In addition to the spectacular riding, our aim is to introduce you to the culture and the spirit of the people who originally settled this land nearly a century ago. Because of the remoteness and isolation of our region, the original gaucho, huaso and colonial culture still exists once you depart the main thoroughfares that connect the various villages of the Palena province. The “outback” Patagonia landscape is still dotted with colonial homesteads that that are neither serviced by roads or electricity, where the people still live by the “old ways”.  

In these places the pace of life is slower, simpler and is still untouched by the modern world. Here the people have a deep connection with their natural environment and still follow the traditional ways of doing things pioneered by the original settlers of the region. Trip participants will also learn about the unique riding tack and horsemanship that has allowed the inhabitants to tame the steep and unforgiving terrain of the Northern Patagonia Andes. They will also be involved with maintaining the horses, participating in things like shoeing, saddling, feeding and general equestrian care.

Because of the extremeness of the terrain the locals rely on a horse specially bred and adapted to the region, known as the Chilean Corralero. These horses were descendants of the original horses brought by the Spanish Conquistadores in the 1500s and are especially sure footed and have a very calm temperament. Our guests will spend time getting to know the horses, and how to respond to them and treat them, so that rider and horse can bond and function in a self-supporting manner.  This method is known as “rational dressage” where horse and rider form a working relationship based on mutual understanding, respect and friendship. 

Our company ethos is centered around creating a true cultural immersion experience, that allows our guests to achieve a sincere and deep connection with the inhabitants and the terrain, and to gain an understanding of the importance of tradition and an appreciation of a simpler way of life.  Central to our mission is our lead-guide and equestrian instructor, Fabian Baeza, who grew up in this remote region. In addition to his outstanding horsemanship, Fabian speaks fluent English and is a well-respected member of the Futaleufu equestrian community. He is known far and wide across the dispersed ranches of the province and makes an ideal “cultural ambassador” between our guests and the local community. 

In summary we strive to offer our clients a unique experience and a window into another world that they will treasure for a lifetime.

With all of this in mind, Horseback Patagonia has created a program called “Riding Through Our History and has developed the following activities:

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 …