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About Estancia Ranquilco

About Estancia Ranquilco

Ranquilco is more than just a ranch - it is a refuge, that guest escape, to experience miles of unfenced horseback riding, fun and adventure. Learn to live authentic Argentinian ranch culture with off-the-grid living, stunningly beautiful landscapes and views and topnotch riding adventures.

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Goal of the course

If you are looking for an adventure holiday that includes miles of mountain trails, sleeping under the stars of the southern hemisphere, and bearing witness to even more extraordinary landscape, consider one of our combination lodge stays and horse treks in Argentina. Experience the inevitable bond between horse and rider that results from days spent moving together through the mountains of Patagonia.

Perfect for

  • Nature and outdoor enthusiasts
  • Adventure seekers
  • People interested in ranch life
  • Those looking for a getaway to disconnect
  • Horse & animal lovers
  • Riders & those looking to practise their horseriding
  • People wanting to experience Argentinian culture

Requirements for participants

  • Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

If you are looking for an adventure holiday that includes miles of mountain trails, sleeping under the stars of the southern hemisphere, and bearing witness to even more extraordinary landscape, consider one of our combination lodge stays and horse treks in Argentina. Experience the inevitable bond between horse and rider that results from days spent moving together through the mountains of Patagonia.

  • Nature and outdoor enthusiasts
  • Adventure seekers
  • People interested in ranch life
  • Those looking for a getaway to disconnect
  • Horse & animal lovers
  • Riders & those looking to practise their horseriding
  • People wanting to experience Argentinian culture

Requirements

  • Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

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Description

Ride with us deep into the heart of the Patagonian Andes on our ten-day pack trip. You will meet the ranches driver who will take you to the starting point of the pack trip. You will saddle and pack your horse for the first time and start your first ride into the heart of the Estancia to our lodge. There you will receive some more intensive training in how to saddle and pack your horse correctly. You will also get acquainted with the horse you will be riding the next days and get some safety instructions to get you prepared for the 6-day horse riding adventure you're about to go on.

Before accepting your booking request we will need to confirm availability

See the daily schedule below.

Tools and Equipment

What We Provide
  • Tack
  • Saddle
  • Tent
  • Chaps (if needed)
  • Sleeping bag rental (40$ for the length of your stay)
  • Saddlebags
Bring Your Own
  • Cotton socks
  • Cotton button down long sleeve shirts (sun protection)
  • Mid layer wool or fleece sweater
  • Down or Primaloft type jacket
  • Wind & rainproof jacket
  • Riding pants
  • Shorts
  • Light walking shoes
  • Wide brim sun hat with a “buckaroo” strap for the wind
  • Riding boots or light walking shoes with half chaps (no big hiking boots!)
  • Knife, headlamp, waterbottle
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, bandana (against dust), moisturizer

Detailed Daily Program

El Ranquilco

You will meet a driver of ours either in the town of Zapala or Neuquen. To get to Ranquilco you must first drive as close as possible to the ranch and then switch to horses and mules for the remainder of the journey. The entry point to the Estancia is our summer cattle outpost and the end of the road for most vehicles - "Buta Mallin". This is where we meet you with horses and mules. Before the 2,5h ride to the lodge in the heart of the Estancia we will enjoy a mid-afternoon picnic at the outpost.

In the evening, settle into your cottage or room and then join us on the terrace of Casa Grande for wine, traditional Argentine food, and good company.

Meeting the Tack

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the lodge, your guides will introduce you to the tack and provide saddling instruction. We strive to teach guests how to saddle with the local Argentine gear so that everyone is self-sufficient in saddling their own horse by the midway point of the pack trip. After the lesson, you’ll head out for a morning ride to learn about trail safety and get better acquainted with your horse and tack. Afterwards you'll have lunch, followed by a theoretical preparation for your upcoming mountain trip, including the itinerary, safety instructions, and handling your gear.
In the afternoon, you'll have some free time to yourself or to participate in a walking tour of the property, highlighting Ranquilco’s off-grid homestead systems, before evening drinks & dinner.

The Beginning of the Journey

After enjoying breakfast at the lodge you will finally head hout for your epic 6-day, 5-night pack trip into Patagonia's backcountry.

