Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros

Long trail rides through wonderful countryside, the chance to experience Argentine traditions and the opportunity to try your hand at Polo are all possible on a centre based stay at this traditional working estancia amidst the beautiful Sierra Chicas.
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Ranches and Cattle Drives
10 days / 7 riding
From £2,210
Open to non-riders
  • Estancia Los Potreros
    Estancia Los Potreros

Itinerary

Highlights

- Immerse yourself in the life of the gaucho
- Introduction to polo - an exhilarating and addictive sport. This is normally available once a week and all guests can participate (the estancia organises special "polo weeks" and extra tuition can be arranged locally at extra cost if required)
- All abilities are welcomed and there is a horse to suit everyone
- Competent riders can experience the "cadillac of horses", the Peruvian Paso
- Relax in the comfort and elegance of this converted estancia
- Non-riders are welcome to just relax, discover hiking trails, try their hand at wine tasting or play golf (at extra cost - there are three excellent golf courses nearby)
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - BUENOS AIRES

    International flight to Buenos Aires from Europe.
  • Day 2 2 : BUENOS AIRES - CORDOBA - 2 hours riding

    Estancia Los Potreros
    On arrival at Buenos Aires International Airport (Ezeiza) you will need to collect your luggage and make your way across the city to the domestic airport (Aeroparque). We recommend using a Remis, which is a pre-paid taxi and the desks are after baggage collection and before you enter the main arrivals hall. Check-in for your short flight to Cordoba (c. 1hr). Please note that you must leave four hours between your arrival and departure flights in order to clear passport control, collect your luggage and transfer across the city.

    On arrival at Cordoba airport you will be met by our transfer driver (Taxi Fabian) and transferred to the estancia (c. 50mins drive) where you will be met by your hosts. If you plan to arrive after 20.00, an additional transfer fee may apply.

    NB. It is also possible to take an overnight bus from Buenos Aires to Cordoba if you prefer - please ask for details.

    Depending on the time of your arrival, you could join a sunset ride to 'The Top of the World’ to get your bearings, enjoy the spectacular views and look out for condors. In the evening take part in wine-tasting, and sample some of the wines of the region, including Los Potreros own wine. Dinner at the fireside.

    IMPORTANT : The itinerary is entirely flexible and the following is an example of some of the rides and activities on offer, however, you can ride as much or as little as you like.
  • Day 3 3 : LOS POTREROS - 3 hours riding

    Estancia Los Potreros
    After breakfast, ride to a waterfall and take a refreshing dip in the pool. Return to the estancia for lunch on the veranda and a well-earned siesta. In the afternoon, try a different horse and help the gauchos to round up the mares and foals and bring them closer to the estancia for safety overnight.

    Please note: your third day might be a Sunday. On Sundays, there are morning rides but no afternoon rides. There are a range of other activities available on the estancia (guided walks, farm drives, wine tastings...)
  • Day 4 4 : LOS POTREROS - 4-6 hours riding

    Estancia Los Potreros
    Today offers the chance of a full day picnic ride to discover local villages. You will visit a local Dominican church, and the small one-teacher rural school which is supported by Estancia Los Potreros 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! Back to the estancia at the end of the afternoon to relax before dinner.
  • Day 5 5 : LOS POTREROS - 4-6 hours riding

    Estancia Los Potreros
    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 6 6 : LOS POTREROS - 4-6 hours riding

    Estancia Los Potreros
    Ride to the north of the farm – Potrero de Niz – to soak up some of the family history. This was the original family home of your hosts, the Begg’s, some four generations ago. The landscape is peppered with shrubs alongside running streams and it is not unusual to startle foxes and hares as you approach. The wild boar and puma are more elusive and harder to spot!. In the afternoon, take to the corrals for some lassoing and to observe the estancia's horse-tamer at work with some youngsters.
  • Day 7 7 : LOS POTREROS - 4-6 hours riding

    Estancia Los Potreros
    Another full day’s ride to the far south of the farm, climbing over rocky hills which are home to eagles and vultures. Lunch is 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. After a leisurely break ride back to the estancia for a delicious dinner.
  • Day 8 8 : LOS POTREROS - 4-6 hours riding

    Estancia Los Potreros
    Today you could 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. Ring the ‘Bellstone’ on the way back, and on returning to the estancia enjoy a traditional Argentine ‘asado’ (BBQ) and a leisurely afternoon dip in the pool. A final dinner with the team.
  • Day 9 9 : CORDOBA - BUENOS AIRES - EUROPE

    After a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs, you are transferred back to Cordoba airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Again you will need to take a remis across the city to the international airport for your flight back to Europe.
  • Day 10 10 : EUROPE

    Arrival back to Europe.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights to your destination (international/domestic) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.     

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room during your stay. 

- The riding groups are composed of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 international riders.

- You can arrive and depart on any day and stay for as long as you like. The minimum stay is 3 nights (except over Christmas and New Year: 5 night minimum stay) and we recommend a stay of 7 nights so that you can experience all of the activites on offer. The dates shown above are for example purposes only. Please enquire for prices for shorter or longer stays.

