Estancias Ride

Patagonia / Torres del Paine Chile: (IT-CHRT20)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/chile_torres_del_paine_estancias.aspx

Introduction
Patagonia / Torres del Paine Chile

This fabulous and exciting ride is based mainly in and around Torres del Paine National Park with its unforgettable landscape. It combines challenging, exciting riding on responsive, fit horses combined with the opportunity to experience the life of Patagonia’s unique estancia culture. This trip suits experienced riders wishing to combine some local flavor and comfortable accommodation with their riding adventure. It is designed for those who prefer not to camp and who enjoy a mixture of riding, from technical to some fast riding. 

Riders will experience a first-hand view of Patagonia estancia life, which includes the joys, threats and difficulties posed by farming cattle and sheep in the area. The route offers plenty of diversity with rides across open pampas, rides to wild glaciers and ice-berg filled lakes and peaceful rides through valleys and ancient beech forests. Throughout these long days in the saddle, the snow-capped mountains are never far away. The ride will take riders from the southern to the northern parts of Torres del Paine National Park. They will experience the lush green areas of the south, through to the dry, vast pampas of the north. Ride through woodland, over mountains, through rivers, and around lakes. You won't want to blink with the abundance of scenery and captivating views! Riders will learn about the local floral and fauna that call this magical place home. Accommodations are in comfortable hotels and authentic estancias throughout. Typical Patagonian food and wine will keep riders satisfied after a long day's ride. 
 

Accomodation

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

Description
We use both hotels and working and converted estancias.
The estancias offer a family stay environment with clean and comfortable facilities and cattle and sheep are often farmed on the property. The accommodation in estancias and haciendas are usually comfortable twin share rooms with ensuite facilities.
The hotels we use are all standard twin share accommodations with ensuite facilities and a restaurant on site. They are all beautifully located and offer guests a warm welcome and good service.
Please bear in mind that double beds are hard to secure and advance notice needs to be given to us so we can pre-book these.

10-day Itinerary
Night : El Establo Hostal & Café in Puerto Natales
Night 2: Estancia Perales
Nights 3 & 4: Hotel del Paine in Rio Serrano
Nights 5 & 6: Estancia Tercera Barranca
Nights 7, 8 & 9: Estancia Cerro Guido

**Please note that the November 8th ride has accommodations at Pampa Lodge on nights 3 & 4. Also, it does NOT go to Tercera Barranca. Instead it will go straight to Cerro Guido where guests will have an extra day riding out from this stunning estancia.

5-day Itinerary
Night 1: Estancia Perales
Nights 2 & 3: Hotel del Paine in Rio Serrano
Night 4: Country guest house in Laguna Sofía

El Establo Hostal & Café in Puerto Natales
This newly built boutique hotel offers 5 double-rooms, each with a private bathroom and Wi-Fi access. The rooms are large, simply decorated and comfortable using furniture made from local wood, crisp white bed linen, sheepskin rugs, slate floors and typical stable-doors. The accommodation is kept warm and cozy thanks to central heating and each room has its own thermostat. All rooms are located on the ground floor, with access to a large terrace with trees and plants - a peaceful place to relax and chill.

Estancia Perales
This estancia is remotely located on the shores of a beautiful fjord leading to Glaciars Balmaceda and Serrano. The environment is pristine and beautiful. This estancia has 6 double rooms with private bathrooms and central heating.

Hotel del Paine in Rio Serrano
This charming mountain hotel offers amazing views of the Paine massif. The cozy rooms all come with a private bathroom and central heating keeps the building warm. Wi-Fi is available at this property and laundry facilities are available for a small fee.

Estancia Tercera Barranca
This is a family-run working estancia, located just outside the Torres del Paine National Park. Accommodation is in the rustic but comfortable guesthouse with a small garden adjacent to the main house. There is a lovely fireplace in the living area, which has comfy seating and huge windows allowing fantastic views of the surroundings. Wireless internet is available in all areas and is free of charge. Laundry facilities are available for a small fee

Estancia Cerro Guido
For almost a decade, the old constructions of Cerro Guido were restored and redesigned to accommodate the guests who came to the Estancia. This historic estancia offers tastefully decorated rooms with comfortable beds and private bathrooms. There is free Wi-Fi access in public areas and laundry facilities are available for a small fee.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is not mandatory if you are willing to share.
There are a limited number of single rooms available for those requesting. First come, first served basis!