The packtrip begins by traveling up the Trocoman River and ascending into high steppe land towards the confluence of the Trocoman and Picunleo rivers. You’ll cross the Picunleo and head upriver, climbing out of the river valley onto a high plateau with amazing views towards the high country ahead. In the afternoon, the trail drops back down along a steep, rocky hillside, eventually leading to a lovely riverside camp spot.

Crossing the Rivers

Most mornings begin with a fairly early rise, breakfast and hot beverages at the fire, and a couple of solid hours of packing up the gear, saddling the horses and loading the mules. With your newly acquired skills you can play your part in the preparations and help the guides out. The riding starts with several river crossings as the Picunleo River valley narrows and steepens. After a few hours, the valley opens up, offering spectacular views of massive rock cliffs towering over open grasslands bordered by the shrub-like trees that grow at these elevations. You’ll follow a stream into a glacially carved bowl tucked up against the border of Chile and make camp at the upper end of the valley - the headwaters of the Picunleo River.

The Highest Point

The trail leads up out of the valley, across a mountain pass, and then another high ridge and the steep upper bowl of a side valley, and tops out at the highest point on the trip (~2260 m). From here you can see massive vistas of active Argentine and Chilean volcanoes. Ride down from the summit along a steep and switchbacking trail into the Cerro Negro Valley, home of the Laguna Negra. Stop at the lake for a dip, then continue another half hour to the “Laguna Puesto” - our summer cattle outpost. The puesto has a few simple gaucho huts and other basic luxuries, such as benches, a sink, and an outhouse. It makes for a wonderful homebase. Here you have a chance to spend time with the local gauchos that tend the herds of cattle, sheep and goats in these beautiful summer grazing lands.

Relaxing in the Camp

You’ll have two relaxing layover days at this high country camp. You will have the chance to further practise your riding, explore the valley by horse or on foot.

The Lake

You will find spots to fish, swim, and just to lounge at the lake. You can indulge in some reading and/or writing or spend some time getting to know the rest of the group better. In the evenings, hang out around the fire at the puesto and share stories about the land, culture, people and animals with the neighboring gauchos and get an idea of rural Argentine lifestyle.

Cordillera del Viento

The last day of the pack trip is a full day’s ride back to the lodge, with vast views of the Cordillera Del Viento in the north. Upon returning you’ll be reunited with the wonderful luxuries and hospitality at the lodge – hot showers, cold beers, and comfortable beds. Finish off the long day with an excellent meal, and make your way happily to bed.

Day 9

A day of rest and relaxation. Guests can enjoy a swim in the river, a short ride, or a sauna by the river, with glorious meals throughout. In the evening we'll have our farewell party - a feast featuring a goat asado attended by local gauchos and the Ranquilco community. Traditional gaucho dance late into the night and let experience their culture and be part of their community.

A Farewell Party with Gauchos

Breakfast, followed by your morning departure. Ride back to Buta Mallin and savor your last moments as a whole group while you eat a picnic lunch. Say farewell to the guides and the ranch, and load up into the vehicles for the drive back to the town of Zapala or the Neuquen Airport.

Description

Ride with us deep into the heart of the Patagonian Andes on our ten-day pack trip. You will meet the ranches driver who will take you to the starting point of the pack trip. You will saddle and pack your horse for the first time and start your first ride into the heart of the Estancia to our lodge. There you will receive some more intensive training in how to saddle and pack your horse correctly. You will also get acquainted with the horse you will be riding the next days and get some safety instructions to get you prepared for the 6-day horse riding adventure you're about to go on.

Before accepting your booking request we will need to confirm availability

See the daily schedule below.

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  • El Ranquilco

    You will meet a driver of ours either in the town of Zapala or Neuquen. To get to Ranquilco you must first drive as close as possible to the ranch and then switch to horses and mules for the remainder of the journey. The entry point to the Estancia is our summer cattle outpost and the end of the road for most vehicles - "Buta Mallin". This is where we meet you with horses and mules. Before the 2,5h ride to the lodge in the heart of the Estancia we will enjoy a mid-afternoon picnic at the outpost.

