Hello! We are the tourist company Palafito Trip and we would like to present our new company specializing in journeys on horseback, Horse Travels Patagonia and our expedition Travesia Fin del Mundo. We also want to tell you about Tierra del Fuego, south of the Strait of Magellan opposite the city of Punta Arenas. This is a large island, with a surface of 47,992 km² (18,529.81 mi²), which has a population of 133,000, who consider themselves as “Fueguinos”, and not Patagones. The north of the island consists of plateaus and slightly undulating plains. The south is occupied by the southern end of the Andes mountain range, with many lakes, forests and mountains: the highest peak is Shipton which is 2,469 m above sea level. Spring is very windy, especially in the north of the island, in summer the wind is a lot gentler. There is a variety of wildlife, and the vast landscape is incredibly dramatic at the first light of day. There are many farming areas in the island, divided into “estancias” where thousands of lambs are bred. As a result, there are many tasks and occupations, mainly carried out by men, such as the puesteros (camp tenders), ovejeros (shepherds), alambradores (wire fencers), amansadores (horse tamers) and tropilleros (horse herders). All these occupations have something in common, solitude.
Our goal is to offer you the experience of the people that work in Tierra del Fuego, following with us the route of a horseman and tropillero.
The Route This is a non-traditional service, exclusive to experienced riders of long journeys and harsh weather.
To reach Tierra del Fuego we must stay at least one night in Punta Arenas. If the wind is stronger than 80 km/h (50 mph) the ports close which makes it impossible to cross the Strait of Magellan until the storm dies down. This can happen on the journey to and from the island.
Departure is at 09.00 am on a ferry from Punta Arenas crossing the Strait of Magellan to the small city of Porvenir, the entrance to the Chilean Tierra del Fuego.
Diet Food is cooked over direct fire in the camps or shepherd posts. Although a lot of lamb is consumed in the area we also prepare beans, vegetables that can last the journey (onions, garlic, and carrots), nuts and we make our own bread. We also take chocolate, biscuits and wine. Anything you personally want or need to bring must not exceed 3 kg. Once the journey starts there will not be any shops or markets as we will travel through inhospitable places.
* We do not offer a special vegetarian or vegan service. It is important to bear in mind that meat is the main basis of the diet in the area, so we will frequently witness animal slaughter.
Experience only for riders These specifications are for the safety and tranquillity of everyone involved in the expedition. The horses in Tierra del Fuego are raised in freedom, in large pampas with extreme weather. Even though they are tamed their nature remains wild.
We are continually taming young horses, and we select the horses we use for the journeys from these groups. The season for these trips lasts for 6 months (spring and summer).
During the journey we take horses that are still in the process of being tamed because this is our first job and we want to share this with you.
During the trip each person must saddle their horse and the guide in charge will check the final details. While you are with us you will be treated by the puesteros (camp tenders) or the workers of the estancias as any other guest and sheltered under the traditional conditions of the people of the area.
We do not use tents, if the weather allows we sleep under the stars by a good fire or in one of the posts we visit.
Travel insurance and requirements You must have a personal insurance that covers accidents, bearing in mind that although it is insured, the trip is an adventure.
We will be responsible of you personally throughout the whole journey, taking in all necessary precautions by instructing you and the other riders, because this is a safety principal.
During the trip we will count on the support of an evacuation vehicle in case of necessity. We have an assistance network in case of accidents, offered to us by the workers we will visit. To this day we have never needed to use this network and of course we hope we never do. It must be mentioned that some of the areas we will visit will not have access to telephone or internet signal.
This is a journey that is not offered in mass media, so you will not find it in tourism websites or from tour operators, which is why we need to choose our guests carefully. We will send you a questionnaire so that both parties are in agreement and to avoid misunderstandings.
Duration: 9 Days
USD 425 /day per person
It is vital to bring all the adequate equipment necessary for an expedition like this. Here are some suggestions:
We would like to clarify that:
Our intention is not to sell a classic tour because we would not like to treat you as a tourist and only show you things of beauty. Our aim is to show you a way of life that is disappearing, and that is linked to the life and equestrian culture of Tierra del Fuego.
We have years of experience but new challenges can always occur. Sometimes nature imposes its conditions and we must accept them. It is important for you to be flexible in your travel arrangements.
Any questions you may have we will be glad to answer.