Meals

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. Breakfasts and dinners will be eaten in the restaurants of the accommodations and lunches will be gourmet picnics.
Breakfast is normally cereals, toast, jams, coffee, tea and juice and possibly eggs. 
In hotels, dinners generally consist of a soup or salad to start, a main course of beef, chicken, or fish and normally a sweet (usually fruit). In home-stay accommodations such as Estancia Tercera Barranca, the meal will be Chilean, home cooked, or an outside gaucho BBQ (asado).
Wine and beer is not included in the price but is available to purchase at a reasonable cost throughout the trip.

Dietary Restrictions
Vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets can be catered for on our trips with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

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.

Pace
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.

Horses
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.

Tack
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.

Guides
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.

Age
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.

Itinerary

10-day Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1: Arrive Punta Arenas

Arrive into Punta Arenas. Transfer from hotels in Punta Arenas centre for 2:30pm or Punta Arenas airport to Puerto Natales for 3:00pm. Arrival in Puerto Natales at approximately 5:30pm. In the evening clients will be escorted to dinner by their guide for the trip briefing.
Night at Hostal El Establo
Dinner included


Day 2: Ride at Estancia Consuelo. Transfer to Estancia Perales
In the morning clients will leave and take a transfer of approximately 20 minutes to Estancia Perales where they will have their first encounter with Criollo horses. This Estancia is still the home of the Eberhard family who have much history in Magallanes. From this lovely Estancia clients will ride along the fjord and ride through Magallanic forests. After the ride clients will transfer to Estancia Perales and will enjoy a welcoming meal and be able to relax next to the waters of Last Hope Sound.
Hours in the saddle: 5
Night at Estancia Perales
All meals included. (Wine/drinks not included)

Day 3: Boat to Balmaceda. Ride from Balmaceda to Rio Serrano
After breakfast, guests will say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on the boat which will dock especially to take them for a great ride up the Last Hope Sound. Guests will enter the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Shared by the regions of Magallanes and Aysen, this is the largest National Park in Chile and one of five of the most expansive in the world (over three million hectares). With access only via the water, the mountains or the southern ice field itself, it remains a remote and pristine corner of our planet. It also contains the third largest mass of ice on earth after Antarctica and Greenland, so the climate is understandably extreme.
We will disembark our boat here and enjoy the stunning views which combine old growth forests of evergreen and deciduous southern beech, fire bushes and cypresses - a stunning contrast to the snow capped peaks and glaciers in this region. We will take a short, 5 minute, zodiac boat ride to where we will meet our new horses and have some lunch before setting out on a beautiful trail through thick forests passing pristine rivers and streams in the shadow of the Chacabuco and Balmaceda range of mountains.
A fairly slow ride today gives us the opportunity to find our riding stride while enjoying the dazzling scenery on our route into the Torres del Paine National Park. Towards the end of the trail, we will cross the Nutria river and come out onto the pampas which marks the end of today’s ride, as we approach our hotel for the night, Hotel del Paine. This hotel offers comfortable rooms and great views of the Paine Massif. A large living/dining area with a log fire and a comfortable bar and good restaurant. For early risers, it also offers some of the best sunrises in all of Patagonia!
Hours in the saddle: 8-9
Night at Hotel del Paine
All meals included. (Wine/drinks not included)

