5 ways for travellers to horse around in South America
South America has something for everyone, even horse lovers and those willing to discover beautiful and scenic locations a bit differently by riding through them. Here is a list of the top 5 horse experiences in South America.
Horse ride to Machu Picchu
Instead of trekking, you can actually ride through the Salkantay valleys, past ruins and glaciers before reaching Machu Picchu as part of a 7 day adventure from Cuzco. This unique experience is Available as an upgrade to the Luxe Lima and Cuzco Mountain trek. (Pictured above.)
Discover Patagonia by horse
Patagonia is home of the gaucho, with many of them using horses to travel through the large vast plains. You can choose to horseride through different trails or to lookouts as part of excursions available at some lodge programs within Torres del Paine, Chile and El Chalten, Argentina.
Explore the Gaucho lifestyle (South American cowboys)
The gauchos are synonymous with both Brazilian and Argentinean farm culture and visiting an estancia will give you an insight into their way of life. Learn the skills and techniques they have mastered on horseback as well as their food, culture and day to day experience.
Parade with the Paso horses
Peru has a long equestrian tradition and the Paso horse is a large part of that. Out of Lima you can spend the day learning about these beautiful creatures, possibly ride them and watch them perform in the manner they are reknowned for. Available in all packages out of Peru.
The legacy of Polo
As well as a horsing tradition, Argentina has a strong link with the sport of polo. Less than an hour from Buenos Aires you can experience what a day at the Polo would be like, the skill and competition as well as the event and surroundings of this privileged sport.
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Want to know more about travelling in South America? Check out our special Go To Guide featuring a brief summary of 32 of the most popular destinations.