Travel Tales of Argentina
Visitors to Buenos Aires interested in a unique adventure outside the realm of the city’s main tourist attractions now have a great opportunity to learn about the local culture through a number of interesting horseback riding excursions. Operated by Espiritu de Tradicion (meaning ‘Spirit of Tradition’), these excursions take passengers on horseback throughout the province of Buenos Aires, following peaceful and historic routes to explore the natural landscape of Buenos Aires and learn about the gaucho culture that developed here.
Using Creole horses, a type of horse popular for its gentle nature, each horse is carefully chosen so that every passenger, no matter their experience with horseback riding, can enjoy the excursion. Traveling along private roads used by local farmers, these safe and quiet roads ensure that beginner level riders feel safe and in control throughout their time on the horse. In addition, this route is located parallel to the ancient Camino Real, the principle road during Argentina’s early days, giving the excursion an element of history as well as culture.
In total there are 4 different horseback excursions offered. While all have the same difficulty level, each has a different duration. Excursions range from shorter half-day trips to longer multiple-day trips, guaranteeing that there is an excursion for everyone. Below is a description of each excursion.
“From the South they Brought Herds of Pure Creole Horses”
This is a full day trip with a riding duration of 5 and a half hours, divided into 3 hours in the morning and 2 and a half hours in the afternoon. On this tour the focus is on the intimate relationship between the rider and his horse in order to discover why the plains of Buenos Aires are called ‘the land of horses.’
Gentle horses, approximately 5 and a half hours of riding time
Lunch, drinks included
Insurance for each rider
1 assistant for each 4 people
“In the Footsteps of Gato and Macha” (2 Days, 1 Night)
This trip is perfect for those with little experience but who are looking for a bit of adventure on horseback. With a daily riding duration of 5 hours, which is divided into 2 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon, this excursion includes a planned roadside stop for lunch and an overnight stay in a small, traditional village of the Buenos Aires countryside.
All meals, with drinks included
Overnight in the town of Azcuenaga
“My Horse is the Knight of those that Mendoza Brought; He is not Afraid of a Tiger, but Trembles before a Rose” (3 Days, 2 Nights)
This trip has a duration of 3 days and 2 nights. Here the contact and the relationship between the rider and the horse are close, becoming intimate and magical over the course of the 3 day journey. Those who return from this trip will return full of interesting stories and experiences, and will without a doubt feel a little more connected to the local culture. It is estimated that riders will spend around 5 hours on horseback per day.
Two nights stay
“They Were Guided by a Whistle or by Voice”
This is a trip of 2 and a half hours, leaving from the town of Azcuenaga and heading north on wide and peaceful dirt roads. Halfway through the excursion, the group will stop to rest and stretch their legs, and will then head back to town. This trip is great for those who want to experience horseback riding in the countryside of Buenos Aires, but who don’t have a lot of time for a multiple-day excursion.
If you’re interested in this exciting opportunity to ride horseback through the province of Buenos Aires, contact Say Hueque to start planning your trip!
Written by Will Collier
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