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Estancia Getaway - San Martin

Estancia Getaway - San Martin
Northern Patagonia Argentina

This working estancia is a 15,000-acre ranch supporting 900-head of cattle and is located in the beautiful Andean foothills just 45 miles from San Martin de los Andes.
The landscape here is made up of shrub covered hills, craggy rock outcrops, and wide-open water-meadows with the snow peaked Lanin Volcano (13,000 ft.) and the stunning Andes mountains as a backdrop.
You can choose to ride out and explore from the Estancia everyday or to coordinate your stay with one of the 3-day wilderness pack trips into Lanin National Park the estancia co-ordianates.
The horseback riding on the estancia property provides glorious views of the vast Argentinean grasslands. You will ride over barren rolling hills and along the narrow and rocky gorges of Andean streams to the tops of the hillside where the mighty Andes rise up, whilst eagles and condors fly beside you. You can gallop across the water-meadows sending the Ibis and Plover screeching and visit the burial caves of the Mapuche Indians. You can ford the river and ride up through the neighboring Indian reservation, stopping to share a drink of mate along the way. Guests can always help the gauchos rounding up and working  the cattle. Often there are short cattle drives moving some of the herd to new pastures. You can also help rounding up the horses. The riding is forward going at all paced (when not moving cattle) - if you like a good long canter or gallop ... this is the place for you! Amongst the wildlife to be seen are red deer, wild boar, rhea, guanaco, armadillos, black-necked swans, ibis, plovers, burrowing parrots, eagles, vultures, and the Andean condor. The area is renowned for its trout fishing.
Pack Trip Option: On the slower moving pack trip option (due to terrain/landscape and packing luggage) you will ride deep into Lanin National Park in the heart of the Andes. You ride through dense forests of southern beech and bamboo thickets. From the tops of the ridges there are breathtaking views, in the valleys there are tumbling streams and undiscovered lakes. You ride through forests of the only indigenous Monkey Puzzle trees in the world and across lunar landscapes of black ash, a legacy of the recent volcanic activity in the area.
There is no choice but to camp in this park (usually 2 nights). We make this as comfortable as possible with good quality two man tents. We provide all the equipment necessary, including good quality sleeping bags. The setting up of camp, cooking and care of the horses is all cared for by the gauchos.

Working Ranch
Short Getaway
Riding with fishing options
Center-based ride

Meeting: San Martinde los Andes - Chaleco
Airport: Chapelco (CPC) San Martin or Bariloche (BRC)
Transfer: Chapelco - San Martin de los Andes/Bariloche
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 12 riders

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    Estancia Getaway - San Martin
    Tour Code: IT-ARRT04
    8 days / 7 nights ~$2,800.00
    Dates : Sept to April

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2016 01/01 - 03/30 8d / 7n 8 days ranch, AP 2 /12 Reserve
    A 2016 09/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 days ranch, AP 2 /12 Reserve
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    Rates | Dates
    Hunting Week
    Tack: Chilean-type saddle with a sheepskin o...
    Horses: Criollo crosses, bred on the Estancia....
    Pace: Very flexible to rider's needs from 2 ...

    Airport: Chapelco (CPC) San Martin or Bariloche (BRC)
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