Type of horses:
Criollo x Thorougbred (Mestizos)
Nature of horses:
Forward going but calm, very courageous. A horse to suit everyone!
Height of horses:
14 - 16.2hh
Argentinian (Correntina) and English (although this option is not as comfortable and is not recommended for long trail rides).
This welcoming estancia is the ideal base for a horse riding holiday in Argentina. Your hosts are passionate about both their country and their horses and the overwhelming feeling from guests is that they are made to feel like part of the family. The Argentine countryside gives way to wonderful riding opportunities and you are welcome to explore the scenery on horseback, work the cattle, try your hand at polo and to live the life of these true countrymen.
The estancia has horses and trails suitable for everyone, including the complete beginner, and the horses are always ready and available for guests to use. The horses here are considered the estancia's most important working tool and you can accompany the gauchos whilst they herd cows and horses or during their work in the corral. Rides can be from thirty minutes to a whole day or you can try riding between haciendas over several days for a real adventure. Stays here are custom made to suit your needs and you will not feel like a tourist… you will live the true experiences of this Argentinian family where there is a strong sense of tradition and an appreciation of the way of life.
Suggested activities for guests do not only include horse riding and cattle work but also milking the cows, bird watching, cookery lessons, excursions, moonlight rides, festival visits, fishing in the lagoon, polo tuition, cart rides, photo safaris, swimming in the pool, casino nights and massages. The estancia itself offers simple accommodation but is designed in typical Corrientes style to give warmth and comfort to its guests. The service and meals are exceptional, complemented by the white glove waiters and silverware which adds the luxurious touch. Quality Argentine wines accompany your meals. This special destination has only seven guest rooms and thus each visitor's stay is afforded exceptional attention to detail and the consideration of this delightful family.
The estancia is typical Corrientes in style with a low roof and wide terrace and is set in 2500 hectares and surrounded by eight hectares of gardens. The accommodation has been refurbished to a high but simple standard to provide comfort and hospitality for the guests.
To ensure that you get personal attention there are only seven rooms available, all with private bathrooms. There are two living rooms, one with a satellite TV. There is a swimming pool with solarium and a patio.
The estancia has a reputation for high class gastronomy consisting of exquisite dishes served by white gloved waiters and perfectly accompanied by excellent Argentinian wines. Included in your package are wines, beers and non alcoholic beverages. There is a 24 hour coffee service.
Menus include a first course, main course and dessert. International, Creole and regional cooked meals are prepared with fresh local ingredients resulting in first class cuisine. Your dinner may be served in the moonlight or by candlelight.
A drink before meals is accompanied with local appetisers and exquisite Corrientes 'chipa' (special cheese bread) which will prepare you for the sumptuous culinary experience which follows. Special menus are available for those with specific dietary requirements.
On the 2500 hectares there is much ranch activity and cattle work including branding, vaccinations and herding the cows and horses. You can also experience riding in moonlight and take some lessons in polo.
There is a swimming pool and solarium to enjoy. Your hosts can arrange cooking lessons, casino nights, visits to horse races, carnivals and regional festivals. You can also have a massage. There is much wildlife in this area and birdwatching here is quite an experience. The fishing here is superb. Other activities include canoeing on the lake and sightseeing by boat.
Trip extensions: Please ask for further details
Get inside the core of the Mesopotamia, “IBERA MARSHES”, to discover on horseback and in boats one of the largest marshes of the world, enjoying the diversity of flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Finally, you will get to the other side of Misiones to reach a unique place in the world, IGUAÇU FALLS.
A great place for fishing due to it's ideal geographical location as it is carried out in the three great rivers: Corrientes, Paraná and Guyquiraró Rivers. Fishing begins with the sunrise. A typical day starts with a good breakfast before going to the pier, where you will go looking for the precious dorado. You sail with experts who know the river perfectly well. At noon, you stop for a relaxing break and will enjoy a good barbecue or maybe, if you were lucky in the morning, some fried fish. Lunch is on an island, where you will enjoy the great flora and fauna of the area. At the end of the day you can relax and discuss the good days fishing. Species include Dorado Pacu, Pati,Surubi, Manduvi and other large species.
