Patagonia’s best-kept secret, Caballadas is located to the north of Lanín National Park, the most secluded and scenic part of the Patagonia Lake District in Argentina. We offer the ultimate horseback riding and fly fishing experiences that Northern Patagonia has to offer.
Located on a private estancia, family owned and operated since 1908, we offer unique experiences for clients with a passion for high-end, authentic, active travel. we provide authentic itineraries for our guests to explore and enjoy the real Patagonia.
Family-owned and run, the ranch was established in Argentina’s Northern Patagonia in 1908. The estancia dates back five generations to attorney and pioneer Don Juan Lagos Mármol who came to the area when the Minister of the Interior asked him to investigate “irregularities” at the Justice Department in the Neuquén province. Following orders, he travelled for two days by train from Buenos Aires before embarking on a weeklong horseback ride to the settlement of Catan-Lil.
During the investigation he became good friends with an old Patagonia landlord, Don Alejandro Arce. Soon afterwards, Don Alejandro mentioned the opportunity of renting one of two federal properties each measuring 55,000 acres. One property was not far from where they were, whilst the other was located further west in the Patagonia Lake District, close to the Andes and the Chilean border.
They flipped a coin and the result changed Juan’s life forever. Fate had it that the land in the Lake District would be his. He instantly fell in love with the plot and years later he made it his own, purchasing the land, relocating his family there and laying the first stone of the estancia. Five generations later and the estancia covers some 20,000 hectares and is owned and run by Juan’s descendants.
Agustina is a multilingual world traveller, adventurer, skier, climber, fly fisherwoman, horsewoman, and devout hiker. She has travelled and lived in various countries, but her heart is shared between the Italian Dolomites, where she currently lives, and Patagonia, where she grew up fly fishing and horseback riding on her family's estancia.
Being able to combine work, family and fun has always been my goal. Northern Patagonia offers some of the most fantastic horseback riding in the world with its forests and mountains, rivers and lakes, still wild and untamed. We look forward to welcoming you to our family Estancia.” – Agustina
Santiago is an expert horseman, passionate about riding, playing polo, and breeding horses. Helping found Caballadas came naturally - his passion for horses, wildlife, and nature are positively contagious, and he loves nothing more than providing travellers with the opportunity to experience all these.
“I look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful Estancia, and showing you the wilds of Patagonia on horseback!” – Santiago
Isabel Lagos Mármol grew up in Patagonia and spent most of her childhood riding horses, hiking, and camping in far-flung corners of the family estancia. she earned a degree in publicity from Palermo university in Buenos Aires. She is an avid biker, kayaker, runner and skier. She annually participates in the most challenging race in Patagonia: Chapelco's Tetrathlon.
"Looking forward to being your host at our estancia." –Isabel