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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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
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
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