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Argentina horse riding holidays are a great way to explore South America, as one guest at Estancia Ranquilco in Neuquen, Argentina discovered. When Gail McKinley and her partner decided to try horse riding in Argentina they stumbled upon Estancia Ranquilco and, after the horse riding holiday of a lifetime, got in touch with us at Top50 Ranches with this flawless review of the Argentina guest ranch...


Romance: 5Ranch Setting: 5Family Oriented: 5Adult Oriented: 5Western Hospitality: 5Riding: 5Food & Wine: 5Overall Experience: 5

Stunning hospitality and stunning views at Ranquilco

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Tell is an interesting tidbit about the ranch owners or staff that you learnt on your Argentina horse riding holiday...The owner acquired this ranch over 30 years ago, and has personally designed and built the stunning main lodge and capriciously charming guest cabins with the help of gauchos who have lived on this estancia for generations.

What makes Estancia Ranquilco's riding program stand out?We met our horses at a remote gaucho outpost, where they were waiting to carry us into the spectacular mountains and all the way to the Estancia's lodge on a high bluff overlooking a sparkling river gorge. The horses are sleek, well cared-for and well trained. The horses are a mix of native Criollo, Quarter Horse, Arab and Thoroughbred stock, many of them "retired" (at age 6 or 7) from the rigors of gaucho life. They can reliably take you where no ATV could, to access spectacular mountain ridges and lakes. You can define your own riding program day-by-day, and can take as much (or as little) part as you want in the rounding up, grooming and tacking of your mount.

What about Estancia Ranquilco would lure you back horse riding at this Argentina ranch?

Estancia Ranquilco is a magical place. The remoteness is intoxicating and the scenery incredible. At night, the dark skies reveal the breathtaking Milky Way and moonlight sparkles in the river far below. This is not just a vacation - it is an extraordinary, life-affirming experience.

Anyting else you want to tell Top50 visitors about Argentina horse riding at Estancia Ranquilco?The owner delights in assembling a fascinating entourage of family, volunteers, permaculture students, gauchos and staff to run all aspects of the ranch, from the horse-trekking and cattle operations to the gardens and grounds.

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