Horse riding holiday in Argentina

“Ten days to immerse yourself in gaucho life in a remote corner of Argentina, working on an estancia and riding out into the beautiful wetland landscape.”

Highlights

Buenos Aires | Corrientes wetlands | Esquina | Estancia La Rosita | Immersion in gaucho life | Full day ride in Corrientes wetlands | Ride to neighbouring ranches | Polo lesson

Description of Horse riding holiday in Argentina

This horse riding holiday in Argentina came about after our founder, Jonny Bealby, received a tip off about the Estancia La Rosita in the Corrientes Wetlands of north Argentina. He travelled there to check it out and was totally inspired by the place and the gauchos who work this huge estate. Today, Estancia La Rosita feels like a home from home and offers travellers a truly immersive and authentic gaucho experience.

You will spend most of your days on horseback, helping with the daily work of the estate – rounding up steers, caring for calves, moving bulls – under the guidance of the Landgraf brothers, who are the latest in five generations to run this family estate. There are 1,300 cattle, 140 horses and a few hundred sheep on this 10,000 acre estancia. As well as getting involved in the work here, you will ride through the wetlands to stay at neighbouring estancias, for a wider look at this region and a deep experience of gaucho life. This active holiday is a wonderful chance to ride, spend your days outdoors and explore the gaucho life of a little known corner of Argentina.

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Responsible tourism: Horse riding holiday in Argentina

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to ensure that the habitats we visit are not damaged or spoilt from our presence. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative environmental impact if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring! By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we minimise the human impact.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to offsetting or neutralising harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.

Community

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to dossiers and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. Our company has grown up on the premise of encouraging local interaction that benefits both the tourist and the locals who's land we are privileged to visit.

In Argentina we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism. For example, on day 2 of this tour in La Rosita, we both stay in estancia accommodation as well as spending the afternoon taking a ride across the ranch, helping out with any gaucho style work that might need to be done.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.

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