Information for your Horse Riding Holidays in Argentina
At Ampascachi, we love trips, nature and horses.
Our passion turned into a family business after breeding Peruvian Paso horses; knowledge and professionalism led us to start a company to share experiences. You can be part of them!
Who can travel with Ampascachi?
Everyone can go on riding holidays with Ampascachi. Feeling attracted to outdoor life, nature, trips and respect for horses turn you into the ideal traveller.
Ampascachi’s proposal is that you know the equestrian world and make a fantastic trip all over Argentina.
How to make your reservation with Ampascachi
1. Choose a Riding holiday
Once you have chosen your riding holiday with Ampascachi, please contact us by phone at +44 2033 182 595, or by email at [email protected] if you have any queries. As we are not commercial agents, but direct suppliers of the riding holidays, we have great flexibility when any customer has its own special requirements as regards routes, days on horseback, dates, etc.
On our website you can find an option which says “Talk to us” and there you will have access to the contact info of our sales representatives in England. Our representatives will be delighted to give you any details about the different options and answer to any of your queries.
2. Check availability, dates and prices
Check on our website the dates, prices of the riding holiday chosen and in order to check availability on your preferred dates, please contact us by phone at +44 2033 182 595, or by email at [email protected]
3. Make your Pre-reservation
Upon confirmation of the price and dates of chosen riding holiday, and after we have answered to all your queries, you will be able to make a pre-reservation which will be valid for 7 (seven) days until you complete and send us all reservation forms.
4. Reservation Form
You can complete our reservation form on our website, or if requested, we can send you the reservation form by email and after you fill it in completely you can send it by post.
It is required that you send us detailed information about your riding skills and experience. This information will enable us to determine your eligibility for the different options and our guides and experts will be able to choose the right horse for you, and therefore, guarantee we can offer you the best service.
In order to confirm your reservation you can make a down payment of at least 20% and in some cases you might be required to pay up to 40% of the total amount. If you consider it a better option, you can pay the total amount of the riding holiday reserved. We will inform you about the percentage advised for payment when you contact us to ask any questions or make your reservation. In case you pay a down payment you are required to pay the rest of the riding holiday prior to 30 days of the start date of your riding holiday.
Payment can be made by bank transfer, debit or credit card, or by any other safe system such as Pay Pal or check.
Upon confirmation of payment, Ampascachi will provide you with financial protection through a bank guarantee (see Financial Protection).
6. Confirmation of your reservation
Upon reception of your reservation form, we will send you, according to the information received, the confirmation of your reservation by email with Ampascachi´s terms and conditions attached. You are required to read and sign and send it back to us. As soon as we receive your agreement to our terms and conditions, we will send you the invoice which includes detailed information about methods of payment, total price and dates.
We will also send you complete info about the riding holidays such as: maps, our routes and places to visit, the itinerary which complements the information about the holiday, and the description of the menu available each day.
Can I travel alone?
Yes, you can! You might want to join a group of riders or design your own group or simply ride alone. The riding holiday takes place regardless of the number of people booked which allows you to plan your holidays freely. We have special discounts for groups of 2, 4, 6 or more people.
What about my partner, if she/he doesn’t ride?
Ampascachi has different proposals. If you don’t want to ride or are a non-rider, you may accompany those engaging in equestrian activities.
The planned routes combine rural and traditional tourism and meeting points for sharing some activities. Riding holidays are not sold separately for companions, but together with equestrian activities.
A further choice at Ampascachi is to participate in holidays for beginners or novice riders where you may acquire riding skills and experience.
Can I travel with children?
At Ampascachi, you may organize a family riding holiday with children, who should always be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Young children older than 16 may ride the equestrian routes accompanied by an adult.
Being in contact with nature, participating in campsites and rural activities and sharing time with horses are an enriching experience for children and adolescents.
Riders’ level of experience
Our riding holidays have been designed according to the riders’ experience.
At Ampascachi, we evaluate the riders’ skills according to the riding holidays chosen.
