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Horseback Riding in Argentina

With its seemingly endless array of dramatic landscapes, Argentina is the perfect place for spectacular riding. The country stretches from the stunning Iguazu Falls in the north to the ranching country of the wide-open Pampas, and finally to the southernmost edge of the earth: Patagonia.

Horseback Riding in Patagonia Horseback riding is a great introduction to the gaucho culture, which, unlike that of the American cowboy, is still thriving. Many horseback riding expeditions use estancias, or guest ranches, as a launching point for excursions. Here you can experience Argentine ranch life at its most authentic, since most estancias allow you to witness and even often participate in daily activities. By visiting an estancia you have access to some of the best riding locations in Argentina that are often in the remote valleys and vast pampas that teem with wildlife.
Introduction to Guest Ranches
Gauchos in Argentina

Below are regions that offer riding opportunities. Go to the estancia section in each region for lodgings and riding excursions information.

Primary Regions for Horseback Riding
Horseback riding estancias are situated in many places in Argentina. The most accessible are only an hour or two from Buenos Aires, in the area knows as The Pampas. Most other regions such as Mendoza, Salta and Cordoba have estancias that offer interesting riding excursions to their visitors.
Buenos Aires Information
Salta Information
Mendoza Information

Patagonia is also a great place for horseback riding, especially in the foothills of the spectacular Andes, surrounded by snow-covered peaks and crystalline rivers. A special highlight is riding in beautiful areas such as in El Chalten - the hiking paradise - or in Chile's amazing Torres del Paine National Park.
El Chalten and Glacier Region Information
Torres del Paine National Park Information

Going even further south you'll find trails through massive canyons and vast empty plains, until finally reaching the rugged and virgin land of Tierra del Fuego, the mysterious "land of fire" which is the fabled last stop before Antarctica. In addition, estancias near Peninsula Valdes are often located on the Atlantic Ocean, where you can ride along the sand dunes overlooking long stretches of coastline and watch whales and penguins from your horse.
El Calafate and Glacier Region Information
Bariloche and Lake Region Information
Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia Information
Peninsula Valdes Information

Atacameno Route
If you really want a gaucho experience you'll remember for a lifetime, you can ride part of the old route of the Atacameno gauchos, once more than 620 miles (1000 kms) long, which runs along the Atacama Cordillera. Ride along with some ranch hands and catch a glimpse of the stunning mountains and rolling hills. Whether in the mountains of Patagonia or the foothills of the Andes, the horse lover will have an unforgettable experience in this land of rare natural wonders.
Atacama Horseback Riding - External Site

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