The Story So Far

The team at Bagual have a special interest and passion for the horse, the arts and cultural history. We aim to share what we believe to be a unique experience with you in one of the few remaining wildernesses on earth.

A Message from Our Founder

We started off as travellers exploring remote parts of Asia with personal and academic interests. We have immersed ourselves more than most into the art of travel – be it in the saddle or otherwise. We are experienced horseman and well travelled. Travelling on horseback is always such a wonderful way to go. Our interests are very much in textiles, local traditional garb and gastronomy. Our offering began and remains a unique, personable experience. We aim to share passions we have developed, hoping you can immerse yourself in the regions we take you to.

The story started with studies at SOAS and extensive travelling in Asia. Then later onto Patagonia inspired by Lady Florence Dixie´s book 'Across Patagonia', riding in the hoof prints of her party's epic equine expedition of 1879. A key part of the story thereafter, has been sharing memorable times with wonderful families and fabulous characters in awe-inspiring locations – be it round a camp fire, in humble dwellings, nomadic tents or other homes – and bringing you in as part of that experience.

There is a lot of nonsense out there – we are trying to play our part in steering you away from that toward things worthy of your visit and support and to be as environmentally conscious in the process and supportive on all levels of those doing good quality things.

Bagual is an old Spanish word referring to a wild horse, one that was domesticated but became wild. There to, is a dramatic range of mountains separating a remote part of southern Chile and Argentina called ‘los baguales’. The word is easily pronounced in Hindi to, less easy in English! A ‘baguala’ is a beautiful Indian lament/ song.

Locations are tucked away gems. The families and businesses we operate with are first and foremost friends as well as partners. Encouraged by this, you hopefully will feel something special from this and the reactions you get from the horseman and others alike. We support our local artisans – whose textiles, clothing and tack we endlessly love commissioning - for us, our horses and you (we have ponchos, trousers, jumpers and things for sale!)

The places where we travel offer a great opportunity to immerse yourself in invigorating and inspirational environments and peoples. We welcome you to journey with us if you think this is your thing!

James Mahon

“It has been a journey on many levels and you showed me something very special.I feel blessed to have spent this past month in such a wild special, beautiful part of the world riding the most wonderful horses I really loved every bit. You have great knowledge of the land and that’s something very special. Thankyou James for sharing it with me.”
Beshlie, London
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