Exploratory Ride in Corrientes, Argentina - Horse Riding Holidays and Safaris

Exploratory Ride in Corrientes, Argentina

8 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $3,900 USD?Tour costs $3,900 USD which is approximately $5,881 AUD

This ride combines estancia-based luxury, authentic cattle work AND a point-to-point adventure. Pack your poncho, we’re going to the land of the gaucho!

If you’re champing at the bit to explore Argentina, but torn between the comfort of a lodge-based ride and the thrill of a point-to-point route, we’ve got you sorted: this week-long holiday in wet and wild Corrientes combines the best of both!

Sitting atop one of the world’s largest aquifer systems, the scrublands, pampas, forests and wetlands of Corrientes are abuzz with over 4,000 plant and animal species, and largely untouched by humanity, save for the gauchos who run their cattle on the lush pastures.

On this exploratory guided ride, we will spend four crazy-fun days learning the ways of the gaucho as guests of the Solanet family on their enchanting estancia. Astride sturdy Criollo horses, we’ll splash through beautiful lagoons home to unique wildlife, from capybaras to caimans. We’ll lasso cattle in the yards, drive herds across the plains and have maté-sipping siestas in the shade of old growth forests. Come evening, we’ll be plied with fine wine and sumptuous Argentine cuisine while our horses graze mere footsteps away.

Having awoken our inner gaucho, part two of the itinerary sees us riding from one traditional, family-run estancia to the next. Guided by gauchos who were all but born in the saddle, each day brings total immersion in the breathtaking landscapes and culture of Corrientes.

Join us for a taste of authentic estancia life, where warm hospitality meets rich traditions – where luxury meets dirt moustaches. Pack your poncho – we’re saving a spot just for you.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:There are around 80 riding horses in the herd, all pure or crossbred Criollos. You will be matched with two horses for your stay.
  • Pace:The pace varies from a walk right through to a canter whenever the terrain allows. Some stretches are fast paced, with long trots and canters, so a certain level of fitness is required.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 95kg / 210lbs.
  • Type of tack:Traditional Argentine ‘recado’ and ‘montura correntina’ saddles are used, both of which provide exceptional comfort.
  • Seasons:December.
  • Group size:8 guests, plus 2 Globetrotting guides.
  • Time in Saddle:Between 4 and 8 hours per day.
  • Riding Ability:Intermediate to advanced. Not sure what your riding ability is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Throughout the ride, you’ll be accommodated in either a king bed or double twin room, with your own private ensuite and veranda.
    On nights 1, 2, 3 and 7, you will stay at your hosts’ family-run estancia on the vast plains. 
    Night 4 is spent at the secluded River Lodge on the other side of the estancia.
    On nights 5 and 6, you’ll stay at other estancias en route, each with its own charm and history. 
  • Ride Length:8 days, 8 nights (7 riding days)
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes estancia accommodation, meals (from day 2 lunch to day 9 breakfast), drinks, riding, guides and equipment (BYO helmet). The guided rate also includes professional photography and videography.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include international or domestic flights, private bus transfers to and from the ride (to be paid direct on the day), travel insurance (compulsory), staff tips, accommodation in Buenos Aires, private city tour in Buenos Aires, personal expenses, or meals prior to day 2 lunch and after day 9 breakfast.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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NB: A single supplement is available for nights spent at the main estancia. Please understand however, that single rooms cannot be guaranteed on nights 4, 5 and 6.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes estancia accommodation, meals (from day 2 lunch to day 9 breakfast), drinks, riding, guides and equipment (BYO helmet). The guided rate also includes professional photography and videography.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include international or domestic flights, private bus transfers to and from the ride (to be paid direct on the day), travel insurance (compulsory), staff tips, accommodation in Buenos Aires, personal expenses, private city tour in Buenos Aires, or meals prior to day 2 lunch and after day 9 breakfast.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. Depending on the ride you choose to book and your country of residence, there will be a 1.2% to 2.9% surcharge.

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WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN USD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change due to weather conditions and other influencing factors.

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  • Day Before (November 30)

    Welcome to Argentina, globetrotters! Please fly into Buenos Aires anytime today. We have arranged group accommodation in Buenos Aires for the next two nights, although this is not included in the ride price and will be invoiced separately.

  • Day 1 (December 1)

    This morning we’ll head out for a private group tour (tour cost not included and to be paid for in cash on the day). Buenos Aires has been described as ‘sexy, alive and supremely confident,’ and spending just a little time here will have you nodding your head in agreement. An astonishing metropolis that fuses soaring European-style architecture with an edgy Latin American twist, the city is often called the ‘Paris of South America’. Our local guide will take us to all the main attractions, and some off-the-beaten-track gems as well. After lunch, we’ll duck into Globetrotting’s all-time favourite tack shop – Arandu – for some retail therapy. The top pick is a poncho, to double as an all-weather riding coat and a keepsake of our travels.

    Our big day in BA is capped off with a group dinner and a top class tango show (at your own expense) at a nearby restaurant. The skill of the dancers and musicians is rivalled only by that of the chefs, whose most requested dish is undoubtedly asado, also known as parrillada, a grilled feast with copious meats. Asado is the national dish, originating with the gauchos, who would subsist on the abundant cattle dotting the pampas. Expect beef, pork, ribs, sausages and sweetbreads hot off the fire (with vegetarian options, of course). Topped with salt and chimichurri (the country’s go-to condiment), and paired with Malbec – this is Argentina!

