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El Huecu, 8349 Argentina
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#25 of 492 Specialty lodging in Province of Neuquen
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Estancia Ranquilco is a family-owned 100,000 acre working ranch and adventure vacation destination nestled in the Andean foothills of Northern Patagonia. A refuge in deep nature, guests come from around the world to experience miles of unfenced horseback riding, world class fly fishing, and a cultural experience unlike anywhere else. Ranquilco is remote and vast, stretching across leagues of high steppe, river valleys, meadows, and jagged cliffs into the heart of the Argentine cordillera. The western property boundary abuts the Chilean border - sitting atop a horse on one of the mountain passes affords sweeping views of active volcanoes, snow-capped peaks, and weeks of wandering potential. Vacations at Ranquilco are a unique and magical combination of fun, adventure and tranquility, blending authentic Argentine ranch culture with high-quality and familial service, ruggedly beautiful landscape, off-the-grid living, and topnotch horseback riding. The lodge is open from December 1 to April 1. Shoulder season visits are possible by special arrangement.
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Colleen wrote a review Aug 2019
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I visited from January through March as an intern. This was part of a larger journey which took me to a few other parts of the world. The first question I was asked upon my return home was where my favorite destination was, and the answer is Ranquilco, without question. The land is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the people you'll meet are wonderful. But the real allure is captured in the experiential -- whether horseback riding, trekking down to the river or allowing yourself the time to take in a sunset followed by a sky lit up with a gigantic moon. To come here is to give yourself a gift, and take a moment to reassess how a feeling of awe and expansiveness can be integrated into your daily life. Do yourself a favor and just go.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Martha S wrote a review Aug 2019
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I arrived to Ranquilco on New Year's Eve and stayed until the 15th of January in 2019. Although my stay was little more than two weeks long, my time at Ranquilco will have a much larger imprint on my memory that most other two week periods of my life. Ranquilco is remote--and breathtakingly beautiful as such--so I'd say the one pre-requisite to visiting is that you are excited about taking a break from your modern life. Other than that it is a choose your own adventure type of experience, whether you are with friends, family, or solo, and whether you are an avid horseback rider or a complete novice. My trip overlapped with a few friends in the beginning, but for most of my trip I was solo. I had been on a horse when I was little a couple of times, but was pretty much a
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Date of stay: January 2019
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MIM wrote a review Aug 2019
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We stayed for 10 days, which was enough time to de-stress and re-learn how to live in the moment. Our basic needs were well care-for while we learned to appreciate the simpler things that life offers, such as clean drinking water straight from the earth, a cool refreshing swim in the river, hiking until near exhaustion followed by a healthy meal, great company and a well deserved sleep. The horses were very friendly, and the equestrian experience was well supported by knowledgeable guides. The hosts were very obliging and flexible to our needs. I plan to return within the next year. Ranquilco is in a very remote area. I am impressed how the owners manage to keep the guest's needs met with great food and drink, accomodations and entertainment. Ultimately, as always in life, you
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Cameron M wrote a review Jul 2019
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I stayed at Ranquilco for a week in February and had an incredible time. Staff were knowledgeable and very friendly, and the horseback riding was made easy and fun for riders with no previous experience. I would recommend staying here to anybody that wants to experience life in a different way than a city could offer.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Damiangarrett wrote a review Jul 2019
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I want to be fair with this review but honest as I have rarely been so angered by the way I was treated when I have been a paying guest anywhere let alone somewhere that costs thousands for a few days. Firstly, the accommodation is fine. I was in a small room on the first floor of the main house which meant I had to go up and down a small turret stair well to get to and from my room. The room itself was spacious enough with a view of the stables rather than the scenery. The wash room was very basic with an elderly shower and a very small sink. Hot water was only available about half the time so get use to cold showers. The riding was fine but due to medical reasons I was only able to ride out three times. The first was the only time I was with a guide that knew the ranch and
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from Thomas C, Owner at Estancia Ranquilco
Responded Aug 3, 2019
Hello Damian, I'm very sorry to hear that you had a bad experience at Ranquilco. Guests travel a long way to make it to our corner of the world, and we take great joy and pride in doing everything we can to ensure that all of our visitors have a wonderful experience. Hearing that yours was less than ideal is distressing and disappointing. The lodge is officially open from December 1 to April 1. You were there in November, during our shoulder season. My staff and I weren't there at the time, so I can't speak directly to each of your points. My father occasionally hosts guests during the off-season, and always makes it clear that they are coming at a time of reduced services, offering deep discounts of up to 60% off the regular season prices to reflect that. Off-season guests are coming at a time when our wonderful and professional summer staff isn’t there to provide amazing meals, excellent guiding, and personalized service – a truth that is reflected in the 50 five-star reviews from guests that have visited in the regular season. In November, the river is often too high to bring in extensive food supplies, the gardens aren’t yet producing, and rides can be limited by high waters in the streams and rivers. The few guests who occasionally visit during that time often enjoy the low key and quiet pre-season experience. Again, I’m very sorry that you didn’t enjoy your time at Ranquilco. If you ever travel to Patagonia again, we would love the opportunity to make it up to you.
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ArgentinaPatagoniaProvince of Neuquen
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