Horse Riding Holidays in Argentina
Argentina is a beautiful country located in South America; internationally well known for its natural landscapes, the great magnitude of its territory, its geographical and climatic variety and its culture.
Horseback Riding in Argentina is get into the magic of a country that has it all…
Spend holidays on horseback in Argentina is a unique experience, which will allow you to know this country in a different way, accessing remote landscapes and enjoying nature. You will be able to cross valleys, gorges, mountains and rivers, at the same time you will be able to see wild animals such as guanacos, pumas, foxes, condors and hares, among others.
Located in the most south eastern zone of the American continent, Argentina has a great equestrian tradition. For this reason, here you will find different providers of equestrian tourism, which will put at your disposal routes and paths to travel on horseback from tip to toe of the country, from Patagonia to northern Argentina. Guided by experts you will be able to enjoy unique and entertaining trips that will leave you unforgettable memories.
Reasons to vacation on horseback in Argentina
Argentina, the second largest country in South America, is divided into 23 provinces, its capital Buenos Aires is the most cosmopolitan city in South America.
The Argentine territory seems to contain several countries in one, since one of the characteristics of its geography is the contrast between the great diversity of its landscapes, being able to visit on horseback places that go from La Quebrada de Humahuaca to Tierra del Fuego, better known as “World’s End”; to the Cordillera de Los Andes, which has the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere: the Aconcagua of 6,959 meters. From Jujuy to Tierra del Fuego, the mountain range offers us a wonderful variety of landscapes, from deserts and colourful valleys, gorges and hills to the north; to the lake’s region, forests and glaciers to the south.
On the other hand, between the Paraná River, one of the widest in the world, and the Uruguay River is the region of Mesopotamia Argentina, where the provinces of Entre Ríos, Corrientes and Misiones are located, offering this last province the spectacular landscape of the Iguazu Falls.
In the centre of the country, we find the Pampa region and the province of Córdoba, where impressive mountain ranges are presented to us. Finally, the Atlantic coast draws sinuous forms such as the Valdés Peninsula, where you can see marine animals such as penguins or sea lions.
Any time of the year you choose to visit Argentina you can find all the existing climates: temperate and humid in the Pampa flatlands, cold and humid in the extreme west of Patagonia, subtropical in the northern part of Mesopotamia, and warm in the Northwest.
Taking a Horse Riding Holiday in Argentina will allow you to appreciate the diverse vegetation and fauna existing in the country. In different regions, you can see tropical plants and grasses, several species of trees, cactus in arid regions, among others. Regarding the fauna, animals such as the tapir, the puma, the condor, the fox, the American ostrich, different type of exotic birds, and in the colder regions the guanaco, the llama and the alpaca, can be appreciated in a journey on horseback through the extensive territory of Argentina.
Each of the regions of Argentina has something unique to show, and each place is distinguished by its uses and customs, by the intonation of the language with idiomatic slangs that are its own and by its music. Apart from tango, other musical expressions such as gaucho folklore with its different styles, such as the zamba of Salta or the chacarera of Santiago del Estero, paint the culture of each region of the country.
For sports fans, this country is known for its passion for football; however, it is also can highlighted Polo, and the national sport is the Pato, a horse game in which two teams try to introduce a ball with handles in a basket.
Argentina is also known for its Estancias full of tradition and history, located in unique places. Their designs are determined by the culture of the place where they are located. They stand out for their good cooking, their decoration and for the endless activities that allow to do apart from horseback riding.
A getaway on Horse Riding through Argentina will allow you to relive the strong bond that unites the horse with the gaucho, country man and inhabitant of the Pampa region; a strong cultural and tradition symbol in the country. This is so, that the gaucho’s customs are still valid thanks to gaucho federations and cultural centres that still preserve their traditions, practices and skills. Also, the dress of the gaucho does not go out of style. Poncho, boots, berets and baggy pants are still in force in Argentine folklore and have been redesigned by important clothing houses, so you can buy this typical Argentine clothing in any shopping or artisan fair.
Exploring any part of this country horse riding will fill it with experiences, contact with native peoples, and allow you to taste typical foods such as asado, different empanadas, locro, humita, arrope. We cannot stop mentioning the Argentine wine, the national drink par excellence. The varieties in which Argentina stands out are Malbec in reds, from the province of Mendoza, and Torrontés in whites, from the province of Salta.
The providers that we will name below will allow you to live some of the experiences mentioned above, and will give you the opportunity to make an unforgettable horse riding holiday in Argentina, offering proposals according to your times, preferences and needs.
Horse Riding Holidays Providers in Argentina
There are several companies throughout the country that offer a variety of programs for Horse Riding Holidays in Argentina.
Ampascachi Horse Riding Holidays
Ampascachi is an Equestrian Tourism company that started more than 25 years ago with the breeding of Peruvian Paso Horses.
This company has a large logistics capacity, supported by two Equestrian Centres located in Córdoba and Salta, which allow it to house horses and equipment for Horse Riding in the Central and Northern region of Argentina. It should be noted that all the equestrian programs offered by Ampascachi have activities for companions who do not ride, thus allowing to entertain both those who ride and those who do not.
With Ampascachi, you can horse ride through the north and centre of the country on the back of a Peruvian Paso horse, which will take you across rivers, through valleys and mountains, and through places in full contact with nature.
