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Horse Riding Chile

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Santiago, Chile
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About Horse Riding Chile
Horse Riding Chile takes individuals or groups on rides into the Andes mountains in the Cajon del Maipo near Santiago. We offer 1 day rides with lunch, longer rides camping in the mountains and also family rides. We can also take experienced riders who want to ride hard and go as far as possible into the mountains. We have excellent well-fed and cared for horses, sure-footed and easy to ride. We can take advanced, experienced riders and first time riders. Our guides have lived and worked in the Cajon del Maipo all their lives. We can arrange for pickup and drop-off in Santiago.
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Staying in Santiago? Get out of the city for the day and see another side of Chile! Let us take you in to the Andes mountains on horse back, with real Chilean cowboys as your guides. Suitable for first time riders or experienced horse riders. Come with the specialists, see the Andes and spend an unforgettable day in the mountains.
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Brigette C wrote a review Jan 2020
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Loved the unique experience of horse riding with the unbelievable view as a backdrop. The family that organised this for us were so genuine and provided such a great atmosphere for our ride. The cowboys were professional and very patient for our beginner riders. Would recommend to anyone who was thinking of doing this! Thanks so much again!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Horse-Riding-Chile, Public Relations Manager at Horse Riding Chile
Responded Jan 23, 2020
I am so glad that you enjoyed your ride and that your less experienced riders also had a good time. The Andes on horseback are really something special and give you a good feeling of what we call 'the real Chile'. Thanks for such a nice review.
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Allie Salazar wrote a review May 2019
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I booked a day ride for myself and a younger colleague, both of us experienced riders. Booking was easy and Ellen was very responsive- she made sure that Julio picked us up from the hotel and he was right on time, and he picked us up after the ride, to go back to the hotel, again right on time. Harry introduced us to Leo, our guide, who was charming, funny and knowledgeable about the horses and the mountain. We are by no means fluent in Spanish but had no problem communicating with him and in fact we came back with an improved vocabulary after asking him what everything was called. The ride was very special, the remoteness and quiet was absolutely amazing. Our horses were sweet, easy to ride and very surefooted and we felt relaxed and comfortable. A nice stop for picnic lunch along the way with a beautiful view. This was the highlight of my trip to Santiago and I recommend it highly. If you are someone who wants luxury it may not be for you, but if you want something that brings you back to the beauty and simplicity of our world, this is right up there.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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EMILY H wrote a review May 2019
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Such a great experience from start to finish. Owners were so easy to get in contact with and so helpful, had transport pick up a group of 9 of us to take us to the location. The owners were fluent in English and answered all our questions, the Cowboys were fantastic. The view at the top of the mountain was phenomenal. Definitely one of the best experiences in Chile. The ride on the way down was quite steep so probably not suitable for young children unless they've had horse riding experience.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Responded May 13, 2019
Thank you for such a great review. I am so glad you enjoyed everything so much. Good advice about children, but if we have young children we usually take them on a special route, unless they are experienced. Thanks again.
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Zee wrote a review Apr 2019
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
We like to ride wherever we go and found Horse Riding Chile before we left the UK. Enquired about a suitable ride based upon the reviews, but booked after the helpful responses from Harry. Julio picked us up from our hotel on day 2 of our visit to Santiago, drove us to the ranch. We were given a detailed brief, and of we set with Leo. Definitely a highlight of our trip. Wondrous views, a lovely light lunch (provided by the team) and a thrilling adventure. I'd recommend this experience for anyone visiting Santiago. You're in safe hands.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from Horse-Riding-Chile, Public Relations Manager at Horse Riding Chile
Responded Apr 15, 2019
Thank you for a great review. I am glad you enjoyed it so much and found us efficient and 'safe hands'. Thanks again
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GCClark wrote a review Apr 2019
Worcester, United Kingdom67 contributions26 helpful votes
The 2 day camping trip: It's not for everyone! You are getting the arriero (cowboy) experience warts and all and a *lot* of it is warts :-) Clearly from the number of excellent reviews, many if not most customers find this experience to be fantastic. I simply wish to add a word of caution that it is not for everybody and things aren't always going to be as wonderful as the other reviews state. This is not sour grapes and I realise that I may be the odd one out, but there will be others like me who may wish to have their expectations managed before booking! I have already raised these points with the owners and they have said they will take the feedback onboard and consider some changes, and both Harry and Ellen are delightful people so I think that will happen. However you need to be aware of the following: My wife and I (aged 57 and 63 and novice horse-riders) throughly enjoyed the experience as a whole, but at the same time I think it could have easily been s-o-o-o much better at little or no cost to the operator and I do feel that for what we actually got it was very over-priced! The number one “issue” for us was the lack of an English speaking guide. I think it's pot luck whether the secondary guide on the day speaks any english or not but the main guide Leo cant! Some or the Trip-advisor reviews speak highly of how Leo “kept us regaled with stories” or “pointed out things of interest” and so presumably the reviewers were either Spanish speakers themselves or had someone with them to translate. Whilst this is a horse-ride and not a ‘safari’ it did remind me of previous safari style experiences we have had elsewhere where a good guide can keep the guests entertained even when there is little to see or do! Even basic phrases like “will it rain tonight?”, “how much further do we travel tomorrow?” were impossible to communicate although we and Leo tried, of course, but how do you tackle such thorny subjects as “where do we poo, should we bury the paper or burn it,” and so on! (Solution: as an idea, why not have a small printed double sided A4 sheet