Horseback Riding in Chilean Patagonia
Concierge.com's insider take:
Settlers in the austere geography of the Aisén and Magallanes provinces depended on horses to venture beyond village boundaries, and even today the horse is the standard mode of transport for huasos, Chilean cowboys. Riding their trails is a great way for visitors to explore Patagonia's landscape, too. Estancias such as Bahía Mala on the Aisén coast maintain their own stables; others contract out to local farmers. Outstanding routes include guided, multiday sallies in the Futaleufú River valley (Expediciones Chile; 888-488-9082; www.exchile.com), a 14-day traverse of the legendary settlers' route from Cochrane to Villa O'Higgins (Adventure Patagonia; 56-67-219-894; www.adventurepatagonia.com), and a five-day exploration of Torres del Paine (Cascada Expediciones; 800-901-6987; www.cascada.travel).