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Torres del Paine - Estancias Ride

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Meeting: Puerto Natales
Airport:   Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ)       Train station:   --
Transfer: Punta Arenas hotel/ airport    Distance: 250km

Transfers are included for the 10-day trip (available at extra cost for 5-day trip) from/to hotels in Punta Arenas centre at 2:30pm or Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ) in Punta Arenas for 3:00pm. On last day, leave Puerto Natales at 10:00am.
* Please note it is a condition of travel that you provide Hidden Trails with proof of insurance coverage in advance of your trip. This insurance must adequately cover your intended activity.

Tack: Chillean metal framed saddles onto which is layered felt, sheepskin and leather.
Horses: Criollo-cross 14.0 and 15.2 hands.
Pace: This is a faster paced ride with some very long riding days (up to 8 hours). Fitness and experience are essential.
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (4 to 4 out of 5)    Strong Intermediate
Age: Min 12 Max 70
Weight: Max 210 lbs
Riders: Min 2 riders Max 10 riders

Riding Experience
These trips have been designed for strong Intermediate to advanced riders.
As a general rule, you should be able to control a horse on open ground at a canter and be used to riding outside in open spaces. We can provide willing, forward-going horses to experienced riders who like to go at a faster pace and, in addition, the horses are extremely kind to riders who prefer to go a bit slower. All riders (but especially those not riding on a regular basis) would benefit from getting ‘riding-fit’ before coming here. Fitness and experience are essential.
For those of a lesser standard we can arrange a tailor-made ride, which would allow for more flexibility.

This is a faster paced ride with some very long riding days in the saddle (up to 8 hours). The pace of the ride will be adjusted by the guide to suit the majority of the riders. As we always travel with more than one staff member (i.e guide and horseman), there is some flexibility and riders soon find their own pace during the trip. During long days, riders will be asked not to ride their horses overly hard.
For the 10-day trip you will spend 8 days on horseback.
For the 5-day trip, you will spend 5 days on horseback.

The horses used locally are Criollo-mix and vary in size with the majority being between 14 and 15 hands. They are strong, fit, willing and sure-footed. We are able to provide good horses to both experienced riders and riders who are a bit more ‘rusty’.
Riders are not responsible for grooming or tacking up the horses.
We strive to be a humane company and keep our horses fairly treated. We expect the riders to treat the horses as though they were their own at all times. Horses are constantly checked for injury and / or lameness and tiredness. At some stages during certain itineraries (and in any case where it becomes necessary for whatever reason) horses will be changed.
For the 10-day ride, you will change horses 4 times.
For the 5-dy ride, you will change horses 3 times.

The tack is Chilean and comprises (usually) of metal or wood-framed saddles onto which layered felt, sheepskin and leather are placed. Rope, rawhide and leather form the bridles, girths, straps etc. The saddles provide adequate comfort for the long days riding and the stirrups consist of a cup through which the foot cannot pass. Most of the horses are ridden in simple snaffles. Halters are worn throughout the ride with rope tied around the horses’ neck to tie up at lunch stops & rest stops etc.

We have dedicated and very experienced guides, who will ensure your trip goes smoothly and that you enjoy your special time in this fabulous place. The guides are Chilean and all have up-to-date wilderness first aid qualifications (WFR) and have a vast knowledge of the Torres de plane flora, fauna and have many stories to share!
All vehicles used have a radio base and all guides work with a hand-held radio with a super antenna. All our trip leaders carry first aid kits for dealing with minor injuries and incidents on the go.
All the trips are escorted throughout. Our camping trips are fully supported with meals being prepared for guests and luggage being carried in a support vehicle.

We accept riders between 12 and 70 years old, unless on a custom or private departure trip. Younger travelers need to be with an experienced / capable adult. They also need to be prepared for a trip of this nature and have the stamina and attitude to travel in remote areas in sometimes challenging weather conditions. We will request clients over 70 to complete a medical / suitability questionnaire before their booking is confirmed.

Insurance Coverage
It is a condition of clients’ booking that they have adequate travel insurance in place before joining one of the trips. By adequate, we mean that it will specifically cover horse riding as this is usually deemed as a dangerous sport and requires a special insurance. It is also essential that they have cover in place for emergency evacuation and medical treatment. We will require proof of this for all bookings and will not be able to accept uninsured clients on any trips.

Passport and Visa Requirements: PassportsPassport valid for at least six months required by nationals referred to in the chart.Passport NotePassports issued to children must contain a photo and state the nationality.VisasNot require. more
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Torres del Paine - Estancias Ride
Tour Code: IT-CHRT20
10 days / 9 nights ~$6,000.00
Dates : Oct to March

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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Tack: Chillean metal framed saddles onto whi...
Horses: Criollo-cross 14.0 and 15.2 hands.
Pace: This is a faster paced ride with some ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ)
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