Travelling the north of Argentina with the help of this provider will allow you to discover different towns and places. In the province of Salta, you can explore the Calchaquí Valley and the Lerma Valley, which have a captivating cultural and Andean landscape. These places keep many secrets, they still preserve intact pre-Columbian traditions and native peoples living there who share their art and culture. The Calchaquí Valley also offers its high quality wines and the charm of towns such as Cafayate and Cachi.
In Salta, you can be amazed by the monumental Cardones and the red earth; and when the sun goes down, the stars will turn the sky into a spectacular scenario worthy of gazing. During the trip, you will also meet the puesteros, and the way of life in the mountains.
In the province of Jujuy, Ampascahi will take you to explore La Quebrada de Humahuaca, passing through Purmamarca, with its hill of Seven Colours, to reach Tilcara, a town that still conserves ancestral customs.
Locating ourselves in the centre of the country, in the province of Córdoba, we will be able to know the different places where the Jesuits left their imprint, such as schools, universities, and estancias, some of them declared Historical Patrimony of Humanity. In Córdoba, you can stay at Estancia Haras Ampascachi, whose colonial beauty is still preserved. There you can perform various equestrian activities linked to contact with livestock and nature, and horseback riding through the impressive Traslasierra Valley.
Ampascachi Horse Riding Holidays also offers the possibility of expanding the trip your by choosing the Pampa Gaucha Argentina and the city of Buenos Aires, the most cosmopolitan city in Latin America.
Estancia Los Potreros
Estancia Los Potreros is located in Sierras Chicas, the heart of the province of Córdoba. The Estancia has two thousand hectares and has belong to the same Anglo-Argentine family for four generations.
Your hosts, Kevin and Louisa Begg offer you unforgettable Horse Riding Holidays in the Mediterranean region of Argentina, with the possibility of bird watching, exploring trails, enjoy the local culture or taste Malbec and relax in the middle of the oldest mountain system in South America, between the Pampas and the Andes.
The Estancia is known for its exceptional horses, all bred in the ranch. These horses are raided to the “gaucho style”, in a relaxed manner with loose reins.
While the main activity is horse riding, many other activities are possible: polo, golf and visits to the Jesuit estancias in the surroundings.
The Estancia Huenchahue provider offers tourist and equestrian services, as well as allowing to know the customs of Patagonia through the various horse riding programs to choose from according to your preferences.
The beautiful Argentine Patagonia has movie landscapes. You can go through forests, lakes, and glimpse the magnificent of the Andes Mountains. With a dry climate and a small population, this is an ideal place to go horseback riding in its large green spaces.
Estancia Huechahue also invites you to see condors and eagles, learn how to cook a good Argentine barbecue (Asado), and visit the indigenous reserve, where you can share cultural expressions such as textiles and make good friends.
Argentina offers dazzling landscapes and a culture worth knowing. Walking through this country gives unique experiences.
Estancia La Rosita
La Rosita is a traditional and authentic Argentine estancia, located south of the province of Corrientes, in the Argentine Mesopotamia.
This Estancia offers horseback riding to each guest, being able to choose the duration, the landscape and the pace that you want. Also, you can participate in rural tasks or take Polo lessons since in La Rosita they will provide you with everything you need to take the lesson, which includes saddle, helmet, gloves and tacos.
Among its various proposals stands out “Cabalgatas 4 Estancias”, a horseback ride through four estancias in Argentina, with a duration of five days. On the trip, you will be able to see capybaras, yacarés, rheas, and variety of birds. The Estancias included in the tour are: Estancia La Rosita; Estancia La Amistad, where you will enjoy a massage session; in the Estancia Buena Vista you cannot miss visiting the surroundings of the centre of the ranch; Finally, you will arrive at Estancia La Pelada where you will have an unbeatable view of the Corriente River.
Cabalgatas del Alma
This company is made up for a family that is dedicated to promoting the culture of the Alto Valley of Tunuyán in the province of Mendoza.
Cabalgatas del Alma was born with the spirit of sharing experience and knowledge at the crossing of the Andes Mountain Range, a journey in which Argentine history, Cuyana gastronomy, the best wines, and excellent horses born and bred in the Mountain range.
The crossing of the Andes on horseback last for a week among the mountains of the Uco Valley. The trip includes full board, transfer from the city of Mendoza to Tunuyán and return to Mendoza, specialised guides, equipped horses, among others.
The company also offers shorter rides, according to the level of experience of each rider. There are three-hour, full-day horseback rides or three days of High Mountain horseback riding where you can see the Historical Manzano, where General San Martín stopped when he returned from the liberating campaign, and you will be able to see Cerro Punta Negra with its 3,500 meters above sea level, waterfalls and the Andean massif in its splendour.
Equestrian Centre Fin del Mundo
It is a family business that has been offering Argentines and foreigners more than 26 years the opportunity to enjoy the experience of horse riding at the Fin del Mundo (End of the World) and discover the beautiful lands of southern Argentina, full of roads and views that exceed the imagination.
The Equestrian Centre offers three types of horseback riding where you can enjoy the beauty of Ushuaia, and visit Nothofagus forests, panoramic points from Mount Susana, ride on the banks of the Beagle Channel and the Pipo River. These horseback rides last between four and seven hours and have expert riders-guides who will accompany you in this experience.
However, the most attractive riding offered is the crossing to the Mitre Peninsula, an expedition where you will spend ten days riding through the most biodiverse place of Tierra del Fuego, visiting mythical sites, shipwrecks, stunning landscapes, countless amount of flora and fauna.
This country offers spectacular landscapes and a culture worth knowing. Horse Riding Holidays in Argentina leave us unique experiences.