The Patagonian Trail
Your Argentine adventure will be outfitted by Jakotango and led by Jakob Von Plessen or one of his fellow guides, all of whom bring age-old knowledge, horsemanship and good old fashioned charisma. Brought up on the land, all have spent their days between horses and cattle, learning the language of nature. Jakob has led and guided rides in the wildest and most unspoiled areas of our world and riding with Jakotango in his homeland is a true privilege.
Your journey through the Argentine wilderness commences at Estancia Tres Lagos, a privately owned Estancia of 12000 hectares bordering the Nahuel Huapi and Lanin National Park in an area known as The Lake District. Here you will witness all aspects of life on the property from cattle farming to red stag hunting and stay in boutique log cabins which a cosy and picture perfect refuge. From here you will trek on your sturdy Creolle horse into the mountains for two nights of fly camping before continuing to your final destination – The Golf at Estancia El Boquerón.
Estancia El Boquerón once belonged to the aristocratic Anchorena family and is now the private holiday home of Jakob’s family. The Golf, which sits privately within in its expansive grounds offers a library, pool, pool house, lounge area, large beautifully decorated rooms and gardens to relax in. Across the estancia of 100 acres of rolling parkland, sweeping lawns and beautiful views across the valley there is a challenging point to point course and polo field for anyone wishing to try their hand at a chukka or two. Tennis courts, a putting green and croquet lawn are also yours for the taking.
An Argentine adventure through the mountains accompanied by gauchos is something truly spectacular and every guest will feel privileged to be able to share this magnificent and highly exclusive property with Jakob and his team.
You will love
Patagonia’s immense mountain scenery
Asados, woodsmoke and malbec
Jakob von Plessen and his gauchos
Cosy mountain cabins
Post-tour extensions to Iguazu Falls, Mendoza, Brazil, Peru, Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia etc. Almost anything is possible – please enquire
8 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
DAY 1 | BARILOCHE | 2 NIGHTS
Depart Buenos Aires, flying 2 hours south to Bariloche in Patagonia to commence your riding adventure. Transfer by road 1½ hours to the shores of Falkner lake where you will transfer by a small motorboat across the lake to meet with your horse. The ride to camp is not long, just over an hour but long enough for you to get used to your horse and Gaucho saddle. Enjoy dinner in a cozy log cabin overlooking the beautiful Filo Huahum River.
DAY 2 | BARILOCHE
The mornings are so beautiful it is worth rising early to enjoy them. Breakfast is ready from 7am and you’ll set off shortly after 9am to ride down to Filo Huahum valley. This is a full days ride and takes approximately 6 hours – 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon with a traditional Argie BBQ (an Asado) during the middle of the day along with a mandatory siesta! Return to camp at approximately 6pm and enjoy a hot shower and sundowner at the river shore.
DAY 3 | WILDERNESS FLY CAMP | 1 NIGHT
Departing after breakfast, you will set off for your overnight fly-camp. Today you will face the “Pass of Tears”. It is possibly the most amazing scenery on the whole ride but not for the faint hearted. You will ride up the mountain in the morning until you pass the tree line where there is a stop for lunch on a rocky outcrop. After lunch, it is a further 3 hour ride to our fly camp spot, a spectacular area overlooking the “Buque” mountain. Join the gauchos around the campfire and enjoy a delicious stew in this amazing wilderness setting.
DAY 4 | BARILOCHE | 2 NIGHTS
After breakfast you will mount up and ride down into the valley to a lovely spot by the river where you can enjoy a swim and another delicious asado. The ride will take approximately 3 hours in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, arriving back to Jakotango Base Camp for a hot shower, dinner and well deserved glass of Malbec.
DAY 5 | BARILOCHE
Today is a recovery day. There is no fixed plan for today, generally there is an easy morning ride followed by lunch in camp, with plenty of time for relaxing, siesta, swimming or a walk in the afternoon.
DAY 6 | FELIPE'S FLY CAMP | 1 NIGHT
Today is a full day ride with spectacular scenery and views over the volcanoes of Chile and Argentina. Overnight at Felipe’s Fly-Camp, where you will stay in a spacious tent within a magnificent location. Felipe is third generation from a settler family that built their home in this magical spot. The old corrals are surrounded by huge Nothofagus Dombeyi or Cohiue in Mapuche language which are the largest of the Beech tree species.
DAY 7 | FELIPE'S BARN | 1 NIGHT
After a hot breakfast you will set off on a 4 hour ride to Felipe’s house on the shores of Lake Traful. Enjoy a light lunch on arrival and get settled in at Filipe’s Barn which has been converted into simple sleeping accommodations with shared showers. His house, old barns and corrals are like something out of a fairy tale. The only access he has is by boat or on horseback. A delicious lamb “al asador” will be served for dinner.
DAY 8 | END OF ITINERARY
Enjoy a morning ride along the lake and a swim before lunch. You will be picked up by boat to cross over to Villa Traful where your luggage and transport will be waiting to transfer you to Bariloche airport.
NEED TO KNOW
6 nights - USD $4,800 per person Twin Share
7 nights - USD $5,600 per person Twin Share
6 nights - USD $4,800 per person Twin Share
7 nights - USD $5,600 per person Twin Share
START: Bariloche, Argentina | Finish: Bariloche, Argentina
Nov 16 to 23
Nov 11 to Dec 07
Jan 5 to 11
Jan 12 to 18
Feb 2 to 8
Feb 9 to 15
Later in 2022…
Nov 20 to 25 (5 night trail) * can be combined with Argentine Polo Open
Nov 27 to Dec 2 (5 night trail) * can be combined with Argentine Polo Open
Dec 4 to 9 (5 night trail) * can be combined with Argentine Polo Open
Dec 11 to 16 (5 night trail) * can be combined with Argentine Polo Open
- 7 nights in Patagonia staying at Estancia Tres Lagos – 3 nights base camp, 2 nights fly camping, 2 nights with Felipe
- All transfers between properties
- Professional riding guide & full compliment of gaucho camp crew
- All meals
- International and domestic flights
- Any taxes and/or visas
- Any extra or additional accommodation or arrangements
- Gratuities and any personal purchases
Maximum 8 riders
Multiple dates available from November to March 2021/2022
Single supplement may apply
Flights and insurance on request
Terms and conditions apply – please request a copy of our booking form for all details.
Price is subject to change due to currency fluctuation and unforeseen changes beyond our control
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