Itinerary

Day 1:  Departure from the village of Futaleufu and journey along the eastern edge of Lago Espolon, with lunch along the way. After an afternoon of horseback riding, we arrive at the remote homestead of the Hvalibota family, where they will host us dinner. Afterwards we will share stories and adventures and retire to bed on this traditional Patagonia family ranch.

Day 2 and day 3: The next morning we continue our way along the shoreline of Lago Espolon and then enter the Espolon Valley proper, north of the lake. We will stop for lunch with another pioneer family in the sector and then we will continue our trip to a ranch located in one of the remotest sectors in Northern Patagonia. 

We will spend three nights at this ranch, owned by one of the original settler families in the region. Our days here will involve exploring the surroundings on horseback as well as taking time to fish and sightsee. From the ranch we will encounter numerous small lakes and streams as well as spectacular waterfalls and glaciers. 

On our third night we will partake in a traditional Patagonian dinner, known as an Asado, where lamb is cooked on an open fire, roasted on as adores (metal crosses), by the owner of the house in the traditional gaucho style. The evening will be spent fire-side, enjoying the food, beverages and conversation of all involved. Typically, this dinner is one of the most memorable events of the entire trip.

Itinerary

Day 4: In the morning we will return through the Espolon Valley, by a different but equally spectacular route, arriving on the shores of Lago Espolon. We will spend our final night at another pioneer ranch, and spend the remainder of the day fishing, or exploring the area.

Day 5: Instead of returning to the village of Futaleufu along Lago Espolon, we will detour into the wilderness behind Cerro Teta, the mountain that dominates the landscape of the Espolon. North of Cerro Teta we will encounter the small lakes Lago las Rosas and Lago Leal and between these two lakes, we will stop for lunch. After lunch we will arrive back in the village of Futaleufu and share a final group dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to a local hotel for the night.

Description

For more experienced horseback riders and outdoor enthusiasts, we offer a five-day journey through the remote and spectacular Espolon Valley.

The valley lies in the heart of the Northern Patagonia Andes and is surrounded by snow-capped and glaciated peaks. During the trip we will traverse numerous rivers and lakes and explore untouched native forests and pristine landscapes.

Summary

Difficulty: Medium

Price: As these trips run less frequently than our other trips, please contact Horseback Patagonia for prices and dates.

Our Activities

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 …
Two-Day Outing
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 ….
Espolón Valley Odyssey
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 …