    *Please note, accommodation in Buenos Aires, city tour, meals and personal expenses are NOT included today.

  • Day 2 (December 2)

    Yippee, our Corrientes adventure begins today! This morning we’ll be up early to grab breakfast and a good strong coffee at a cafe near our hotel. At 7am, we’ll jump on a private bus for an overland transfer (approx. 6 hours) to Estancia Don Joaquin, where the Solanet family will welcome us with open arms.

    Arriving by 2pm, we’ll get to know our hosts over lunch (asado – yum!) then head to the stables, where we’ll try a variety of horses. Each of us will ride two horses during our stay, and our guides will ensure they’re a perfect match, encouraging us to try as many as we like.

    Mounted on one of our two chosen horses, the debut ride begins with an exciting introduction to the Argentine riding style, followed by a super fun mini cattle drive, or perhaps some corral work with horses and cattle – our official induction into the world of the gaucho!

    Come evening, we’ll sit back with a sundowner and tuck into a drool-worthy dinner as dusk settles over the estancia.

    Riding time: approx. 2.5 hours.

  • Day 3 (December 3)

    Waking to unfamiliar birdsong and the occasional far-away moo, we’ll fuel up with a delicious breakfast before our first full-day’s ride. Under the watchful eye of our trusty gauchos, we’ll ride out to the cattle and herd them towards the estancia, meandering calmly along or chasing runaways as the mood takes us.

    Emerging from vast pine forests, we’ll find ourselves at a remote cattle corral, where we’ll relish in a picnic lunch and a rejuvenating siesta under the shade of the trees.

    In the afternoon, we’ll follow the chime of the cowbell as the ‘godmother mare’ leads the horses back to the estancia. Dinner and another restful night await at Estancia Don Joaquin.

    Riding time: 7 hours.

  • Day 4 (December 4)

    Today brings a delightful change of pace with a half-day in the saddle following the gauchos in their daily cattle routine, getting down and dirty for a taste of real estancia life. Ever tried your hand with a lasso? Now’s your chance!

    After a three-course lunch at the estancia, the afternoon is ours to enjoy, most likely lazing around the swimming pool with a cool drink.

    In the evening, our hosts will delight our tastebuds with a blind tasting of outstanding Argentinean wines before a scrumptious dinner.

    Riding time: 3 hours.

  • Day 5 (December 5)

    This morning we’ll ride with the gauchos to explore a new part of the estancia, tailing a herd of cattle. The grassland in this area is ‘hedged’ with acacia trees and native forests, creating the perfect ecosystem for a variety of birds and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled!

    Lunch will be served back at the estancia, then in the afternoon, we’ll continue working with the cattle and either ride or drive to the River Lodge. Located on the other side of the estancia, this lodge is our home for the night and boasts gorgeous sunsets over the water.

    Riding time: 5 hours.

  • Day 6 (December 6)

    Now that we’re comfortable with our two horses, our point-to-point journey begins. Our gaucho guides will lead us northeast across expansive grasslands, with exhilarating long canters on sandy tracks. Lunch will be an authentic asado (barbeque) in the countryside, the gauchos cooking traditional empanadas and meat (vegetarian options available) over an open fire.

    Afterwards, we’ll take a siesta in the shade of the trees, resting on our sheepskin saddle covers for an hour or so, before continuing the ride. The afternoon brings a change in scenery, with a 360° view of the surrounding wetlands, where we might spot capybaras, antelope, caiman, and the greater rhea, if we’re lucky. Riding towards the broad open plain of the pampa, out of nowhere, a stunning colonial estancia will appear, surrounded by beautiful gardens. This is our overnight accommodation, where we’ll wine, dine, talk and laugh the night away. Maybe someone will whip out a guitar – you just never know!

    Riding time: 7 hours.

  • Day 7 (December 7)

    After breakfast, we’ll pack our bags and mount up for a morning ride along lagoons and scrublands, eventually reaching the Corriente river. Lunch will be whipped up on the river bank, with a spectacular view and a delicious asado. Hammocks emerge for today’s siesta, or we can simply chill out and watch our horses grazing by the river.

    In the afternoon, a series of canters along sandy freshwater beaches leads us to a Mediterranean-style estancia nestled on the riverbank. Here we’ll be welcomed with afternoon tea and sundowners on the terrace, followed by a delightful dinner.

    Riding time: 5 hours.

  • Day 8 (December 8)

    Our last day certainly packs a punch, globetrotters! It’s another full-day ride herding the horses back towards Estancia Don Joaquin, during which we’ll marvel at huge pine forests and kick up the dust with some long, free-spirited canters.

    Finally, in the late afternoon, we’ll reach the estancia and revel in one last delightful evening of great food, fine wine, tall tales and good company.

    Riding time: 7 hours.

  • Day 9 (December 9)

    This morning we’ll fuel up on breakfast and coffee, pack our bags and say a fond farewell to our wonderful horses, guides and hosts. Another comfortable bus ride brings us back to Buenos Aires.

    Please note, your flight home must not depart until the following day.

  • Transfer Information

    On this guided exploratory ride, due to rapidly fluctuating exchange rates, transfers to and from the estancia are NOT included in the price.

    Please fly into Buenos Aires anytime on November 30. A day’s sightseeing is planned for December 1.

    The following morning (December 2nd), we will take a private bus transfer to the estancia, approximately 6 hours from Buenos Aires.

    On the final day (December 9th), we will return to Buenos Aires, again by private bus. International flights must not depart until the following day (December 10).

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