Day 4: Ride to Grey Glacier and Lake. Optional boat trip. Ride back to Rio Serrano
After breakfast we will be meeting our horses and preparing for the pampas ride to Lago Grey. Our view will be dominated by the jagged peaks of the Paine massif as we ride out along the Rio Grey to the largest glacier in the park, Glacier Grey. On reaching the trailhead we will tether our horses and walk out across the swinging footbridge through the forest to Grey beach. The view that greets us is memorable - the pebbly shores of the beach form an almost surreal contrast to the blue of the floating icebergs that have calved off the nearby glacier. Glacier Grey protrudes off the southern ice field and is quite simply a wonder of nature. Measuring 28km in length and covering a total area of 270 square km with its frozen walls of blue ice towering almost 35 metres high, it never ceased to impress. After some time walking along the beach and enjoying our picnic lunch, we will walk back to our waiting horses for the ride back to Rio Serrano.
Hours in the saddle: 3 with boat trip, otherwise 6
Night at Hotel del Paine
All meals included. (excluding wine/drinks)


* Note The Glacier itself is 17 kilometers from the Grey beach, so for those who would like to get up closer to the face of this marvel of ice, we can arrange a trip out onto the lake in the Grey III boat. This is an optional excursion available at the cost of approximately US$140 per person. Those guests who take the excursion will return to the hotel by transfer not by horse. Clients should make the reservation for this boat trip at the point of confirming the ride.

Day 5: Ride the up and over across the heart of the park to Estancia Tercera Barranca
After breakfast in the hotel we will pack up and start our ride eastwards towards the heart of the park. We will now be riding directly towards the Paine Massif mountain range so the views are dramatic and beautiful. Our trail skirts the southern edge of the mountains on a rarely trodden path as we pass azure and turquiose lakes with the huge granite mountain peaks standing behind. After a picnic lunch taken in one of the pretty valleys we will continue east onto the beautiful soft pampas of the Patagonian steppe. Here we will have a chance for some cantering as the light fades and the shadows lengthen until we arrive at Laguna Amarga where you will take a transfer the last few kilometers to the intimate and authentic Estancia Tercera Barranca.
Typical of the estancias of the area, Estancia Tercera Barranca is a working sheep ranch situated in an enviable position on the park border offering fantastic views of the granite mountains and of the Paine Massif. With land extending to 6,454 hectares it offers quality accommodation close to Torres del Paine National Park in addition to its continuing work as a Patagonian ranch. Sleeping just 21 guests in 7 rooms, the ranch house has a lovely intimate feel. There is a comfortable living area warmed by the welcoming log fire where you can read and relax before dinner which is served in the nearby wooden quincho. A hot tub also awaits to soak away any aches! All rooms have private bathrooms.
Hours in the saddle: 7-8
Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca
All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)


Day 6: Ride out to Salto Las Chinas and onto the pampa at Estancia Gemita
Ride from the Estancia Tercera to the North-East, close to the border with Argentina. The area is full of guanacos and the hills ring with their alarm calls as you ride by. There will be chances for canters until reaching the uninhabited Estancia Gemitas for a short break. Afterwards follow Las Chinas Valley downhill to reach the dramatic Las Chinas waterfall where you stop for lunch. After lunch cross Las Chinas river and pass by the Estancia Laguna Azul and return to Tercera Baranca.
Hours in the saddle: 5-6
Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca
All meals included. (excluding wine/drinks)


Day 7: Ride into the mountains. Return to Estancia Cerro Guido via Indian burial site
Today we will hop into the van and take a 20 minute transfer to Estancia Cerro Guido. A large working estancia with approximately 110,000 hectares, 37,000 sheep, 2,500 cattle and 400 horses. After checking in to our rooms, we will meet our new horses. From the estancia stables we will make our way up the mountain side behind the estancia and into the surrounding hills. The Sierra Baguales mountains are a stark contrast beside the rolling landscape of the pampas below. After lunch we will continue to the Indian burial site ‘Chenke’ Tehuelche for Cemetery, although no artifacts remain at the site, later, in the estancia you will be able to see photos of the site and also learn about the burial site. After our ride, we will return to the estancia for a welcome dinner and our comfortable beds.
Hours in the saddle: 5-6
Night at Estancia Cerro Guido
All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)


