Horse Party – Paraguay 

Well after finding ourselves in Chile with no idea what to do with our last month we ended up on a 32hr bus (?!) crossing 3 countries (Chile/Argentina/Paraguay) to try to find a volunteering place with horses and a pool for the last month of freedom!

After a slight detour to a conservation project with a load of hardcore scientists who had no aversion to angry wasp stings/mosquitos/scorpions in their shoes/frogs in their bags we found ourselves in Caacupe. A city outside of Asunción with a heavy German/Austrian influence and a huge church where every year people from all over South America make a pilgrimage to, some on foot for miles and miles.

We ended up as workaways on the last part of the trip so free bed and food in turn for 5hrs work a day. So horsey heaven for me! 13 horses to work with, round pen, riding arena with barrels and little cross bar jumps, rides around the property and palm trees and sunshine on hacks out. Oh and a pool to relax in when I wasn’t riding a horse! Unfortunately it wasn’t so much fun for John who doesn’t like sweating profusely from waking up to going to bed, shovelling horse poo and wee, picking up weeds or cutting grass as to be fair what are his gains……but luckily for him (and unluckily for me!) it was only 2 weeks.

Stella is an Austrian lady who owns the complex, she has pigs, cows, ducks, chickens, dogs and horses as well as 3 homes which are rented out to people as holiday homes as her income. The whole set up has rather opened my eyes to the possibliltes of living in the sun and riding horses everyday and still being able to afford to live!

The horses are various ages and stages of their learning but all beautiful!

Apollo a beautiful but nervous pinto boy-

Paschecko a handsome little speedy roan gelding-

Paloma a bossy little grey mare who has no fear at all-

Fortuna another little bossy boots with lovely paces until you ask for a canter-

The rest of the horses I did various things on the ground with as they weren’t fully broken and I felt they needed a person with longer to build up their confidence to ride.

Canela (who I called chilli for the whole trip) was a very sweet baby girl who I fell a bit for as she was just very clingy but so sweet. Other babies were Chilli, Gina and Aladdin who all got groomed, in hand schooling and cuddles.

So I got to play with horses all morning then hang out in the pool in the afternoon before hopping on again in the evening for a schooling sesh at sunset. Certainly an eye opening experience as to what is out there and what is possible. I have no doubt I’ll be back! (John not so much…..!)


Navimag – Fjords of Southern Chile

Originally Navimag was a transport service used just for goods and livestock. Over the years more and more tourists were interested in the journey; with the chance to see wildlife and and beautiful landscapes more and more people were attracted to the journey.

Tourism is now a major part of the service that Navimag offer. It is not cheap but it gives you the chance to see Whales, dolphins, penguins as well as good experience on board.

The service is available between Puerto Natales to Puerto Mont. It takes 3 nights on the ship which takes you though tight fjords…


and over the open sea. Motion sickness pills recommenced for the sea part.


It did get really cold out on deck on the southern part of the trip so it’s best to wrap up warm.



There is no internet connection so it was a relief to be able to switch off.


There was a guide on the ship who was a biologist that once worked for the Chilean Navy. He told us that they have spotted blue whales as well as Orcas. He claimed to have seen the biggest blue whale he had ever seen just 2 weeks before. We did manage to see whales but sadly not the big blue, there were many Minke whales along the route. They were tricky to get a picture of I managed just a few good ones.



Just got the end of the tale in this one.


On route the captain had a tradition of sounding the fog horn three times when passing a statue of the Virgin Mary for luck on the trip.


The fjords were very difficult to navigate before modern times and many ships have beached themselves. This in particular is actually sitting of another more ancient wreck, 2 4 1.

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This ghost ship was actually beached on purpose as part of a insurance scam! However, they did not get away with it obviously as I would not be telling you this story. The ship now as become a sanctuary for many seabirds. You can see that there are even trees growing on the thick soil which has form from bird poop.

On deck there was also a giant chessboard up the top deck.


The food on board was really good, in fact there was too much of it.

On the 3 day trip we only saw two other large boat


We did also spot a small sail boat, must be an amazing trip on on of those.

We managed to spot loads of dolphins but once again not many good photos.


Amy did manage to get this video

As well a things in the sea we also spotted many different types of seabirds including albatrosses with their huge wing spans.



Loads of random sealions



The times in between seeing sealife was spent just taking in the views.





It was well worth the trip I would recommended it to anyone, although it is down to luck if you will see any whales or not 🙂