the last gauchos
wild horse roundup at the end of the world
The famous gauchos of Patagonia have perfected the art of 'running the wild' since the 1700s. These nomadic cowboys are among the toughest & most skilled horsemen in the world. They live in a land that refuses to be explored by any other means than atop the back of a horse. A gaucho without a horse is said to be a man without legs. Patagonia remains a place and a people, who appear to exist untouched by time.
The horses we use are Argentine Criollos, that are world renowned for their calmness, bravery and hardiness. Our horses are bred in Tierra del Fuego and are used to every type of terrain. Their average height is 1.55 m.
TIERRA DEL FUEGO
In a land that was built on the backs of horses, there’s no better way to explore it. Peninsula Mitre is the furthest point one can travel south on the continent. It holds nearly 800,000 acres of uninhabited, pristine, wilderness and is completely unprotected. The expedition team will travel by horseback to the end of the continent.
The lands are threatened by overgrazing through uncontrolled population growth of wild horses. During our expedition we will seek out wild herds of horses with the aim to help maintain this fragile ecosystem’s balance. Our Gauchos will select horses to corral, tame & castrate while leaving others in the wild, all with our help.
Stevie Anna has guided backcountry horse trips both in Alaska and Minnesota and spent the last 5 years exploring every corner of Patagonia’s stunning wilderness by horseback. Most recently, she completed a solo ride using her 2 horses and pup to cross 2,000km of Patagonia. She fell in love with the land of the gaucho, their traditions and customs in every aspect, including the language which she now speaks fluently. Through this journey and the magic of social media, led her and Erik to collaborate on this one of a kind adventure..
Adolfo Imbert is an equestrian guide specialized in Peninsula Mitre Expeditions since 1985. He & his family for years have dedicated time, money & their own hard work into preserving and rebuilding the few shelters on Mitre for everyone to enjoy. They also manage many of the wild horses & cows on the peninsula, working alongside of the gauchos.
Erik Cooper is an intrepid adventurist, from racing in the world's longest and toughest horse race- the Mongol Derby- to captaining expeditions across Mongolia. He is an event manager on the Mongol Derby where he aids in search and rescue missions. Erik’s passion lies in exploring the world on the back of a horse, exploring not only epic landscapes but unique cultures as well. It’s this that lead him to create experiences other equestrians could take part in as well.