You stay at the estancia in twin bedded guest rooms. Four rooms are on the first floor of the lodge and 6 rooms are situated in two chalets across the lawn. There is a communal sitting room in each chalet and the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.
Meals are usually served in the dining room within the main house, where there is also a living room and terrace, or in the BBQ room or "quincho" with an open firepit perfect for asados.
Breakfast often includes bacon, eggs and toast together with orange juice, tea and coffee.
Lunches are usually carried in the guachos saddle bags and include salads, quiche, pies etc.
Dinners are three courses and there is always plenty of meat. The estancia are proud of the beef that they produce and the Argentine culture traditionally includes plenty of beef. Asado bbq's are popular and you will likely experience at least one during the week.
Drinks are included and the local wines are good quality.
The seasons are the reverse of the UK and the estancia is only open during the more pleasant months of October - April. Dec - Feb are considered high summer, with temperatures ranging from 22 - 35c. Nights are always cool due to the altitude and can drop to 5-10c.
Spring and Autumn can be cooler but still not unpleasant temperatures on the whole.
It rarely rains and is a dry area, but you should still bring adequate rainwear as the weather is unpredictable and can change quickly. It is possible to experience all seasons in one day and it can always be windy!
Guide and local team
You will be guided by an English speaking member of the team supported by a number of local gauchos who may only speak Spanish. Your host, Jane, is English and married an Argentine so is very knowledgable about the area and very proud of her estancia - she is not always available to guide but you are likely to meet her during your stay.
Tips are welcome if you are happy with the service (5-10% is a suggested rate). There is a laundry service available and if you use it then we recommend tipping a little more!
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust
- Warm hat if visiting during the spring/autumn months
- Thermals in case of cold weather during the cooler months
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent (plus a spare in case one gets wet)
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared.
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- Thermals in case of cold weather
Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Keep a copy of your passport and travel documents in a separate place in case you lose the originals
- Please be aware that internal flights in Argentina may have a lower luggage allowance than your international flight and you should pack according to the lowest limit.
Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for swimming/bathing in rivers - particularly during the summer months (Nov-Mar)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Swiss army knife or equivalent
In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel