Bariloche Lake District Horse Riding

Our horseback riding experiences in Argentina’s Lake District, are based from lakeside stables at the foot of Mount Catedral. This is in Northern Patagonia, where rides can gain quick access to the forests, creeks and waterfalls of the Nahuel National Park.

We have a capacity of a maximum of 28 guests, which means that you can expect a personalised experience and a welcoming atmosphere. Horse riding here is limited to 7 guests per outing, with rides varying from the flat terrain of a valley, to more mountainous slopes and forest.  Each guest will be paired with a horse most suited to them and rides will set off in different directions, with routes providing for the level of expertise of the riders.  You can expect a high standard of equine knowledge, with some of the best trainers in the area.

Horses roam freely around the estancia, so guests can not only enjoy the riding experience, but get to know the different characters of the stable. On warm summer days it’s even possible to go riding and swimming with them in the lake.

Out of the saddle, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy during your stay. The calm and sheltered waters of the bay make way for good kayaking and boat rides; meanwhile there are a number of interesting trails for self-navigated or guided treks.  This is also a fantastic area for bird watching, with opportunities to see Andean Condors, Chimango Caracaras, Magellanic Woodpeckers and Austral Parakeets.  Other activities on this holiday can include yoga, massage and fly fishing tours; and in winter, snowshoe walking and skiing.

The accommodation is divided amongst 2 houses and 3 private villas, decorated in a rustic yet elegant style, offering superb views.  Chefs serve both regional and international cuisine, focusing on balanced and healthy meals utilising home-grown produce and local ingredients.

Each full day you are at the stables, you will be able to participate in whatever combination of horseback riding, white water rafting, lake kayaking and trekking you want. The best way to illustrate these options is to click on the photos on this page, since they will expand for a larger view. It is best you let us know your preferences and previous experience when you book, so that we can help pave the way for an ideal programme for you.

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Sample 6 Day Itinerary

This 5-day sample itinerary can be lengthened, shortened or in any way adjusted to suit you.

Day 1: Arrive Bariloche

Arrive into Bariloche airport where you will be met and transfer privately to a hotel in the centre of the chocolate box centre of the town. Bariloche is a lakeside city with a town centre whose wood and rock architecture feels like a cross between Austria and Cornwall in England. There is no lack of restaurants and pubs to choose between.

Day 2: Transfer to your Estancia

You will be collected from your hotel and be driven 25 minutes out of town towards the Nahuel National Park. You will be based at an estancia with access to our partner’s fine stables.

During your time here you can whatever combination of horseback riding, white water rafting, lake kayaking and trekking you want. It is best you let us know your preferences and previous experience when you book, so that we can help pave the way for an ideal programme for you.

Day 3: Half Day Short Circuit Excursion

Your day begins in the city centre, visiting the civic centre, the Cathedral and the main commercial streets, where regional craft shops and famous chocolate shops stand out. Afterwards, you will set off along Bustillo Avenue, skirting Lake Nahuel Huapi. You will stop at the foot of Cerro Campanario to ascend by chairlift to its summit and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the deep blue lake, the evergreen forests, and the mountains with their snow-capped peaks.

You will continue along Bustillo Avenue, reaching the Llao Llao Peninsula, where the legendary Llao Llao Hotel is located, along with the picturesque San Eduardo Chapel and Puerto Pañuelo, the departure point for lake excursions. You will then head to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking Lake Moreno to be amazed by the natural beauty of the landscape.

You will be taken back to your Estancia after the trip,

Day 4: Life on an Estancia

Today you can enjoy activities of your choosing at the Estancia

Day 5: Depart your Estancia

You will be transferred to Bariloche airport for your onward travel.


Enquire / Book 15 Oct - 31 Dec 2024 - from US$ 1,360

Available mid October - mid May

Prices include
All transfers
All meals at the estancia; breakfast in Bariloche town
Half Day Bariloche Short Circuit Excursion
Horse riding, white water rafting, kayaking & trekking

Not included
Travel insurance
Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Options of:
-    Massage
-    Fly fishing trips
-    Winter skiing
-    Yoga classes and meditation
-    Cooking classes
-    Tango classes


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