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South American Ranch Stay

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Suitable for: non-riders families

South American Ranch Stay

South American Ranch (Estancia) Holiday

This Estancia (South American Ranch) is an exclusive 6,500-acre working organic cattle and stud farm, delightfully secluded at the top of the ‘Sierras Chicas’ in the heart of the beautiful region of Cordoba. Guests are welcomed to share the home and lifestyle, providing a unique and unforgettable vacation in first hand contact with the rural traditions of Argentina. The estancia prides itself on setting a high standard of professionalism in accommodation and hospitality, taking care of guests with unrivalled personal attention to detail. Whether your passion be outstanding horses, beautiful scenery, walking, photography, bird watching, soaking up the local culture or simply enjoying good company in a truly unique setting, Estancia Los Potreros has something for everyone.

Your stay at the estancia

Every day at the estancia is different, and guests are encouraged to watch and participate in the daily activities of the farm. For the riders amongst you, canter along grassy hilltops; take a dip in natural rock pools; visit local churches on horseback; help the gauchos round up the young horses in order to protect them from the elusive puma; take an overnight trip north into the sierras during the summer; watch the horse-breaker at work or try your hand at lassoing. Informal polo is usually played weekly on the estancia, so guests should have the chance to be introduced to this fun, fast and highly addictive game. Regular polo weeks are also run for beginner and novice players, with daily tuition, chukkas and a mini-tournament. With a herd of over 80 well-loved riding horses, there is something for everyone. The herd is a mix of Criollos, polo ponies and Paso Peruanos most of whom have been bred on the farm. The Paso Peruano has a fifth ‘gait’, a running walk, which is extremely comfortable to ride, and all horses are willing, soft-mouthed and ridden ‘Western style’ with a loose rein. Out of the saddle, the cattle and horse trails make for wonderful walking and trekking, taking guests to hidden rock pools and spectacular viewpoints, whilst observing the colourful and plentiful birdlife. The serenity and landscape lend themselves to those who enjoy painting or writing, or simply curling up with a book, whilst good conversation is never far away. Slightly further afield, there are three excellent golf courses, world-class dove shooting, mountain biking and paragliding. All can be accessed with relative ease from the estancia, along with a number of unusual and historic buildings in the area.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation on the farm is simple and traditional, but providing you with all creature comforts. Rooms are individual and tastefully furnished in keeping with the history and style of the estancia, and have their own private bathroom. Antiques and books abound, and crisp winter nights are warmed by wood-burning stoves and open log fires. Meals are European in style, varied and delicious, with plenty of excursions into local favourites, with homemade dishes supplemented by the estancias own organically grown vegetables, fruit and free-range eggs. The excellent chef can cater for a range of special dietary requirements, as well as offering Argentine wines to accompany the meals.

Day 1 Arrive at Estancia and settle into your room. Take a sunset ride to ‘The Top of the World’ to get your bearings and enjoy the spectacular views, and look out for condors. In the evening take part in the famous wine-tasting, and sample some of the wines of the region..

Day 2 Ride to the waterfall, and take a refreshing dip in the pool. Return to the estancia for lunch on the veranda, and after a well-earned siesta help the gauchos to round up the horses.

Day 3 A full day picnic ride to a local Dominican church, and to visit the local one-teacher rural school which is supported by the Estancia and the kind contributions of its’ guests. The fabulously smooth and forward-going Paso Peruano horses make sure that the day in the saddle doesn’t feel quite so long!

Day 4 No horse-riding holiday to Argentina would be complete without trying your hand at the ‘Sport of Kings’ – polo! Ride down to the polo field, have a short lesson and some practice ‘stick and ball’ and then play a few chukkas of this highly addictive game. A barbeque lunch at the polo field is followed by a visit to ‘El Vergel’, the oldest building on the estancia dating back to 1639. If that wasn’t enough, try your hand at ‘sortija’, a gaucho game on horseback that involves threading a stick through a small ring at speed!

Day 5 Ride to the north of the farm – Potrero de Niz – to soak up some of the family history of the farm. This was the original family home some four generations ago, and the landscape is peppered with shrubs along running streams. Take to the corrals in the afternoon for some lassoing and to see our horse-breaker at work.

Day 6 Another full day’s ride to the far south of the farm, enjoying a picnic by the stream next to a small museum in what used to be the house of Guido Buffo, an art and science lover, who built a unique chapel as a memorial to his wife and daughter.

Day 7 Visit Chiviquin on horseback, the main working cattle part of the farm, perhaps seeing the gauchos in action with the Aberdeen Angus cattle which are the backbone of the farm today. Ring the ‘Bellstone’ on the way back, and on returning to the estancia enjoy a traditional Argentine ‘asado’ and a leisurely afternoon dip in the pool.

Day 8 After a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs, depart for your onward travel.

Additional notes:

~ The itinerary is flexible, and subject to weather, particularly in the case of polo ~ There are over 80 riding horses, with the herd being a mixture of Criollos, Paso Peruanos and polo ponies, which are forward-going, responsive and sure-footed ~ A two day/one night overnight trail ride can usually be arranged for guests who are staying with us for 5 nights or more, with sufficient notice in advance. ~ Guests can expect to be in the saddle between 4 – 6 hours per day, with a morning and afternoon ride or a full day picnic ride. Sunday afternoons are free for guests to relax, allowing staff and horses to take a well-earned rest.

 

Ride Ability: All

Suitable for Non-Riders: Yes

Departure Dates: 22nd Mar,8th Nov,22nd Nov & By Arrangement

Cost: £190-£235 pppn from 3-14 nights

Polo Weeks: £1800 pp

Single Supplement: 20% Under 16

50% Non-Riding under 6

30% unless willing to share

Accommodation: full board incl drinks & other activities

Meeting Point: Cordoba

Transfer: Included

Hours In Saddle: Up to 6 per day

Max Weight: 95kg

Group Size: 4-6

Call us on +44 (0)1256 773564 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.