South America

Photo from the Montes de Oro Hacienda (Costa Rica) ride.

Horse riding options in South America are as wild and varied as the countries themselves.

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The Andes mountains stretch almost the full length of the continent and many of the rides incorporate the mountains in some form. Glorious landscapes are guaranteed, as are fabulous horses, courtesy of the Spanish Conquistadors who brought horses over with them from Europe, and these bred with the local breeds and created the Criollo for which the continent is famed.

Horses are an integral part of South American culture, from the gauchos of Argentina to the baqueanos of Chile and vaqueros of Brazil.

Estancia stays are hugely popular as riding holidays, catering for all abilities and offering a similar experience as a ranch stay in North America. Under-stated luxury, world class horses, cattle work and often even a little Polo thrown in for good measure.

Argentina is world-renowned for the quality of its Polo players and where better to learn or improve your skills than on a dedicated Polo holiday near Buenos Aires.

Both Argentina and Chile offer some stunning trail rides through remote landscapes where you’ll rarely see another soul. Pack horses carry your belongings and the accommodation will be rustic and/or camping depending on the riding trail itinerary chosen. These horseback trails are available from the dry far North such as Atacama desert in Chile or Salta in Argentina, down to the remote south of Patagonia, with riding in Torres del Paine national park or on the incredible Tierra del Fuego - the very bottom of the world.

For those who prefer a more comfortable bed after a day of riding, there are also horseback trails journeying from estancia to estancia in both Chile and Argentina, as well as further north in Uruguay, Peru and Ecuador.

Both Peru and Ecuador offer spectacular mountain settings for riders who love to ride high. The glorious avenue of volcanoes in Ecuador has to be seen to be believed and there are different itineraries depending on whether you dream of riding to Cotopaxi volcano, or of venturing off the beaten track into the wild Andes. Peru has the added value of its Inca heritage and riding through the sacred valley, culminating with a visit to Machu Picchu is a dream for many.

The vastness of Brazil also offers a wide variety of riding trails within one country, from glorious beach rides, to exotic jungle rides and the incredible Pantanal where horseback riders can discover the extraordinary wetlands and wildlife of this fascinating region.

In the far north of South America, there are riding trails exploring the Latin American flavour and coffee culture of Colombia as well as ranches both inland and along the coast of Costa Rica, famed for it’s wealth of wildlife. For lovers of beach rides, there’s also the stunning island of Dominican Republic where you can explore inland trails as well as the glorious beaches.

Whatever your horse riding dream, South America has a holiday to help you live it.

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  • Photo from the Amazon Delta ride

    Amazon Delta
    Brazil

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    The Amazon is a huge place, full of rich experiences - discover this unique environment on the back of the local Marajoara horses.
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  • Photo from the Atacama Desert ride

    Atacama Desert
    Chile

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    Journey on horseback through the high altiplano Atacama desert, crossing sand dunes, rocky mountains, canyons, rivers, salt lakes and even geysers
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  • Photo from the Bahia Beach ride

    Bahia Beach
    Brazil

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    The beautiful Brazilian state of Bahia, with it's beaches and quaint fishing villages is just waiting to be explored on horseback.
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  • Photo from the Canyons and Waterfalls ride

    Canyons and Waterfalls
    Brazil

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    Ride through the huge canyons of Rio Grande do Sul whilst experiencing the typical gaucho lifestyle of this region.
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  • Photo from the Coastal Beaches and Vineyards ride

    Coastal Beaches and Vineyards
    Uruguay

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    Horseback rides exploring around Punta del Este on the eastern coast of Uruguay - vibrant, fashionable La Barra, and tranquil, relaxed Jose Ignacio.
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  • Photo from the Coconut Trail ride

    Coconut Trail
    Brazil

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    Explore this tropical paradise, with palm-lined, white sand beaches, clear lagoons and coral reefs from the back of a beautiful Mangalarga horse.
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  • Photo from the Coffee Culture Trail ride

    Coffee Culture Trail
    Colombia

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    Trail ride through the famous Colombian "coffee triangle" region.
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  • Photo from the Coffee Highlands ride

    Coffee Highlands
    Brazil

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    Discover the coffee-growing regions of Sao Paulo, visiting historical plantation homes and riding through well-preserved natural landscapes.
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  • Photo from the Colombian Adventures ride

