Horseback Riding Guide
Horseback riding is a way of going on excursions across the country, of course,¬†riding a horse. Since these excursions may last several days, mules or extra horses are usually taken, as well as a complete equipment¬†with everything a¬†rider may need.
This activity was born from the ancient need of moving from one place to another, which made people spent their holidays on the back of a horse. Riders use their own saddles or the ones provided by the organization with which the expedition is booked. The excursions can be¬†made in groups guided¬†by specialized¬†operators, or also independently.
Chile's geography offers¬†different landscapes and climates:¬† from the Elqui Valley in the 'Small North' to Torres del Paine National Park in Magallanes. The alternatives range¬†from short trips in beaches, camp sites, and parks, to week long expeditions in remote areas, with¬†great tourist attractions.
For riding in beaches and campsites, the tour must be¬†hired in the same location and it is charged per hour or per distance. In general. the terms are agreed with the owners of the horses. For excursions in parks it is highly recommended to¬†hire a guide that knows the area in which the tour will take place. If you don't have a horse, book with an¬†agency that offers tours on the area you want to, and make sure meals, accommodation, guides, and¬†insurance are included.
Atacama Region and Altiplano
- Caj√≥n del Maipo: Metropolitan Region. Foothills of the Andes. The service is offered on the road.
- El Morado National Park¬†: Metropolitan Region. 93 km.¬†east of Santiago, road to¬†Lo Vald√©s (Volc√°n river gulley).
- Yerba Loca Nature Sanctuary: Metropolitan Region. 25 km. east of Santiago, road to¬†Farellones.
- R√≠o de Los Cipreses National Reserve: VI Region. 140 km southeast of¬†Santiago and¬†50 km. east¬†of¬†Rancagua.
- Altos del Lircay National Reserve: VII Region. 66 km. east of¬†Talca.
- Villarrica National Park: IX Region.
- Puc√≥n: IX Region.
- Vicente P√©rez Rosales National Park: X Region.
- Torres del Paine National Park: XII Region.
SafetyHorseback riding is an activity that might be risky, whether you have experience or not. Because of this, it is highly recommendable to book your excursion with a reliable agency, with qualified guides, and whose tours include the proper insurances.
Also, you must choose a tour according to your personal capabilities. We recommed wearing a hat and sunscreen lotion, for prolonged sun exposure is dangerous.
EcologySince horseback riding is an outdoor activity that occurs in direct contact with nature, it is necessary to have an environmentally friendly behavior.¬†
Horseback riding¬†excursions are usually carried out¬†by a tourism agency, which should provide all the necesary equipmet. Thus, you should only focus on clothing and accesories:
- Adequate clothing
- Jacket or poncho
- Sunscreen lotion
When buying or renting your equipment, seek help from someone experienced, so that you choose the implements¬†that best suit your needs. Before buying, you can rent¬†your equipment until you are sure that you like this sport and you want to continue practicing it.
Agustinas 1547 Of .705, Santiago
Phone: (56-2) 696 10 97
Hoster√≠a Las Torres
Ruta 9 Norte, Km 387
Torres del Paine
Kawell Horseback Expeditions
La Vendimia 6710, Vitacura, Santiago
Phone: (56-2) 242 19 71 - (56-9) 9 991 6052