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8 Days Ranch Vacation and Beginner Horseback Riding Holiday in Traslasierra Valley, Argentina

Haras Ampascachi, Nono, San Alberto Department, Traslasierra Valley, Córdoba, Argentina

Intensive Horse Riding Holiday in Argentina

This riding holiday is especially designed for people who have never horse-ridden and would like to learn the basic steps on horse riding, or even reinforce their basic knowledge by horse riding around natural places. You will learn through practice with criollo and Peruvian Paso horses. Riders and riding instructors working at Ampascachi have developed a taming technique essentially based on respect and knowledge of horses’ behavior which will be useful throughout your life. This is a wonderful way to know places, feel one with nature, and know more about horses, the great companions of man through the entire history of humanity.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 209.4 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse Breed: Peruvian Paso horses

Highlights

  • 6-day horse riding from Ampascachi
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 or 6 hours
  • Equestrian and non-equestrian activities
  • Knowledgeable gauchos and guides
  • Riding wear and body hygiene kits
  • Transfers during the holiday
  • Healthy meals and drinks
  • 7 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner

6 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport
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Accommodation

Accommodation is at the estancia Haras Ampascachi, with its colonial style preserved and cared for in every detail. It is considered one of the most beautiful places in the region as it offers comfort and top-of-the-range customer service in a countryside environment. The estancia offers you a wide variety of activities, indoors or in the open air, the excellence of its cuisine options and near-by visits which perfectly combine natural beauty, culture, and history.

The estancia synthesizes colonial style architecture with Jesuit reminiscences. It has eleven rooms and two apartments. Its cuisine is on the hands of expert chefs offering an extensive traditional Argentine and international menu. It also has a swimming pool and a variety of courts and fields for sports. As an outstanding feature, it has a stud farm Peruvian Paso horses regarded as the best saddle horse in the world are bred. Rooms are heated, have private bathrooms and all the comfort. These are named after the most valued horses in the stud farm.

Program

After three very intensive days, you will practice what you have learned by going around on horseback in the countryside and in addition to getting some practice, you will also have the pleasure of appreciating the beautiful landscape of Valle de Traslasierra on horseback.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Córdoba, Argentina. Ampascachi will pick you up at Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR) to take you directly to the estancia Haras Ampascachi. During a two-hour trip, you will enjoy the moment from the very beginning as the different landscapes will surprise you because of their intensity and variety of shades.

Upon arrival at the Estancia, you will be welcomed with some typical food and a wine tasting, and depending on the time, you will have a criollo lunch. You will have the rest of the day for free in order to enjoy the premises of the estancia and practice different activities there. Before going to bed, you will taste the best of local cuisine prepared by the chefs. A place full of magic which will surely remain in your memories.

Day 2

A country breakfast with marmalades and pan criollo will be served at the campsite in the hills. After breakfast, members of the team of Ampascachi will share with you their experience and knowledge about the equestrian world, and in particular, about Peruvian Paso horses. At first, you will get to know the horses by riding them and learning about their behavior; how they relate to each other, how do they learn and to which stimuli they respond each time. You will learn to use the different elements that you need for riding, such as the saddle, reins, and bridles. You will take a break for lunch at the estancia and the chefs will prepare a variety of gourmet food for you to taste.

In the afternoon, you will go back to the race track where you will have riding practices with criollo trot horses (not with Peruvian Paso horses yet). You will also learn that, as any living being, horses need care as to how to be fed, brushed, or have their hooves cleaned. Later, you will horse ride and enjoy some time in the tracks. Dinner will be served at the estancia where you will spend the night. Horses are sensitive beings who give us the chance of learning many new things.

Day 3

You will get up with the aroma of freshly baked bread and have a delicious breakfast at the estancia, and then, you will continue learning more about horses. In the morning, you will engage in different horse riding practices such as riding without stirrups, gaits, and trotting in straight roads as well as in curves.

You will have lunch at Haras Ampascachi and this will definitely be the time that you will start feeling pleased for all you have learned about horses. In the afternoon, you will continue horse riding practices with different gaits, trots, and galloping. At night, you will have dinner at the estancia and rest for a new day to come. It feels so good to experience physical tiredness and feel completely happy in our souls.

Day 4

You will wake up and taste a delicious country style breakfast and then get ready to learn more about horses by sharing time with them. In the morning, you will have the chance of learning about the origin and specific characteristics of the Peruvian Paso horses and their different “walks”, the name given to the different beats this breed does. You will also practice walks, lateral gait, and learn the signals you need to know to ride the horses.

