Equestrian Tourism in Argentina
Equestrian Tourism in Argentina
Argentina has a set of attractions that make it an ideal place to go horseback riding. The amplitude of its territory and diversity of places allow the products of Equestrian Tourism in Argentina to diversify. While Estancias mostly have “star shape” circuits, individual operators build equestrian routes with accommodations in inns or rural inns, and beach fanatics take advantage of the summer to enjoy and rest on the back of a horse. The Argentine equestrian offer is wide and for all the tastes: from the less daring ones, to the riskiest ones.
REASONS TO HORSE RIDE IN ARGENTINA
The geographical extension and diversity of landscapes that this country has, made it be called “the country of the six continents”. In it, tourists can travel from forests, jungles, mountains, glaciers, beaches even waterfalls. Argentina has the ability to satisfy all tastes. The diversity of resources and tourist attractions of Argentina represent one of the main reasons when choosing it as an equestrian destination in South America.
Only the imagination could limit this extraordinary diversity of natural scenarios that are formed by diverse ecological ecosystems, worthy of admiration and, why not, of photographing.
Those who visit us are surprised with the warmth and kindness of the Argentines, because here are frequent meetings between friends and good reception for tourists from all over the world.
Argentine meat and the typical dishes of the country are other charms that most please visitors. In Argentina, you can appreciate a good “Asado” (Barbecue), as well as empanadas, humitas and tamales. But it does not end there: another Argentine charm is good wine and the riders who visit us always remember it.
On the other hand, you can ride and breathe culture in any of the corners you go. From north to south and from east to west, the Argentine gaucho was present in these lands and left its mark, which can be discovered by means of the typical dances, as well as in the ritual of the Yerba Mate or the Asado Gaucho.
Several writers, who were later recognized worldwide, lived in Argentina, such as Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges, whose works have been translated into multiple languages today.
But if there is something that characterises Argentina in the world, it is the Tango. In Buenos Aires, Milongas flourish from afternoon to night and classes are even taught for visitors.
Undoubtedly, one of the best reasons to visit Argentina is that native people live there; at a stop in a horse Riding tour, you can chat with them. Certainly, internalising your culture will bring wisdom and a new perspective. Diversity always enriches our soul.
As we said before, visiting Argentina is pleasant because of the diversity of landscapes and climates, which is why you can find a different Equestrian Tourism provider in each region where you want to ride. However, for the past few years, Ampascachi has been offering horse riding in two important regions of the country, acting as an innovative agent of equestrian tourism market, as it provides horseback riding both in Córdoba and in the North of Argentina.
In the Centre of Argentina, Ampascachi has its base where it breeds Peruvian Paso Horses for twenty years. This emblematic place in the province of Córdoba is called Haras Ampascachi, which in turn has an imposing 19th century colonial style house and creates an ideal atmosphere for relaxation.
Many new equestrian riders come to Ampascachi to learn to ride, since one of the programs available in the province of Córdoba is based on teaching visitors to ride from scratch, and that rejoices those who leave the ranch with the satisfaction of having learned something new.
For the more adventurous, there is a program called “Del Valle de Traslasierra to the Sierra de los Gigantes”, and there they travel rivers and sleep in Camps. This program allows them to be in contact with the Serrana culture.
But the Ampascachi offer does not end there. In the North, you can choose to visit the province of Salta with its Calchaquíes Valleys and the wonderful Valle de Lerma; Or, visit one of the places that National Geographic considers should be visited: the province of Jujuy. Riding a horse next to the hill of Seven Colours during the sunset with a group of friends is a pleasant experience for the soul.
Now, Central and Northern Argentina can be met on horseback by a single provider.
If we go to the south of the country, the provider Huechahue offers horseback riding in the Argentine Patagonia. Its owners have vast experience in horseback riding. With Anglo-Norman Creole Horses; they cross arid hills, and by means of rocky canyons they go towards the Mountain range of the Andes, where the immensity of the sumptuous landscape of the Patagonia can be glimpsed. The condition to realise these unforgettable adventures is to stay a minimum of three nights.
Patagonia is a region recognised worldwide and it is not in vain since it has film landscapes. With a dry climate and low population, it is a place that grants a lot of accessibility to be travelled on horseback in its large green spaces.
THE NARROW RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MAN AND HORSE IN ARGENTINA
Argentina has a wide equestrian culture. The horse’s relationship with Argentina goes back to ancient times, as this beautiful animal was the means of transportation that served man for work, commerce and war. In the colonial era, the horse had the power to unite all genders and social classes: men, women and children of all hierarchies performed their activities with this animal.
This animal is associated with the notion of Homeland, and has been a faithful companion of men who became national heroes, of consecrated and anonymous heroes.
The horse was the inseparable companion of the man of the field, one of the most important characters of the Argentine culture: The Gaucho, whose customs are still in force thanks to gaucho federations and cultural centres throughout the country, which preserves its traditions, practices and abilities. In fact, in January of every year the dressage and folklore festival takes place in Córdoba replicating the style that the gauchos used to train horses. However, these riders are questioned by environmental sectors of society alleging cruelty, violence and animal abuse.
The truth is that both, in this festival and in the parties held throughout the country, the horse is the leading and undisputed figure.
As we see, Argentina has a long history of union with the horse and also with the breeding of it. The breeds raised in this country are: Appaloosa, Arabian Horses, Quarter Horses, Polo Horses, Argentine Criollo Horse, Pure Race Blood, Peruvian Paso horses.
Their breeders are grouped in different associations that promote the improvement of breeding conditions of the breed, as well as are responsible for holding events and contests to reward the big breeders of each breed.