Gaucho Experience in Corrientes

Corrientes Argentina: (IT-ARSA01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/argentina_gaucho_experience.aspx

Introduction
Corrientes Argentina
If you enjoy long rides, cattle works and you want to learn more about the Gauchos, then this program is made for you! 

The Curuzú Cuatiá River flows into the Miriñay River and the course of both rivers is the natural boundary of the Estancia. The 5600 hectares covered by the estancia are dedicated to the breeding and rearing of Braford cattle and Creole horse as well as wool and sheep meat production.

The terrain around the estancia contains varied ecosystems: pastures, marshes, rivers, mountains, plains and hills.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so accommodations will be in different locations.

Descriptions
You will stay in 2 nights at the estancia and 1 night in an outpost.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Estancia
Night 2: Outpost 'Puesto de Piedra'
Night 3: Estancia

Estancia
The main house in the estancia was recently remodeled with great attention to the style and architecture of this Argentinian Province. The local architecture is well suited to warm temperatures. The whole house is surrounded by a gallery with low gabled roofs, and the fresh breeze coming from the countryside, helps to beat the heat.
Each of the 7 bedrooms are made with adobe walls, high ceilings and all have a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, Wi-Fi (due to remote location connection can be slow) and windows overlooking the garden. Please, note that there are no TVs at the estancia. However, there is cell phone coverage.
There is an outdoor pool (not heated) where guests can relax in the evening.

Outpost 'Puesto de Piedra'
This rural outpost has one communal bedroom with 6 bunk beds and 4 beds. Facilities are shared.
There is a hot water and electricity available.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement only applies to the nights at the estancia and is subject to availability. The single supplement fee is mandatory for all solo travelers.
Triple occupancy is usually possible at the estancia upon request.



Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on the last day.

Fruit and vegetables from the garden are brought to the table of the estancia to create fresh and tasty dishes that highlights the value of the traditional cuisine of Corrientes.

Soft drinks are included during meals and water is provided during the rides.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all dietary restrictions given prior notice.  

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

The estancia breeds and trains their own horses with great patience and without violence. The horses are part of the daily life here.

Children policy
Children over 12 years of age may participate in this program if they have riding experience and are ready to ride at least for 8 hours a day.

Horse Equipment
Our horses do not wear shoes because the ground around the estancia is soft and sandy.
We use bridles with kimblewick mouth bits with medium parts. Our saddles are traditional Argentinian saddles which are more comfortable than English saddles.
Saddlebags are provided to avoid ridding with backpacks.
We usually ride with both reins in one hand. 

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Activities are subject to weather conditions. If any activity cannot be carried out, it will be replaced by another activity related to horses.

Day 0: Transfer to Estancia
Depart from the bus depot in Buenos Aires for an overnight bus journey to Curuzú Cuatiá. The estancia can arrange transfers from there on request for an extra fee.
Dinner is included in the overnight bus service.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at the estancia after 2 pm. You will go on a short introduction ride to get to know your horse better.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Estancia


Day 2: Estancia Ride
Today, you will ride around the estancia twice (one ride in the morning and another ride in the afternoon). Explore the surroundings, and take part in cattle work activities.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Estancia


Day 3: Outposts Ride
After an early breakfast (6:30 am), you start your ride to the "Puesto Tacurú " (a 14 km ride ). We will stop at this outpost for our lunch break.
In the afternoon the ride continues to the "Puesto de Piedra" (Stone Outpost) – which is 8 km further on the banks of the Miriñay River.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Puesto de Piedra 


Day 4: Departure
This morning, you ride back to the estancia, expecting to arrive in time for lunch.
After lunch, end of the program.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

For Easter (April 6-9 2023), there is a special program. That week covers more kilometers on horseback and one more post is visited. Instead of 2 nights in the estancia, you will spend just one night there and 2 nights in rural outposts.


Non Riders
Non-riders are welcome to join on this tour. While the rest of the group is riding, non-riders can go biking and/or canoeing at no extra cost. It is also possible to arrange some boast fishing for an extra fee upon request.


Rates and Dates for Gaucho Experience in Corrientes

Rates include:

Accommodation, All meals with soft drinks & Riding according to the program

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20244 day trip$765
  • B
    20244 day trip - Easter Special$765
Minimum Deposit: ~$30.00 per person

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2024 Early check-in supplement (for check-in before 2 pm) - please inquire $0
2024 Single supplement (only for nights at the estancia) $80
2024 We recommend taking the overnight bus from Buenos Aires. Transfers on request from Curuzú Cuatiá - please inquire $0
2024 Transfers from/to Posadas airport on request - please inquire $0
2024 Transfers on request from/to Curuzú Cuatiá - please inquire $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2024 05/02 - 05/05 4d / 3n 4 day trip 4 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/06 - 06/09 4d / 3n 4 day trip 4 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/04 - 07/07 4d / 3n 4 day trip 4 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/01 - 08/04 4d / 3n 4 day trip 4 /10 Reserve
A 2024 09/05 - 09/08 4d / 3n 4 day trip 4 /10 Reserve
A 2024 10/03 - 10/06 4d / 3n 4 day trip 4 /10 Reserve
A 2024 11/07 - 11/10 4d / 3n 4 day trip 4 /10 Reserve

Dates Note: Custom dates available from March to November for private groups (4+ pax)

Rates do not include:

Early check-in (normal check-in is from 2 pm), Alcoholic drinks, Travel insurance (mandatory), Transfers & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Estancia near Curuzú Cuatiá
Airport: Posadas Airport
Transfer: Posadas Airport

Climate:
                                                Santa Fe area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

90

86

83

77

70

65

64

69

72

78

83

87

Average Low Temperature (°F)

69

66

64

57

51

45

44

47

50

57

62

66

Average High Temperature (°C)

32

30

28

25

21

18

18

20

22

26

28

31

Average Low Temperature (°C)

20

19

18

14

11

7

7

8

10

14

16

19

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

8

8

7

5

3

3

4

4

8

7

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
As part of the subtropical area of Mesopotamia, the province of Corrientes has heavy rains and high temperatures with little daily and seasonal variation especially in the North. Moreover, the province does not have a dry season, which means that rainfall can be expected at any time of the year.

The average temperature in July (the coldest month of the year) varies between 15ºC and 16ºC. The summer is long and covers most of the year, with temperatures above 27° C on average. Average annual rainfall averages 1500 mm, with summer rainfall (November to March) being slightly higher than the rest of the year, at 600 to 700 mm.
The maximum average precipitation usually occurs in April. Average annual rainfall is 1500 mm.

What To Bring:
Wear seasonally appropriate clothing, bearing in mind that the weather can always change unexpectedly.

For Spring-Summer we recommend:
- Cool, comfortable, light-colored clothing (long-sleeved shirts, bathing suits...)
- Some warm clothes for the evening or for rainy days.
- Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, repellent.
- Water and humidity resistant footwear, such as sneakers, hiking shoes, high top rubber boots and flip-flops for the swimming pool.

For Fall-Winter we recommend:
- Warm clothing (polar fleece...)
- Wind, water and humidity resistant jackets.
- Socks (several pairs)
- Polar or wool hat as well as scarf & gloves.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR

Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)

Riding boots (waterproof) + Minichaps

Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)

Riding gloves

Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

Jacket or sweater for cool evenings

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts

Jeans

Shorts

Underwear and socks

Pajama

Bag for dirty clothes

Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes

Swimsuit

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for the emergency)

Sewing kit

Handkerchiefs

Adapter for electric appliances (optional)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm  

Binoculars