    In the evening, settle into your cottage or room and then join us on the terrace of Casa Grande for wine, traditional Argentine food, and good company.

    Show More
  • Meeting the Tack

    After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the lodge, your guides will introduce you to the tack and provide saddling instruction. We strive to teach guests how to saddle with the local Argentine gear so that everyone is self-sufficient in saddling their own horse by the midway point of the pack trip. After the lesson, you’ll head out for a morning ride to learn about trail safety and get better acquainted with your horse and tack. Afterwards you'll have lunch, followed by a theoretical preparation for your upcoming mountain trip, including the itinerary, safety instructions, and handling your gear.
    In the afternoon, you'll have some free time to yourself or to participate in a walking tour of the property, highlighting Ranquilco’s off-grid homestead systems, before evening drinks & dinner.

    Show More
  • The Beginning of the Journey

    After enjoying breakfast at the lodge you will finally head hout for your epic 6-day, 5-night pack trip into Patagonia's backcountry.

    The packtrip begins by traveling up the Trocoman River and ascending into high steppe land towards the confluence of the Trocoman and Picunleo rivers. You’ll cross the Picunleo and head upriver, climbing out of the river valley onto a high plateau with amazing views towards the high country ahead. In the afternoon, the trail drops back down along a steep, rocky hillside, eventually leading to a lovely riverside camp spot.

    Show More
  • Crossing the Rivers

    Most mornings begin with a fairly early rise, breakfast and hot beverages at the fire, and a couple of solid hours of packing up the gear, saddling the horses and loading the mules. With your newly acquired skills you can play your part in the preparations and help the guides out. The riding starts with several river crossings as the Picunleo River valley narrows and steepens. After a few hours, the valley opens up, offering spectacular views of massive rock cliffs towering over open grasslands bordered by the shrub-like trees that grow at these elevations. You’ll follow a stream into a glacially carved bowl tucked up against the border of Chile and make camp at the upper end of the valley - the headwaters of the Picunleo River.

    Show More
  • The Highest Point

    The trail leads up out of the valley, across a mountain pass, and then another high ridge and the steep upper bowl of a side valley, and tops out at the highest point on the trip (~2260 m). From here you can see massive vistas of active Argentine and Chilean volcanoes. Ride down from the summit along a steep and switchbacking trail into the Cerro Negro Valley, home of the Laguna Negra. Stop at the lake for a dip, then continue another half hour to the “Laguna Puesto” - our summer cattle outpost. The puesto has a few simple gaucho huts and other basic luxuries, such as benches, a sink, and an outhouse. It makes for a wonderful homebase. Here you have a chance to spend time with the local gauchos that tend the herds of cattle, sheep and goats in these beautiful summer grazing lands.

    Show More
  • Relaxing in the Camp

    You’ll have two relaxing layover days at this high country camp. You will have the chance to further practise your riding, explore the valley by horse or on foot.

    Show More
  • The Lake

    You will find spots to fish, swim, and just to lounge at the lake. You can indulge in some reading and/or writing or spend some time getting to know the rest of the group better. In the evenings, hang out around the fire at the puesto and share stories about the land, culture, people and animals with the neighboring gauchos and get an idea of rural Argentine lifestyle.

    Show More
  • Cordillera del Viento

    The last day of the pack trip is a full day’s ride back to the lodge, with vast views of the Cordillera Del Viento in the north. Upon returning you’ll be reunited with the wonderful luxuries and hospitality at the lodge – hot showers, cold beers, and comfortable beds. Finish off the long day with an excellent meal, and make your way happily to bed.

    Show More
  • Day 9

    A day of rest and relaxation. Guests can enjoy a swim in the river, a short ride, or a sauna by the river, with glorious meals throughout. In the evening we'll have our farewell party - a feast featuring a goat asado attended by local gauchos and the Ranquilco community. Traditional gaucho dance late into the night and let experience their culture and be part of their community.

    Show More
  • A Farewell Party with Gauchos

    Breakfast, followed by your morning departure. Ride back to Buta Mallin and savor your last moments as a whole group while you eat a picnic lunch. Say farewell to the guides and the ranch, and load up into the vehicles for the drive back to the town of Zapala or the Neuquen Airport.

