Horseback riding in Argentina plays a major role in Argentine history, the economy and folklore. It been the favourite way of getting around for ages and horseback riding is still the easiest way to get around on an estancia (ranch).
Along with these traditions, the Argentines have created their own subculture, which includes both breeding of horses and riding. It is no wonder that Argentina has the best polo players in the world and hosts some beautiful venues for horseback riding.
There are many interesting facts about the fantastic Argentinean horses. Since the time they were brought from Europe during the Spanish conquests horses have played a major role in the people and culture of Argentina.
The horse is an essential part of cow herding by gauchos on the estancias. The most common breed of horse is the Criollo, the national horse of Argentina. The Criollo is a hardy horse with a brawny and strong body with broad chest and well-sprung ribs. They are tractable, intelligent, willing and sensible; the perfect horse on your perfect Argentinean horse riding journey.
A day at Ongamira Valley
A beautiful farm house, located in the heart of the Ongamira valley in the province of Córdoba, is waiting for you. There you will enjoy a delightful day riding horses. Surrounded by an extraordinary 2,300 hectare (5,689 acres) of natural environment, this place is ideal for those who want to relax and enjoy the view. Whether horse- riding, walking or simply relaxing and enjoying the landscape from a quiet perch, the energy of the place transforms and rejuvenates the body and soul. You can choose the perfect program for you. There are short and easy ridies with a very low level of difficulty. This allows riders to get used to the horses to prepare for future longer rides. There are longer and more difficult rides for people with more experience with horses. There are also longer rides with medium-low difficulty for amateurs.
Another great option is horse riding at night. The journey takes about three hours under the light of the moon. Ongamira is an amazing mix of nature and comfort that makes guests feel like home the moment they arrive. You will enjoy an amazing and unforgettable experience.
A sample itinerary for your horseback riding day
We leave the lodge about 8 -8.30 am. We then have a one hour drive on a very scenic road going up to the highlands of Cordoba where you will find beautiful areas for sightseeing and photography. Once we get to the riding lodge the manager and the horse riding guides will meet us. Then we will be introduced to the horses. Now we are ready to start the horse riding trip between hills, rocks, trees and pampas. After this trip we go back to the lodge for lunch time. We will enjoy some of the delicious dishes that our professional chef makes. Great food accompanied by exceptional red wine.
After lunch we take a break in this beautiful Estancia with an English style and get ready for another two hours of horse riding. At about 5.30 we go back to the Estancia where we prepared to return to the lodge. At the lodge the girls will be waiting for us with a couple of drinks and reception.