Argentina's rugged Patagonia region boasts one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. Spread over 100,000 acres in the foothills of the Andes, Estancia Ranquilco introduces travelers to the steppes, valleys, meadows and cliffs of this unforgettable area. With its main lodge surrounded by three cottages that are reached by horse or mule, the ranch offers a remote escape where guests can discover the magic of traditional gaucho culture, as well as participate in a variety of activities such as shoeing horses, milking cows and baking bread. From riding the range to undertaking a mountain pack trip, every outing is an immersion in the great outdoors. For experienced horseback riders, volunteer programs include horse roundups, guiding trail rides and pony express duties. Days spent riding, hiking in search of condors or fly-fishing on the Trocoman River are followed by home-style Patagonian meals paired with fine Argentine wines.