My name is Carol Jones.
Since 1985 I organize packtrips in the vast wilderness of the NAHUEL HUAPI NATIONAL PARK.
I was raised in the Estancia Nahuel Huapi, and I speak spanish and english. I'm the granddaughter of the Texan pioneer Jarred Jones, who arrived in Nahuel Huapi in 1889.
The rides take place mainly between November and April (Spring to Fall in our hemisphere), during wintertime I work on potteries. We rides through valleys, mountains up to 2000 meters high, rivers, beech forests and steppe, where the only inhabited places are the cattle-breeding ranches. They can take between 2 and 10 days, or more. Our horses are "criollos", native breed, adapted to the rough mountain countryside. Saddles are typical too, with a sheep skin on top, for better comfort. Along the trail we sleep in our tents for two people (riders must bring their sleeping-bags). We also provide the meals (meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, cheese, bread, coffee and tea, wine and juice) and the kitchen gear.
"Dear Carol, After few days in Bariloche, I’m on my way to El Bolson. I wanted to thank you again for sharing this experience with me, horse riding in this beautiful environnement was truly amazing and so beneficial for my mind! That’s a memory I will always keep with me! I wish you all the best."
"Dear Carol, Before we head off, I wanted to thank you again for such a great day yesterday. It was fun and beautiful, but we especially loved meeting you and Drew. You make a great team! I hope you have a gentle winter and all goes well with the ranch. Best wishes"
"Dear Carol, I wanted to drop you a message and thank you again for a wonderful ride on Monday. What a joy it was. The day was truly perfect, from your personal pick up from Bariloche, the beautifully cared for horses, and the ride itself was interesting and beautiful throughout. I have done many rides where the horses know the route too well following the set path which can be a quite boring, but this was very different and felt very personal. The lunch was amazing, I hadn’t expected such a feast, I thought perhaps it would be sandwiches but to have excellent meat freshly cooked in front of us was fabulous and of course delicious. Yourself and Drew were a pleasure to be about, thank you. Your wonderful cheeky dogs, which are so well behaved. Thank you, for a truly unforgettable day. One of the most important factors, was that as I mentioned earlier my husband Miles had never ridden before and I very much wanted it be a day he loved also, and it turns out it was a successful mission! Thank you! Wishing all the very best for the future."
"Alexis and I want to thank you again for the incredible day on the estancia. It was the highlight of our trip! Reflecting on that experience and others that we had in Argentina, it seems to us that you did not charge us enough. We would have been happy to pay much more. Although we don’t know when it would be, perhaps the year after next, we’d be interested in taking a three-day trip to Chile and would be happy to pay whatever it would take to make such an excursion feasible for you, even as a private ride. Wishing you the best in the New Year and remembering our day together fondly in the heart of the cold dark winter here in Vermont, United States."
"Thank you for the wonderful day of riding. It was a pleasure to meet you and visit your ranch. I am happy I found you!"
"What a beautiful day! We had the most beautiful day of our trip at the Estancia of Carol. Lucas made a delicious asado for us and was the best guide you can wish for- both responsible and knowledgeable. The horses are really well- behaved and very sensitiv too. Believe me- I know what I was talking about and this all to often remains the exception. The Estancia is just breathtaking with the most stunning vistas! Without hesitation I would do it again, Thank you!!!"
"This woman is an important part of the history of this area. Her great grandfather purchased thousands of acres in this area of Patagonia in the late 19th Century and actually knew Butch Cassidy. (Sadly, he and the Sundance Kid were apparently not as sympathetic in real person as on film.) She, however, is still living the life her grandfather loved, with horses the primary focus of her life, and a passion for living off the grid as much as possible. It was an honor to meet her and a thrill to ride her gorgeous and remarkable horses."
"Hi Carol How are you? We're now back at home after an amazing holiday to Argentina. Just wanted to drop you a note to say a big thank you for such an amazing day with you and Lucas. We absolutely loved the riding experience and it was definately a holiday highlight. Everything about the day was just perfect and it was such a unique and stunning way to see the beautiful Argentinian countryside with two fantastic hosts. We feel very lucky! Will be recommending it to anyone I know who is fortunate enough to be visiting Bariloche! Attached are a few of our happy memories!"
"Loved Carol Jones and her helper, Lucas Sebastian, was great too. (Do you know of Lucas' artwork? He learned the art form from aboriginal people working with cow and goat leathers. We bought a nice wine bottle holder as our something-to-bring-home-from-Argentina piece. Our home is full of such mementos that we enjoy every day. Carol loves her horses and the experience was about as authentic as it can get! "
" Hi Carol - I just wanted to say thank you once again for our amazing trip last week. Theresa and I both agreed that our day with you was the highlight of our trip. Thank you so much - if I ever find myself in Bariloche again, I will be coming out for a ride with you again!!! "
Nov 26, 2013
" Dear Carol, thank you so much for our horse riding trip last year in march. We stay thogeter with the group from france and have the cold over night stays outside your camp. Stefanie and Bernd from Düsseldorf Germany. We hope you are fine and the horses too. We really think often about the silence and we are still impressed from you and your stile of living. Go good forward and enjouy, hope to come back again one time."
Dec 31, 2014
" Hey Carol, I just made it back to the states and wanted to send you the photo and video I was showing to you and Lucas. I wanted to thank you again for the amazing day we spent with you, and I sincerely hope we can come back for a longer amount of time. Regards,"
Oct 26, 2010
"Dear Carol, One of the great things we remember is the super meals we had, like the dish with rice, onion and the smell pumpkins (zapallito). At the end of our holidays, we managed to find the seeds of these pumpkins, and tried to grow them at home. This resulted in some pumpkins, and we would like to try if we can make that dish ourselves. Can you give us a short idea how to prepare this? I know, a very strange question maybe, but see it as proof of our gratitude for one of the best riding experiences one can have. Hope to hear from you soon, Best regards,"
Oct 5, 2010
"Hola! Que día fabuloso: cielo limpido, buena compania, cálido fogon y un recuerdo inolvidable, mil gracias! Un gran abrazo,"
Aug 8, 2010
"I will conserv those two days for a long times in my memory. I was so sad to leave Patagonia, and when we were in the fly I so all the places we were with you and also your little shed and the coral. That will be my last view of Patagonia and my best things to renember, Thanks a lot for all that, and it was a pleasure for me to ride also with Jean-Claude. So unusual! I will try to find the book, but I have such a lot of questions, that was too short! Bye Carol and hope to see you soon once more."
Dec 7, 2009
"THANK YOU very much for the ride! Special thank to Guillermo who has been perfect with us. So nice and a very good cook! Be careful, he could change his career any time :-) We really had a great time and not only the Lonely Planet will recommand you from now on. We wish you a great summer season with lots of people enjoying horseriding with you. Warmest regards,"
Apr 13, 2009
"Thanks so very much for our recent horseback riding adventure. (March 25th, 2009) We were really happy about how our little girl fared with the adventure. The horse you guys picked for her was a superstar, as were those we rode, each very suited to their rider's experience level. Your ranch is fantastically beautiful, a real treasure of this earth! We've put our GPS track and a few photos from the trip up here. Let us know if that's ok or if you'd like to see it changed in any way. regards and thanks again"