Day 8: Ride south across the pampas to Entro Lagos and Lake Sarmiento
Today after breakfast, riders will once again be saddling up for a full day’s ride. This time, we will be heading south to Estancia Entro lagos. This is a beautiful open ride across grassy meadows and welcoming pampas. Riding south with the dramatic Paine mountains to our right enables us to fully appreciate the distances that the original pioneers encountered and which the estancieros still encounter to this day. There will also be opportunities for lots of canters on your responsive and comfortable horses. With the wind in your hair and a smile on your face you will experience the sheer joy that is riding in Patagonia!
During the afternoon after a leisurely picnic lunch and an afternoon’s riding we will see the blue waters of Lake Sarmiento and have some time to photograph the Torres del Paine mountains from the lake’s edge. After, we will ride back, via Flemingo Lake, to Estancia Cerro Guido. The comfortable estancia is a place where you will feel warm and at home. The huge roaring fire and big soft sofas will invite you to relax and reflect on your holiday experiences so far.
Hours in the saddle: 7-8
Night at Estancia Cerro Guido

All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)

Day 9: Ride to the deserted Flower Estancia ‘Las Flores’, and into the Sierra Balguales mountains
After breakfast we find our horses, check our saddles and begin our last, full day of riding, to the Sierra Baguales mountain range. Today will give you a view of the vast glacial valleys carved by the glaciers thousands of years ago. You will be mesmerized by the huge skies and long stretches of pampas. We will start by traversing the mountain behind Cerro Guido, along the track called ‘Paso Guitarra’. Then we will pass the lovely, but deserted, Estancia Las Flores where you will see the only original adobe building left in the area. By lunch time we will let the horses rest and we will have a nice picnic in the middle of the valley where we may be able to see condors soaring above us.
After these lovely views we are ready to continue on to Vega Nash where there will be opportunities to canter and enjoy this large flat ‘vega’, a typical pampa in this area. This will bring us back to Estancia Cerro Guido, where a delicious Patagonian asado dinner will be cooking and we can enjoy our last night together.
Hours in the saddle: 7-8
Night at Estancia Cerro Guido

All meals included (including wine tonight)

Day 10: Transfer to Puerto Natales
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport leaves Puerto Natales at 10:00am. Arrival at Punta Arenas airport at 12:30pm approximately. Tour ends. Onward journey.
Breakfast included

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5-day Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1: Arrive Puerto Natales

Arrive into Puerto Natales. Clients will need to arrive in the morning today. Meet in the comfortable café Spacio Kau for the trip briefing. Afterwards they will take a transfer to Estancia Consuelo where they will have a 2 hour ride in the area. Transfer to Estancia Perales. Dinner in the Estancia.
Hours in the saddle: 2
Night at Estancia Perales
Dinner included


Day 2: Boat to Balmaceda. Ride from Balmaceda to Rio Serrano
After breakfast, guests will say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on the boat which will dock especially to take them for a great ride up the Last Hope Sound. Guests will enter the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Shared by the regions of Magallanes and Aysen, this is the largest National Park in Chile and one of five of the most expansive in the world (over three million hectares). With access only via the water, the mountains or the southern ice field itself, it remains a remote and pristine corner of our planet. It also contains the third largest mass of ice on earth after Antarctica and Greenland, so the climate is understandably extreme.
We will disembark our boat here and enjoy the stunning views which combine old growth forests of evergreen and deciduous southern beech, fire bushes and cypresses - a stunning contrast to the snow capped peaks and glaciers in this region. We will take a short, 5 minute, zodiac boat ride to where we will meet our new horses and have some lunch before setting out on a beautiful trail through thick forests passing pristine rivers and streams in the shadow of the Chacabuco and Balmaceda range of mountains.
A fairly slow ride today gives us the opportunity to find our riding stride while enjoying the dazzling scenery on our route into the Torres del Paine National Park. Towards the end of the trail, we will cross the Nutria river and come out onto the pampas which marks the end of today’s ride, as we approach our hotel for the night, Hotel del Paine. This hotel offers comfortable rooms and great views of the Paine Massif. A large living/dining area with a log fire and a comfortable bar and good restaurant. For early risers, it also offers some of the best sunrises in all of Patagonia!
Hours in the saddle: 8-9
Night at Hotel del Paine
All meals included. (Wine/drinks not included)

