Blogging from the Wild

Just Back From...Chile & Argentina

Senior Travel Consultant Charlie talks about the highlights of his trip to Argentine and Chilean Patagonia including discovering the joys of asado and canoeing in Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Visiting Patagonia in the Autumn

Wild Frontiers' Charlie discovers the benefits of travelling to Patagonia in the Autumn.

Chile and its Landscapes: A Photo Blog

Here are just a few of those landscapes highlighted by our Product Manager, Anna, who recently returned from her first trip to this beautiful land.

Argentina Horse Ride: Blog II

The thought of a 60k ride on the penultimate day of our estancia-to-estancia tour didn’t fill everyone with a sense of excitement. Despite all being consummate riders, a few of the group were concerned that riding the equivalent of London to Tunbridge Wells in a single day might be rather challeng…

Ride across the Patagonia Steppe: Blog One

I first came to El Calafaté in Southern Patagonia a decade ago. On a scouting mission to see what we could do in the region, I was blown away by the vast, yellow steppes, the far away snow-capped Andes, the spiralling clouds in a seemingly endless sky and of course the spectacular glaciers. So with…

Back in Buenos Aires

It's so nice to be back in Buenos Aires, however briefly and however rushed I’m feeling. Although it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what, Buenos Aires just has something special and I love returning here. And on this visit, my eighth in all, my timing has been perfect. Leaving London just a…

Flying Home: Gaucho Christmas Over

Sitting on the plane home with the inaugural Gaucho Christmas trip having come to an end, I have to say I feel pretty satisfied. Setting up trips, selling them and delivering them to a hard working and demanding clientele is not without its stresses and when we get it right, it feels good. As I sai…

The La Rosita Cup: a Polo Tournament with a difference

There are plenty of things to do at Estancia La Rosita besides riding. We’ve been on walks to spot and photograph the prodigious birdlife; we’ve had a cooking demonstration given by Fernando’s mum, Alicia, a lasso class given by the gaucho Marola and a tango lesson and a wonderful show on the terra…

A Day in the Life of a Christmas Gaucho

This is what we did on Boxing Day, 2012 – a typical day on our inaugural Gaucho Christmas trip. At around eight we get up, pull on our shorts and T-shirts and potter outside for breakfast. This meal, like almost all others, is taken al fresco on the terrace, and at this hour will include eggs, toas…

Gaucho Christmas - Arriving in Argentina

Having taken the group (all 14 of them) on a whistle-stop tour of Buenos Aires – visiting the famous Recoletta cemetery, the Eva Peron balcony in Plaza de Mayo, the colourful streets of La Boco and the flea markets of San Telmo – we jumped on a night bus and headed north to Corrientes and Estancia L…

Jonny plays the Gaucho, Part II

There may be more luxurious estancias in Argentina and there is undoubtedly more dramatic riding, but if you're looking for an authentic gaucho experience, Estancia La Rosita would be hard to beat. Situated in the northern province of Corrientes, a wetland region renowned for beef cattle rearin…

Jonny checks out Estancia Huechahue, in northern Patagonia

Estancia Huechahue is another working ranch situated in Northern Patagonia in the foothills of the Andes. This is not the traditional old estancia of La Rosita, nor is there here such an emphasis on ‘playing the guacho’, but with the majestic and dramatic local landscape, there is no need as simply …

Jonny - Raving & Ranting in Buenos Aires

Argentina is a stunning country. Hugely diverse, from the arid and colourful mountains of Salta in the north; through the central wetlands of Corrientes and vineyards of Mendoza; to the wide open steppes of southern Patagonia, it is a land that offers the modern adventure tourist a plethora of sight…

Jonny in Buenos Aires

I have never known a city so crazy about dogs. Right now I'm sitting in a cafe in Palermo Soho and there are clips beneath the tables from which to attach man's best friend.   Old women carry them around in shopping bags, young women tuck them like handbags under their arms, even cock-sure, jack the…

Jonny ligging in Mendoza, Argentina

Perhaps I am getting a little softer in my old age, but I could get used to this kind of tourism. Having left the group to fly home from Buenos Aires – with, it has to be said, a hangover strong enough to kill a small child (we didn’t get to our beds until five in the morning) – I flew up to Mendoza…

Jonny in Buenos Aires

So back in wonderful Buenos Aires after a truly fantastic horse trip across the Andes. I will write more about that soon, but I just wanted to say what a buzz it is to be back in this great city: just had a coffee in colourful Boca district, off to a tango show shortly and then a night on the town w…

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