You may choose the horse you wish to ride, but you should follow tour guide´s advice as our horses are Peruvian Paso horses, bred, tamed and selected in our equestrian centres.
As a rider, you should be physically fit and in good health for the riding holiday chosen to be able to fully enjoy your holiday.
A further consideration is your experience in equestrian sports as well as your riding skills for these activities which turn more demanding as speed is increased when riding, as you ride over rough and variable ground and as ridings get longer.
The riders’ level of experience is classified in three groups:
• NOVICE RIDER: This includes that person who has never ridden before, but he or she is enthusiastic and willing to learn to ride and participate in a riding route.
• BEGINNER: Rider that is comfortable at a slow canter, but with certain difficulty. Able to saddle up and unsaddle without help.
• INTERMEDIATE RIDER: A rider at a steady canter, but that does not ride regularly. Confident and in control of the horse at any gait for long stretches.
• EXPERIENCED RIDER: A confident rider and in control at a fast canter.
Number of participants per group
The riding group is made up of people who are travelling together during a riding holiday. The group will be accompanied by at least one person from Ampascachi: the Host Guide. Remember that your riding holiday can be booked for a single person or for a group.
When you plan your riding holiday, contact us to obtain more information. If you are travelling alone, we may provide information about other people (upon their prior consent) so you contact them before you travel.
Riders’ physical condition
For equestrian tourism, the rider must be in good physical condition and your weight should not exceed 95 kilograms including riding wear. In case weight limit is exceeded, but the rider has a good physical condition, you may ride very light on the horse back and change mount regularly.
Our priority is the riders as well as the horses’ comfort; thus, during some routes, we may have regular breaks so horses can rest.
Please, do provide true information about your weight and physical condition when you book your holiday.
Types of Riding Holidays
At Ampascachi, we offer different riding holidays in accordance with the riders’ level of experience, places to visit, routes and even different equestrian experiences combined with traditional tourism.
Here you will find a detailed description of the riding holidays and make a search in accordance with your preferences. You may also design your holidays by combining destinations:
• Estancia: you can stay in the estancia and enjoy horse-riding tours, use the facilities, engage in activities such as playing golf, tennis and other sports, read a book under a tree or just enjoy the swimming pool in a natural and stunning surrounding.
• Training: this type of riding holiday has been designed for people that have never ridden before or have ridden sometime in the past and wish to learn more in order to feel safer and enjoy the rides. Our experts will teach you the practice and the theory to learn and enjoy equestrian tourism.
• Equestrian Route: in this type of riding holiday, we travel on horseback in Peruvian Paso horses through different places and routes. We stay in different types of accommodations; whether camps, estancias, country houses or first-class hotels, depending on the type of holiday chosen.
What should you pack?
Comfort is essential. When you book one of our riding holidays, we will provide you with a “What to Bring list” for your trip.
One of the most frequent questions is the type of footwear. We usually suggest trainers with a rubber sole; you may even use footwear for outdoor activities.
If you need to purchase any riding wear and accessories such as hats, boots and jodhpurs for your equestrian activities, we have an excellent range of equipment at Ampascachi. They have been designed for maximum comfort on long rides. You can order them prior to your trip and pick them upon arrival at Ampascachi.
Transfers and traveling tips
Please follow airlines recommendations regarding weight and items allowed to be carried in your baggage and carry-on baggage.
You may not exceed 20 kilograms since this is the maximum weight allowed in most airlines and in domestic flights in Argentina. You can carry your baggage in two separate suitcases that do not exceed 15 kg each for ease of handling.
Our Logistics staff will be in charge of carrying your baggage from the hotel and during the entire trip. You may leave your baggage in the equestrian centres, but Ampascachi will not be held responsible for it.
At Ampascachi, we offer laundry service in our equestrian centre Haras Ampascachi as well as in some of our accommodation at different locations. This service is not included in the price.
Ampascachi’s riding holidays are mainly performed in two Argentine regions, in the centre and north of the country. Landscapes as well as variable ground are way too different in both.