- Airport transfers from/to Cordoba airport are included between the hours of 08:00 and 20:00 (US$50 each way out of hours). Transfers can be arranged from the city centre, please contact us.

- The estancia is open all year round. Winters (July - August) are usually dry and cold, whilst summers (December - February) are warm and pleasant. There is little rainfall in the area. Please note the estancia will be closed in May and June.

- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share a bedroom with another rider of the same sex. There are also a limited number of single rooms available without supplement so please do ask. To request your own double room there is a supplement of 30% of the ride price (calculated according to the season).

- Children are welcome but must be aged 10 or more, except by prior agreement. There is a discount of 20% for children aged 10 to 16 years old.

- The listed price includes at tax refund and is not valid for Argentinian citizens.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

1 English speaking horse guide
Gauchos team at the estancia

Logistic

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle

Inland transports

Airport transfers to/from Cordoba between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm

Accommodation

Double/twin room at the estancia

Meals

Full board including all meals and drinks from dinner D2 to breakfast D9

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverage and personal extra

Transports

International and domestic flights
Visa fees for those with USA, Canadian or Australian passports

Extra

Tips to local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement (if not willing to share). See above the price details. 30% of the price depending on the season.
  • July - August 2020

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Equestrian info

Horses

With a riding herd of over 80 horses, there is something to suit everyone. The horses, mainly bred on the estancia, are responsive, sure-footed and willing. The varied work that they take part in, including rounding up cattle, taking out guests or playing polo, combined with the natural lifestyle they lead in an un-stabled herd environment means the horses are always fresh, interested and keen to do their jobs. The herd is a mixture of Criollos, Paso Peruanos and crossbreeds.

Please respectfully note that we have a riding weight limit of 15stone/95kg/210lbs, and 13 stone/83kg/182lbs
for polo and for the Peruvian Paso horses.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

The estancia welcomes riders of all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced riders. Rides are split according to ability so that those who wish to only walk can do so, whilst those that prefer some trotting and cantering can move on a faster pace where appropriate.

Some activities such as Polo or cattle work are reserved to those with some riding experience.


Please respectfully note that we have a riding weight limit of 15stone/95kg/210lbs, and 13 stone/83kg/182lbs
for polo and for the Peruvian Paso horses.

Pace

The pace is varied and dependent on your wishes. However, the terrain is quite rocky and so fast riding is not always possible. There will be opportunities to canter during the course of the week, but this is not a fast ride.
Competent riders may get the chance to ride a Paso Peruano horse which is characterized by : the "llano de paso". This is a "running walk" where the horse exhibits alternate lateral movements - it is a smooth, graceful, fast and extremely comfortable pace.

Tacking ability and participation

You are not expected to tack up your horse and this is all done for you by the team of gauchos. If you wish to assist then you may do so. You may be asked to help untack at the end of the day.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

Horse riders in good physical fitness will feel more comfortable on the longer riding days, but all abilities can be accommodated. No specific experience is required.

Visiting a new country offers the opportunity to meet other cultures with different mentalities, therefore it is important to accept these differences and respect the local way of life.

Equestrian equipment

For trails you will ride in traditional Argentina tack - wooden saddles with many sheepskin layers on top for comfort and simple snaffle bridles.
For polo you will ride in English tack. A hard hat must be worn when playing polo.

Travel info

Comfort

Accommodation on the estancia is simple and traditional, but providing you with all creature comforts. The estancia can welcome a maximum of 12 guests. 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. There is a pool to rest after long rides in the summer heat.

Meals are European in style, varied and delicious, with plenty of excursions into local favourites, with homemade dishes supplemented by the estancia's own organically grown vegetables, fruit and free-range eggs. The excellent chef can cater for a range of special dietary requirements.

Free wi-fi is available in the main building but is satellite-based and as such can be slow and/or intermittent. Wi-Fi is turned off during drinks and mealtimes. Please note there is no mobile phone signal.

Meals

All meals are included, including drinks. The meals have a European influence and meat, particularly beef, is popular in Argentina. Most of the meat and vegetables will be sourced locally, from the estancia itself or its neighbours. In particular you may enjoy sampling the local wines.

There are excellent cooks who are delighted to cater for any specific dietary requirements, including vegetarians or food intolerances, given sufficient notice in advance, within the limits of what can be sourced locally. Please ask for our information sheet on outline menus that we are able to provide for specific dietary requirements in advance of booking.

Climate

The climate of Córdoba, like most of the province, is sub-tropical with four distinct seasons. However, this part of Argentina can be visited all round and the pleasant riding weather can be experienced at all times of the year, with few extremes.

The average annual temperature is 18 ° C.

In January, the hottest month of the southern summer, temperatures range between 17 ° C and 31 ° C, with high temperature differences between day and night.

In July, the coldest month of the southern winter, average temperatures vary between 4 ° C and 19 ° C, with frequent frosts and occasional, but rare, snowfalls.

