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Estancia at Alto Ongamira

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Riding with us is an experience not to be missed, whatever your ability. The adventure starts in the ‘monturero’, where our staff prepares the horses and the journey begins. Ride through the valley, guided by expert guides and with the best horses and equipment.
There are horseback rides for all levels of experience (even for guests without any experience) and durations, according to the preferences of the passengers. We have a variety of horses and a variety of landscapes, that give us flexibility for each guest to enjoy their ride in their own way. From a ride of a couple of hours, to the possibility of riding between the hills for several days, we ensure each guest has a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience.

Examples of riding excursions (subject to changes and availability)

Variety of landscapes and trails Through the Ongamira’s clods – warming up!
Duration: from 1 to 2 hours
Difficulty level: low (medium if climbing clods)
Ideal to start visiting the farmhouse area and getting used to the horses, as a first approach to a future longer ride.
A tour around the valley, up to the bottom of the reddish formations that give name to the area. Possibility of climbing one of the clods on horseback to enjoy a breathtaking view.

The Limit – soft views
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty level: medium

Ascent to a considerably high mountain where you will be able to see all Ongamira and a great part of the farm house, accompanied by the strong breeze, typical of the mountain tops. The setting invites to get off the horse and sit on the old low stone walls to enjoy the landscape.

San Javier – see the north
Duration: from 1.30 to 2.30 hours
Difficulty level: low/ intermediate/ high (adapted to rider level)

Departs from Dos Lunas. This horseback ride will take you to the highest points from were you will be overwhelmed by extraordinary views of the valley and of the mountain meadows; you will also see the great salt evaporation ponds from the north of Cordoba province.
Given the diversity of the landscape’s topography, this ride could be enjoyed at walk, trot or gallop.
Once we reach a specific place you will be able to sight the source of the Sauces River where usually the flight of a condor or a great-chested buzzard eagle could be watched.

Piedra Parada
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty level: low

Tour around the farm house, through a path made at the beginning of the 20th century by a Russian engineer. Different landscapes boasting infinite ranges of greens and blues. Over the horizon, the great salt evaporation ponds and a few little towns.
The local fauna includes foxes, hares and several bird species.

The Cascade – smmer time!
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty level: medium

Horse riding through the countryside. Up and down the mountains we arrive to a hidden
cascade. Ideal to be enjoyed on warm days and to share a picnic by the stream.

Cerro Colchequín – The Most Desired
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Difficulty level: high

Climb up the hill on horseback following the path where the Comechingones indians fought their last battle against the Spanish army. Panoramic views of the Ongamira valley and of the farm house.
Birdwatching includes eagles, condors and peregrine falcons. On top of the hill, one of the few condor nests outside the Andes mountain range, where condors can be closely seen, mostly on warm days.

Full Moon – The sights of the night
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty level: low

Ideal for warm days, the full moon horse ride is an experience not to be missed. We prepare to leave during the afternoon, to do the first part of the route with daylight, enjoying the varied landscapes with endless ranges of greens and blues. The experience becomes unique with the return with the bright gleam of the full moon lighting your way. The ride is through the ‘Cerro Aspero’ and ‘Piedra Parada’, returning by ‘Puente de Laja’. The full moon horse riding, is available only on special occasions as it not only depends on the date, but also that the weather conditions are favorable. Feeling the immensity of nature in the light of the moon, is a truly unique, unforgettable experience.

We do not fix an agenda because we want you to relax, feel at home and tailor as most as possible your experience.
Our experienced Gaucho guides will accompany you in every trail!

Non-Riding Activities
There are many historic places nearby, so you can visit tourist attractions such as Ischilín, the Fader Museum, the Uritorco hill and the incredible Jesuit Convent of Santa Catalina.

Hiking & Birdwatching
You can either join a guided walk with a staff member, or head out on your own – our dogs will be happy to join you! From an hour’s wander to full day hikes there’s a walk for everyone. The hike to the top of the hills will surprise you with an amazing view of Alto Ongamira! The distance, difficulty and scenery are left to the guest’s choice, having such a wide variety of trails as acres in the lodge.
The hike to the ‘Cerro Colchequín’ is a classic. Walking through Ongamira’s caves, and down to the river, you will see where the Comechingones Indians fought their last battle against the Spaniards. There, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Ongamira Valley, with sightings of plenty and varied birdlife: eagles, condors and falcons are common visitors. Our binoculars and bird books help guests enjoy this unique experience!
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Estancia at Alto Ongamira
Tour Code: IT-ARGR02
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,980.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2020 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /18 Reserve
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Tack: South American
Horses: Criollo cross
Pace: Moderate some trots and canters accord...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Cordoba
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