Fabián Baeza

What makes Horseback Patagonia different is Fabian Baeza. He was born in Futaleufu and spent the first sixteen years of his life running a working ranch in Northern Patagonia. After this initial introduction to livestock ranching, Fabian became involved in equestrian tourism as the Futaleufu region developed into a world-class tourist destination.

As a result, Fabian is just not an equestrian guide, but has a deep connection to rural life and the original pioneer families that settled the region.

This makes him an ideal “cultural ambassador” and bridge between the original Patagonia inhabitants and foreign visitors.  When you go on a trip with Fabian, he will introduce you to his culture, his land and his people. Fabian is bilingual and fluent speaker of English. He also has formal instruction in the methodology of “rational dressage”, circular control and wilderness first aid.

María José Lopez

María José is formally trained in the hospitality and tourism profession and is a certified Tourism Technician. She is responsible for trip logistics and coordination and all of her hard “behind the scenes” work is responsible for making our trips run efficiently and seamlessly. In addition to her logistics work, María José also has guiding experience will accompany some trips as a guide where and when the need arises.

Jill Lucas

Jill is our one regular North American guide and has been welcomed into the Horseback Patagonia family due to her ten years of experience guiding horseback riding trips throughout Patagonia. Her great exuberance and charisma make her loved by both the local families with which we work and by our guests.

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 …