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El Dorado Estancias Ride

El Dorado Estancias Ride
Corrientes Argentina

Corrientes is still a place where gauchos regularly drive cattle and horses from one place to another. It's still a place where men calculate their distances in terms of the hours they think they'll need to ride them. The Corrientes hinterland is a n immense flat grassland that hides water around every corner and where the only signs of civilization are the occasional fences and outpost houses. It's the land of EL DORADO, the mythical realm of a gold-attired king sought by the Spanish conquistadores, a place where a lone rider's only companions are the fattened cattle in the lush green fields, the attentive owls on the fence posts, the water fowl and frogs in the marshes and an occasional Cayman that was left behind in a lake by the crest of some flood.

The ride is an introduction to the spice and adventure of Corrientes' rural life, with comfortable overnight stays at four different and charming estancias. The flat terrain make this ride an ideal experience for people who like to  do plenty of cantering and galloping during their riding vacations - more than 20 miles are covered each day - mostly at a trot or canter.

The trip starts with a city tour of Buenos Aires followed by a luxury overnight sleeper bus trip into the Corrientes - featuring special fully reclining seats to offers a good night sleep. After resting up upon your arrival to the estancia and a having a good, tasty breakfast, choose your steed, saddle up and go on a short introductory ride to get the hang of things and loosen up, because the next day your riding adventure begins with a ride from ‘La Rosita’ to ‘La Amistad’ covering approximately 22 miles. At lunch time you are treated to a fabulous lamb barbecue picnic. In the evening the hosts will spoil your at the ranch with a relaxing massage session. We then venture further into the hinterland on a long day ride to ‘Buena Vista’ Farm. Rest at the swimming pool, have tea under the Magnolia tree and visit the owner’s pheasant and wild duck raising operation. Leaving ‘Buena Vista’ very early in the morning, we will ride towards ‘La Pelada' Farm, where you can choose between a special moonlight ride on horseback or try a ride in a sulky or to have a drink in a general store with some of the gauchos. The next day we continue through pastures, pampas grasslands and native forests to the Corrientes River. We enjoy a siesta at the river's bank overlooking this beautiful stretch of water - “Carrera de sortijas”. Dinner  is back at 'La Rosita' and is accompanied by a regional folkloric group. The last full day, you can ride to the nearby marshes, lagoons and through large native forests or if you prefer you can round up some cattle, ride fence, or ride the range for strays instead.

Before you depart back for Buenos Aires on the bus, we have a special treat for you! We will take to the polo field and teach you the basic rules and hits of polo, our national sport! We  will practice together and maybe you can attempt your first polo match!

Or if you are interested we can also arrange an extension trip to the Iguacu Falls with stopovers at different Pantanal estancias and the ancient Jesuit cloister.

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Polo Clinic

Meeting: Esquina
Airport: Buenos Aires
Transfer: Buenos Aires by luxury sleeper bus
Riders: Min 3 riders
Max 10 riders

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    El Dorado Estancias Ride
    Tour Code: IT-ARRT10
    8 days / 7 nights
    Dates : March to Nov

    Trip Rating :
    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 Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2024 09/20 - 09/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip 3 /10 Reserve
    A 2024 10/18 - 10/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip 3 /10 Reserve
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    Tack: Argentine type saddle with sheepskin
    Horses: Criollo crosses, bred on the Estancia.
    Pace: Trots, canters and gallops
    Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
    Airport: Buenos Aires
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