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Expedition to the End of the World in Argentina

This horseback riding tour is a truly unique and amazing opportunity to discover the outstanding Patagonian nature. Starting off from Ushuaia, you will head south and will be able to pass through a beautiful pristine nature thanks to your Argentinian horses. Enjoy the local wildlife in the closest way possible!

USD $3,600.00

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Go on a Horseback Riding Tour to the End Of The World!

This tour is an amazing opportunity to discover the incredible nature and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego. Your horses will be able to take you on places that are difficult to access otherwise, allowing you to have an unforgettable experience at the End Of The World!

Highlights

  • Ride some beautiful Argentinian horses
  • Enjoy some incredible landscapes
  • Discover a stunning wildlife
  • See shipwrecks
  • Spot sea lions and dozens of bird species
  • Visit the lightouse at the end of the world
  • Learn about the history of this unique place
  • Go to the End of the World in Argentina!

Tour Information

Duration: 11 days
Start/End Location: Ushuaia
Availability: Departures on December 6th 2019, February 5th 2020, and March 6th 2020.
Times and Distances: There is about six to seven hours of horse riding a day, including breaks for lunch. The average distance per day is 30 km.
Miscellaneous: Basic knwoledge of horse riding and good physical condition are required.

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia – Estancia Mari Luisa – La Chaira

This expeditions begins with a car transfer (230 kilometers, 143 miles) from Ushuaia to the starting point: Estancia Maria Luisa. This place is a typical Patagonian ranch for breeding cattle. You will pass through some of the most iconic landscapes of Tierra del Fuego (Garibaldi Pass through the Andes and Lake Fagnano panorama). At this point you will be at the end of the road and at the end of the civilized world. There you are going to meet your horses for the first time.

A horse will be assigned to each guest at this point. You will then load your luggage and the adventure will begin. This first day will mainly be about allowing you to acclimatize so that you don’t have any major difficulties along the way. You will ride through some rolling hills of lush green grass. You will then reach the first river, which you can only cross during low tide. That river is called the Irigoyen River, and it is famous for its huge trouts. After a long ride on the beach, you are going to reach your first overnight destination ‘Puesta La Chaira’, which is part of the old ‘Estancia Policarpo’. This is the last shelter inhabited by gauchos on the route.

Accommodation: Shelter

Day 2: La Chaira – Rio Bueno

After breakfast you will start a long ride to ‘Puesto Rio Bueno’ shelter. Along the way, all traces of civilization will slowly disappear. You are going to begin to see the wilder side of Tierra del Fuego. You will get to see several shipwrecks such as the “Barca” an old wooden boat that has been buried by centuries of sand. There are also abandoned shelters, many of which have been built with ship remains. There, you will be able to admire the local fauna in all its beauty and glory.

You will see some curious foxes, guanacos, majestic condors, beavers and various species of birds, and with a little bit of luck you might even see some marine mammals. There you can also still see some traces of the native Huash Indians. After passing the river Leticia, you will reach your shelter for the night. The trail generally follows the beaches, which you can only traverse during low tides.

Accommodation: Shelter/Tents

Day 3: Rio Bueno – Estancia Policarpo

On this third day you are going to cross two rivers, ‘Rio Bueno’ and ‘Rio Policarpo’. You will afterwards finish your ride at the remains of the ‘Estancia Policarpo’, which has been declared a National Historical Monument. Travelling conditions will be similar to the second day with the addition of several peatlands where your horses will demonstrate their excellent ability to find the safest way through. Once again you will see many wild animals, including herds of wild horses, colonies of sea lions and perhaps even some solitary penguins.

You will also visit the most famous of all shipwrecks in the Mitre Peninsula, the British clipper ‘Duchess of Albany’. After that you will reach your destination, Caleta Falsa bay. The center of the bay used to be the heart of Estancia Policarpo, which was founded in the beginning of the 20th century by a pioneer named Francisco Bilbao. As this establishment has been abandoned since the 60s, you will have the unique opportunity to uncover the secrets of the past.

Accommodation: Shelter

Day 4: Estancia Policarpo – Thetis Bay

After leaving Caleta Falsa bay, you are going to pass by several beaches. At Laguna Centenario you will get the chance to enjoy a unique spectacle: the varied species of birds of Tierra del Fuego. You may see cormorants, southern crested caracaras as well as the two emperors of the sky: black browed albatrosses and Andean condors. You might also pass by colonies of sea lions (which may even be accompanied by their lovely babies depending on the season). Afterwards you will drift away from the coastline and start riding further inland through the Fueguino peatland. Weather permitting, you will be able to see the mythical and inaccessible State Island with its San Juan de Salvamento lighthouse, which became famous with Jules Verne’s book “The Lighthouse at the End of the World.”

