ESTANCIA NIBEPO AIKE: RIDING TO THE OUTPOST – 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT – PRIVATE
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, Budget, Classic, Ecofriendly, Forest, Glaciers, GROUP DEPARTURES, Horseback Riding, Lake, Local People, Mid-range, Mountain, National Park, Photograph, Quiet, Romantic, Rural, Sports, Trekking, Trendy, Wild Life
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Be part of landscape: woods, lakes, glaciers, refuges Be part of deep patagonic life: a riding from outpost to outpost.
It is an opportunity to sleep surrounded by nature with the pure beauty and serenity of a rural outpost, far away from everything. A roaring fireplace and the flavor of a tasty hot meal become a luxury there, in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park.
- Puesto Cachorro
- Puesto Laguna 3 de Abril
DAY 1: Estancia Nibepo Aike / Puesto Cachorro / Puesto Laguna 3 de abril – The ride starts early in the morning, with the climb up the Cordon de los Cristales (Cristal mountain range), which lies behind the main house. The higher we go, the more clearly the Argentino lake`s arms stand out. Once we reach a clearing, the track plunges into the Patagonian Andean woods. We pass between lenga and guindos trees (Magellan beeches), riding along old tracks where the great sheep drives used to pass. On coming out of the dense woodland the way opens out into the Valley of the Río Cachorro. Notros (Chilean firebush) and calafate bushes here are unusually tall. We start descending towards the lower land until we come to the riverbed. Surprise views of the Frías glacier start to appear in the distance. Riding between rocks and pasturelands and avoiding the marshlands, we reach the corrals of the Río Cachorro (Cachorro River) outpost where the rangers might be working with the livestock.
After a picnic lunch we continue horseback riding to the 3 de Abril lagoon, a habitat of flamingos and blacknecked swans, Cauquén (upland goose) and steamer ducks. Passing the lake, we arrive to the outpost, and after unsaddling, there will be time to enjoy the surroundings and the cosiness of the refuge. A wood-fired stove and a brick clay oven, with the gentle light of the lantern, passing the mate round, the evening meal will be prepared while tales of adventures are shared.
The outpost has a room with 4 bunk beds and a room that serves as a dining room and kitchen, where there are another two benches that convert into beds.
Night at the Puesto Laguna 3 de Abril. Includes evening meal.
DAY 2: Brazo Sur del lago Argentino – The return journey begins riding along the shore of the lake until we reach the main buildings of the estancia, about 18km from the refuge. We will arrive in time for lunch with a typical Patagonian lamb roasted at the stake over charcoal embers, which will be ready just as the riders arrive. After lunch, a shuttle service will take you to El Calafate.
-Only Private tour. The tour departs from 1st November 2019 to 31st March.
- Pick up and Drop off at your hotel in El Calafate;
- Basic facilities;
- 2 days horse-riding:
- Full board: 1 picnic lunch, 1 evening meal, 1 breakfast, 1 barbecue. Includes non-alcoholic drinks with meals;
- English Speaking guide.
- Alcoholic drinks;
- Sleeping bag;
- Entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park;