanos” camping center, nestled in the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park at the foot of the eastern side of Cathedral Mount.

Our first horseback ride will be in the morning and lasts approximately 1 hour and a half. This first part is quite easygoing as we get to know our horses and enjoy the beautiful scenery. We’ll be led by our “baqueano”, which means expert guide or scout, as we ride along the shores of Gutierrez Lake . From there we’ll ascend down the southern slope of the mountain to a viewpoint offering gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding mountains for some memorable photo opportunities!

Next we’ll head through a native forest of ancient Cypress and Coihue trees, riding across streams to another viewpoint to enjoy other stunning views. After you’ve snapped plenty of pictures, we’ll head back along the shores of Gutierrez Lake and return to “Los Baqueanos”, where we’ll be treated to a lunch of roasted meats, salads, ice cream, and beverages at their restaurant by the lake.

After lunch we’ll head out for another two-hour ride. This time we’ll head to a different area of pampas or lowlands where we might have the chance of seeing some local fauna. After enjoying some memorable scenic views of the Patagonian landscape, we’ll return along the lake’s coast.

Back at “Los Baqueanos”, our Patagonian horseback riding experience comes to an end as we board our vehicle and return to our hotel.

Important: the exact paths or route followed is defined by the tour guide on the same day of the tour depending on the level of horseback riding expertise of the travelers. The description above covers the usual route, but this may not be the same you follow. Usually, if the group has members with not much experience horseback riding, then the outing to the most important panoramic view points will be done in the afternoon, while in the morning an easier ride will be done.

Difficulty: low.

Duration: full day (there is one horseback riding in the morning, which lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and an afternoon horseback ride which lasts about 2 hours).

Guide: group guide. The maximum group size for this tour is approximately 20 travelers.

Vehicle: group vehicle.

Includes: lunch with non-alcoholic beverages & wine .