The ultimate horse riding and fly fishing experiences on our exclusive, family owned and operated estancia in the heart of Northern Patagonia.
Caballadas – What Makes Us Different
For those wishing to visit the beautiful destination of Patagonia, there are plenty of options for where to stay. So how can you know which one has the most to offer? Caballadas, in Northern Patagonia, offers everything a guest could want – privacy and exclusivity, traditional Argentine hospitality, outdoor adventure, delicious cuisine, and a truly authentic Andes Mountains experience, unlike any other.
Not sure if Caballadas is the right choice for you? Here are eight reasons why a stay at our family estancia is the way to go, to make your visit to Patagonia a truly unforgettable one!
1. Incredible People – Family Owned and Operated Since 1908
At Caballadas, we treat every guest as if they were part of our own family – and we should know! Our family has been preserving this territory for more than a century. We are passionate about horses, wildlife, riding, and fishing in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and it shows.
2. Privacy and Exclusivity
Since 2008, we’ve been offering our guests a unique, exclusive experience, and the ultimate in privacy for discerning guests passionate about active, luxury travel. When you travel to the ranch, you’ll be far from the crowds on our on a private 60,000-acre estancia. What’s more, you’ll have the entire place to yourself and your choice of guests!
3. Authentic Argentine Experiences
At Caballadas, it’s all about tradition. From the clothes to the horses to the cuisine to the accommodations, everything at the estancia is maintained as part of traditions that were established over 100 years ago. Our lodge was built from native oak and stone. Tack is handcrafted by native Mapuche women. Horses are descendants of those brought from Spain in the 1800s. Gauchos continue to care for livestock across the ranch. And our local chefs offer wide variety of mouthwatering traditional local dishes – empanadas, asados al disco, mixed grill parillas – from recipes that have been in our family forever!
We know how important it is to take care of the land, and to take care of the people who help us care for it. From early in the estancia’s history, we have worked with the surrounding communities, providing employment and giving back in numerous ways. Not only do our gauchos hail from the area, we purchase handicrafts from local artisans, including tack for our horses, and woven rugs and bedding. La Liga was established by the daughters of the founder some 70 years ago, to provide clothing and household goods to the members of the community surrounding the estancia. And we help support a school which offers educational opportunities in agricultural studies to the community surrounding the estancia.
5. Unique Natural Landscapes
Our estancia is home to multiple eco-regions – from arid plains to forests to alpine highlands and summits. You’ll travel across pampas on the Patagonia steppe (grassy plains). You’ll discover the distinctive and beautiful Araucaria araucana, more commonly known as the monkey puzzle tree, one of the world’s most enduring species of trees. In Argentina, it is found only in the cordillera (mountains) of the Neuquén Province, a fascinating prehistoric survivor that has been around for more than two hundred million years. And you’ll feel the presence of the snow-capped Lanín Volcano (3,776m / 12,388'), towering above you throughout your stay. Add to that glacial lakes, raging rivers, and quiet creeks, and you’ll find a new landscape to immerse yourself in wherever you turn
6. Vast Open Space to Explore
We are nestled right on the border with Chile, in the wildest, most secluded and spectacular area of the Patagonia Lake District. Surrounded by Parque Nacional Lanín, the northernmost park in the Patagonia Lake District, we have some 20,000 hectares (200 square kilometers or 77 square miles) of private land for you to explore. Not only does our ranch afford some of the most breathtaking views on earth, you’ll feel as if you have the place entirely to yourself – because you do!!
7. Amazing Horseback Riding
The estancia is home to around 60 beautiful horses that roam free on our 20,000-hectare ranch. Our riding horses are well schooled, local stock horses mixed with Anglo-Normandos, Criollos, and polo ponies. We have a large selection of horses, allowing us to cater to riders with a variety of abilities and confidence levels. They are neck-reined, well behaved, and sure-footed, making our riding trips safe and most enjoyable. You’ve never ridden a horse until you’ve ridden a Patagonian horse!
8. World-Class Fly Fishing
Caballadas covers over 14 kilometers of pristine river waters, several creeks, and a lake. The property plays host to one of the most exclusive fly-fishing rivers in Patagonia, the Quillen, famous among dry fly fanatics. The wide variety of water structure and bottoms provide a perfect habitat for a good population of trout, where abundant browns and rainbows are actively feeding and rising through most of the season.
Etched in your mind forever...
At Caballadas, our guests have the rare opportunity to experience a way of life that has been protected and preserved for over five generations.
On our horseback riding trips, we provide regional guides with hands-on experience, similar to what the gauchos who roamed Argentina also enjoyed – hours of horseback riding on unspoiled landscapes through the forests and pampas (plains), and navigating rivers. Guests have an opportunity to sleep under the stars and enjoy real solitude – at times, several days ride away from the nearest towns!
We use certified, expert local guides on all of our fly fishing trips. Guides who grew up here in Patagonia, and have been fishing these waters their entire lives – with skills handed down from their fathers, and their fathers fathers.
And on our polo trips, instructors are professional Argentine polo players, each with a 3-7 goal handicap, perhaps descendants of the Argentine gauchos who quickly took up the sport introduced by British settlers in the late 1800s.
Our trips are so unique and full of wonder, that our guests are never the same after the experience. A recent guest wrote to us: “We are still very often talking about the great time we had with you. It was absolutely outstanding.” One thing is clear: if a trip to Patagonia is in your near future, there’s simply no better place to stay for relaxation, outdoor adventure, local gastronomy and a truly authentic experience than Caballadas.