Riding Holidays

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Chile is a beautiful country with some truly breath-taking scenery that stretches from the arid striking red and terracotta hued hills of Atacama through the lush vineyards of the Central Valley, the dense forests and glittering lakes of the Lakes District down past vast icefields to the spectacular granite peaks and steppe of Patagonia, all perfect for exploration on horseback.

For those who love to explore the great outdoors and who also love to ride, a journey into the stunning Atacama Desert takes you to delightful luxury lodges where you can ride out each day through steep red rock gorges, arriving at thermal springs and salt lakes for a refreshing swim in this arid landscape, admiring the impossibly beautiful and vivid sunset colours as the shadows come across the steep volcanic peaks that mark the borders into Bolivia and Argentina.

Equally beautiful are rides either amid the lush vineyards of the central valleys where you know a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc awaits at the end or wonderful riding beside beautiful gorges, rivers and waterfalls in the Lakes District.

In complete contrast are the wild plains of Patagonia amid the ice blue glacial lakes and iconic dramatic granite peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, perfect for long gallops, returning in the evening to a cosy open fire and staying in traditional working ranches or in unique luxury camps. Families will adore the chance to combine some exhilarating riding with other adventures such as hiking and mountain biking as condors soar overhead and vicuna and alpaca graze.

Riders looking for more of a challenge and a very special way to cross from Chile into Argentina can take a journey through the Andes by horseback. The terrain is sometimes steep and the pace is steady but the landscapes will simply take your breath away.

Cross fast rivers by local boat as the horses swim alongside, riding alongside stunningly beautiful lakes and through cool forests of native monkey puzzle trees. In the evenings, enjoy dinner conversation with your local hosts in remote lodges as you ride from ranch to ranch in a unique way to slow down the travel pace through this stunning region.

However you choose to explore the remoter corners of this fascinating and simply beautiful country, we will help you find exactly the right Chile riding holiday for you, whether it is from a luxurious lodge or winery or whether it is ranging across rugged steppe, camping or staying with charming local hosts.


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‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.

Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!

I could go on but I'll spare you.

Thanks a million

Judy and Mike’

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