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RIDING WITH THE GAUCHOS

EXPLORING ARGENTINA ON HORSEBACK ISN’T JUST ABOUT GETTING CLOSER TO NATURE, IT’S ALSO THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE INIMITABLE GAUCHO SPIRIT AND THE PLACE THESE LEGENDARY HORSEMEN OCCUPY IN THE COUNTRY’S PSYCHE.

HORSE-RIDING HOLIDAYS

Trekking through monkey puzzle trees

The river is cold, the current quick, but my pony, Ferrari, doesn’t falter, even with the water licking at her stomach. Jote birds sing, a vulture soars above and in the distance the 12,388ft Lanín volcano glistens, its icy conical summit piercing Patagonia’s vast blue skies. It towers over the surrounding peaks of the Lanín National Park as we trek around the family-run, 50-acre working estancia of Caballadas, set in this wild and secluded area of the Patagonia Lake District, near the Chilean border.

Today, we’re attempting to traverse one of the Lanín’s smaller volcanic siblings on horseback with the help of our guide, a gaucho called Eladio. We’re aiming to picnic at Lake Quillen, riding around 15 miles from our eightbed lodge, which can be rented by groups keen to explore this wilderness frontier.

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Walk this way: Lofty passes through volcanic lunar landscapes; ancient pilgrim pathways strewn with churches and ruins; sumptuous forested trails opening out onto vineyards. a rambler’s reward is culture, ambience and wild scenery on the walking routes through Italy, France and Spain
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