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Horseback Riding Patagonia:
Why go with Expediciones Chile?
Patagonia Chile

Variety of Trip Options:
We offer everything from single-day horseback riding adventures to epic multi-day expedition trips in some of the most exotic locations in Patagonia, Chile.

Years of Experience:
We have been running multisport trips in Chile since 1986 and have pioneered many of our horseback riding routes in the early 1990s.

Guaranteed Departures:
We guarantee departures on our horseback riding trips! We won't cancel a trip at the last minute due to lack of sign-ups. We can also accommodate last minute bookings on many of our trips and have run trips with as few as one or two people. If you are planning a trip in our area that is not guaranteed departure (participation dependent) keep Expediciones Chile in mind as a back-up. We might be able to save your vacation.

Professional Guides:
Our guides are expert horsemen, many of whom have grown up on the ranches and farms of the Futaleufu River Valley and earn thier livelihoods from the back of a horse. We hire only the most personable guides who are gregarious, well-informed, supportive, patient, conscientious, clean-cut, and safety oriented.

Horseback Riding Instruction:
For those who want to learn to horseback ride, or just improve their skills, expert instruction is available from our guide staff.

Multisport Options for Non-Riders:
For those non-riders in your group check out our extensive multisport menu. We can customize many of our horseback riding vacations to fit different skill levels and interests

Worldwide Offices:
Because we are based in the United States (Sun Valley, Idaho) and in Chile (Futaleufu), we take care of you every step of the way! Our staff will get back to you within a short time of your call or email - no matter where you are in the world!

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to travel by myself is solo traveling in Chile safe?
For the past twenty years Expediciones Chile has been running safe vacations in this region of the world, without incident. Traveling in Chile is a very safe experience - especially for women traveling on their own. The Chilean economy is the best in South America and the Chilean people are welcoming and friendly. Planning ahead and following the normal travel precautions is all that is needed. If you closely follow our well planned travel itinerary you should have a smooth journey with very few problems.

Will I feel at home if I come as a single? We have hosted thousands of guests, of all ages and abilities, from around the globe - and many arrive solo. Currently about 40% of our guests are single people traveling on their own. We see that they make friends quickly at the lodge and are integrated into the group. Singles who come to ride in Chile often find that they have much in common with one another and a mutual love of horses and equestrian culture.

What breed of horses do you have your guests ride? We use the Chilean Corallero horse, a derivative of the Argentine Criollo. read more

What kind of tack do you use? We use the Chilean tack specifically developed for this area of Patagonia. All of the tack that we use is the same kind used everyday by huasos working the land. read more.

I weigh over 200 llbs can I go on one of your trips? Our horses are capable of carrying riders up to 250 pounds, especially for trips based out of the lodge. On our pack trips gear is carried by support mules or horses which keeps our horses from becoming too burdened with excess weight. Please contact our office if you are near the weight limit so we can reserve the appropriate mount.

Do your guides speak English? On our staff we have a mixture of bilingual guides, Spanish speakers and English speakers. As a part of the cultural experience we offer on our trips we like to have our guests interact as much as possible with the equestrian and Spanish culture of the local ranchers. Therefore we like to strive for a balance of speaking ability in our horseback riding guides. We also take into account the needs and desires of our guests and groups when assigning guides to our trips. All of our guides are dedicated to providing our guests the best vacation experience possible.

What activities are available at your lodge for non riders? At Expediciones Chile you can do a wide variety of different activities, these include: whitewater rafting on the Futaleufu river, fly fishing, trekking, mountain biking, canyoning, whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, and sit-on-top kayaking.

What is the elevation of Futaleufu? We are located in a river valley at 1,200 feet in the heart of the Andes Mountains. We are surrounded by glacier ringed mountains nearing 10,000 feet. The elevation changes and relief in our area are immense. Our topography resembles that of Yosemite and Glacier National Park.

How much horseback riding will I be able to do? As much as you like! All of our guides love to ride with advanced horseback riders as well as teach beginners how to ride. Depending on your skill level you can ride a few hours a day to all day.

If I am not a very experienced rider, is this the right place for me? On our lodge trips we split our rides into four of five different groups according to skill so that riders at any level can be accommodated. Anyone who likes horses and wants to improve riding skills is most welcome and should feel at home here. On our pack trips we are more selective about who can participate.