The peatland becomes even more boggy here, which will force yous to dismount the horses on several occasions and cross some sections by foot. Finally you will reach at Bahia Thetis. There you will pass by an abandoned factory which was once used to remove the skin and fat from the sea lions previously hunted in the Atlantic ocean. You can find nearby another interesting historic point, the former Argentina Subprefectura (1889 – 1896). It was once a military detachment and rescue shelter for survivors of the many shipwrecks that are now sprawled along the shores of the Mitre Peninsula.

Accommodation: Shelter

Day 5: Thetis Bay – Cape San Diego

You are going to spend a bit more time in this farthest point of your ride. You can go on an optional hike to Cape San Diego Lighthouse at the farthest east end of Tierra del Fuego. The walk is mostly through flat peatland and is approximately seven hours (round trip). Then you will to follow the coastline and then cross the channel leading to the inner bay. You may have the chance to see guanacos (“cousins” of llamas) closely. You will slowly approach the farthest east end of Tierra del Fuego, Cape San Diego. There you will be able to enjoy an exceptional 360 degree view of the South Atlantic Ocean, the Strait of Le Maire, Staten Island, and the entrance to the Beagle Channel.

You will also be able to explore the old lighthouse. Then you are going to have lunch with a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings. There you might even get the chance to see a small sea lion colony. In the afternoon you will walk back to your horses that will patiently be waiting for you. Along the way, you will be able to keep enjoying the iconic Patagonian landscape with many trees shaped by the wind. Please note that this hike is quite long and can be tiring so good trekking shoes are required.

Accommodation: Shelter

Day 6: Thetis Bahia (rest day)

On this 6th day you are going to take some time out to enjoy short walks around the area and explore the true magic of this beautiful land. You will be able to observe the wildlife and look for traces of the Indians that once inhabited this land. There will be a camping site where you will be able to sit back, relax and soak up the charming surroundings with a glass of wine. During the rest of the day you will have the opportunity to take time to regenerate before beginning your journey back to Ushuaia.

Accommodation : Shelter

Day 7: Thetis Bay – Estancia Policarpo

On the way back, you will follow the same trail from Bahía Thetis to Estancia Policarpo. Once again your Criollo horses will demonstrate their incredible strength and ability to navigate the best way through the peatland. From the cliffs, you will be able to enjoy an extraordinary spectacle of light and color. You will admire a beautiful landscape of the sub-Antarctic forest, the Andes and the South Atlantic Ocean. Halfw You will take a lunch break when halfway before continuing towards Policarpo shelter.

Accommodation : Shelter

Day 8: Estancia Policarpo – Rio Bueno

When the horses will be ready, you will leave Caleta Falsa bay. On your way you are going to cross peatland once again, eventually reaching the coastline next to Rio Policarpo (the widest and most challenging river of the expedition). On the other side of Rio Policarpo are the longest beaches of your journey (Donata and Policarpo Bay). There you will enjoy long canters that often create incredible feelings of freedom. With a bit of luck, it may even be possible to see large groups of wild horses in their natural habitat.

This is an unforgettable experience. You are then going to take a break near the old “Duchess of Albany” shipwreck, to have some snacks and take some more photos. Before stepping onto the beaches once again, you’re likely to see herds of wild cattle passing by the grassy cliffs. As your luggage will become smaller and lighter, you will be able to enjoy a slightly faster pace (more trots and canters).

Accommodation: Shelter/Tents

Day 9: Rio Bueno – La Chaira

In the morning we will have some time to walk around the Rio Bueno shelter and listen to stories about the legendary “puesteros” who once inhabited the land and worked with the cattle there. After, we will mount our horses, cross the Leticia River and climb to the top of the grassy cliff on the other side.

From this point we can appreciate panoramic views of the entire region including the route we had taken. On our way to La Chaira, we can enjoy another canters along the magnificent beaches and also some relaxing breaks. That evening, we will have a hearty farewell meal with plenty of time to share stories and reflect on our time together during the expedition

Accommodation: Shelter

Day 10: La Chaira – Estancia Maria Luisa – Ushuaia

On that day you will leave La Chaira saying a last farewell to the gauchos of the Mitre Peninsula. There you will leave behind you the most remote and wildest region of Tierra del Fuego. You will then slowly cross Río Irigoyen and go back to civilization. At Estancia Maria Luisa, you are going to dismount your horses for the last time. After removing all saddles and luggage, you will say goodbye to your beautiful and brave horses. From there you will be taken to your accommodation in Ushuaia. This will be the end of this expedition to the end of the world in Argentina!

