Horseback Trail Riding Program

For those who have not ridden much (or ever), or those who mostly ride dressage and would like to learn about trail riding, we offer a four-day get-to-know riding program.
We learn about basic Alejandra sitting on Regalona, lying down.horse care, including grooming and cleaning the hooves, and then learn the handling of the bridle and saddle. We will teach you the Chilean way of horse riding, which is ideal for riders who plan to be on horseback for long periods of time or travel long distances. After this introduction, we have several horseback tours to choose from.

Itinerary for the beginners trailriding program

  • Group of riders in front of Villarrica vulcano
    DAY ONE

    will be spent on the farm. You arrive at 1pm, we welcome you, show you around and bring you to your room where you can store away your things. Later on we start the program with some easy exercises and basic riding gymnastics designed to teach you how to balance. We continue training with the horses in the pasture to learn the horses' many gaits: walk, trot, canter and gallop.

    DAY TWO

    Sleep in in the morning then stroll around the farm and pastures, or take a walk up the mountain enjoying the great views out over the volcanoes. Around midday we'll go get the horses and you'll learn how to prepare and saddle your horse under observation your guide and trainer. Then we'll leave for a 3-4 hour ride through the Mapuche Indian community Quelhue, and practice what we've learned so far out in the fields. We pass by the Mapuche settlement, cross a little creek and have a nice canter or gallop on the banks of Trancura River.

  • Tentcamp in the mountains on a 2 day ride near Pucon, Chile.
    DAY THREE

    Today we take off for a two-day ride to the "Cerros de Quelhue" Forest Reserve, the protected area which borders the farm. Again passing by the Mapuche settlement, we ride up into the mountains until we reach a abandoned farm in the rainforest were we build our camp for the night right between the grazing horses. We prepare a typical chilean "asado al palo" in which the meat is barbequed on long bamboo sticks.

  • 2 persons beside a saddled horse.
    DAY FOUR

    Early in the morning we'll light the fire again and prepare hot coffee for you for breakfast. After we've eatem we'll take bridles and lassos and go round up the horses. After cleaning and saddling, a job that by now everyone will be able to do on their own, we'll be on our way, riding between huge Mañio and Coighue trees, leaving the mountains behind and heading back to the farm. In the evening we'll drive you down to town, although you may of course feel free to stay longer if you want.

Facts about the Andean Lakes Trail

Meeting point

Pucón, 9.00 am first day

Duration

4 days, 3 nights, 4 days on horseback.

4 days, 3 nights, 4 days with horses and on horseback

Number of Participants

2 - 6 riders

Riders Qualification required

No experience required

Accommodation

2 nights in double in guesthouse on the farm, 2 nights in tent camps. In the tent camps 2 riders share one tent.

Sanitary equipment

Shower, water toilet on day 1,2 and 4,
on day 3 the camp is beside a clear mountain lake.

Food

Complete food and soft drinks from dinner on the first day to the breakfast and snack on the last day. On the trail we have breakfast, a snack at midday and dinner at the campfire.

Includes

All transports to and from Pucón, all fees, all equipment from spoon to tent and sleeping mats. Discount for bringing your own sleeping bag.

Personal luggage

Here is a suggestion of things to bring to the ride. Weight limit for personal items excluding sleeping bag, mat and tent : 5kg/11 lbs

Check out more photos and videos from this and other rides at our Gallerie

HOrses grazing on a paddock.
Catching the horses in the paddocks

group in front of saddles on a trailriding for beginners program.
Explanations in the saddle room

Rider bare back on a horse on a trailriding for beginners program.
Bareback in the pasture

A man saddleing a horse on a trailriding for beginners program.
putting the saddle on...

group around a BBQ and campfire on a trailriding for beginners program.
Chilean BBQ on the campfire

Dog besides trunks on a trailriding for beginners program.
Duffy is accompaining us into the mountains

group in front of saddles on a trailriding for beginners program.

group in front of saddles on a trailriding for beginners program.

group in front of saddles on a trailriding for beginners program.

group in front of saddles on a trailriding for beginners program.

group in front of saddles on a trailriding for beginners program.

group in front of saddles on a trailriding for beginners program.

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