Guide and local team

Your hosts at the estancia are Kevin and Louisa Begg who speak both English and Spanish. You may be guided by a member of their local team but lead guides always speak good English.

Tips

Tipping is not expected but if you are happy with the service you receive then you may wish to leave a tip for the team. You can leave this with your guide who will ensure that it is split between all members of staff. We would recommend c. USD 10-15 per day per person.

Packing list

Head
-Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. You will have to wear a riding helmet if you wish to play Polo.
-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 winter months of June-August

Upper body
- Thermals in case of cold weather during the winter months of June - August
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- 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.

Legs
- 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 in the winter months of June - August
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- Thermals in case of cold weather during the winter months of June - August

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


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

Medical kit
- 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
- Medication against altitude sickness might be a good idea. Please ask your GP.

Our Recommendations
- 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.

Visa & Health

Formalities

To enter Argentina, a valid passport and onward ticket is required by all British, Australian, Canadian and American nationals. Nationals not referred to are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visas:
Citizens of the USA, Canada and Australia must pay a reciprocity fee prior to arrival in Argentina. The reciprocity fee must be paid online by credit card and you must print the receipt and take it with you to the airport. You cannot pay the fee at the airport. As of 2014 the fees are: USD 160 for US citizens; USD 100 for Australian citizens and USD 92 for Canadian citizens. For more information, visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/argentina/entry-requirements

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade d’Argentine en France
    6, rue Cimarosa
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01.44.05.27.00
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de France en Argentine
    Cerrito 1399
    C1010ABC Buenos aires
    Tél. : 54 11 4515 7030
    Fax :
  • Embassy of Argentina
    65 Brook Street
    W1K 4AH London
    Tél. : +44 020 7318 1300
    Fax :

Health

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Argentina, however, it's a good thing to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Argentina. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended as well as a hepatitis A vaccination.
A yellow fever vaccination is recommended when travelling to the central north and northeast of the country, including the area around the Iguazu Falls.
Malaria is almost absent, except in remote areas along the border with Bolivia and Paraguay. Occurences are rare and taking normal anti-mosquito precautions is usually sufficient, so buy mosquito repellent (preferably with 50% DEET), and sleep under a net. Also wear long sleeves and trousers wherever possible.
Argentina's public health system provides free services for emergencies and non-emergencies, regardless of your nationality or immigration status. The level of care does vary, however, particularly outside Buenos Aires.

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Voltage

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plug fittings in older buildings are of the two-pin round type, but most new buildings use the V-shaped twin with earth pin. Travellers should bring a world travel adaptor.

Budget and money

Argentina's currency is the peso (ARS or AR$). Within Argentina the $ symbol is used to denote a peso. To avoid confusion, the symbol for the US dollar is often one of several variations including, US$, U$, U$S or U$A.
One peso is divided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos and of 1 peso. Notes come in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos.
Exchange rates vary depending on where you try to exchange your money. Rates at the airport are usually substantially worse than the rate in the city. Be careful where you exchange your money - there are what Argentineans call "arbolitos" which are people who exchange AR$ for US dollars or another foreign currency on the street, and they can take advantage if you don't speak Spanish or if you don't know the exchange rate. Also be aware that there are many fake notes going around. If you get one then you can change them for good notes at Banco National.

Telephone and jetlag

To call Argentina, the following dial code is required:
+54 to dial in (00 54 from UK)

To call from Argentina, the following dial code is required:
00 code to dial out (00 44 for UK)

Standard Time +0400 GMT

Did you know?

Did you know?

Polo is the oldest team sport in the world! The first evidence of the game of Polo appeared in Persia some 2,500 years ago. The sport spread to Constantinople and from there to Turkmenistan, Tibet, China and Japan. The name Polo comes from the Tibetan word "pulu" meaning ball. In the 12th century, Genghis Khan conquered Iran and Afghanistan and brought Polo back with him to practice with his warriors. The game became an essential teaching tool: it tests the merit of a man and reinforces his personality. Polo teaches him agility on horseback, an appreciation of speed, the intensity of battle and a decisive mind.

The modern game of Polo, though formalised and popularised by the British, originated from Manipur in India where it was known as Sagol Kangjei or Kanjai-bazee. The first Polo club was establised in the town of Silchar in Assam, India in 1833. In 1862 the Calcutta Polo Club was established by two British soldiers who spread the game to their peers in England. The game's governing body in the UK is the Hurlingham Polo Association which drew up the first set of formal rules in 1874, many of which are still in existence today.

British settlers in Argentina started practicing the game on the pampas, and David Shenna is believed to have organised the first formal game in Argentina in 1875 at Estancia El Negrete. The sport spread fast amongst the skillful gauchos and Argentina is now credited with being the mecca of Polo, mainly because it has the highest number of 10 handicap players in the world.

You can try your hand at Polo on a riding holiday at Estancia Los Potreros, and on certain weeks they run specific "Learn to play Polo" courses.