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Torres del Paine - Glacier Ride

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Meeting: Puntas Arenas hotel 7:30pm
Airport:   Punta Arenas      
Transfer: Puntas Arenas Hotel   

Upon arrival into Punta Arenas, please take a taxi on your own to the local hotel - Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Armando Sanhueza 965, Punta Arenas, Chile. Meet guide at 7:30 PM for trip briefing and dinner (+$).

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 long riding days. Fitness and experience are essential.
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3 to 4 out of 5)    Good Intermediate
Age: Min 12 Max 70
Weight: Max 210 lbs
Riders: Min 4 riders Max 8 riders

Insurance Coverage: For these trips it is mandatory that you have proof of travel insurance that covers you for all activities during the tour and also covers emergency evacuation and medical treatment.

Horses:  The horses are Criollo-cross. Descendants of the Spanish Barb and Arab, the Criollo is a sturdy, sure-footed and willing ride.and vary in size with the majority being between 14.0 and 15.2 hands. They are strong, fit, willing and sure-footed. We are able to provide good horses for both experienced riders and for riders who are more novice or a bit ‘rusty’. The pace of the ride will be adjusted to suit the majority of riders but as we always travel with more than one riding guide, there is great deal of flexibility and riders soon find their own pace for the trip. Riders are not responsible for grooming or tack. 

Tack: The tack is Chilean and comprises of metal framed saddles onto which is layered felt, sheepskin and leather. 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 leather 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 horse’s neck to tie up at lunch stops/rest stops etc. 
Saddles are western style and very comfortable

Pace of Ride: Moderate - Fast. Many of the riding days are long - between 25 and 40 kilometres. The pace is moderate to fast. Riders should be able to control a horse on open ground at the canter and be fit enough to horse ride all day.

Riding Experience: We prefer riders to be reasonably confident at walk, trot and canter. We can provide willing, free going horses to experienced riders who like to go at a faster pace and in addition the horses are extremely kind to the more novice riders. All riders (but especially the novices) would benefit from getting ‘riding fit’ before coming here. A few tough one hour lessons with lots of trotting immediately before traveling would be a good idea.

Suitability: This itinerary is suited to lovers of riding and the outdoors and those who like to get ‘off the beaten track’. In the company of our guide and Chilean horsemen, we ride into some remote areas where the only access is on foot or horse. Pack horses carry our luggage and often we see no other humans. Whilst camping in these areas we can observe the plentiful wildlife, sit and enjoy some traditional mate with the baqueanos (pronounced matay) or find a peaceful spot and just sit and relax.
The campsites on this trip have been chosen with much care and they are all very different, very special and very beautiful. Some of them are wilderness sites with no ‘facilities’ at all. For those who prefer daily hot showers and a fluffy bed, the Estancia Ride would be more suitable!

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 - Glacier Ride
Tour Code: IT-CHRT30
10 days / 9 nights ~$5,000.00
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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A 2019 01/01 - 02/28 10d / 9n 10 day camping ride, AP 4 /8 Reserve
B 2019 01/01 - 02/28 5d / 4n 5 day camping ride, AP, 5 ri... 4 /8 Reserve
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Torres del Paine
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: Punta Arenas
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