Fabian Baeza was born in Futaleufu and grew up in and around livestock ranches and horses. During Fabian’s youth, the only work available for young adults in Northern Patagonia was animal husbandry, as no tourism industry was yet in existence. Thus, Fabian excelled at horsemanship and was even a competitor in the Chilean Rodeo for some years.
It was originally Fabian’s life-plan to continue the work of his father as a Patagonia huaso and rancher. However, the Futaleufu region began to develop a world renown reputation in whitewater rafting circles and became known as one of the top five river rafting destinations in the world. This reputational gain brought in an influx of tourists to the region who wanted to explore other activities in addition to the river. Thus, by filling this need, Fabian was able to make the transition from making a living as a livestock rancher to tourism operator.
Fabian Baeza has life in two different worlds, that of the original Patagonia settlers and that of global tourism. Thus, he is a perfect “cultural ambassador” to bridge these worlds.
Single Day Program
Our guests will spend a day getting to know the horses, they will learn how to treat them, so that rider and horse can bond and function in a self-sufficient way.This method is known as “rational dressage” where horse and rider form a working relationship based on mutual understanding, respect and friendship, and then harvest vegetables in our garden for a farewell dinner with the family …
During two days our guests will meet the horses, they will learn how to treat them, so that rider and horse can bond.This method is known as “rational dressage” where horse and rider form a working relationship based on mutual understanding, respect and friendship and then apply what they have learned riding through the Futaleufú valley ….
For more experienced riders and outdoor enthusiasts, we offer a five-day trip through the remote and spectacular Espolón Valley.The valley is located in the heart of the Andes of Northern Patagonia and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and glaciers.During the trip we will cross numerous rivers and lakes exploring virgin native forests and pristine landscapes …