• Argentina
  • 6 Days

Pristine Patagonia by Horseback

  • Basecamp Retreat
  • Active Adventure
  • 6 days; 5 nights
  • 4 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in San Martín de los Andes
Lanín National Park, part of Patagonia's Lake District, is renowned for its stunning scenes and seclusion. Take a trip just north of the park and experience Northern Patagonia's ultimate horseback riding and fly fishing in Caballadas, the region's best-kept secret. Located on a 50,000 acre cattle ranch nested in the Andean foothills, Caballadas offers some of the most breathtaking horse-riding adventures in the country across the pristine Patagonian wilderness. This unique experience is for those with a passion for high-end, authentic, and active travel who are in search of the real, 'beating heart' of Patagonia. Horseback riding is the best way to explore the ranch. With a variety of terrains to cover, the experience is best suited to confident riders. Ride across towering mountains, through enchanted forests, alongside beautiful lakes, and across hidden valleys, rivers, and creeks. With over 70 horses roaming free on the property, it’s a horse lover’s dream. The lodge where you'll be based comes fully equipped and has provided family-run service to guests since 1908. Excellent food is served by a private chef, offering a variety of traditional local dishes including the famous Argentine asados. Meals are accompanied with some of the finest Argentine wines. Telephone, limited Internet, and laundry service are available. Whether sleeping in the lodge or exploring the ranch's private campsites, you will be sure to enjoy luxury accommodation.read more

At a Glance

Creature comforts

Physical activity


Ground support



  • Mountains
  • Forest
  • Rivers


  • For ages 12+
  • Proficient english


  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Skiing

Your Local Expert

Isabel Lagos Marmol

Family-owned and run, the ranch was established in Argentina’s Northern Patagonia in 1908. The estancia dates back five generations to attorney and pioneer Don Juan Lagos Mármol. Following orders, he travelled for two days by train from Buenos Aires before embarking on a weeklong horseback ride to the settlement of Catan-Lil. During the investigation he became good friends with an old Patagonia landlord, Don Alejandro Arce. Soon afterwards, Don Alejandro mentioned the opportunity of renting one of two federal properties each measuring 55,000 acres. They flipped a coin and the result changed Juan’s life forever. Fate had it that the land in the Lake District would be his. He instantly fell in love with the plot and years later he made it his own, purchasing the land, relocating his family there and laying the first stone of the estancia. Five generations later and the estancia covers some 20,000 hectares and is owned and run by Juan’s descendants.read more

The Journey

Day 1

Malalco Valley Warm-up Horse Ride

You will arrive on a morning flight from Buenos Aires to San Martin de los Andes/Neuquen/Bariloche airport. Arrangements can be made for private transfers to the ranch. The road trip from the airport to the ranch is simply magnificent, following the Alumine River Basin. Throughout the drive, you will see spectacular natural changes – ranging from the arid plateau to the subtropical woods of the northern Andes. When you arrive, you’ll enjoy a quick lunch at the ranch, followed by a short late afternoon ride to get comfortable with your horse and saddle. After your ride, finish the day at Valley Lodge where a hot shower and delicious meal await, accompanied by delicious Argentine wines. Tonight you will go over plans for the days ahead. Then enjoy a good night’s sleep in the cozy rooms at the Valley Lodge. (Please note: You will need to schedule your departure from Buenos Aires on a mid morning flight the first day of the trip, so you will likely need to arrive in Buenos Aires the day before. Please let us know if you would like help arranging accommodation in Buenos Aires on arrival.)read more

Day 2

Las Tordillas Barn & Valley Ride

After breakfast, take a short stroll to the corral where your horse will already be tacked and waiting for you. Today you will ride through the magnificent Quillen Valley, and enjoy an excursion through the valley, crossing the river several times, and finally reaching a beautiful vast open plain – Los Corrales. Enjoy a homemade lunch cooked over the fire at the barn. Dive into lamb or steak right off the parilla (barbeque) or al disco (a form of barbeque prepared in a round pan). After enjoying a siesta, remount for a thrilling ride up and down steep terrain across the mountainside, and take in the superb views of the valley with its winding river and the Lanín Volcano beyond.read more

Day 3

Lago Quillen

Follow your guide for a ride through the valley, winding up steep tracks and passing creeks where you can hop off your horse and drink fresh water or stop to take photographs. Ride through a forest of Nothofagus Antarticus (Antarctic Beech) trees, which are native to southern Argentina and Chile, and are notable for the one growing on Hoste Island south of the Beagle Channel – the southernmost tree on earth. Continue riding down to Lake Quillen where lunch will be prepared for you. You'll have time to take a refreshing swim before lunch. Then enjoy Argentine steak or fresh trout from the river, washed down with a good glass of wine. Most of the riding today will be at a trot and walk, with the occasional opportunity to canter.read more

Day 4

Los Mallines

The trail today leads us deep into the forest, again full of Antarctic Beech trees as well Roble Beech, imported in the mid-19th century from Britain, and Chusquea culeou, native bamboo canes. Throughout you’ll have breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains. Enjoy lunch in the beautiful Mallin Escondido Valley, a hidden valley surrounded by ancient trees – the unique millenary Monkey Puzzle trees, Araucaria Araucana. 
You will have the option to continue to the Mallin Largo and horseback ride to the Valley Lodge across the ridge of the mountains.read more

Day 5

Ruca Choroi Mountain

Today, the trail leads you through spectacular scenery set below the mighty Lanín Volcano and the towering Andes Mountain Range including Mount Ruca Choroi (3,000m / 7,545'). The trail goes through the Malalco Valley and then heads uphill through the mountains. Spectacular views, Monkey Puzzle forests, and beautiful green swamps will delight you along the way. Weather permitting, you will ride to the base of Ruca Choroi, leave the horses, and hike on scree up to the summit ridge. Near the top, there are two small lagoons that are old volcano craters: the black hole of each crater disappears in the middle of the beautiful blue water. You will have your picnic lunch here, with the option for the brave to take a swim or hike to the top of Ruca Choroi and enjoy the superb surrounding vistas: the Andes, nearby volcanoes Lanín, Villarrica, and Mocho-Choshuenco, and spectacular views of Lago Quillen and Lago Ruca Choroi. You will enjoy aperitif and final dinner at the lodge.read more

Day 6


After breakfast, pack your things and say goodbye to the ranch. Upon request, arrangements can be made for guests to be picked up at the ranch and driven to the airport. During the journey back to the airport, you’ll have time to reflect on your amazing trip to Northern Patagonia!


  • Lodging

    Accommodation in Valley Lodge

  • Meals

    All meals (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), Wine and non-alcoholic beverages with meals

  • Guide

    Local English speaking guide and crew

  • Equipment

    Horses and tack, along with saddle bags

  • Transportation

    Boat ride on the lake (weather permitting)

  • Laundry

    Laundry up to 6kg of clothing

Not Included

  • Optional add-ons

    Airport transfers, flights (internal and international), visas, chaps, extra alcohol, beverages and hard liquor outside of meals, laundry, phone calls, fly fishing costs, full travel and medical insurance (required), and gratuities for guides and staff. The airport transfer cost from San Martin de los Andes to Caballadas Lodge is $390 per way in a 4x4 truck for up to 4 persons with driver. Please note that driver may not speak English

Private Departures

Private departures, for just you and your friends or family

Flexible dates

  • 4 travelers$4750 per person
  • 5 travelers$4750 per person
  • 6 travelers$4750 per person
  • 7 travelers$4375 per person
  • 8 travelers$4375 per person
  • 9 travelers$4375 per person
  • 10 travelers$4375 per person
Pricing depends on group size and host availability

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