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The Patagonia Trail, Argentina

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Two words come to mind when describing The Patagonia Trail – authentic & adventurous. You truly won’t be able to find a better itinerary that encompasses the rough and rugged beauty of Argentina’s Patagonia while being brought to life with the gaucho culture of the region.

Your guide, Jakob Von Plessen is one of globetrotting’s most famous guides, he has one foot in Kenya where he guides for half the year and the other foot in Argentina on this 7 night ride. Jakob has well over 15 years experience escorting guests on horse riding adventures so knows a thing or two about putting together the ideal itinerary that has a splash of adventure, ruggedness, good laughs and comfort.

So if you’ve always wanted to travel to the horse loving nation of Argentina than NOW is your chance. We couldn’t think of a better way to delve beneath the surface of Argentina than jumping on a Criollo horse (pictured above), drink matte with a gaucho and sing folklorica around a blazing fire under a night sky.

FAST FACTS

time in saddle: varies between 4 to 8 hours a day

breed of horses: In Patagonia the horses are locally born and bred, predominantly the Argentine ‘criollo’ breed but some have Quarter horse, Thoroughbred and even Percheron influence.

pace: The riding in Patagonia is generally at a walking pace due to the climb and descent nature of the mountains and terrain.

riding ability: you should be comfortable at all paces and not suffer from vertigo.

weight limit: maximum of 95kgs * please contact us if you’re above this weight.

accommodation: A variety of accommodation from spacious African Style tents with nice beds and cozy duvets to keep you warm during the chilly nights to a more basic fly camp where there are no showers other than an occasional dip in a stream or river.

seasons: The season starts in November which is spring in Argentina. The weather in Patagonia can be very variable with temperatures ranging from 30ºC to 0ºC and wind can make it feel cooler.

group size: Maximum of eight guests

ride length: Eight days, seven nights or six days, five nights itineraries available

2017/18 departure dates:

November 20 to 27, 2017 – 7 night itinerary – SOLD OUT

November 27 to December 2, 2017 – 5 night itinerary

December 4 to 9, 2017 – 5 night itinerary

December 11 to 16, 2017 – 5 night itinerary

December 17 to 24, 2017 – 7 night itinerary

December 26 to January 2, 2018 – 7 night itinerary (ideal for a private group! New Year fun ride)

January 3 to 10, 2018 – 7 night itinerary – TWO globetrotters booked

January 6 to 13, 2018 – 7 night itinerary

January 11 to 18, 2018 – 7 night itinerary

January 19 to 26, 2018 – 7 night itinerary – TWO globetrotters booked

January 27 to February 3, 2017 – 7 night itinerary

February 13 to 20, 2018 – 7 night itinerary

2017/18 rates:

$4,000 USD per person for five night itineraries

$5,600 USD per person for seven night itineraries

*Custom tour dates are available on request.

*Single supplement is available on a request for an extra charge.

*Price includes transfers to and from regional airports in Patagonia, all food, drink and accommodation, daily riding, guides.

*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

We recommend flying into Buenos Aires at least 2 nights prior to day 1. On day 1 you need to fly into San Martin de los Andes no later than 10am. On the final day you can book return flights out of Bariloche after 5pm. Transfers from San Martin and Bariloche regional airports are included in the price.

FURTHER READING & VIEWING

Your quintessential Patagonia experience will be led by none other than Jakob Von Lessen, read this Q & A to find out why you’ll want to sign up for The Patagonia Trail.

Hear what a fellow Globetrotter had to say about their experience on this ride here.

To get a complete sensory appreciation of The Patagonia Trail click here to view this video.

Deb Snaith

Were there any stand-out experiences with the accommodation and meals that you would like to mention?

Loved it all! Amazing food, authentic Argentinean flavours and styles, outstanding and abundant alcohol, super kind and funny guides - a real 5 star glamping trip!

Were you happy with the horse that you rode?

I had Larry whom was as Jakob described, a bit touchy on the ground but steady as a rock to mount and ride, surefooted, strong and beautiful. All the horses seemed fine and I think all the girls were satisfied. All had a different level riding experience but the horses were great.

We would LOVE a testimonial about your globetrotting experience:

A stack of golden moments to freeze frame into lifelong memories! Nourishment for the soul. Strong, well cared for horses but still with personalities and characters of their own.

The Patagonia Trail 21/01/2017

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