Do we need to stay a full week? Do we need arrive and depart on Saturday? No, we have shorter version trips that run from Saturday to Thursday. We also can accommodate custom trip dates throughout our season.

I have small children and want to bring them along. How old does my child need to be in order to go horseback riding in Chile? We ask that your child be at least seven years old for rides or lessons out of the lodge. Children younger than seven must take a one hour lesson to determine if they have the skill and maturity to go out on the regular rides. We do not allow children to participate in any of our overnight trail rides. Nannies are available to baby-sit small children during the day.

Other Horseback Riding Vacation options include: Lodge Based Horseback Riding in Chile , Expedition Horseback Riding in Patagonia, Chile Horseback Riding Trail Rides, Patagonia Horseback Riding - Cowboy Routes. Horseback Riding Chile - Lakes Route For more information see our Horseback Riding Patagonia FAQs

Downloadable pdf: Chile Horseback Riding

Adventure Travel, Patagonia, Rafting
Patagonia Adventure Travel in Chile. Patagonia Rafting & Argentina Rafting
Torres del Paine and FitzRoy trekking.

Travel in Patagonia
Information on travel in Patagonia Chile. Secrets of Patagonia Tour on our website.

Futaleufu River Rafting
Futaleufu river rafting in Chile. Rafting from our weatherproof Futaleufu lodge or our Rio Futaleufu camp.
Weather in Patagonia
Information about the weather in Patagonia Climate in Chile & Argentina. Weather forecasts.
Sea Kayaking Chile
Sea Kayaking Chile from the Andes to the Ocean on Lago Yelcho. Fjords, hotsprings, extinct volcanos, temperate rainforest.

Raft Guide School Thinking about a rafting guide job on the Futaleufu? Check out our whitewater guide school & swiftwater rescue training course.

Chile Fly Fishing
Go Chile fly fishing from our ranch or lodge in Chilean Patagonia. Fly fishing trips on Lago Yelcho.
EcoTours in Chile
Custom ecotours in Chile of the Futaleufu valley that include bird watching and nature treks.

Kayak Instruction
Learn the kayak roll at our kayak school. Receive world class kayak instruction from our paddling school.

University of Futaleufu
Checkout our large group, instructional and corporate team building programs offered every year..
Trekking Chile Patagonia hiking and
Torres del Paine Trekking trips. Cerro FitzRoy and Los Glaciares.
Travel Agency Information
Information on traveling in Chile. Travel agent discounts and commisssions.

Horseback Riding Vacation
Patagonia horseback riding vacations and holidays with with genuine Huasos & Chilean Horses.

Honeymoon Travel
Our CondorNest Ranchito is the perfect honeymoon travel destination located beneath the spectacular Tres Monjas towers.
Snow Skiing in Argentina Snow skiing in Argentina in the spectacular Andes Mountains during the summer months. Bariloche & Esquel Office Internship Jobs  
Office internships and employment opportunities in rafting, kayaking and fly fishing & adventure travel offfice.
Canyoning Vacations
Chile canyoning and rappelling vacations.
Chilean Cultural Immersion
Experience genuine Chilean Cultural Immersion on our adventure travel horseback riding and trekking vacations.
Kayak Vacation
Take a Kayak vacation in the spectacular Patagonia Andes. Kayak Futaleufu whitewater from our spectacular kayak eco camp.
Mountain Biking Holiday
Experience a genuine Patagonia mountain biking holiday from our lodge or camp.
Rivers in Chile: For information about the whitewater rivers in Chile see our online guide book. Here you will find the location of the river and descriptions. Futaleufu River Guidebook: An online whitewater guidebook to all the rapids on the Futaleufu River.  
Rafting en el Río Futaleufú
con las mejores aguas blancas de clase mundial (5,4,3,). Kayak de mar, mountain biking, cabalgatas, sit-on-top kayaking cayoning, caminatas, pesca con mosca y mucho más aventuras podrás encontrar en el corazón de la patagonia Chilena, y desde el comfort de nuestro nativo y caluroso Hotel. Rafting en lel Río Futaleufú en Español.

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