The Patagonian Cordillera is vast, with ancient mountains, abundant water, fierce winds, stark shadows, and strong, large-hearted people. Traveling on horseback is the best way to get an inside glimpse of not only this raw and wild land, but also the enigmatic and timeless 'gaucho' cowboy culture of Patagonia. Join us for a unique excursion into this unparalleled landscape, launched out of a family-owned 100,000-acre working ranch nestled in the Andean foothills of Northern Patagonia. During the day, guests can glimpse ranch life up close by joining the amiable staff on their daily chores—milking cows, rounding up cattle, and grooming horses. At night, enjo At night, enjoy never-empty glasses of Malbec under the stars (and perhaps an impromptu dance party) before retiring back to your gorgeously rustic rooms. With 4 nights at the Lodge, followed by a three night horse pack trip to an alpine lake high in the Andes, you'll have the perfect combo of adventure and relaxation.
JR has been coming to Ranquilco since the age of ten. His years in Patagonia have been well spent - through endless riding and hiking he has formed a deeply intimate knowledge of the land. For several years he worked for the Boulder Outdoor Survival School leading trips into the desert and mountains of Utah. Along with teaching primitive survival and outdoor leadership skills, he was responsible for directing all aspects of 27-day outdoor leadership courses with 30 students and 6 staff members. It was during that period that he discovered that spending time with people in the backcountry is highly rewarding, exhilarating, and just plain fun. He has also worked as a pilot in the Wrangell-Saint Elias Mountains of Alaska in the North American summers. He currently lives on a ranch in northern California for half the year and continues to spend many months of the year at Ranquilco
4 nights at the estancia combined with a 3 night horsepack trip to our high mountain lake camp...the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.
All gear related to horseback riding
An expert guide to lead the horse trip, along with friendly guides who will help plan and coordinate active adventures during the day (fishing, hiking, general exploring)
Incredible, home cooked meals, filled with fireside storytelling
Make sure to bring proper clothes that will take wear on a horse, as well as exposure to the elements (days can be warm, while nights can get chilly)
Join a likeminded community of curious and active explorers
Private departures, for just you and your friends or family