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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.


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: there are 7-night itineraries available

2019/20 season departure dates:

November 15 to 22, 2019

November 22 to 29, 2019

November 29 to December 6, 2019

December 6 to 13, 2019 **Globetrotting guided ride** Ride price of $6000 USD per person twin share (this guided rate includes professional photography, videography and guided sightseeing day in Buenos Aires prior to the start of the ride).

December 13 to 20, 2019

December 20 to 27, 2019 (private group only)

December 27 to January 3, 2020 (private group only)

January 3 to 10, 2020

January 10 to 17, 2020

January 17 to 24, 2020

January 24 to 31, 2020

January 31 to February 7, 2020

February 7 to 14, 2020

February 14 to 21, 2020

February 21 to 28, 2020

*An estancia stay is also available upon request.

*Custom tour dates are available upon request.

2019/20 season rates:

$5,600 USD per person for seven night itineraries (twin share).

*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.


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.


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. You then need to fly into San Martin de los Andes on day one and out of Bariloche on the final day. 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.


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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