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Some say there's no better way to navigate Patagonia than on horseback. Ever since guachos (cowboys) first steered their sturdy steeds through Southern Patagonia's rugged terrain, horseback riding has been a romanticized mode of transportation. Several superb horseback riding services operate throughout Argentine Patagonia.

If you're planning to explore the Lake District, you can surround yourself with the breathtaking natural scenery of Nuhuel Huapi National Park on horseback. Travelers suggest booking a horseback riding expedition with Huara Viajes y Turismo, a trusted riding service that takes passengers through Patagonia's spectacular backcountry. To learn more about their excursions, visit Huara Viajes y Turismo's website (written in Spanish). If you're staying in Atlantic Patagonia, take a half-day ride along Puerto Madryn's scenic coast. Travelers also recommend Nativo Adventure, a horseback riding company that services the Atlantic district's eastern coastline. Find out more about Nativo Advenure by visiting their website.

Lastly, if you're hoping to explore Patagonia's most rustic district—Southern Patagonia—travelers praise Cerro Frias, a trusted horseback riding service (based in El Calafate) that boasts affordable prices and attentive guides. Along Cerro Frias' picturesque circuit, horses hug Argentino Lake and carry their riders on a scenic trail, featuring dramatic views of Argentino Lake, the Andes, and the southern border of the Perito Moreno glacier. "They offer wonderful and reasonably priced packages [...] It was well organised and the guides were lovely. They accommodated all levels of riding ability," exclaims one TripAdvisor user. Cerro Frias offers daily tours that depart from El Calafate at around 10 a.m. Prices start at $250 ARS (about $57 USD) and increase to $330 ARS (about $75 USD), depending on time of day and the season. To learn more, consult Cerro Frias' website.

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#1 Argentine Lake District Stretching across northwestern tip of Argentine Patagonia sits the picturesque Lake District. Sandwiched between the Andes mountains with Chilean Patagonia to the west and Atlantic Patagonia to the east, the ... Read more » Fede Nuñez, Pixelado*Photo_Pro / Flickr

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#3 Atlantic Patagonia This beautiful Patagonian region (which skirts the Atlantic Ocean and sits just east of the Lake District and above Southern Patagonia) consists of wildlife havens and quaint Welsh villages. Here ... Read more » longhorndave / Flickr

#4 Perito Moreno Glacier At the southern tip of Glacier National Park in Southern Patagonia sits one of the region's most magnificent glaciers, Perito Moreno. Unlike 95 percent of Earth's glaciers that ... Read more » pclw / Flickr

#5 Punta Tombo Roughly half a million Magellanic penguins flock to Punta Tombo every year to mate. Located about two hours south of Puerto Madryn by car in Atlantic Patagonia, Punta Tombo contains ... Read more » furlin / Flickr

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#7 Cave of the Hands (Cueva de las Manos) This bizarre Patagonian cave remains shrouded in mystery. Its walls exhibit three distinctive styles of cave art linked to a hunter-gatherer society that flourished in Argentine Patagonia around 10,000 ... Read more » longhorndave / Flickr

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#9 Estancia Cristina Founded in the early 1900s by English pioneer and cattle farmer Joseph Percival Masters, Estancia Cristina offers both impressive views and excursions. Sitting next to Glacier National Park in Southern ... Read more » Courtesy of Estancia Cristina

#10 Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum This paleontological museum transports visitors to pre-historic Patagonia with four galleries that display over 1,700 fossils. Named after Egidio Feruglio—an Italian paleontologist who studied Patagonia's ancient Cretaceous ... Read more » Agamitsudo / Flickr

#11 Cerro Catedral Ski Resort If you come to Patagonia to ski, this buzzing Andes resort in Argentina's Lake District boasts experienced instructors, spectacular vantage points and an array of outdoor trails. But downhill ... Read more » Dave Lonsdale / Flickr

#12 Horseback Riding Some say there's no better way to navigate Patagonia than on horseback. Ever since guachos (cowboys) first steered their sturdy steeds through Southern Patagonia's rugged terrain, horseback riding ... Read more » Alex E. Proimos / Flickr

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From viewing platforms on Perito Moreno's southern border, travelers marvel at the glacier's spectacular ice formations. pclw / Flickr

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The Cave of Hands (Cueva de las Manos), features handprints and vivid drawings speculated to have been etched in approximately 10,000 BCE. longhorndave / Flickr

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At El Calafate's cattle ranches in Southern Patagonia, you'll find majestic horses saddled up and ready to transport riders across the district's rustic terrain. Alex E. Proimos / Flickr

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