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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.

And with the new 2017/18 season, Globetrotters can kick-start their Argentinean experience by staying at Estancia El Boqueron (pictured above) for three nights before flying south to complete The Patagonia Trail over six nights. Your guide, Jakob Von Plessen, believes this 9-night itinerary is the perfect Argentinean immersion leap-frogging from his home estancia with all the hospitality, warmth, luxury of a bespoke estancia boasting a sleek string of ponies before heading south into the raw and rugged beauty of Patagonia. We happen to agree with him!

Please note Globetrotters, if you have limited time and budget you can opt for the 6-night Patagonia Trail and opt out of staying at Estancia El Boqueron. The choice is yours….

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. The pace at Estancia El Boqueron due to the terrain will vary from a walk right through to a fast-paced canter.

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: Estancia El Boqueron: Globetrotters will be staying in spacious, bespoke, bedrooms with their own ensuite and daily maid service. The Patagonia Trail: 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 ten days, nine nights itineraries available (the latter includes 3 night estancia stay and 6 night Patagonia Trail)

2017/18 departure dates:

Estancia Experience: November 17 to 20, 2017 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: November 20 to 26, 2017 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: November 26 to 29, 2017 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: November 29 to December 5, 2017 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: December 3 to 6, 2017 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: December 6 to 12, 2017 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: December 10 to 13, 2017 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: December 13 to 19, 2017 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: December 14 to 17, 2017 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: December 17 to 23, 2017 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: December 18 to 21, 2017 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: December 21 to 27, 2017 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: December 22 to 25, 2017 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: December 25 to 31, 2017 (6 nights)

The Patagonia Trail 6 night itinerary: December 24 to 30, 2017 – THREE globetrotters booked

Estancia Experience: December 26 to 29, 2017 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: December 29 to January 4, 2018 (6 nights) **ideal for a private group! New Year fun ride!

The Patagonia Trail 7 night itinerary: January 3 to 10, 2018 – TWO globetrotters booked

Estancia Experience: January 5 to 8, 2018 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: January 8 to 14, 2018 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: January 9 to 12, 2018 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: January 12 to 18, 2018 (6 nights)

The Patagonia Trail 7 night itinerary: January 19 to 26, 2018 – TWO globetrotters booked

Estancia Experience: January 21 to 24, 2018 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: January 24 to 30, 2018 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: January 25 to 28, 2018 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: January 28 to February 3, 2018 (6 nights)

The Patagonia Trail 7 night itinerary: February 4 to 10, 2018 –  SOLD OUT

Estancia Experience: February 6 to 9, 2018 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: February 9 to 15, 2018 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: February 10 to 13, 2018 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: February 13 to 19, 2018 (6 nights)

Estancia Experience: February 14 to 17, 2018 (3 nights) and/or The Patagonia Trail: February 17 to 23, 2018 (6 nights) – ONE globetrotter booked

The Patagonia Trail 7 night itinerary: February 21 to 28, 2018 – SOLD OUT

**Globetrotters have the option of completing the entire 9 night itinerary (3 nights estancia stay and 6 night Patagonia Trail) or they can choose to complete just the Patagonia Trail or estancia stay separately.

2017/18 rates:

$6,300 USD per person for nine night itineraries (twin share).

$4,900 USD per person for seven night itineraries (twin share).

$4,200 USD per person for six night itineraries (twin share).

For all other tours the price is $700 USD per person per night.

*Custom tour dates are available on request.

*Single supplement is available on a request for an extra charge of $150 USD per person per night.

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

*The price does not include international or domestic 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 the first day of your ride, so that you’re not jet lagged when it’s time to throw a leg over the saddle. For guests booked on the 9-night itinerary which includes a 3-night Estancia Experience, you will need to fly into Mar Del Plata the morning of day one where you will be met at the airport and driven approximately 40mins to Estancia El Boqueron. Following your Estancia stay, you will need to fly to San Martin de los Andes or Bariloche (depending upon domestic flight itineraries). On the final day you can book return flights out of Bariloche after 5pm.

For guests booked on The Patagonia Trail only, you need to fly into San Martin de los Andes no later than 10am on Day One. 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.

**Please note, it is ESSENTIAL you check with Globetrotting before booking regional flights to and from the ride as specific flights must be booked closer to departure date.

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.

globetrotting client. shanti mcivor

Shanti McIvor

Did you have a favourite day or experience while on your globetrotting holiday? Everyday was incredible, however moments that stand out are, riding with five Condors circling above us for a good 40mins along the ridge line. The Path of Tears terrified me and yet, at the same time liberated me. Swimming the horses in the crystal clear rivers, drinking from the rivers... Bareback races with fellow Aussie girl, rounding up the horses, watching the Gauchos load the pack horses and witnessing the gentleness of Jakob and Charlie breaking in Charly the wild caught young filly for Jakob's unborn daughter... It all filled filled my heart to overflowing...

The Patagonia Trail, Argentina

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