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GLOBETROTTING IN THE SIERRA CHICAS, ARGENTINA

This exceptionally well-run estancia is located in the Sierras Chicas, which is a mountain range north west of Cordoba city in Argentina. It’s a 6,500-acre working cattle and stud farm which has been in the same family for four generations. As soon as guests arrive to this estancia they instantly feel at home by both the owners and staff.

Exploring this property on one of the eighty horses is an absolute delight. The horse breeds’ range from polo ponies to the traditional Criollo breed to the Paso Peruano, which is a fifth, gaited horse. Riding guests have the opportunity to ride in the morning and afternoon each day and no two rides are the same. One riding day may involve a full day picnic ride to a local Dominican church and a visit to the local one-teacher rural school to another day where guests try their hand to spending an afternoon watching one of the gauchos break in a horse or participating in ‘sortija’ a gaucho game on horseback.

In between rides there is the opportunity to dine on traditional Argentinean cuisine, swim in the pool, enjoy long, uninterrupted walks or a spot of bird twitching. The estancia also offers polo weeks three times a year which are specifically aimed at the beginner, novice or occasional player who wishes to learn how to play, brush up their skills or just have some fun in an informal and friendly environment. Half-day polo sessions are combined with stunning trail rides out into the estancia in the afternoon. The polo weeks offer the best of both worlds, learning or honing your polo skills in the morning and then exploring the estancia in the afternoon.

There is also an eight-day, seven-night long distance ride available three times a year, which explores the beautiful Sierras Chicas. The ride takes guests over the constantly changing geography of the region, through areas impossible to reach by car. Guests stay at a variety of locations from local estancias to very simple dwellings exposing guests to the life of the local people. The eight-day ride is rich in local history and offers some exceptional riding.

FAST FACTS

time in saddle: 4 to 6 hours

breed of horses: There are approximately 80 riding horses available at this property. The horses have all been bred on the estancia, have exceptionally soft mouths, are well mannered and in excellent condition. They are responsive and sure-footed, and are either Criollos, Paso Peruanos, with some crossbreeds.

pace: slow to fast

riding ability: suitable for beginner to experienced riders

weight limit: maximum of 95kg for estancia stays and 90kg for polo and trail rides

accommodation: Comfortable rooms that are traditionally furnished with plenty of antiques, all individual and with private bathrooms. Rooms are heated with wood-burning stoves or fireplaces.

seasons: September and October is Argentina’s spring. It can frost at night, but the days are cool. In summer, November through to March is always delightful, warm during the day with refreshing cool nights. April is exceptional with autumn colours and May starts to get cold. June through to August is winter, with some snow.

 group size: 4 to 6 guests plus guides

2017 departure dates:

‘Learn to Play Polo’ week, 8 days, 7 nights, 2017: October 16 to 23; November 27 to December 3, $2941 USD per person.

Long Distance Trail Rides, 8 days, 7 nights, 2017: Dates on request, $3005 USD per person.

2017 rides prices:

May to September, 2017: 3 to 6 nights, $374 USD per person, per night. 7 nights or more, $347 USD per person, per night.

October to December, 2017: 3 to 6 nights, $420 USD per person, per night. 7 nights or more, $398 USD per person, per night.

*The prices quoted are for non-residents of Argentina and are subject to change.

*Single supplement 30%.

*Discount of 20% off standard rate for children aged 10-16.

*There is a minimum stay of three nights required.

*Price includes transfers to and from Cordoba airport, all food, drink and accommodation, daily riding, guides and equipment and all other activities whilst on the estancia.

*The price does not include international flights or travel insurance.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case USD, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.

Why is the price quoted in US dollars?

With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Please arrive anytime between 8am – 8pm on day one. Transfers to and from Cordoba airport are included in the price.

FURTHER READING AND VIEWING

If you are keen to see more of Argentina on the back of a horse, check out our ride known as The Patagonia Trail.

meet a globetrotter

Best experiences - horses were superb and beautifully trained and cared for. Trying polo was great fun. Guides and Gauchos lovely and great to ride out with. When the rides were pacey and vaired, they were fantastic.

Sierra Chicas, Argentina Sierra Chicas 25/02/2016

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