BITS OF LETTERS FROM GUESTS
I know I’ve said it before but I must say it again. You have enabled three of the very best equestrian adventures and experiences I’ve ever had. I look forward to the next.
Earl of Portsmouth; Patagonia Feb 2020
It was great to meet you and spend time with you in such a wonderful part if the world. We all had such a great trip and were so beautiful looked after. We have all gone home with great memories and nice to have been taken outside our comfort zone. You were a great host and I enjoyed our chats and your dress sense has made me think about my future wardrobe! You always had such a great look with great taste for authentic quality clothing. We look forward to seeing & Susie will be in touch with you to organise the talk.
Mark Greenwood, January 2019
I am still buzzing after our wonderful holiday.....we got back to deep snow & back together with our daughter drinking maté!!!! Love it!!
Hope you are having fun with the new folk, feeling rather envious of them …
Indeed James...You are SO good with people and the horses...a true horseman!
Still buzzing....just want everyone to experience what we did......
With love for now
Susie Greenwood, January 2019
I cannot thank you enough for bringing us into your circle and sharing such a unique experience with us. It is clear to see that you have a very special relationship with Botai, Silo, their families, and the community. We were humbled to ride and live with the team, learning as we went, about their character, culture, traditions, generosity, and subtle demonstrations of affection.
Felipe, September 2018
After the planning of this trip it is so great now to be able to say that not only was it epic but is was magical and priceless and will be forever. Not often in life, if ever does one get to have such a special experience and certainly not one in such a different and extreme environment. It is hard to put into words all that I got out of this amazing journey, how great it was to meet and share real time with such wonderful people in such an authentic way, to have been able to see and feel such a pure and beautiful way of life which in turn has allowed us to reflect about many things in our fast and hectic lives and helps us understand what is really valuable and important in life, be more balanced and firmly grounded ...one big thing that really stood out to me was the real love and the great friendship and respect that I saw and felt among all of this very special clan! Some journeys in life you can only hope for and wish that they happen, this one became real, majestic and PRICELESS!
Ramuncho, September 2018
I need to thank you for making the adventure so special and safe.
We couldn’t of expected a better guide and friend.
I'm super happy you also enjoyed the trip.
Absolutely this trip gave us so much we all feel spiritually blessed after the trip and improved human beings.
Folco, September 2018
It was a pleasure and an honor to be able to share this experience together. I couldn’t of asked more and will treasure this memories for life. We were a support to each other at all moments and it was great to share together all this adventures outside of civilization. I think the fact that we had no contact with outer distractions like technology or bad people amplified greatly our experience and our bond.
Folco, September 2018
Riding near baguales was truly special … seemed to have brought a piece of it home with me.
He was a pretty cool horse, they both were, all of them are; but Telas was cool like a warrior & Lola was so amazing to experience … and of course Ceniza
Amanda Barclay: Argentina, January 2018 & Southern Chile, March 2018
“I don’t really know where to start, The best place I think is with a huge thank you for introducing us to the most beautiful, special and soulful place that has now taken hold of me! I have not yet really come out of the Patagonia bubble and am hoping that a small part may remain with me always.
Sally Chamberlain, February 2018
"It was the most incredible experience and I, certainly, would not have missed it for the world. I am sure that none of us will ever forget it either, especially the Pass of Tears! You and all the team were absolutely wonderful and led us and looked after us so incredibly well that you seemed to anticipate our every need, often before we knew we wanted it ourselves!"
Sally Pierce, February 2018
“I would love nothing better than to go on another of your rides. The two I have done have been amongst my favouriteadventures. I will go again with you one day, of that I’m sure”
Quentin Portsmouth, August 2017
MONGOLIA ALTAI PROVINCE
“What an adventure!! I don't know where to start!! I absolutely loved every single minute of our trip, what fabulous company... and most of all thanks to you for organising such a fabulous trip and keeping us all in order. The food was good, the gers more than I imagined - proper beds that was a surprise!”
Rosemary Armistead, October 2015
MONGOLIA ALTAI PROVINCE
“We had an awesome trip and I’m sure it will be repeated next year.”
Farzin Pourmokhtar, October 2015
MONGOLIA ALTAI PROVINCE
“Thanks to you James, it's been a very authentic trip and the more I think of it the more in awe I am of all the things we lived!”
Adrian Matheu, October 2014
MONGOLIA ALTAI PROVINCE
“Thank you all so much for such a memorable and special trip. It lived up to all expectations and was only enhanced by your company and that of Botei and family, Agii, and the others we spent time with. I feel very lucky to have experienced the vast barren landscape, horses and eagles, snow dusted mountains and freezing rivers.”
Vanessa Lindsey, October 2014
MONGOLIA ALTAI PROVINCE
“I am really quite overwhelmed by the events that have taken place over the past month… I have come to you through Paddy, and therefore this feels like family to me. I couldn't have been gifted a greater friend and ally in all things non-synthetic…, suffice to say it has been a journey of epic proportions, with you at the helm… for which I am and always will be eternally grateful.”
Rhona Mitra, April 2014
“James’s ability to converse and entertain all whom he meets is unique. Sometimes you find people and places that are good for your soul, add to that the adventure and wildlife, and you have a truly special trip that will stay with you forever.”
William Stocker, February 2014
“Can´t tell you how much I enjoyed the whole Patagonia experience. All the people were just splendid. An accolade in itself. You betcha, god willing I will be back.”
