Today we went out to a typical Patagonian ranch, or estancia. This particular ranch, Estancia Fortin Chacabuco, is tucked in a geographic transition area between the arid steppe and the pre-mountain range. (The forest you saw on yesterday’s video is nearer to the Andes and so benefits from the rainfall coming off the Pacific Ocean. Not ten miles out from the forest, the topography changes radically to arid steppe then high desert.) The steppe features very little vegetation and spectacular panoramic veiws of Bariloche, Mount Tronador and the Rio Limay.
To better take advantage of those views, we got up on horseback to traverse the terrain. Plus, after the video you can check out the great asado we had for lunch.