    Colombian Adventures
    Colombia

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    Some of the most unique and fascinating experiences of Colombia for those looking for a truly Latin American flavour and culture on horseback.
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  • Photo from the Colonial Trail ride

    Colonial Trail
    Brazil

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    Discover the South-Eastern State of Minas Gerais traveling back to the colonial times and the origin of Brazil’s national pride; the Mangalarga Horse.
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  • Photo from the Costa Rica Ranch & Beach ride

    Costa Rica Ranch & Beach
    Costa Rica

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    Costa Rica is a haven for wildlife and this ranch offers riding in search of monkeys and tropical birds as well as along the white sandy beaches
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  • Photo from the Darwin's Rainforest ride

    Darwin's Rainforest
    Brazil

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    Ride through the exuberant Mata Atlantica rainforests to experience a little of what enchanted the young Darwin nearly 200 years ago.
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  • Photo from the Dominican Beaches ride

    Dominican Beaches
    Dominican Republic

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    Discover the crystal clear waterfalls, ancient forests, farmland and stunning beaches of the Dominican Republic on this fantastic centre based ride
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  • Photo from the El Venado Polo School ride

    El Venado Polo School
    Argentina

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    This beautiful working estancia is just 2 hours from Buenos Aires and the perfect place to learn or perfect your polo skills with real professionals.
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  • Photo from the Estancia Don Joaquin ride

    Estancia Don Joaquin
    Argentina

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    This welcoming estancia in the Corrientes province of Argentina, famed for its wetlands and lagoons, is the perfect location to explore on horseback
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  • Photo from the Estancia Los Potreros ride

    Estancia Los Potreros
    Argentina

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    Estancia Los Potreros is a renowned riding holiday destination, set in the Cordoba hills in the middle of Argentina.
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  • Photo from the Gaucho Experience ride

    Gaucho Experience
    Brazil

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    Sample the real gaucho world - make no mistake, this trail offers the ultimate in authentic gaucho experiences.
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  • Photo from the Hacienda La Alegria ride

    Hacienda La Alegria
    Ecuador

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    Hacienda La Alegria specialises in horseback riding in the beautiful surroundings of the Ecuadorian Andes.
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  • Photo from the Hacienda Zuleta ride

    Hacienda Zuleta
    Ecuador

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    This exclusive stables in Ecuador is located only two hours north of Quito in the spectacular Andean mountain range.
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  • Photo from the Lagoa do Peixe National Park ride

    Lagoa do Peixe National Park
    Brazil

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    Lagoa do Peixe national park; a wetland mix of salt marshes, lagoons, sand dunes and ocean. A haven for migrating birds, best explored on horseback,
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  • Photo from the Lake District ride

    Lake District
    Chile

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    Stunning horseback trail rides through the spectacular Chilean Lake District, crossing the Andes by boat at Lago Puelo.
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  • Photo from the Machu Picchu Mountains ride

    Machu Picchu Mountains
    Peru

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    This breathtaking riding holiday takes you through stunning, varied scenery along the foothills of the Salkantay Glacier, ending near Machu Picchu.
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  • Photo from the Montes de Oro Hacienda ride

    Montes de Oro Hacienda
    Costa Rica

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    Be enchanted by the golden beaches and tropical rainforests of Costa Rica from this new hacienda in the Punta Arenas area west of the capital San Jose
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  • Photo from the Pantanal Safari ride

    Pantanal Safari
    Brazil

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    Explore the diverse flora and fauna of the Pantanal on a safari like you have not experienced before.
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  • Photo from the Patagonia ride

    Patagonia
    Chile

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    This superb Chilean destination is suited to adventurous types, looking to ride "off the beaten track".
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  • Photo from the Sacred Valley ride

    Sacred Valley
    Peru

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    This ride in the Andean Highlands offers exceptional trails for experienced riders. Discover the smoothness and spirit of the Peruvian Paso horse.
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  • Photo from the Salta Trails ride

    Salta Trails
    Argentina

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    Explore on horseback the province of Salta in northern Argentina with its amazing landscape of mountains, rivers and valleys.
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  • Photo from the The Painted Birds ride

    The Painted Birds
    Uruguay

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    This riding trail takes you through traditional Uruguayan estancias, a biosphere wetlands reserve and along the beaches of the Atlantic ocean.
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  • Photo from the Tierra del Fuego ride

    Tierra del Fuego
    Argentina

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    An adventurous pack horse trail to the End of the World, with only Antarctica further south.
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