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Estancia at Sierra Chicas


Estancia at Sierra Chicas
Cordoba/Mendoza Argentina

Swathed in 15,000 acres of secluded grassy wilderness at the top of the Sierra Chicas hills, the Estancia is an idyllic retreat for horsemen, hikers and nature lovers. This working ranch breeds Aberdeen-Angus cattle and Paso Peruano pacing horses. It has been in the Anglo-Argentine Begg family for four generations and offers the possibility of combining the pleasures of British-style estancia life with long-distance riding in one of Argentina's most interesting riding areas. On the distance rides, participants can camp if they wish, but lodging is generally in cozy hostels and local cottages. The main house is steeped in family history with many references to the days of the Jesuits who first organized farming in the area.  At an altitude of 3,000 feet, it is nestled between the pampas and the Andes in the heart of the beautiful region of Cordoba. It is steeped in family history and locally there is much evidence of the pioneering work of the Jesuits who first organized farming in the area before they were forced to leave in the 1760's.  The family provides short and long riding breaks for those who want to experience first hand the majesty and rural tradition of Argentina. The Estancia sets a standard of professionalism in accommodation, food, guiding and equine care above the normal standard of Argentina, combining care for the client with unrivaled personal attention to detail. The estancia also provides a unique experience for those who would like to combine the pleasures of estancia life with distance riding.  If you have a love for the wild and enjoy the thrill of arriving by horse, this adventure allows you to experience Argentine wildlife, scenery and culture at close quarters while not abandoning creature comforts provided by good accommodation, the best tack and fabulous horses. This is a place for people who appreciate fine horses and know how to ride. However, there are horses for every ability, and beginners are welcome.

Introduction to Polo

Add 3 Polo sessions to your week. We are delighted to offer a ‘Learn to Play Polo’ 3 day package for anyone that wants to try this fun, fast and exciting sport.
Based from the beautiful estancia, the package consists of 3 consecutive half days on the polo ground, where you will be introduced to the basics of the game – the shots, the rules and of course the play, all on our wonderfully kind and forgiving horses. Offered either as part of a stay at the estancia, this is an ideal way to gain an introduction to the sport whilst also enjoying the hospitality of the Begg family, and soaking up some Argentine culture.


Guest Ranch
Working Ranch
Ride with Gaited Horses
Center-based ride

Meeting: Potreros
Airport: Cordoba
Transfer: Cordoba airport
Riders: Min 3 riders
Max 12 riders
(per riding group)

Max Capacity 12

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    Estancia at Sierra Chicas
    Tour Code: IT-ARRT11
    8 days / 7 nights ~$2,975.00
    Dates : Available all Year

    Trip Rating :
    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 2015 01/01 - 04/30 8d / 7n 8 day ranch stay, AP (Januar... 3 /12 Reserve
    B 2015 05/01 - 09/30 8d / 7n 8 day ranch stay, AP (May-Se... 3 /12 Reserve
    C 2015 10/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day ranch stay, AP (Octobe... 3 /12 Reserve
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    Polo Intro - 3 sessions
    Golf nearby
    Bird Watching
    Wine Tasting
    Tack: English Style with English polo saddle...
    Horses: Criollos, Peruvian Pasos, Polo ponies ...
    Pace: Moderate, trots and canters 4- 6 hours...

    Airport: Cordoba
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