These regions have been chosen having into account the propitious weather during almost all the year for outdoor activities, the hotel infrastructure, cultural attractions and the diversity and beauty of landscapes. In the Province of Córdoba, there are hills, valleys and mountains, lakes and rivers whereas in Salta and Jujuy, landscapes are full of land colours and there are mountains and rivers which seem to merge with the Andes.
Contact information in case of emergencies
Along your riding holiday you will be together with our staff who have Access to satellite and mobile phones. In case of emergency your family can contact us and request these phone numbers to contact you. The number of calls received is restricted to two phone calls per day for each traveller.
At Ampascachi, physical activity may be intense; thus, good food and good rest are essential.
If you have a special condition for health reasons or of any other nature, please inform us when you book your holiday so we can assist you and provide you with the best attention.
Food and drinks
Food and drinks are included in our holidays.
Meals are healthy, balanced and natural and you will also be able to taste typical regional Argentine food.
We have a varied and nutritious menu in accordance with food requirements for the activity to be pursued. If you have any food requirements, please let us know when booking.
In accordance with the riding holiday you book, accommodation will differ; whether hotels, estancias, cabins, mountain huts or campsites.
Accommodation has been carefully chosen by Ampascachi’s team. In this sense, we have taken into account the facilities and customer service each type of accommodation offers since quality and excellence come first to us.
Most places offering accommodation are fully equipped. When booking, you may state your preferences and whether you are willing to share a room with other guests.
Ampascachi makes a great effort in offering top-notch professional equestrian trips and ensuring a high quality and customized service. In order to financially protect the money given to Ampascachi, Ampascachi relies on fully financially protected programs.
Ampascachi provides financial protection through a bank guarantee from La Caixa in favor of the customer for keeping his money safe at the time of buying and paying his/her trip or equestrian holiday. This protection applies to all Ampascachi’s customers no matter their country of origin.
You can find further information about our financial protection at Financial Safety.
Travel insurance is obligatory for all travellers. You will need to provide a written statement indicating you have a travel insurance coverage for equestrian activities.
We suggest you to check all activities you will be doing to ensure your coverage is adequate for this type of holiday. Likewise, please read insurance policy carefully and check at your insurance company for any queries.
You are responsible for making sure your insurance coverage will be covering you during the entire riding holiday. Ampascachi reserves the right to cancel your reservation if no adequate insurance has been contracted.
Safety when riding
Our horses have been bred, selected and gone through learning and training processes. These are magnificent, balanced horses ready for the riding activity. However, there are always variables in the equestrian activities; this is reason why we request you to provide true information about your experience as a rider and to follow instructions from the guide about saddling and approaching the horse.
Should you have any queries regarding your riding skills for the type of holiday chosen, feel free to contact us so we can clear up any doubts.
We recommend the use of the protective helmet provided by Ampascachi while riding.
Your safety at Ampascachi
At Ampascachi, we take safety seriously. In all rides, you will be accompanied by at least two people; an expert guide and a member of our team.
During the first part of your trip the guide will explain safety measures for you and your horse in extreme situations.
Our staff has satellite telephones, first aid knowledge and a first-aid kit for emergencies.
Money for your holiday
When traveling at Ampascachi, all expenses are covered. The only extra money you will need during your stay will be for personal purchases such as souvenirs, clothing or expenses of any other nature. You may also pay with credit or debit cards.
You can choose to either book Ampascachi´s riding holidays with or without international flights.
When booking a riding holiday with Ampascachi, the price stated in the website includes all transfers inside Argentina, according to the riding holiday chosen, from the start date to the finish date of the holiday booked.
The price of the international flight is not included and you are compelled to book and pay for both the arrival and the departure flights according to the dates detailed as start date and finish date.
You are required to buy the tickets of any international flight that you may deem necessary. We will provide you with any information required in relation to the different flights to and from Argentina, according to the start and finish dates of our riding holidays.
However, as we have special commercial agreements with some wholesale travel agencies and airlines which fly from Europe to Argentina, we offer you the possibility of booking any of our riding holidays and any international flight for a cheaper price. In case you choose this option, you are required to inform this decision and ask the details to our sales representative in England.