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TORRES DEL PAINE
ESTANCIA RIDE

This vacation suits experienced riders who wish to combine local flavor and comfy accommodation with outdoor riding adventures. It is designed for those who prefer not to camp. Accommodation is comfortable, authentic, and welcoming.

QUICK FACTS
Many days are long (15-24 miles) with moderate - fast pace. Intermediate to advanced riders only. Group size 2-12. Ages: 12-70. Horses are Criollo and Criollo Crosses. Tack is western with snaffle bridles.

Day 1: Arrival Punta Arenas. Guided transfer to the family-owned Hosteria Rio Verde. Enjoy sumptuous meals and hospitality on the farm.
Day 2: Drive to Estancia Tres Pasos with lovely gardens and views down the valley. Meet your horse with a relaxing ride before dinner.
Day 3: Full day's ride across the pampas towards the mountains. Opportunity for long canters before a picnic lunch and arrival at Hosteria el Pionero. The fireside bar is an excellent place to enjoy a pisco sour.
Day 4: Ride into the park around Lake Sarmiento before venturing to Laguna Verde to view condors nesting, through the forest and to Estancia Lazo.
Day 5: Set off for the shores of the lake, through ancient beech forests to climb on top of the mountain. The last section of the ride is often through snow before winding down to an authentic puesto manned by one of the cattle ranchers to take lunch. 4-5 hours in the saddle this day.
Day 6: In the heart of the Park, pass a number of lakes and pampas before descending the Sierra del Toro. Visit Park headquarters and ride in the afternoon toward the emerald green waters of the Serrano River.
Day 7: A fast pampas ride to Grey Lake begins the day riding towards Grey Glacier, the largest in the park. Cross the foot bridge to the beach for spectacular views. An optional 3-hr boat ride across the lake is available or guests can simply hike, take photos or enjoy a pisco sour. 5-6 hours riding.
Day 8: One of the longest and most popular rides of the trip. The Paine Massif unfolds across the heart of the park. Expect to see guanacos, flocks of birds, wild flowers, orchids, and towering mountains. Cross the Rio de las Chinas to reach the base for two nights, Estancia Tercera Barranca.
Day 9: Set off towards the Torres and Lago Paine visiting a natural vega or pasture attracting wild criollos from the surrounding hills.
Day 10: Ride south across farmland and pampas with interesting stops along the way to complete the loop to Cerro Castillo. Lunch at one of the estancias and return to the Hosteria el Pionero.
Day 11: Breakfast of coffe and home-made cakes before the transfer back to Punta Arenas via Puerto Natales. In Puerto Natales, shop for souveniers or postcards and enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants. Visit the burrowing Magellanic Penguins at Otway Sound. Final night at Hotel Chalet Capital.

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