A whole wild world exists in our corner of Patagonia, and lodge stays offer the opportunity to dive in. We offer great trail rides every day, picnics and fishing along the river, ample feasting, good company, and so much more that is perhaps less tangible, but also deeply felt.
At our off-grid ecolodge, we are dedicated to minimizing our impact through practices in self-sufficiency. We grow much of our own food in our large organic garden, and produce all of our own grass fed meats. Our electricity is produced onsite by hydroturbines, water for showers is heated by fire, and most of our transportation is via horse. We even mill our own wood from trees we personally planted in our early days on the land. Ranquilco is a living example of large-scale ranch-style homesteading.
We host a diverse group of international staff and volunteers who come to work, ride, and play...drawn to Ranquilco by a common love of horses, wilderness, community, and adventure. Local gaucho families work with us as well, bringing a wealth of deep regional knowledge, skill, and warm-heartedness. As a community, we come together regularly to share traditional Argentine asados and dance.
At Ranquilco, we give you the chance to create your own riding experience – a dream come true for equine enthusiasts. Choose the length and difficulty of your rides and head out with a personal guide. Our 100,000 acres, reaching all the way to the high Andes and the Chilean border, mean your opportunities for great riding are limitless.
Patagonia is arguably the world’s greatest fly fishing destination, and Estancia Ranquilco is the best. Purchased as a fly fishing lodge, and with privileged access to miles of private water on the Trocoman and Picunleo Rivers, Ranquilco is reminiscent of the fly-in lodges of Canada and the western U.S., where modern civilization is left far behind. With only a very few who have ever seen the rivers, it is not yet legendary, but is a rare hidden gem. Our season begins in November and ends on the 15th of April.
The Trocoman House is a unique vacation rental - a fully-equipped house on the banks of the Trocoman River. It is a beautiful thirty minute horseback ride from the main lodge at Estancia Ranquilco. Use it as a base to fly fish or ride in the surrounding foothills of the Andes, and/or as a writing or art retreat away from the distractions of the front country. Perfect for people seeking a quiet, private getaway with access to horses, rivers, and boundless land to explore.