Horse riding & trekking in Argentina

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Responsible tourism: Horse riding & trekking in Argentina

Environment

On our horse treks, the gauchos ensure that the horses you trek with are well treated, well fed and well looked after. We communicate a strict environmental policy to make sure that the eco-system of the mountains is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Both the gaucho guides & clients are briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst staying in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.

Community

The individual & travels are designed and offered by international certified guides who live and work in Latin America. They have been guiding in the Andes for many years and in this way got into contact with these gaucho families. They are proud to offer this possibility to travel by horse - or on foot - through this part of NW Argentina as they know how unique & authentic this area and the lifestyle of the gauchos still is. By booking one of these travels you support several local gaucho families to continue with making a living in the remote mountains and to keep their traditions alive. This one of the most purest forms of tourism in the mountains, and the treks are organized on a very small scale and bring you to very interesting places which are rarely visited. The group size is as small as you want, and so it is even possible to trek with one or two persons only and your private gaucho guide and cook. It is still very rare to see foreign travellers in these areas, so you are invariably welcomed with warmth, shyness and curiosity by the local people in the mountains. These treks give a deeper insight in the gaucho culture and also give the gaucho families the opportunity to learn from their guests their values & customs, and to accommodate their guiding skills & services.

Reviews of Horse riding & trekking in Argentina

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2007 by

It was a great adventure trek over the mountains (5000 m at one point!) - absolutely fantastic - fairly 'hard' traveling, (no real "facilities" i.e. washing in streams etc) camping every night, roasting huge chunks of meat over open fires & quaffing argy wines under starry skies, amazing scenery particularly some of the frankly bizarre rock formations.

Quite weird traveling just with 2 non English speaking gauchos and no one else.Some days literally didn't see anyone, & believe me you can see a long way... coming across these incredibly isolated villages in the middle of nowhere gave a glimpse of life in areas I wouldn't normally have got the opportunity to see.

Overall a 4 to 5 star experience, well organized (Cristina from the tour operator was incredibly helpful &friendly), the gauchos were professional and friendly(although I’m glad I spoke some Spanish!). Also the horses were good.

Reviewed on 07 May 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We enjoyed it all but mainly the sensation of peace and space in the mountains.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


That it can be below 0° at night.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes and we appreciated it.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The five of us gave 4 to 5 stars.

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Just seeing the kind of terrain that our horses could cover was one of the most memorable parts of this holiday. The scenery was incredible, as was the attention that we received from one of our guides.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We did this trip for 10 days and loved every minute, but a week would probably have been perfect - a shower at the end was one of the best parts.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


There is no question that this trip benefited local people and minimised environmental impact. The places that we were staying regularly had solar power (mostly to provide electric lights for the evenings). The only "non eco-friendly" part of this trip was getting to the start and end points. Other than this, even orange peel was cleared up, leaving no notable evidence of our travel.

4. Any other comments?


This was a 4-5 star holiday. The only reason this didn't make 5 stars was the treatment that one of our gauchos used against his horses, but the operator now know about this and will ensure that he is not on future trips.

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