A dream with horses – 7 days / 8 nights
What you can expect
We offer an interesting and intensive combination of three elements of our special work with horses:
1. Centered Riding / Ride Coaching: Horseback riding at Fundo Laguna Blanca is not simply about mounting a horse, rather it aims at building a positive relationship between horse and horsemen. Our guests take care of the horses themselves. Prior to the trail ride, horses need to be groomed, saddled and snaffled. In addition, participants are provided with an introduction to centered riding. This approach emphasizes on a relaxed handling of the horses and an awareness of one’s own coordination, as well as a secure feeling while riding. In this context, faulty applied strength and rigidity are substituted with the energy of the body. The joy of this new experience already becomes apparent during the first trailed ride – this does not only concern the horseman, but both parties equally.
2. Workshop “The Horse as Mirror of the Soul”: The core competencies of a person do not lie in his professional performance. Rather it is enrooted in the ability to interact with other humans. In order for a person to reach his/her full potential, it is essential to be capable on a personal level. By means of the coaching session “The horse as mirror of our soul”, Fundo Laguna Blanca offers a very special training opportunity. It is especially useful for people aiming at a successful career. The horse, as an incorruptible training partner, diminishes the manipulation bias and provides immediate feedback about one’s own image, energy and ability to convince.
3. Adventure Trail Riding: Enjoy spectacular volcanoes, lagoons and unspoiled forests on German or Chilean horses, practice basic concepts of Centered Riding, which will be learned at the first day.
This unique experience of riding is offered by coach Beate Knust-Bentzien and her team to the visitors of Fundo Laguna Blanca near Curacautín.
The participants arrive in the late afternoon (transfer from Temuco on demand). Welcome. Check-in, informative chat, diner and accommodation in the Lodge.
After a rich German Breakfast we start with the workshop “The horse as Mirror of the Soul”. After that we present and choose the horses. Lunch. In the afternoon we give technical information, that is, an introduction in Centered Riding, and then we make the first ride into the network of paths in the lower areas of the Fundo including first views on volcanoes. After dinner we share experiences of the first day around a campfire. Accommodation in the Lodge.
Today we make the first ride to the lagoon. Our way leads us through various landscapes – real natural forests, areas of lava and plateaus – until we reach the lagoon at the bottom of the Tolhuaca. There we have lunch either at the beach or in the shadow of Araucaria – trees. Then we have time to rest, to swim in the crystal-clear water of the lagoon, try canoeing or just enjoy the tranquility and peace of this pure and unspoiled nature. In the afternoon we ride back into the valley crossing woods of Araucarias. Then we have dinner, accommodation in the Lodge.
After breakfast we ride towards a different part of the Fundo the plateau Los Pinos. From the alpine meadows in the middle part we climb up to 1.600 meters, into woods with huge Coihues and Araucarias until we reach a place to rest and to have lunch. Then we make a short excursion by foot to breathtaking viewpoint. On our way back we pass the canyon of the condor, where we might see one of these exceptional and impressing animals. Especially on the way back we have marvelous views on several volcanoes: Tolhuaca, Lonquimay and LLaima. The ride takes approximately 7 hours and starts at 10 am. Dinner and accommodation is in the Lodge.
Today we have one day off to relax and have time to do other activities, breakfast and dinner in the Lodge.
We make an excursion to the Cautín valley by car, we pass Malalcahuello and the Tunel Las Raices and arrive at the farm of Uta Hashagen at the Lonquimay river. With Uta and her secure Chilean horses we make a five-hour trail from her Fundo towards the Sierra Nevada. We explore the foothills of Sierra Nevada, antique volcanoes of the Andes and all its fascinating hotspots with view on glaciers and hidden lagoons as well as wide spread forests which cover the Cordillera de Las Raíces and the areas in the north of the Conguillío National Park. On our way back we stop at Café Augsburg in Malalcahuello to have some coffee and German cake. Meanwhile we listen to Peter and Lilo telling stories about this little mountain village, which more and more increases to a hotspot for winter sports and tourism. Way back to Fundo Laguna Blanca, dinner and accommodation in the Lodge.
Sixth and seventh day:
We ride in unspoiled landscape and camp in a national reserve – that is pure adventure! The highlight of this program is the two-day trail. It passes at first the spectacular viewpoint of Laguna Blanca, (a Geositio, which means a certain viewpoint of the Geopark, of which the Fundo also is a part of). Then we ride into a beautiful volcanic valley, climb the foothills of the Lonquimay volcano on the other side, until we can see the next volcanic valley and the spectacular mountain range of the Andes. Now we already are in the Reserva National of Malalcahuello / Nalcas. There we visit Laguna Verde and make a little break. Meanwhile we have great views on Navidad Crater del Lonquimay which is a smaller volcano of Lonquimay and which erupted last in 1988.
For the night we stay in tents in complete solitude on the egde of a volcanic valley between Araucaría-trees with spectacular views on the Tolhuaca volcano in twilight. On the following day we ride towards the Laguna de Pájaros, we visit the waterfalls of Tolhuaca, another little lagoon in the forest and a viewpoint with breathtaking views on the volcano and the Laguna Blanca. Finally we come down to the edge of Laguna Blanca, where we have lunch at the beach, and enjoy one last time this magic place, its tranquility and peace. At last we ride across the forests of Araucarías down to the base, where a farewell barbecue will be prepared for us. Accommodation in the Lodge.
We can also offer programs individually tailored to your needs. Just contact us with your wishes, and we will make you an individuall offer.
We offer this trail riding program from October until May.