All riders beginners or experienced can choose between easy trail riding or more advanced mountain riding. The rides can be for a few hours, half day or full day depending on guests' preferences. On your arrival you will be allocated a horse to suit your needs. Our horses are very sure footed and well mannered. The rides are taken out by our experienced staff who at all times accompany the guests not just for safety reasons but to any answer questions on the area and its wildlife that you may have.
LODGE RIDING PROGRAM
Our lodge riding package is a 4-night all-inclusive stay and the daily rides from the lodge offer a variety of excellent experiences. Each day after breakfast we take a different trail. You will ride thru forests and along the river Traful as well as climbing high into the Andes. For this trip guests will be staying in the lodge and returning back home to a hearty home-cooked dinner with excellent Argentine wines.
Day 1: Arrive at Arroyo Verde in time for a welcome drink and lunch. Starting out on the first afternoon, an easy ride to allow guests to familiarize themselves with their horses and the different tack used. Your English speaking guides are experienced trail riders.
Day 2: A full day ride to "Las Mellizas", twin lakes situated in the mountains, approximately a two and a half hour ride from the house. The route follows the Arroyo Verde stream over rocks and through trees climbing higher and higher until reaching the source in the Green lake, one of the twins. Some Indian rock paintings can be seen on this ride.
A picnic lunch and a well earned rest for all, including the horses. Weather permitting swimming in the lake can be very enjoyable or just sit and admire the view. The journey back takes a different path along the side of Lake Traful and through a native forest of Coihue (Nothofagus dombeyi) some specimens are over 40mts high. Arrive back at the lodge around 7.30 p.m.
Day 3: Leaving fairly early in the morning another 2 to 3 hour ride to a view point called "Cerro Frutilla" overlooking Lake Traful and surrounding area with breathtaking views on both the way up and down. Arrive at the cabin on the lake for lunch, one of our famous Argentine "asados", relax on the deck and enjoy a "pisco sour" (local cocktail). After lunch and a little "siesta" a pleasant ride down the river and thru the valley. There are several species of birdlife to be seen such as the Kingfisher, Patagonian geese, plovers and cara-caras.
Day 4: A full day ride to "Los Condores", a nesting sight of the famous Andean condor. A two and half hour ride up the mountain takes us to a superb vantage point where hopefully we can see the big birds. Lunch is an "asado" in a shady glade a short ride away with a chance to rest up and appreciate Patagonian lamb cooked over an open fire. The wonderful panoramic views on the way back down make the trip one of our most popular.
Day 5 Depart:
Please note that the rides can be in a different order due to local weather conditions.