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TORRES DEL PAINE
HORSE HERDING ADVENTURE

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. Average Daily Hours in the Saddle: 5

Itinerary Summary
Day 1: You are collected in Punta Arenas and driven to the family-owned Hosteria Rio Verde. Wander the small villa to experience the farm life and enjoy sumptuous meals and hospitality.
Day 2: Drive to Hosteria Tres Pasos with lovely gardens and views down the valley. Meet your horse with a relaxing ride before dinner.
Day 3: Saddle up for a full day's ride across grassy meadows and welcoming pampas towards the mountain range. Opportunity for long canters before a picnic lunch and the 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 with lunch lakeside before venturing to Laguna Verde to view condors nesting, through the forest and to Estancia Lazo.
Day 5: Ride past beautiful azure waters of Lago Sermiento onto wide open pampas and beautiful mountain views with lovely long canters. Depending on water levels, some river crossings can be expected including Rio de las Chinas to enter the land belonging to Estancia Tercera Barranca, the base for two nights.
Day 6: Set off towards the Torres and Lago Paine visiting a natural vega or pasture attracting wild criollos from the surrounding hills. Afternoon at Estancia Tercera Barranca.
Day 7: After a wholesome breakfast, head to the corral for the day's adventure--moving 40-60 horses onto their winter grazing with the help of baqueanos. Ride across pampas, valleys, rivers, and mountain trails. Because of the speed of the ride, you can expect to change out horses often by swapping tack from one mount to another. Drive the horses while rounding up strays, watch loose horses canter across valleys or splash through rivers with Paine Massif behind you. Settle into your accommodation alongside the Serrano River after a long days of hard work.
Day 8: Saddle up for the fast pampas ride to Grey Lake with views dominated by huge granite peaks on the way to the largest glacier in the park, Grey Glacier. Cross the swinging footbridge and head to the beach for a memorable view. Optional boat ride or you can hike, take pictures, or enjoy a pisco sour at the Hosteria Lago Grey. 5-6 hours in the saddle
Day 9: 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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