Later, you will go to the estancia to enjoy good home-made food prepared by the chefs. In the afternoon, you will continue practicing the lateral gait and gallop with the Peruvian Paso horses. Dinner will be served at the estancia, and then, it is time to rest. There is always much more to learn and this is what keeps our souls awaken.

Day 5

After breakfast, you will put into practice all you have learned so far. You will horse ride to a dwelling called Los Algarrobos. There, you will visit a chapel called “Nuestra Señora de Fátima”. You will ride along beautiful places, crossing rivers, and discovering the lifestyle of local dwellers who will welcome you at every place. This chapel is of great religious and cultural significance in the region as it was built to honor the beatified priest José Gabriel Brochero, well-known in Argentina as “The Gaucho Priest”, loved and admired as he was the first person who worked in bringing civilization to the area.

When you arrive at the chapel, you will rest at a carob tree hill. This Gaucho priest, “The Cura Brochero”, would take a rest, and there, you will taste some excellent wine and some artisanal embutidos (spiced minced meat stuffed in hot casings), salami, cheese, etc. After this fantastic ride, you will go back to the estancia, but this time it will be through different routes to know even more about the region. Upon arrival, the team will welcome you with a tasty criollo asado (grilled meat). You will have the rest of the afternoon free to either rest or enjoy the many activities offered at the Haras Ampascachi. At night, you will have dinner at the estancia and rest to get ready for a new day. Being in contact with nature gives us all we need to recover energies.

Day 6

You will welcome a new day having a serrano style breakfast while enjoying the view of the landscape in Traslasierra. This day will be filled with landscapes, horses, and nature; you will start the day at the estancia, on Peruvian Paso horseback, heading to the place Los Sauces River to the sea; then, you will reach a town called “Nono” and you will make a stop at a typical tavern to have a drink.

You will continue your way into the hills of Los Nonos, you will be able to practice the different gaits which are characteristic of Peruvian Paso horses. On your way, you will find the rural post of Ramírez family, a rural family, explaining you all about gaucho attributes. You will make a stop at this place to taste a delicious Argentinean asado. On your way back to the estancia, you will go along the route which takes you to the old town of Nono. There, you will see an old tavern, the Gauchos of the area used to stop to eat some food and have a drink while listening to music.

Upon arrival at the estancia Haras Ampascachi, the team will welcome you with a “picada serrana” (sausages and cheese served over a wooden table). After this delicious meal, you will have the rest of the day free. Dinner will be served at the estancia, and then, it is time to rest. It's a wonderful ever-lasting experience.

Day 7

You will have breakfast at the estancia tasting home-made marmalades, bread, and pastries prepared by the chefs. Today, you will horse ride up the hills of Córdoba. The route will be through the hills which are placed before the mountain chain known as Altas Cumbres. There, you will visit the Mercado family who lives at the peak of the hill, a place which can only be reached on horseback.

On your way up, you will cross the tracks of Huico, an area the hillsides are like walls which make a microclimate; then, you will stop for a visit at a trout farm. When visiting the house of Mercado family, you will see the breeds of cattle, sheep, and goats. You will share a delicious “picada serrana” with the hosts while you share your experiences and interests.

After this, you will go back to the estancia Haras Ampascachi. The team will be waiting for you with grilled meat (asado) and some delicious empanadas baked in a clay oven. During lunch, you will enjoy a life of Argentinean folklore music. You will have the afternoon free to get relaxed in the open air, rest, read, or does any activity as you wish. You will have dinner at the estancia and rest for the night. A fantastic experience which has made your souls feels full of life!

Day 8

Today, you might have a bitter-sweet feeling as your journey is about to end, but you can come back at any time. You will be expecting your next visit. During these days, you have shared many experiences and knew places you would have never imagined. Long-lasting memories will always be with each of you. After breakfast, Ampascachi will take you to Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR). You will say goodbye for now and wait for your next trip with Ampascachi.

The Peruvian Paso horses

The Peruvian Paso horses are worldwide famous for being the best saddle horses as well as for their fascinating gait. The Peruvian Paso Horse’s gait, like a subtle and wonderful play of horse legs which seem to recreate in the air, is its main characteristic. This characteristic has led this breed to be known as “the best saddle horse in the world” since the horseman rides comfortably and smoothly at a speed of nine or ten kilometers per hour allowing a longer travel in which neither the horse nor the rider gets tired. It should be pointed out that other breeds reach this speed in short gallops or fast trot which impact directly on the horseman. The Peruvian Paso horse has a smooth temperament, is dedicated and has a suitable disposition.