Iguazu Falls: Offering a fabulous add-on for your trip, we can provide details of buses which will take you to the phenomenal falls (overnight trip).
Languages: Spanish and English. This does not mean that you will have a 24/7 English service - English speaking will be limited at times but this has not proved at all problematic for English speaking guests.
Health requirements: None.
Age limit: None on the based option but 16 years and over on the Estancia to Estancia rides.
Tuition: If required.
Included: Accommodation based on two people sharing, all meals, drinks with meals, daily horse riding and general ranch activities.
Not included: Flights, transfers, travel insurance, polo tuition, massages, fishing and any extras not mentioned.
For your convenience we are happy to make arrangements for your luxury night bus travel or advise on other modes of transport from Buenos Aires to the Estancia.
There are plenty of flights to Buenos Aires including Air France; Air Canadá; United Airlines; American Airlines; Al Italia; SwissAirlines; Lufthansa; British Airways; Iberia; Lan Chile; Aerolíneas Argentinas;
From Buenos Aires to the estancia, you have several options:
We advise the best way to travel is by the Luxury Night Bus (approximately $86 each way), it is quite a long journey (around 8 hours) but you travel during the night, the service is very good and dinner is included on the bus. You will be transferred from and to the bus station in Esquina (around 18 km from the Estancia).
Night bus departure times:
Departure from Buenos Aires @ 20:55, arrive in Esquina @ 05:00
Departure from Esquina @ 23:00, arrive in Buenos Aires @ 07:00
The bus station is located approximately 50 minutes from Ezeiza (international) Airport and around 30 minutes from Aeroparque (domestic) airport.
Rental car: The drive is 650km and takes around 6.5/7 hours.
We can also advise on internal flights to Santa Fe or Corrientes Capital and a private car drive on request.
Airport: Buenos Aires
This ride was designed for those who believe that horseback and comfort can come together in natural and beautiful scenery. This trail is aptly named after the Argentinian countrymen or "Tropero" who, many years ago, herded cattle along the paths which stretch for many miles through Corrientes. At this time the horse was Argentina's most important working tool. The Estancias encountered along the way provided the Tropero with accommodation and a hearty meal. This trail allows you to follow the paths of the Tropero, cover the same diverse landscape and view the same breathtaking scenery with the welcome addition of luxury comforts and sumptuous cuisine.
This trail leads you through the most diverse of landscapes including lagoons, forests, pampas, marshes, rivers and dunes. In addition to this Corrientes offers an array of flora and fauna, the attentive observer will see nandues, capybaras, foxes, rabbits, alligators and a great variety of birds.
On this trail the gauchos take along several horses almost 3 horses per rider so you will be able to try different horses in order to find your favourite. There is also a gaucho for every 2 riders as well as a bilingual guide. Your luggage is moved on for you in a support vehicle and the gauchos will carry your individual saddle bags on the trail so you may bring along what you need for the day. It is possible to gallop for long distances on this trail.
Day 1: Arrival
You will be greeted in Esquina by a representative and transferred to the Estancia. You will have time for breakfast and some free time. Before lunch you will meet the horses and have a short test ride to ensure you are happy with the horse chosen for you. Lunch and tea whilst you meet the people who will be joining you on the trail. The perfect chance to get to know each other and share in your excitement of the adventure that lies ahead.
There will be free time for you to spend taking part in some cattle work with the gauchos at the Estancia, before dinner is served in the evening; which, without doubt, will be a culinary celebration of Argentinian cuisine.
Day 2: Estancia La Rosita
After a delicious breakfast at the Estancia, you will enjoy a short and relaxed riding trail before returning for lunch and a traditional siesta. The afternoon will afford you some time to take advantage of one of the national pass-times of Argentina - Polo! After some quick "Stick & Ball" sessions to get you used to the game, you will be able to take part in a small, informal and fun match.
Finally, a tasty dinner at the house and overnight at La Rosita.