of paper with many of the typically used phrases that will be needed on a camping trip in both English and Spanish? Also why not brief the clients in advance about “domestic arrangements”! Maybe pre-brief your clients to bring a phrase book or a well charged phone with Goggle translate primed for overtime!) Clearly the weather is not under anyone's control, and in mountainous territory it can change quickly and often there is a micro-climate that differs significantly from the general area forecast. We were happy to ‘bivvy’ under the night sky, but assumed that there would be some form of waterproof sheeting that could be erected overhead or strung between two trees if the rain came down. As it was, we had to double over the slightly too small groundsheet and ‘scrunch ourselves up’ to get underneath it, but had the rain been heavy, even briefly, everything would have been soaked! Had it been necessary to ride home in the rain on day 2,on horseback in wet clothes we would have been very miserable indeed! Solution to this is simple: a small two person tent is lightweight and could be added to the mule's baggage (especially if a lighter wooden crate was used!) at no significant extra load. It doesn't have to be used, but is there for when needed. Ditto plastic “ponchos”. Maybe warn the guests that a “night under the stars” isn't always going to be the reality! The ride on day 1 starts out interestingly enough but after an hour or so it gets a little dull as far as the view goes - the same valley, the same scrubland. There is almost no other wildlife to see apart from an occasional bird. Admittedly as a novice rider a lot of my capacity was on the riding but towards the end fo the day we were both getting a bit bored - you cant chat with each other as you are in trail, not side by side, and the language barrier prevents any other points of interest being discussed. We were glad to reach camp to be honest - but see later! Solution: Be up-front about this and explain to people that the best views will come on Day 2 and that day 1 is all about getting used to the horse and getting to camp.As we had plenty of time maybe Leo could be persuaded to make more stops, take in the views (almost all behind us on day 1) and do a little less ‘urging us on” - as in the end there was no rush really! Although glad to arrive at our campsite for the night we were there at 3.00pm (having started our day at 11am) and dinner was served at 5.30! We struggled to find anything much to do before and after dinner. The campsite is in a small wooded area in a steep sided boulder strewn valley not really suitable for exploration and with it being a dull day, there was no sun-bathing or swimming to be done. The only sitting areas were stone so it wasn't the most comfortable or interesting few hours we ever spent! Solution: Again be up-front. Explain that the first day is a bit shorter and that most people are happy to get off for the day by around 3.30. But then maybe suggest that this gives you time for some peace and quiet and reflection and that some people my wish to bring a book or other diversion if they're not inclined to swim or explore! A day ride, including lunch with wine sells at CLP 55,000. The 2-day camping trip lists for CLP 265000. Nearly five times the price. Put another way we could have had two 1-day rides with lunch from 8am to 4pm for 110,000 per person but actually paid an extra 340,000 for probably less riding but with the camping! So I have to say that for the difference in price I was expecting something pretty spectacular by way of food, drink and campsite comfort. It wasnt to be! For the relatively minuscule extra cost involved, why not go to town on the food and drink and some decent air mattresses? A really prime piece of steak, some more vegetables, a really good wine or even some ‘fizz’ for the clients to celebrate their evening. The cost is minimal compared to the charge for this tour. A bit of care raking over and cleaning the area where the bedding goes down would avoid those nasty lumps and bumps that keep you awake long into the night too ( I assumed these were rocks, but realised the next day that they were just uneven humps in the ground, which could have been levelled easily had anyone bothered!) Not directly within the operators' control but really disappointing to find even in the most remote area we went to, abundant plastic bottles and litter. Why not, on arrival at the campsite, ask the guides - maybe with the guests - to do a quick ‘sweep up’ and bag up the worst of the litter. And maybe at the same time clear the campsite of the fresher lumps of horse dung - not the most pleasant thing to step in when getting up in the night to go for a pee! To summarise then, the expectations generated by the website and reviews rather exceeded OUR reality; I don't think I am being too picky here. It WAS a great experience but for a very substantial cost for two of us we felt that a touch of luxury - or at least a bit more comfort - wouldn't have gone amiss! Reading between the lines on the website this seems to be is a co-operative venture with Leo - the business 'owners' are in effect english speaking agents for horse-riding trips run by Leo. who may have strong views about not putting on a “fake” show to keep the tourists happy but instead wish to run it on the basis of “this is what we do, this is what we have always done, come and experience it warts and all”! As I said at the start, I realise that I may be older than average and a little too used to life’s comforts. However I would not in all honestly be able to recommend this as a value for money experience to friends and colleagues. Possibly we were unlucky with a bad combination of linguistics and weather. If you're under 40, keen on horse riding and like camping then maybe its exactly right for you! I very much hope that this constructive criticism will enable the owners to improve the experience and add value. I don't want to put anyone off for whom this is personally a "bucket list" experience. They are unlikely to be disappointed. But I think the business will actually benefit if this review prevents "unsuitable" clients from booking the camping trip and then being disappointed. Looking at what is offered on the single day riding, I would strongly recommend that as a value for money starting point rather than the 2 day trip, for anyone new to horse riding, or who is unsure, or who doesn't like to 'rough it' Yeah - i know - I'm soft! Hope this helps everyone - potential clients and the business.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from Horse-Riding-Chile, Public Relations Manager at Horse Riding Chile
Responded Apr 10, 2019
Thank you for such a detailed and helpful review. I am sorry that your experience was a little disappointing. We are trying to take on board your comments and respond. I think that you would indeed have enjoyed a single, or two, day's ride more than the camping experience which was clearly 'not for you'. It is hard for us to know in advance and we would hesitate to dissuade you. We once took a 75-year-old man on a 4-day ride. We were extremely anxious but he enjoyed every moment. So it is hard to tell. We have noted all your points and will try to respond to them as several of them were very helpful. Thank you for such a thoughtful review.
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