    Show More

Tools and Equipment

What We Provide
  • Tack
  • Saddle
  • Tent
  • Chaps (if needed)
  • Sleeping bag rental (40$ for the length of your stay)
  • Saddlebags
Bring Your Own
  • Cotton socks
  • Cotton button down long sleeve shirts (sun protection)
  • Mid layer wool or fleece sweater
  • Down or Primaloft type jacket
  • Wind & rainproof jacket
  • Riding pants
  • Shorts
  • Light walking shoes
  • Wide brim sun hat with a “buckaroo” strap for the wind
  • Riding boots or light walking shoes with half chaps (no big hiking boots!)
  • Knife, headlamp, waterbottle
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, bandana (against dust), moisturizer

12  Pictures of the Pack Trip in the Andes

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The Location

Estancia Ranquilco is a remote, family-owned, 100,000 acre horse and cattle ranch nestled deep in the wild heart of Northern Patagonia. It is a vast expanse of land, stretching across leagues of high steppe, river valleys, meadows, and jagged cliffs into the very heart of the Argentinian cordillera. The western property boundary abuts the Chilean border - sitting atop a horse on one of the mountain passes affords sweeping views of active volcanoes, snow-capped peaks, and weeks of wandering potential.

Our eco-lodge is dedicated to minimizing our impact through practices in self-sufficiency. We grow much of our own food in our large organic garden, and produce all of our own grass fed meats. Our electricity is produced onsite by hydroturbines using reclaimed irrigation water, water for showers is heated by fire, and most of our transportation is via horse. Ranquilco is a living example of large-scale ranch-style homesteading.

About the Accommodation

The Casa Grande, a stone-crafted masterpiece, is our gathering place and home our ranch kitchen with the most beautiful view through the large glass wall, the dining room with a vaulted cathedral ceiling and handcrafted fireplace and a spacious patio overlooking the valley, which is where we enjoy most our meals.

While you prepare for your horse riding trip through the Andes you will be staying at our lodge. You will spend the first and last two days in one of our rooms with all the luxuries of modern life and most gorgeous views. We have three unique double rooms with private bathroom and small sitting room and one apartment with one bedroom with a double bed and two bedrooms with a single bed, a sitting room and a private bathroom. During the pack trip you will be sleeping in tents in different camping spots on the route and three nights in the Laguna Puesto, Ranquilcos summer outpost.

Depending on availability you can choose your room when we confirm your booking.

12  Pictures of the Accommodation and Location

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Estancia Ranquilco is a remote, family-owned, 100,000 acre horse and cattle ranch nestled deep in the wild heart of Northern Patagonia. It is a vast expanse of land, stretching across leagues of high steppe, river valleys, meadows, and jagged cliffs into the very heart of the Argentinian cordillera. The western property boundary abuts the Chilean border - sitting atop a horse on one of the mountain passes affords sweeping views of active volcanoes, snow-capped peaks, and weeks of wandering potential. Our eco-lodge is dedicated to minimizing our impact through practices in self-sufficiency. We grow much of our own food in our large organic garden, and produce all of our own grass fed meats. Our electricity is produced onsite by hydroturbines using reclaimed irrigation water, water for showers is heated by fire, and most of our transportation is via horse. Ranquilco is a living example of large-scale ranch-style homesteading.

The Casa Grande, a stone-crafted masterpiece, is our gathering place and home our ranch kitchen with the most beautiful view through the large glass wall, the dining room with a vaulted cathedral ceiling and handcrafted fireplace and a spacious patio overlooking the valley, which is where we enjoy most our meals.

While you prepare for your horse riding trip through the Andes you will be staying at our lodge. You will spend the first and last two days in one of our rooms with all the luxuries of modern life and most gorgeous views. We have three unique double rooms with private bathroom and small sitting room and one apartment with one bedroom with a double bed and two bedrooms with a single bed, a sitting room and a private bathroom. During the pack trip you will be sleeping in tents in different camping spots on the route and three nights in the Laguna Puesto, Ranquilcos summer outpost.

Depending on availability you can choose your room when we confirm your booking.

12  Pictures of the Accommodation and Location

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Pack Trip in the Andes

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