Ride Overview - Working Estancia & Polo Experience
A delightful horseback riding vacation in Cordoba, Argentina! You will be swept away by this boutique estancia nestled in the picturesque Sierra Chica mountains. Estancia Los Potreros is an exclusive 6,500-acre working organic cattle and stud farm, delightfully secluded at the top of the ‘Sierras Chicas’ in the heart of the beautiful region of Cordoba. Every day at the estancia is different, and you are welcome to watch and participate in the daily activities of the farm. Canter along grassy hilltops; take a dip in natural rock pools; visit local churches on horseback; help the gauchos round up the young horses in order to protect them from the elusive puma; take an overnight trip north into the Sierras during the summer; watch the horse-breaker at work or try your hand at lassoing or try your hand at polo.
Ride Itinerary - Working Estancia & Polo Experience
Arrive at Estancia Los Potreros and settle into your room. Take a sunset ride to ‘The Top of the World’ to get your bearings and enjoy the spectacular views, and look out for condors. In the evening take part in Kevin Begg´s famous wine tasting, and sample some of the wines of the region, including Los Potreros own label wine.
Ride to the waterfall, and take a refreshing dip in the pool. Return to the estancia for lunch on the veranda, and after a well-earned siesta help the gauchos to round up the horses.
A full day picnic ride to a local Dominican church, and to visit the local one-teacher rural school which is supported by Estancia Los Potreros and the kind contributions of its’ guests. The fabulously smooth and forward-going Paso Peruano horses make sure that the day in the saddle doesn’t feel quite so long!
No horse-riding holiday to Argentina would be complete without trying your hand at the ‘Sport of Kings’ – polo! Ride down to the polo field, have a short lesson and some practice ‘stick and ball’ and then play a few chukkas of this highly addictive game. A barbeque lunch at the polo field is followed by a visit to ‘El Vergel’, the oldest building on the estancia dating back to 1639. If that wasn’t enough, try your hand at ‘sortija’, a gaucho game on horseback that involves threading a stick through a small ring at speed!
Ride to the north of the farm – Potrero de Niz – to soak up some of the family history of the farm. This was the original family home of the Begg’s some four generations ago, and the landscape is peppered with shrubs along running streams. Take to the corrals in the afternoon for some lassoing and to see our horse-breaker at work.
Another full day’s ride to the far south of the farm, enjoying a picnic by the stream next to a small museum in what used to be the house of Guido Buffo, an art and science lover, who built a unique chapel as a memorial to his wife and daughter.
Visit Chiviquin on horseback, the main working cattle part of the farm, perhaps seeing the gauchos in action with the Aberdeen Angus cattle, which are the backbone of the farm today. Ring the ‘Bellstone’ on the way back, and on returning to the estancia enjoy a traditional Argentine ‘asado’ and a leisurely afternoon dip in the pool.
After a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs, depart for your onward travel.
*The itinerary is flexible, and subject to weather, particularly in the case of polo. Minimum stay is 3 nights.
Ride Details - Working Estancia & Polo Experience
Dates: Stationary Ride: All year round
Trail ride package: Select your dates.
Polo weeks: March 13, October 16th, November 27th
*Trail rides and polo weeks can be arranged for groups outside of these dates. Please contact for availability.
Non-Riding Special Events: National Rodeo & Folklore Music Festival, January 10 – 19 , National Grape Harvest Festival March 5 – 8 (Mendoza), Nuestros Caballos Horse Show April 1 – 5 (Buenos Aires), International Tango Festival August 13 – 26 (Buenos Aires), Festival of Tradition – Gaucho festival, First week of November, culminating over 7 – 8 November Argentine Palermo Open Polo Championships,Usually the last 2 weekends of November with the finals on the first weekend of December (Buenos Aires)
Meeting place: Cordoba airport
Riding days: Trail is 4; Polo is 5
Daily trail riding hours: 4 – 6
Riding ability: Novice to Advanced
Horses: Criollos, Paso Peruanos and polo ponies
Saddles: Polo saddles, English military saddles, local saddles
Group size: 2 – 12
Accommodations: On site Estancia
Non-riding activities: Birdwatching, trekking, golf
Trail ride package: January – April, October – December: $2,916.00
May – September: $2,634.00
Polo package – $3,402.00
To guarantee single room please add 30%
*20% off standard rate for children 16 and under
*50% off standard rate for non-riding children 6 and under
***You can customize this ride to the number of riding days and lodging nights. Call us for details.
Includes: Transfers to/from Cordoba airport or bus station; accommodation on the estancia; full board including alcoholic beverages; daily riding, guides and equipment; all other activities whilst on the estancia; all local taxes
Not Included: airfare, medical insurance, visas, personal phone calls and discretionary gratuities
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Working Estancia & Polo Experience