John Retson, January 2014
“James you made our adventure to Patagonia so memorable I wish to send you a huge thank you for making it so. Also for allowing me to ride such a beautiful mare in such beautiful surroundings. I loved every minute though my favourite bit was staying in the first gaucho home in the middle of the wilderness, truly special. Thank you again and sending you much love.”
Deb, December 2013
"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. It was very sad to leave and say goodbye. You have great knowledge of the land and thats something very special. Thank you James for sharing it with me. For sure I shall be speaking highly of all that I've seen, been and the country I've ridden in. Looking forward already to another trip!! Would be amazing... "
Beshlie, April 2013
It totally blew our expectations out of the water. Wow is it an amazing place! It was so what the two of us needed, a completely remote experience in the most stunning of surroundings - an 'epic' trip! We struggle to put into words just how good it was when telling friends about it. Thank you for organising it all "
Harry and Georgie, January 2012
James and his team looked after us wonderfully. The location is jaw droppingly beautiful – something to be seen to be believed. Our journey into the mountains felt like a real adventure – though it was James and Ali who were doing all the hard work. Fantastic fishing and walking to, and wild foods to gather. Bottom line: Can't recommend it highly enough! "
Christo and Clare, January 2012
“The horses went so beautifully together all through that long tough wild day. It was beautiful to ride side by side with Tamara the whole way and watch those two horses come in together every time and the heartbeat too. Adrenaline running high, each lap so different but the most extreme terrain and changing all the time. It was a nose to nose finish and gosh those horses did us proud and did an amazing race. Amazing!!! I’m still buzzing from it all... It really has stirred many emotions this trip and touched hearts more than i was ever aware of. I know doing the 100km and coming in with the winners will help sponsorship... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, LOVELY JAMES FOR SUCH AN AMAZING TIME !!!”
Beshlie, April 2011
“We have arrived at the Estancia…. and we could stay here for a month! Effectively, we have the whole house to ourselves. There's an enormous living room with big views to the nearby lake, a huge open fireplace that we light in the afternoons and evenings, and we sit by it sipping some wine and listening to the crackling of the open fire. We have a fabulous bedroom. The only noise at night times is the wind, and during the day we can occasionally hear the dogs barking and the birds in the trees. There are no phones, no television and no internet.”
Dominique, February 2011
“What an amazing way to round off our honeymoon! What a gorgeous place, we had the house to ourselves & were looked after so well - thanks for all your help, it was an excellent end to a great trip. We were so well looked after by Paola and Marta and enjoyed three wonderful days’ riding. The estancia had roaring log fires, was well equipped with great beds and tons of hot water; just what we needed after a day in the saddle. Just a ten minute walk from the end of Laguna Sofia. It’s a beautiful site right in the middle of stunning Chilean Patagonia. We’re not the most experienced riders but we felt totally secure in Paola’s capable hands with good natured horses & top quality equipment. A really unique and personal experience run by people with a genuine love of horses & the great outdoors.”
Jessica Hill, January 2011
“Thank you very much for such a magical, transformative experience in the Argentine mountains. The horses were fantastic, calm and sure footed on such testing terrain. It was an enormous pleasure to spend ten days in an untouched wilderness in great company. I hope to be back one day soon.”
Livia Liechtenstein, January 2010
“James, it was the most magical five days ever, I couldn't have enjoyed myself more. I fell immediately in love with everyone, what an AMAZING group of people I met, I can't even begin to tell you how upset I was having to come back to Buenos Aires, although it is still very cool over here as well...!”
Diana Bell Irving, April 2010
“Horse-lovers, picture this and drool in envy; spread before me is a sweeping valley, thick with golden grass, pockets of beech trees in pillarbox red and cinnamon orange, a crisp sky and a backdrop of snow-frosted mountains. I am here with James Mahon, a charmingly eccentric Englishman with a penchant for natural fibres and fine wine, and a passion for Patagonia. We have travelled here for an equine adventure – to train for and compete in a challenging horse race across private land within a stunningly beautiful national park in southern Chile. This area is absolute heaven for riding...”
Rebecca Worrell (Writing for the Times) April 2009
“This is one of my favourite places on earth, it takes special people to want to share it with. James is not only a fantastic horseman and knowledgeable guide, but also has a wonderfully charismatic and warm persona that somehow makes even the coldest, rainiest and most challenging mountain trips feel like documentary-worthy adventures (and they are!).”
Emma Jane Hague, January 2008
“Being in Campana really does feel like being at the end of the earth. The way of life and riding style alike are rough and ready. The elements are often harsh, but the landscape is stunning. I fell in love with this area after exploring it on horseback with James. James is a terrific wilderness guide, offering both the necessary expertise and entertainment!”
Emma Jane Hague, March 2008
"I had the great good fortune of participating in a mountain camping trip on horseback a couple of years ago in the Andes of Northern Patagonia, Argentina, under the tutelage of James. I quickly came to appreciate his skills as a world class equestrian, a skillful organizer and an attentive and entertaining host. The trip proved to be a truly positive life-changing experience for me, and I will be forever grateful to James for making it so. It is my greatest hope to return for another of his expeditions."
John Sewell, February 2008
“What else could we do that is that memorable? The purity and beauty of those extreme mountains reflected in the picture perfect lakes, the luxury of the lodges after a full day of riding on that perfect black horse, incredible memories of some blissful cantors through the glory of the mallins in the high plains of Patagonia. We always tell our friends the stories of James in the bosque, soaking wet after surrendering his coat to protect us, joyfully shouting, "I didn't know it was a whiskey day". Too much fun! There are so few authentic places and people shaped by the grandeur, you and Chile are that.”
Christine Moorehart, January 2008