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GLOBETROTTING IN THE SIERRAS CHICAS, ARGENTINA
This exceptionally well-run estancia is located in the Sierras Chicas, a mountain range northwest 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 at this estancia they instantly feel at home thanks to both the owners and the staff.
Exploring this property on one of the estancia’s eighty horses is an absolute delight. The horse breeds range from polo ponies to the traditional Criollo breed to the Peruvian Paso, which is a fifth gaited horse (read: super comfortable!). 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 while another day may see guests trying their hand at polo, 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 do 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.
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 mostly Criollos and Peruvian Pasos, 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 or to ride Peruvian Pasos
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 are Argentina’s spring months. It can frost at night, but the days are cool. Summer, from 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
2019 departure dates:
Estancia stay is available all year round, with the exception of four weeks over May/June when the estancia is closed for essential repair work.
*ONE globetrotter booked on a 4-night stay from April 8 to 12, 2019
‘Learn to Play Polo’ week, 8 days, 7 nights, 2018: March 18 to 25; October 14 to 21; December 2 to 9, $3402 USD per person.
Long Distance Trail Rides: Dates & rates available on request.
2019 rides prices:
January to April, 2019: 3 to 6 nights, $475 USD per person, per night. 7 nights or more, $442 USD per person, per night.
May to September, 2019: 3 to 6 nights, $421 USD per person, per night. 7 nights or more, $390 USD per person, per night.
October to December, 2019: 3 to 6 nights, $486 USD per person, per night. 7 nights or more, $452 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 (arrival/departure must be between 8am and 8pm), 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.
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.
Please arrive anytime between 8am – 8pm on day one. Transfers to and from Cordoba airport are included in the price.
FURTHER READING AND VIEWING
Want to meet your guides and learn more about the estancia you’ll be staying at? Click here to meet Lou & Kevin.
If you are keen to see more of Argentina on the back of a horse, check out our ride known as The Patagonia Trail.