Day 3: Estancia to "La Amistad"
After breakfast you will embark on the first stage of "Los Troperos", taking you from the Estancia to La Amistad (around three hours). On the way you will stop for lunch and a rest. Your morning ride will take 2.45 hours. Lunch today will consist of roast lamb and vegetables whilst sitting by a big lagoon. Following this delicious meal you will rest in Paraguayan hammocks. You then saddle up your horse and continue crossing the vast open plain for around three hours to arrive at Estancia La Amistad. The evening consists of a massage session, dinner and accommodation in Estancia La Amistad.
Day 4: "La Amistad" to "Buena Vista"
After breakfast you will ride from La Amistad to Estancia Buena Vista. You embark on a three hour journey with the main landscape being big lagoons. Today it is possible to see capybaras and alligators. Your morning ride will take approximately 2.30 hours. You will stop for lunch en-route for a picnic in an abandoned cattle station and rest. Your ride continues for another 2.30 hours before arriving at Estancia Buena Vista. You will be welcomed by tea, free time and a chance to relax by the swimming pool. Dinner and accommodation in Estancia Buena Vista. Here you might have the chance to see the most beautiful sunset.
Day 5: "Buena Vista" to "La Pelada"
After breakfast you will embark on the trail to “Estancia La Pelada”. Today offers rides through forests, sandy grounds and picturesque rural routes having the chance to see the genuine local life, crossing groups of cows and meeting gauchos from the local area. You morning ride will take around 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.
In the afternoon you will have the option of taking a boat excursion on the Corriente river before dinner and overnight at Estancia La Pelada.
Day 6: "La Pelada" - back to "La Rosita"
Today your trail ride back to La Rosita is long and exciting. The ride will take 4 hours in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. There are great opportunities to spot local wildlife along this route, including capybara, alligators and even rare Rheas, along with a whole hosts of fascinating local bird-life.
Dinner and a well deserved nights rest will be back at the Estancia La Rosita tonight.
Day 7: Estancia La Rosita
Today you will have a free mornign and a choice of activity that you would like to take part in. A delicious lunch at the Estancia followed by a siesta in the early afternoon. Feeling well rested, you will have a chance to saddle up and take the horses swimming this afternoon (if the weather allows) - a really fun activity for all involved.
On return to the estancia, you will have a chance to shower and change. In the evening you will enjoy a short tango lesson, followed by a last farewell dinner accompanied by a folk music group before your transfer back to the bus terminal for your overnight journey back to Buenos Aires.
Please note this itinerary may vary subject to availability and other factors that may affect your route.
During the Estancia to Estancia trips you will stay in a variety of authentic Estancias:
"Estancia La Amistad" - offers a colonial style and is probably the most modern one on offer. A place where you can receive relaxing massages and great meals.
"Estancia Buena Vista" - A splendid colonial style house of the late XIX century. It offers premium comfortable accommodation to host you in superb suites with everything needed to enjoy the upper most comfort. It is located in one of the highest slopes of the area. You will enjoy a great service and comfortable rooms with wonderful view.
Estancia La Pelada is a small Argentina hunting lodge, located on the Corriente River, 35 kilometers north of the small town of Esquina. The Spanish Colonial style Estancia is only about 45 years old. Its design its typically Spanish. The Estancia can accommodate eight guests in European style rooms all with private baths. Meals are either served in the elegant dining room or in the veranda overlooking the gardens.
|Minimum group size:||4|
|Maximum group size:||10|
|Ability description:||Riders must be comfortable and secure at all paces including gallop|
|Type of ride:||Estancia to Estancia trail|
|Total riding time:||7 days riding covering 140km; some days are trail and some are based.|
Available from 10-16th of every month from March-November.
Private group dates and shorter stays are available on request.
Price include accommodation with all meals in the Estancia, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), riding, transfer of luggage and transfer from and to Esquina.
Double: £1706 per person
Single: £2056 per person
Private tour prices available on request.
The Tailor Made Programme is an excellent option for those people who want to plan their holidays as they wish or who prefer planning them day by day. It offers a variety of different options for families who want to spend their holidays together, in close contact with nature. By having a variety of choices, it is easy to satisfy everybody without forgetting the idea of going on a family holiday.
