Horseback Riding in Patagonia and Learning Polo

Argentina | 15 days | Level: Amateur
Starting from 3,490 €
Next trip: 24/01/2015
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15 days, 14 nights, 7 days on horseback

An authentic way of discovering Argentina and its equestrian heritage, from an introduction to polo to crossing the vast spaces of Patagonia in the gauchos’ footsteps. This journey starts with total immersion in the world of polo, at the heart of an estancia in The Pampas followed by a horse ride through the magical region of the south of Patagonia, with its great lakes and glaciers.

You’ll enjoy:

  • Learning or perfecting your polo skills with Argentine polo professionals.
  • Discovering the life of a real working estancia ranch in the Pampas
  • Tasting the inimitable beef asados (Argentine barbecues) and the bold wines
  • Walking through the colourful streets of Buenos Aires and watching an authentic tango performance
  • Riding through the immense, magnificent landscapes of Patagonia
  • Admiring the great glaciers, such as the Perito Moreno
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24/01/2015 06/02/2015 3,490 € 2 Book now
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PRICES WITHOUT FLIGHTS UPON REQUEST

PRICE DETAILS

Included in the price:

  • Return flights from Paris to Buenos Aires and domestic flights*
  • Transfers via car or minibus during the trip
  • Interior return flights from Buenos Aires to Calafate
  • Accommodation in estancias and 3* hotels
  • Full board, apart from the meals marked as “free time” in the itinerary
  • Drinks, including wine, during the meals at the estancia in The Pampas
  • Transportation of your luggage
  • Tack and equipment for your horse
  • Riders’ equipment specific to polo (hat, knee pads, mallet)
  • Practical and theory polo lessons
  • Four day horseback ride in Patagonia
  • Trips to the Perito Moreno and Fitz Roy glaciers
  • Financial guarantee of all money deposited with Caval&go

Not included in the price:

  • Meals marked as “free time” in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks and wine during meals (wine is included at the polo estancia)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Optional visits and activities
  • Standard horse riding equipment for the rider: boots and jodhpurs, traditionally white or light coloured (it is possible to order and buy jodhpurs and polo hat once you have arrived)
  • Single room supplement (if applicable)
  • Rider’s individual travel insurance
  • Application fee : 15€/person (mandatory)
  • Single room supplement, according to availability and leg of the trip
  • Small group supplement (2-3 riders): €350 

 

* Prices calculated according to currently known rates, subject to availability of flights departing from Paris, limited places available. For departures outside Paris, we can suggest flights, usually at the same rate. At the time of booking, if there is no flight availability at these prices, we will propose an alternative which may incur an adjustment in prices.

Caval&go / SARL CHAGRITAS AVENTURES reserves the right to adjust its prices in order to take into account varying transport costs and exchange rates applicable to the trip in question, or increases in price of certain services at the destination (such as the entry price at certain tourist attractions). See  general terms and conditions of purchase.

Day 1. Saturday – Buenos Aires – Hotel
Arrival at Buenos Aires airport and transfer to the Hotel Costa Rica*** in the charming neighbourhood of Palermo, with its mix of colonial architecture, designer boutiques and excellent restaurants. Take advantage of this first evening to discover the warm atmosphere in the capital’s streets. Free time for dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 2. Sunday – Buenos Aires – The Pampas Estancia
Free time in Buenos Aires and its different neighbourhoods – La Boca and the colourful Caminito, San Telmo and its antique shops and tango dancers, Plaza Mayo, etc. At the end of the afternoon, transfer of around 90 minutes to the estancia towards the south of Buenos Aires. Welcome drinks with the owner of the estancia followed by an Argentine dinner. Night at the estancia.

Days 2-5 (3 days): Monday to Wednesday –The Pampas Estancia
Three day total immersion during which you will learn about your host’s work at their estancia of more than 90 polo ponies. He will teach you the rules and the techniques of the sport via theory lessons but also by going out onto the playing field every day. Depending on your dates, you’ll also get to watch a match or auctions of future champions. Night and full board at the estancia.

Day 6. Thursday – Buenos Aires – Calafate – Patagonia Estancia
After breakfast, transfers by car to Buenos Aires national airport for a flight to El Calafate in Patagonia. A driver will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to the estancia situated in the far south of the glacier region, at the border with Chile. The glacial lakes and the mountains create a unique and surreal setting. Dinner and night at the welcoming and comfortable estancia.

Day 7. Friday- 5 hours horse riding - Patagonia Estancia
Your day will begin in this magical, unique and fascinating setting. The horses will be waiting for you for your first day in the area, which will take you around the estancia in the valleys and forests around the lakes. Picnic lunch en route and return to the estancia in the late afternoon. Dinner and night at this beautiful estancia.

Day 8. Saturday – Patagonia Estancia – 6 hours horse riding - Shelter
Breakfast in the estancia before setting off on horseback for three days of riding through the fantastic countryside. You will cross rivers and mountains and enjoy an extraordinary view over the blue glacial lakes. We will watch the sunset near to the Chilean border where we will arrive at the former gaucho station that will be our shelter for the night. Asado dinner with the gauchos and night at the shelter.

Day 9. Sunday –Patagonia – 5-6 hours horse riding – Camping
Watch the sunrise over the lake, surrounding mountains and the meadow where the horses graze peacefully. The horse ride will take you across the valleys and mountain forests. At the end of the day you will arrive at the comfortable mountain camp. Dinner and night at the camp.

Day 10. Monday – Patagonia – 5 hours horse riding – Estancia
Today, you will take the horses back to the Estancia by a different route, allowing you to discover new views over the lakes and their almost phosphorescent colours. Arrival at the estancia for an evening by the fire and an excellent dinner. 