Accommodation: Apart Hostel in Ushuaia

Day 11: breakfast and transfer to airport

 

What’s Included

  • Argentinian Criollo horse (tacked)
  • Two bags per person
  • Small saddlebags (approx. 10 l) for personal items and
  • 2) larger bag (approx. 30 l) for the rest of the luggage
  • Cargo horses for all the equipment and luggage
  • Spanish and English speaking guides
  • Food and drinks (three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Satellite communication in case of emergency
  • First aid kit
  • All tour related transfers
  • Accommodation in Ushuaia for 2 nights: before and after ride
    (breakfast included, shared apartments)
  • Double / triple tents
  • General kitchen equipment: cutlery, cups, pots etc.

What’s Not Included

  • Anything not mentioned above

What To Bring

  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing is crucial for your comfort during the expedition. Layers of clothing are most important and convenient due to changing weather conditions.
  • The following equipment is needed:
  • Sleeping bag ( with optional inflatable pillow). We recommend sleeping bag with the COMFORT temperature level at least -10 ° C (minus).
  • Inflatable sleeping pad
  • Footwear: 2 pairs of shoes.
  • Waterproof leather boots or trekking shoes. Please note that footwear should be comfortable both for riding and walking.
  • Lightweight sneakers are perfect for the evening time.
  • At least 5 pairs of socks – in case your shoes get wet during river crossing.
  • Thermal underwear (tops and leggings), 2 sets. Cotton is not recommended as it absorbs moisture and it is difficult to dry.
  • Pants: waterproof/lightweight trekking trousers.
  • Waterproof /Windproof hooded jacket.
  • Additional warm layers (i.e. Soft-shell, fleece) are advised. Lightweight jacket for camping are ideal.
  • Gloves (at least 2 pairs), ideally one waterproof
  • Sun hat
  • Warm cap
  • Riding helmet – optional
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal neck scarf (buff)
  • Headlamp, and
  • Cosmetics – including sunblock and tissues.
  • Additional personal equipment to consider:
  • Camera with spare batteries
  • Power bank
  • Towel – microfiber/quick dry
  • Any personal medications that you normally use in similar situations
  • Small amount of cash
  • Copy of ID card/Passport
  • Nylon or waterproof bags to secure your personal items
  • Small thermos (0,5 l – 1l) for personal use.

Important Notes

  • The horses you will ride are Argentinean Criollos that are world renowned for their calmness, bravery and hardiness. These horses are bred in Tierra del Fuego and are used for all types of terrain. Their average height is 1.55 m (3.28 ft). You are going to sit on “Cangalla” saddles which are typically used by Argentinean gaucho’s. These saddles are covered with sheep skins for extra comfort and are designed for long distance riding. You won’t use spurs.
  • Accommodation: You will sleep in both shelters and tents, depending on the location. Tents will be provided. However, sleeping bags and sleeping mats are not. Clients are required to bring these with them (please read the What To Bring section for more information). If necessary, clients can dry clothing inside of the shelters. For nights before and after expedition accommodation is arranged for the guests in Ushuaia (shared rooms at apart hostel).
  • Difficulty: This tour is considered to have a medium difficulty level. A basic knowledge of horse riding is required along with a good condition of health. The terrain of the route is varied but is dominated by long flat beaches. There are sections of peatland (turba) where it is often necessary to dismount and walk on foot. Additionally, there are areas of grassy meadows, dense forest and
    occasionally we pass along cliff edges. There are four main rivers which we pass during low tide. Our daily schedule is dictated by the Atlantic tide.
  • This is a 10 day horse riding tour. However, the clients are required to allow 1 day prior to the tour and 1 day after the tour for arrival and departure. Airport transfers will be arranged by the operator.
  • This tour needs a group from 4 to 10 people to take place. However, you can still join as a single person.
  • The program can be modified by the lead guide due to force majeure, weather or logistics. This ensures maximum safety and comfort for all clients. The guides always take into account the best interests of the whole group and do everything in their power to ensure that all clients have a unique expedition. The guide’s decision is final. The success of this tour to the end of the world in Argentina depends on the collaboration of all riders. We hope that all clients can respect one another in the group and toghether can have a truly unforgettable experience.
  • All images displayed here have been taken during previous expeditions. We truly hope that you will see an abundance of wildlife and experience many unique moments during the trip. However, we can not guarantee a repetition of all the special moments shared through these photos. There is a reason why it is called wildlife! Thank you for your understanding!

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