Nahuel Huapi

Location:

Situated adjacent to the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Rio Negro Province, north of San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia.

History:

Originally home to the Mapuche, then discovered by Jesuit priests, a third generation Texan family staked their claim in 1889 and were neighbors to Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.  The outlaws escaped to here in 1901 becoming respectable stockmen, settling in prime cattle country. They ranched peaceably for five years, mixing with high society before eventually returning to the Outlaw Trail.

Ride:

One of the jewels of Argentina… explore magnificent country on a circuit ride across the Andes and discover emerald lakes and steppe. Based on a private estancia adjacent to the national park (meaning Jaguar Island) this riding adventure is dominated by the high mountain chain of the Andes, with many lakes, rapid rivers, waterfalls, snow-clad peaks, glaciers and extensive forests. Marvel at the beautiful landscape and learn about the flora, fauna and of course the history of the  Bandidos Yanquis. You will ride 5-7 hours daily taking all your provisions with you on pack animals and keeping to original native ways of the Gaucho.

Ride through marshy areas mixed with tempered rainforest, dense southern beech forests, pines and the indigenous monkey puzzle trees where elevations rise from 4,300 – 6,000 feet. You may see deer, foxes, otters, guanacos and condor. This is a small highly personalized trek with a great anchor to outlaw history – a unique adventure not to be missed!  The ride featured in The Independent newspaper on September 11, 1999, and made the Independent again on March 1, 2003.

Details:

Accommodation: tents; Duration: 10 days; Group size: 4-8; Departures: November-March; £ POA