Gauchos – a relic of Argentina’s romanticised love affair with horses or proficient horsemen playing a relevant part in today’s Andean landscape?
On this extraordinary trip you’ll find out that the answer is both!
Joining a small group of eight, ride with working gauchos traversing a remote part of Patagonia. Don your chaps and get ready to explore Argentina’s utterly remote Lake District, hemmed in by the snow-dusted Andes. This seven-day riding safari criss crosses through conifer forests, thigh-high glacial-fed rivers, across wildflower-strewn valleys, and up volcanic ridges.
Rest your head
At night you’ll sleep in wooden cabins, mobile camps and at gaucho homes on this wild, isolated escape. When you’re not riding, try fishing; or swim in icy rivers and 300-metre deep lakes. Come evening gather by the flickering fire, feast on delicious beef asado washed down by local Malbec.
Being in the company of brave beret-clad gauchos will rub off on you – learn about mythical folklore plus everyday customs such as weather forecasting and why you should never touch a gaucho’s horse. As you come to the end of your trip and habitation comes back into view you may realise that, aside from your merry band of gauchos, you haven’t seen another soul.