Horseback Adventure in Argentina’s Backcountry

Country: Argentina,
Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Teaching & Education,
Organisation: NATUCATE

Ancient mountains, abundant water, fierce winds and stark shadows – the Patagonian Cordillera is as unique a place as any to be encountered. Become part of this fascinating Wilderness Experience and join a unique horse trekking excursion into this unparalleled landscape.

Discover the Andean Cordillera

After your arrival in Buenos Aires you will travel to the town of Zapala, in Neuquén Province, either by bus or by plane. This is where you will meet your team and from where you will then drive 4 hours into the foothills of the Andes to a place called Buta Mallin. There you will saddle and pack your horses to ride to a horse ranch in the heart of the Estancia, which serves as your guest lodge before and after your actual packtrip. The following two days you will spend at the ranch enjoying the recreational opportunities On day 4 of your packtrip adventure you and your group will pack up and head out into the Cordillera. The first day will be an all-day ride up to Laguna Negra, a beautiful high mountain valley. After several hours on horseback in the midst of the fascinating landscape you will make camp at a gaucho’s puesto and enjoy dinner around the fire ring. After your first night in the midst of Patagonia’s nature you and your group will ride to the end of the valley and up to a ridge to see a spectacular view of the Cordillera stretching to the north and south, and the Chilean volcanoes to the west. On the way back to camp you’ll stop in to visit with the local gauchos who spend their summers in the mountains tending their herds. One cultural highlight: a stop at a twig hut and sip maté tea with these wonderful people. The following day you’ll make your way back down to the ranch, where you will spend another relaxing evening and following day before you set off to your journey home or your next destination.


The ranch with its visitor’s lodge is a spectacular place in the unique landscape of Patagonia. It consists of several rustic, but comfortable buildings. The Casa Grande is home to the lodge's beautiful kitchen, dining room with a cathedral ceiling and handcrafted stone fireplace, and patio overlooking the river valley. There are different options for guests to stay – either attached to the main lodge or spread across the property in separate buildings. There is a two-room-suite with a queen bed, a three-room-apartment as well as a guest house with one double bed and one single bed and a guest room with a queen bed. All of them have private bathrooms. Power is supplied by small hydroelectric turbines. Small loads like lights, laptops, and speakers work fine, but the system doesn’t support higher draw items like hair dryers. The ranch also has an own garden that provides fresh vegetables and fruit. In the kitchen the chefs prepare a wide variety of foods for the guests.

During your actual packtrip you will be camping in the remote backcountry, sleeping on your saddle blanket under the stars or in one of the tents. Please do not expect to have access to email, internet and telephone services. You and your group will be carrying and preparing your own meals.

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Start dates: 26 December 2018, 09 January 2019, 18 March 2019
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Project location: Province Neuquén / Argentina
  • Accommodation: Shared accommodation with shared bathroom
  • Language requirements: English (solid basic knowledge is sufficient)
  • Suitable for: Wilderness Experience, Sabbatical
  • Certification



  • Placement in the course
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Course start: transfer from Neuquén to the ranch
  • Course end: transfer from the ranch to Neuquén
  • All meals during the course
  • Accommodation during the course
  • Certificate
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7-support throughout the course


Fees: 2500 EUR


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