Cowboy Experience

 

  • Our 9-day cowboy experience offers one of the most authentic forms of horse trekking you can imagine: in old Chilean tradition we are changing our semi-wild herd of horses between its winter pasture in Rari and its summer pasture high up in the Andes. We just offer this ride three times in the year! You will experience the lifestyle of a real Arriero – accompanying the herd through all hardships of the day until having a well-deserved rest besides an open fire at night. You will get the chance to meet and share a Mate with a lot of other Arrieros that travel with their herds of cows, sheep and goat and learn all about their traditions and lifestyle. Towards the end of the trip there is some time to wash the sweat away while swimming with your horse or relaxing in natural hot springs.

    Got you curious? Contact us for concrete trip dates and more information!

     

    • Approximate starting dates (please contact us to inquire about this years specific dates):
      ~1st December – mustering, branding and driving up to summer pastures
      ~1th January – mustering herd in the mountains, changing summer pastures
      ~25th April – mustering horses on summer pasture and driving down to winter pasture
    • Trip length: 9 days
    • Riding days: 7 days
    • Riding hours: about 6 hours per day
    • Meeting point: Linares (bus terminal)
      Please advise us if you need assistance in organizing a bus ride from Santiago or another city
    • Number of participants: between 1 and 6 persons
    • Experience: very authentic experience as a Chilean Arriero (Cowboy) driving a semi-wild herd of horses into or from their mountains summer pastures, witnessing local culture and traditions, bathing in natural hot springs
    • Seasonal activities: fishing, swimming with horses
    • Sightseeing: volcanoes, swamps, lakes, rivers, traditional Puestos and Arrieros
    • Level: intermediate riders, there are cantering opportunities for experienced riders
    • Horses: Criollo horses
    • Saddle: Western saddle, Chilean saddle
    • Minimum age: 14 years with parent
    • Climate: dry mountain climate, hot days & cold nights
  • As this trip is a real lifestyle experience the exact itinerary fluctuates in dependence of the season. Please write us a message with the dates you are interested in. We will come back to you with the according itinerary. We are excited to hear from you!

    • Transfer from and to Linares (bus terminal)
    • 2-nights lodging at the farm cottage
    • all meals while staying at the farm cottage
    • food supplies for 7 days (meals will be prepared together)
    • horse riding with professional guide as specified in trip itinerary

     

    Optional Upgrades:

    • traditional Chilean Asado (BBQ)
    • it is possible to individually extend the trip or your stay at the farm cottage by various days

     

    • sleeping bag, camping mat and tent/tarp
    • firm, closed in shoes
    • comfortable long pants, long sleeve shirt
    • swimwear
    • hat, sunscreen & sunglasses
    • insect repellent
    • headlight/ flash light
    • optional: fishing rod

     

    We love our animals! Please make sure that the weight of your personal equipment does not exceed 20 kg per person, otherwise we have to make arrangements for additional pack animals.

    Our sturdy Criollo horses are very well behaved and secure in the mountains. Nevertheless we highly recommend to get a personal travel insurance that covers horse riding as activity.

    Please advise us in advance if you have any special meal requirements, allergies/medical conditions or are extremely afraid of heights.

    We are excited to meet you! Please inquire about your favourite dates and pricing under Reservations.