Day 3: Ride to Grey Glacier and Lake. Optional boat trip. Ride back to Rio Serrano
After breakfast we will be meeting our horses and preparing for the pampas ride to Lago Grey. Our view will be dominated by the jagged peaks of the Paine massif as we ride out along the Rio Grey to the largest glacier in the park, Glacier Grey. On reaching the trailhead we will tether our horses and walk out across the swinging footbridge through the forest to Grey beach. The view that greets us is memorable - the pebbly shores of the beach form an almost surreal contrast to the blue of the floating icebergs that have calved off the nearby glacier. Glacier Grey protrudes off the southern ice field and is quite simply a wonder of nature. Measuring 28km in length and covering a total area of 270 square km with its frozen walls of blue ice towering almost 35 metres high, it never ceased to impress. After some time walking along the beach and enjoying our picnic lunch, we will walk back to our waiting horses for the ride back to Rio Serrano.
Hours in the saddle: 3 with boat trip, otherwise 6
Night at Hotel del Paine
All meals included. (excluding wine/drinks)


* Note The Glacier itself is 17 kilometers from the Grey beach, so for those who would like to get up closer to the face of this marvel of ice, we can arrange a trip out onto the lake in the Grey III boat. This is an optional excursion available at the cost of approximately US$140 per person. Those guests who take the excursion will return to the hotel by transfer not by horse. Clients should make the reservation for this boat trip at the point of confirming the ride.

Day 4: Ride across the heart of the park to Lake Nordenskold. Transfer to Laguna Sofía
After breakfast in the hotel we will pack up and start our ride eastwards towards the heart of the park. We will now be riding directly towards the Paine Massif mountain range so the views are dramatic and beautiful. Our trail skirts the southern edge of the mountains on a rarely trodden path as we pass azure and turquoise lakes with the huge granite mountain peaks standing behind. After a picnic lunch taken in one of the pretty valleys we will continue east onto the beautiful soft pampas of the Patagonian steppe. Arriving at Lake Nordenskold, a private transfer will be waiting and will take us to Laguna Sofía.
Hours in the saddle: 7-8
Night at Laguna Sofía
All meals included (excluding wine/drinks)

Day 5: AM ride in Laguna Sofía area. Transfer to Puerto Natales
After breakfast we meet our new horses, check our saddles and begin our last day of riding in the beautiful area of Laguna Sofía, here we will have great views of the mountains around us. By lunch time we will let the horses rest and we will have a nice lunch. After these lovely views we are ready to return to the guest house, where we will take a transfer to Puerto Natales.
Hours in the saddle: 3
Breakfast and lunch included (excluding wine/drinks)


Rates and Dates for Estancias Ride

Rates include:

Accommodation in estancias/ hotels, 8 days riding, all meals and some wine as described in itinerary, English-speaking and local guides, boat trip up Last Hope Sound, transfer from/to Punta Arenas airport/ hotel at set times for 10-day itinerary

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    201910 day Trip, AP lodging in estancias & hotels$6000
    • Single supplement$990
      Small group supplement (4-5 pax only), pp$500
      Small group supplement (2-3 pax only), pp$1000
  • B
    20195 day Trip, AP, 5 riding days$3800
    • Single supplement$490
      Group discount (6-7 riders), pp($200)
      Group discount (8-10 riders), pp($500)
      Small group supplement (2-3 riders only), pp$400

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer included from Punta Arenas Airport/ hotels in Punta Arenas centre at set times for 10-day trip $0
2019 Bus from Punta Arenas (outside transfer time), per person, per way $20
2019 Transfer from Punta Arenas Airport at set times for 5-day trip, one-way $300
2019 Boat excursion to glacier (~ $140USpp)
- to be paid locally
$0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 10/20 - 10/29 10d / 9n 10 day Trip, AP lodging in e... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/08 - 11/17 10d / 9n 10 day Trip, AP lodging in e... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/01 - 12/10 10d / 9n 10 day Trip, AP lodging in e... 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note: 5 day trip can be booked anytime between October to March

Rates do not include:

Insurance (mandatory). Airport transfers outside of set times or for 5-day itinerary, drinks in hotels and estancias, local gratuities (recommend $60), boat excursion to glacier

