Trail Horses: The horses we use on our trips are also the same horses that we use to ranch during the non-tourist season. They are a part of our family, and most are the Chilean Corralero breed.

This breed of horse is present in our rural areas and is known for its agility, sure-footedness in mountainous terrain, endurance and ability to carry large loads.

The breed is also popular in the urban areas of Chile, due to the rising popularity of equestrian sports – such as the dressage, rodeo, and trail riding, etc… The breed is also known internationally as a purebred…  and there is an official national Chilean horse breed registry.

Pack Horses: On some of our trips we will have to use one or two pack horses (depending on the size of the group and the load we carry). These are known as “pilchero horses”. The pilchero was and still is, in many places in Patagonia, a transport animal of first necessity. The pilchero horses will pack all of the gear that we cannot carry on our own horses, and free up the rider to have a better trail riding experience.

The pilcheros we use are generally more docile than our trail riding horses and not as tall. It is also saddled differently than a riding horse: without reins and only a muzzle and lead. Thus, the pilchero is prepared to follow the mounted horse.

Trail Dog: A companion dog is a traditional part of the Gaucho equestrian culture and one accompanies us on almost all of our trips. They are faithful companions and are inseparable from our horses when we are working on the ranch. Ours is a Magellan sheepdog breed, and she and her puppies are a fundamental part of our family.

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 …