In the case of couples, it often happens that couples or groups have a liking to a specific activities or their are non riding members of the group. Here you are offered a lot of activities giving you the opportunity to choose what you prefer to make an individual itinerary, so that all enjoy their stay.
Among the options they offer, you can choose from: cavalcades, labour with cows, watching birds, fishing, hunting, tango classes, massage sessions or simply enjoying the undisturbed peace and tranquility that only the countryside has for you. Remember that here you will always have the possibility to organise the activities with the Estancia owners.
You can ask us to prepare a tailor made holiday for you by telling us the purpose of your trip or those activities you are interested in or once you are in the Estancia you can decide how many days you want to spend doing a particular activity and so, together with the owners, you can plan what you do day by day. Please note, some activities need to be booked in advance.
Working with the gauchos: (included in the price)
Having 2500 hectares of cattle production, the work with horses and cows is a daily activity. During your stay you may enjoy and even take part in the abilities of the “gauchos correntinos” (Estancia workers). Some of these activities include; driving cows and horses, branding, bathing, vaccinating them. You can also move away cows on horseback among other rural activities and sanitary labour. (There is no work with cows on Sundays).
Flora and Fauna: (included in the price)
The vast area of the region offers a great variety of wild life living together with cattle production. The province of Corrientes has 350 species of birds, that is, more than 30% of the total of birds you can see in Argentina. For those people who love birds we have specific programmes of bird watching.
Rides on horse or sulky – Cavalcades: (included in the price)
There are plenty of horses and they can offer you a horse to suit your needs and requirements from beginners to advanced riders. There are cavalcades for every taste, of different duration, through different landscapes and even under the moonlight. Cavalcades can last from 10 minutes up to almost all day long. Landscapes are diverse with forestation's, lagoons, mounts of wild trees and pampa (extensive plain). It is not necessary to know how to ride and those people who prefer it, may enjoy their ride on sulky. You can also take part in the care and management of these horses by bathing the horses after every cavalcade.
Polo - Tapping/Stick and Ball: (included in the price)
The Estancia has its own polo field for those people who want to practice this sport during their stay. They will provide you with horses, long-handled mallets, balls and protective helmets. If your desire is to learn how to play polo with a professor, we have special programmes with professors of 3/5/6 goal handicaps.
Bird Watching: (additional cost)
This excursion lasts all day long. For this activity they recommend to use a day and a half in order to watch from the three possible and different landscapes they offer. Birds of water, pampa and native forests. Watching birds with a guide has an additional cost.
Fishing on barges: (additional cost)
This is carried out in the Rivers Paraná and Corrientes. This excursion lasts all day long, they can also provide fishing equipment.
You can try your luck spending a night at the Casino (18 km from the Estancia). You can visit a nearby rural town, attend “carreras desortijas” (typical country race on horseback, where riders have to take a pending ring), visit typical regional parties, visit a cattle auction, a Carnival night, take tango or regional cuisine classes. Other alternatives are: spending relaxing moments in the swimming-pool under the sun or sharing a board game. A massage session is ideal to complete intense days. Live nights accompanied by a regional musical group at the estancia is another way to get to know the moments in Corrientes.
Tango classes: (additional cost)
Please note: It is necessary to book this activity in advance.
Polo classes: (additional cost)
You can take advantage of Polo classes much better if you take them individually.
|Minimum group size:||1|
|Maximum group size:||14|
|Ability description:||All riding abilities catered for|
|Type of ride:||Based with a choice of other activities|
|Total riding time:||To suit|
|Departure dates:||To suit, including the Christmas and New Year period|
£136 per person based on two people sharing.
£171 per person for single travellers.
Children up to the age of 10: £109 based on shared room.
Please note if you arrive on the early bus at 5.00am and leave on the bus in the evening then you will pay a daily rate.
This includes full board accommodation and daily activities of your choice, please notes some activities are charged at an additional cost and Tango classes need to be booked in advance.
Price does not include flights or travel insurance.