Other Info
Meeting: Puerto Natales
Airport: Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ)
Transfer: Punta Arenas hotel/ airport

Climate:


Puerto Natales area

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

61

60

58

52

45

41

41

43

49

53

55

58

Average Low Temperature (°F)

51

49

47

41

36

33

32

33

39

44

46

50

Average High Temperature (°C)

16

16

15

11

7

5

5

6

10

12

13

15

Average Low Temperature (°C)

11

10

8

5

2

0

0

0

4

6

8

10

Source: NOAA


Seasons

Torres del Paine has a milder and drier microclimate than the surrounding areas of Patagonia because of some unique geological features. The weather however is famously unpredictable and it is possible to experience four seasons in the course of a few hours!
Average daily temperatures vary but during the time we run our trips (summer) one can expect 10 - 20 degrees Celsius with the occasional hot day of 25 degrees. Temperatures can drop to zero at night and high winds are common in this area.

Special note – strong winds
You can never be sure of how Paine will treat its guests, we ask that clients are prepared (both mentally and physically) for unpredictable and sometimes challenging weather conditions and that you pack accordingly. The weather can be notoriously unkind, wet, cloudy and closed-in (a pain for visibility). It can also be extremely windy (and people often get blown off their feet literally and parked vehicles over-turned in very extreme wind). Luckily it doesn’t tend to stay too wet for too long but clients need to be prepared for the conditions both physically and mentally. Good waterproofs (top to toe) are essential.

What To Bring:
Don’t leave home without
- Passport (Check expiry date)
- Money (debit/credit cards - note that some banks require advance notice of travel)
- Local Currency (US Dollars can easily be exchanged in Chile, sterling/euros much harder)
- Airline tickets or booking codes
- Emergency phone numbers for your travel insurance, local operator and booking agent

General
- A few lightweight, easily washable items (layering is always best)
- Midweight fleece or wool sweater
- Midweight fleece or wool pants
- Long-sleeved shirts or tees for layering
- T-shirts
- Underwear and personal items (for women we recommend a good sports bra for riding)
- Wool cap or other warm hat (choose one that can be used under your riding helmet)
- Scarf or neck warmer
- Comfortable footwear for general walking
- Wool sweater or fleece
- Sun hat or visor that can be worn with your riding hat
- Water bottle (one litre bottle or a Camel-bak)
- Camera, spare batteries and a spare memory card
- Waterproof camera bag
- Flashlight/torch with spare batteries (Maglite or similar)
- Sunglasses (preferably with a neck string)
- Sunscreen and lip salve
- Insect repellent
- Small towel
- Personal toiletries
- Any personal medication
- Riding trousers (Half or full chaps can be provided if required)
- Pair of insulating and quick-drying riding gloves
- Riding helmet: We strongly recommend riders bring their own BHS/ISO approved hard hat. Hard hats save lives and can prevent serious head injury. Riders who do not wear a helmet do so at their own risk and will be asked to sign a waiver.
- Socks (including knee-high pairs for riding)
- Riding boots (well broken in) or ankle-high multi-purpose boots which work well when worn with half chaps and can comfortably be worn for walking too
- Waterproof and windproof jacket (Gortex or other suitable fabric) with a hood and no leaks. Some clients wear long Australian stock coats. No plastic ponchos please!
- Waterproof trousers (make sure they have an under-foot stirrup to stop them riding up the leg)
- Riders should also bring spare plastic bags/ziplock bags for storing non-waterproof items such as cameras, binoculars etc in the saddle bags. These are made of tough hessian and will not repel heavy rain.

Useful items
- Spanish phrasebook or dictionary
- Travel alarm clock
- Swiss army knife
- Wet Ones or similar travel wipes
- Tissues
- Tracksuit trousers or comfortable walking trousers for optional hikes and for relaxing
- Reading material
- Electrical adapter (Chile uses a 2-pin, 220 volt outlet)
- Spare contact lenses or glasses if necessary
- Small binoculars
- Swimsuit (for the hardy and also Estancia Tercera Barranca have a hot tub!)
- Ear plugs for light sleepers