Riders’ level of experience

The riding holiday has been designed according to the riders’ experience. At Ampascachi, they evaluate the riders’ skills according to the riding holidays chosen. You may choose the horse you wish to ride, but you should follow tour guide's advice as the horses are Peruvian Paso horses, bred, tamed, and selected in the equestrian centers.

As a rider, you should be physically fit and in good health for the riding holiday chosen to be able to fully enjoy your holiday. A further consideration is your experience in equestrian sports as well as your riding skills for these activities which turn more demanding as speed is increased when riding, as you ride over the rough and variable ground and as ridings get longer.

  • Novice rider: This includes that person who has never ridden before, but he or she is enthusiastic and willing to learn to ride and participate in a riding route.
  • Beginner: Rider that is comfortable at a slow canter, but with a certain difficulty. Able to saddle up and unsaddle without help.

Location

Traslasierra Valley in Argentina is one of the tourist areas which still today maintains its wild landscape and can be admired for its natural sites, which are the least exploited in Argentina. It is placed in the hills of Córdoba Province in the geographical center of the country. Owner of unique and marvelous vegetation in a singular landscape, this valley is almost hidden on the west side of the Cumbre de Achala. Most of the year around, the sun shines over its sandy shores near the rivers.

It was originally the home place for the Comechingones aborigines and today you can see some small dwellings, which show the distinctive characteristics of these people in their customs and traditions. In the visit to the valley, you can observe a unique cultural, historical, and architectural heritage with its museums, the Jesuit estancias, and the churches built during the 18th century.

Food

Food and drinks are included in the holiday. Meals are healthy, balanced, and natural and you will also be able to taste the typical regional Argentine food and seasonal vegetables and fruits. Ampascachi has a varied and nutritious menu in accordance with food requirements for the activity to be pursued. The cuisine says a lot about the place you visit and makes part of your experience where all your senses play around. When you engage in active tourism, such as equestrian tourism, nutritional requirements are an important issue to consider at the time that enjoying the typical cuisine of each region is also paramount. If you have any food requirements, please let Ampascachi know when booking.

  • Breakfast at the estancia: Typical regional breakfast depending on each estancia.
  • Riding at midday: light picnic food with sodas or mineral water. Lunches are light for an active and comfortable riding.
  • Lunch and dinner at the estancia: Specially prepared by each estancia chef to taste typical cuisine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6-day horse riding on Peruvian Paso horses from Ampascachi for all programmed routes
  • Equestrian and non-equestrian activities
  • Gauchos baquianos (knowledgeable of the region) accompanying the group
  • Ampascachi host guides
  • Riding wear, camping equipment, and body hygiene kits
  • Satellite phones and cell phone for emergency calls
  • Transfers during the holiday
  • Airport transfers from and to Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR)
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Healthy meals and drinks

What's not included

  • Extra activities and packages (let Ampascachi know if you need recommendations for contracting any extra tour package)
  • International flight tickets (Ampascachi can help if you need assistance)
  • Additional meals and drinks in guesthouses, restaurants, or any other road shop
  • Accommodation not scheduled for the riding holiday
  • Transfers not scheduled for the riding holiday (for any reason, including transfers due to flight delays, shall be paid by the traveler)
  • Laundry service

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ampascachi will pick you up from the airport.

Please follow airlines recommendations regarding weight and items allowed to be carried in your baggage and carry-on baggage. You may not exceed 20 kilograms since this is the maximum weight allowed in most airlines and in domestic flights in Argentina. You can carry your baggage in two separate suitcases that do not exceed 15 kilograms each for ease of handling. The logistics staff will be in charge of carrying your baggage from the hotel and during the entire trip. You may leave your baggage in the equestrian centers, but Ampascachi will not be held responsible for it.

Airport: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport Airport transfer included: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information 

If the group finally consists of less than six people, you will need to pay a supplement to Ampascachi. You can find the exact amount by subtracting the price based on the number of people, with the price for six people. You will be notified by Ampascachi 31 days before the trip. If you don't want to pay the supplement, you can cancel 30 days before the trip and get all the money back.

Sunday November 3, 2019
(8 days / 7 nights)

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