HORSE RIDING EXPEDITION TO PENINSULA MITRE

The Eastern end of Tierra del Fuego is known as Península Mitre. This land is home to guanacos, foxes, native geese and a wide variety of animals on the shores, including sea lions and cormorants.

The Southern area lies on the Beagle Channel, whereas the Northern shores are washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This is a true Treasure of Nature that has been declared a “Restricted circulation area” in order to help preserve it.

This is a land full of stories and legends; hundreds of shipwrecks occurred in the waters nearby. There are still plenty of vestiges scattered on these beaches from vessels that attempted to reach the other Ocean. The remains of the Duchess of Albany that rest on a sandy shore (a steel sailboat wrecked by the late 19th century), bear testimony to that. You can also visit the remains of buildings of the Factoría de Lobos (a sea lions slaughterhouse) at Thetis Bay; the ruins of what once was Estancia Policarpo at Caleta Falsa (formerly Sheep Farming) and other ruins of constructions made by pioneers.

At present, Estancia Policarpo is mainly devoted to cattle raising. Their facilities are reduced to two operating stations: La Chaira and Río Bueno, where only a total of four people live.

It is estimated that there is a population of approximately 4,000 livestock in the area, both tamed and wild. The work is carried out by legendary caretakers, helped by their horses and their close friends, the dogs, extraordinarily trained to herd and dominate raging bulls of more than 700 kg (1543 pounds) in weight.

In the old years, these lands were inhabited by their true owners: the Haush and the Shelknam tribes.

The many archaeological sites found in the area were —and still are— studied by scientists from all over the world (biologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, geologists and historians).

We are witness to one of the most unspoilt places of Tierra del Fuego, where only a handful of adventurers get access, wishing to discover the myths and legends of this lost corner of America…the “World’s End”.

THIS EXPEDITION INCLUDES:

Saddle horse, complete saddle, saddlebag (for each rider, to store sleeping bag and some clothes).
Pack horses: Only for food and camping equipment.
Skillful local guide (in charge of leading the expedition), assistants (one or two, depending on size of the party).
Meals (breakfast-lunch-dinner).

RIDING TIME:

It is 5-6 hours per day of horse riding, with breaks

DIFFICULTY:
This trip may be rated as of medium difficulty. Basic knowledge of horse riding and a good fitness level are required.

The difficulties that we may face during the expedition are those inherent to the terrain features of Tierra del Fuego (peat bogs, soft muddy spots, stocky forest, steep climbs and slopes on the capes, and four important rivers that must be waded through).

The start and end of each day’s journey will be subject to the tidal times (low tide, high tide), as a great portion of the ride will be on the beaches-the best ground to ride on.

SAFETY:

At La Chaira station we have the base VHF frequency-radio equipment, directly communicated with the Dirección Provincial de Defensa Civil (Emergency Headquarters) and their emergency system.

HORSES:

The saddle horses we’ll be using are criollos bred in Tierra del Fuego, of average 1.55 m (5 ft) height and absolutely docile and reliable. These horses are totally adapted to the weather and terrain of Tierra del Fuego, and have strong, resistant feet and hooves. We guarantee their docility and obedience.

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