I first came to know Ranquilco in December 2007. One month of volunteering (as horseback guide) quickly turned into three months. I reckon I was just about ready to throw my passport into the river, hang up my hat and forget about life elsewhere, but previous commitments carried me reluctantly and morosely off-ranch.....to Peru actually, where I still (happily) live today.
But that doesn't stop me thinking Ranquilco-wards every time winter rolls around. In 2009 I gave in and returned for another season. Different to the first, of course; even Ranquilco, in its magical little corner of the world, is in constant flux - people come and go, horses come and go. One thing's for certain - and that's that almost everyone who goes, swears they're going to come back.
As a visitor or as a volunteer, Ranquilco is unlike any other holiday experience I know. As a visitor ( I wish I could be one) it must be the epitome of rustic ranch luxury...... gourmet breakfasts in bed (free-range eggs and home-smoked trout), candlelit suppers, roaring open fires and wood-fired saunas beside the chilly but crystal-clear waters of the Trocuman river.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the real Patagonia… its landscape, animals and people. Estancia Ranquilco is a remote family-owned horse and cattle ranch nestled in the foothills of the Andes. It’s a vast expanse of land in Patagonia, stretching across leagues of high steppes, river valleys, grazing meadows, and jagged cliffs, into the very heart of the Argentine cordillera. Ranquilco’s western boundary is Chile – the high country - graced with lakes, waterfalls, condors, hot springs, and weeks of wandering. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Estancia Ranquilco Argentina/Province Of Neuquen, Patagonia