North and Central Chile
Desert Ride (8-12 days)
Chico Adventure (4 or 8 days)
Crossing "Independence Ride" (9 days)
Lakes region / Northern Patagonia
Crossing Lakes region (10 days)
Gaucho Trail (10 days)
Trail (7 days)
Torres del Paine Estancia Ride (11 days)
del Paine Glacier Ride (11 days)
del Paine Horse Drive (10 days)
Horseback riding vacations in Chile
Imagine a long, thin slice of California with a patch
of the Sahara desert glued onto the north. Let some of New Zealands
fjords wash against the south. Press all of this stunning beauty
against the spine of tall rugged mountains. This is Chile, home
to some of the worlds most varied and dramatic landscapes!
Equitour has brought together some of Chiles most awe-inspiring
horse riding holidays including horseback vacations in Easter
Island, horseback tours in the Lake District, pack trips in Northern
Chile and the Torres del Paine National Park.
Parts of Chile, especially the Torres del Paine National Park, truly
feel like you have reached the end of the Earth. Yet Chile is one
of the most modern and convenient travel destinations in South America.
In many places, it even has a European feel along with European
Chile is 2,705 miles/4,329 km long, but interestingly
averages only 100 miles/160 km in width. Desert dominates the north
while tundra governs the south. The center of the country contains
many fertile valleys and lovely scenery. The nations coastline
is indented by many bays and fjords, while the eastern regions terminate
in the Andes.
From Chile's north to Southern Patagonia you will
find perfect horseback riding country. Unhindered by fences, roads
or urban development, riders can canter for miles and miles across
open deserts or pampas surrounded by the immense beauty of this
breathtaking landscape. Our wonderful horseback vacations can easily
be combined with wine tours or beach vacations in the region.
Equitour offers a number of Chilean horseback riding
vacations, including the Chile to Argentina Ride, the Cochamo Groucho
Trail, Pioneer Trail, Mallin Chileno Ride, and Patagona Ecolodge
Ride in the Lake Disctrict. In Northern Chile theres the San
Pedro Atacama Expedition in the unforgettable Atacama Desert, and
the Norte Chico Adventure and Northern Chilean Getaways on the Inca
trails of the Andes. In Torres del Paine National Park a number
horse riding holidays are offered, including the Estancias Ride,
Estancias and Endurance Ride, Glacier Ride, Blue Ice multi-sport
trip, a Horse Drive or a combined riding and fishing holiday (Criollos,
Rivers and Lakes).
Horses in Chile are generally Criollos and Criollo crosses. Descendants
of the Spanish, Barb and Arab, the Criollo is a sturdy, sure-footed
and willing ride. Generally fairly small by North American standards
at between 14.2 and 15.0 hands, they are very strong nonetheless.
After riding from South America to Washington in the
1930s, A F Tschiffely wrote: I have been able to prove that
the Criollo horse is worthy of the reputation he has always held
among the few that really know him, namely that of being second
to none for continuous hard work under any conditions.
Chile Weather and Climate
In Chile you can expect winter temperatures between 10 - 15 degrees
Celsius. Summers are around 25 degrees Celsius, but can reach 30