Horse Riding in Patagonia
Patagonia Extension for Vineyards of Chile
19 - 24 February 2013
Patagonia is one of the world’s unspoilt wildernesses, which is exactly why we recommend it as an extension to your Vineyards of Chile Tour. Although you will spend your time in great comfort, you will marvel at how the early pioneers who settled here to make their fortunes battled with the elements and the remoteness. Straddling Argentina and Chile, the vast tract of land that is Patagonia occupies the southernmost tip of South America.
You will be based in the Torres Del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere World Reserve, covering a surface of 242,000 hectares between the Andes and the plateau. At the heart the park is the Paine mountain range, surrounded by lakes, waterfalls and glaciers which are accessed by roads and hiking path.
The remoteness of the park means that there are flora and fauna endemic to the region as well as rare treasures. You’ll definitely see Guanaco, a relative of the camel, native to South America, though you are much less likely to spot the shy, but beautiful puma (though when Lynette Arblaster and Tim Clarke were there a few years ago there were several reported sightings). Other mammals in the region include the Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk, Patagonian Fox and the Magellanic Tuco-tuco (a subterranean rodent).