Day 11. Tuesday – Calafate - Perito Moreno - Hotel
After breakfast your driver will take you to El Calafate by car. Arrival in town for lunch (free time). Then in the afternoon, you will meet your guide who will take you to Perito Moreno. This great glacier is still in motion today and is a fascinating sight to behold. Dinner and night at 3* hotel in El Calafate.

Day 12. Wednesday – Calafate – Buenos Aires – Hotel
Transfer in the morning to the airport and flight to Buenos Aires. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel and free time in the evening to discover the animated streets of Buenos Aires. Dinner and night at the Hotel Costa Rica*** in the Palermo neighbourhood.

Day 13. Thursday – Buenos Aires – Hotel
Free time in Buenos Aires so that you can continue your exploration of the city - without forgetting to look up and admire the old facades and domes. In the evening, you will dine in a Milonga where you will see a stunning tango show. Night at La Maison de l’hotel de Costa Rica*** in the Palermo neighbourhood.

Day 14. Friday – Buenos Aires - Europe
Last free day in Buenos Aires to appreciate the city before taking your return flight home. Transfer, depending on the time of your flight, to the international airport at Buenos Aires. Return flight.

Day 15. Saturday
Arrival in Europe.

HORSES
For the polo: Argentine polo ponies, crossbred criollos and thoroughbred English horses. They are fast, full of stamina and easy to handle.
For the trek: crossbred Argentine criollos – robust and comfortable horses that are experienced in trekking.

RIDING ABILITY
For intermediate to advanced riders who are comfortable riding at all paces.
Polo experience is not obligatory but it is strongly recommended that you are able to ride well at all paces and are steady in the saddle in order to practise this sport that combines rapidity and skill.
For the trek in Patagonia, even if there are no particular difficulties, we recommend that you have good stamina in order to fully appreciate days of around 5 hours on horseback. Due to the isolated location of the estancia in Patagonia, it is important that you are in good physical health.
Maximum weight of rider: 100 kg

TACK
Specialist polo saddles, martingales and double bridles.
In Patagonia, typical gaucho tack, working saddles covered in sheepskin and traditional bridals.

RIDER’S EQUIPMENT
Polo-specific equipment will be provided: hat, kneepads to protect against impact from other players, mallets, balls.
Material will be lent to you for the duration of your trip with the option to buy your own equipment once you are there should you wish. This is made to measure, so you will need to provide your measurements one month before your date of arrival. The same applies if you would like to order traditional white jodhpurs.
You only need to bring standard riding equipment: boots/mini-chaps, gloves, jodhpurs (preferably white or light coloured).
For the trek, white jodhpurs are not recommended! Wear comfortable shoes for riding and walking. Wear layers so that you can add or remove clothes according to the variable weather of this region. 

EQUESTRIAN GUIDE
Your Argentine host, who is a polo horse breeder and is passionate about the sport, will show you each stage of what it takes to take a horse to professional level. Enthusiastic and a good teacher, he will introduce you to the game via theory lessons, but above all on the polo field.
Professional players will help to complete your training and you will have the occasion to join in a real match with them.
In Patagonia, your host – who will also be your guide for the ride – will welcome you to the estancia.

COUNTRY
Argentina

TRIP LENGTH
15 days, 15 nights (3 days of polo initiation and practice and 4 days of horseback riding in Patagonia)

AIRPORT
Buenos Aires (EZE)

REQUIREMENTS
Passport valid for 6 months after the return date

HEALTH
It is essential to be up to date with your diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccinations. Hepatatis A, typhoid and yellow fever vaccinations are recommended. Protection against mosquitos (insect repellent, mosquito nets) is essential.

GROUP SIZE
Minimum 4, maximum 10 riders.

LANGUAGES
Spanish / English (French possible upon request)

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
In Buenos Aires you will stay at the 3* Hotel Costa Rica, in an old colonial-style house, typical of the Old Palermo neighbourhood. This neighbourhood, which is very popular with the locals, has an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes and shops.
For the polo course, you will stay in an authentic Argentine estancia, with a warm family atmosphere. Double rooms with adjoining bathroom shared between two rooms.
In Patagonia, you will stay in a charming estancia “at the end of the world”. Simple and comfortable private rooms and bathrooms.
The meals prepared for you throughout the trip will allow you to discover Argentine specialities, including of course the famous beef accompanied by the excellent wines of this part of the world.
In the estancia in Patagonia, the chef will make every effort to surprise and delight you at teatime with his delicious scones fresh from the oven.

SUPERVISION
You will be taken care of from the moment you land up right until your return flight home.
All transfers are timed to enable you to fully enjoy your free time without worrying about organisation and timing.
You host at the estancia will be both your guide and instructor. He will be able to advise you and give you information so that you can fully enjoy your free time in Buenos Aires.
In Patagonia, your guide will take care of your transfers to El Calafate. You will be welcomed at the estancia by your guide who will also be your guide for the trek.

WEATHER & EQUIPMENT
There is a temperate climate in The Pampas and Buenos Aires with an average temperature of 16°C. The days are long in summer with temperatures varying between 18 and 28°C. In The Pampas, contrary to the city, it can be cool in the evenings.
In Patagonia, the wind makes the weather very unpredictable and the temperature feels like it is between 7 to 10°C lower than the actual temperature. They say that this part of the world can experience all four seasons in just one day! As a result, it is a good idea to protect against the cold with layers that you can add and remove according to the weather of the moment.
A windproof jacket is essential. A sleeping bag is required for the nights camping and shelters.

Before or after your trek, you have the option of extending your stay in this vast country. 

•    The region of San Carlos de Bariloche, trek possible 
•    Tierra del Fuego & Ushuaia
•    Northern Argentina: Salta, Cordoba, the magnificent Iguaçu waterfalls

 We can help you create a tailor-made programme. Contact us!

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