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Estancia Getaway - San Martin


Estancia Getaway - San Martin


Tack: Chilean-type saddle with a sheepskin on top
Horses: Criollo crosses, bred on the Estancia. 15 to 16.5 hands. Broken to the neck-reining method. They are sure footed and well-mannered.
Pace: Very flexible to rider's needs from 2 hours per day walking up to 6 hours per day of fast riding
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2 to 4 out of 5)    Novice
Age: Min 8
Weight: Max 220 lbs
Riders: Min 2 riders Max 12 riders

Fitness level
This is a wild and rugged ride across one of the world's largest mountain chains dividing two countries.
It is a fairly challenging ride and therefore it is essential that all riders are physically fit.
 
Tack
The saddles used are "montura de monte" which are similar to old English army saddles with a sheepskin on top. Following traditional gaucho methods, you will find only the stirrups have buckles on our saddles. The saddles are sinched using leather hide, a custom not forgotten from the days when gauchos, like the American cowboy, would ride into the wilderness unable to replace a broken buckle.

Pace
Moderate with trots and good canters, slower riding on the Chilean side due to the terrain. Some long days in the saddle.

Horses
The estancia is home to about 50 horses and with 15,000 acres, as much as is possible they live as 'wild' horses. Our riding horses are criollo crosses, part anglo-normando, of about 15.5 hh. They are bred and trained on the Estancia and are sure- footed and well behaved. As much as possible we like to have them out enjoying the freedom of the water meadows which makes for an exciting ride rounding them up!
We ask arriving guests to provide us with an insight into their riding experience and history so we can try and get a feel for the type of horse would be a good match.
We have an eclectic selection of horses allowing us to cater to all riding abilities and confidence levels. They are neck-reined and the riding is similar to Western style.

Fishing
Non riders have excellent opportunities for fishing in rivers and lakes. All the fishing on the estancia is included, however, if guests want the services of a professional guide or wish to fish some of the other nearby local rivers there are substantial extra charges.

Working Cattle on Horseback
When working cattle we start early in the mornings and days can be long, every animal must be found, every canyon and hilltop scouted, behind bushes or down creeks - but there is tremendous satisfaction when the job is done. The time of year determines what needs to be done but it can include round-ups, vaccinating, separating, branding, moving cattle and horses to new pastures. Herding horses at speed is magic! There are opportunities for lassoing enthusiasts and everyone is welcome to get involved with gaucho life.
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Estancia Getaway - San Martin
Tour Code: IT-ARRT04
8 days / 7 nights ~$3,250.00
Dates : Sept to April

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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 2020 01/01 - 03/31 8d / 7n 8 days ranch stay, AP 2 /12 Reserve
B 2020 01/01 - 03/31 8d / 7n 8 days ranch + pack trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve
C 2020 10/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 days ranch stay, AP (Oct 2... 2 /12 Reserve
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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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