Lo Pirque Restaurant : a traditional Chilean experience

Lo Pirque restaurant has to be one of my absolute Chile highlights. It’s an equestrian centre about an hour’s drive from Santiago which puts on a magnificent horse show to the backdrop of a typical Chilean aperitif and buffet.

We clinked our vino sours to the tune of traditional Chilean folk songs and galloping hooves.

La cueca dance

Lo Pirque horse show

The show was fabulous, with one little exception – the rodeo demonstration. While the bull wasn’t physically harmed, he hardly looked pleased. I know I’m a bit of a softie when it comes to animals but I wasn’t the only foreigner shifting in my seat as they brought him on. It all just felt rather unnecessary. Especially when the horses were so fine…

Lo Pirque equestrian centre

The aperitivo

Everything else was wonderful, especially the food. Baby Annabelle tried her first sopaipilla (a kind of Chilean fried pastry) and I enjoyed the wine cocktails. Probably a little too much, if I’m honest.

Lo pirque aperitivo

Chilean sopaipilla

Lo Pirque buffet

After the show we feasted on a splendid buffet.

Service was great – no queues or pushy elbows. Food was really, really good too. None of that cheap hotel sweaty buffet stuff.

There were meats, fish, salads and the porotos granados (a Chilean bean stew) were especially good. Somehow my glass kept refilling itself with Lo Pirque wine.

Lo Pirque restaurant

Lo Pirque buffet

Lo Pirque restaurant

Horse rides for the kids

Then Sebastian and Rafa put the horses through their paces. Staff were so kind (and patient!)

horse rides for children

horse rides for children

Chilling in Chile

After all that exertion we kicked back under the winter sun.

Lo Pirque is much bigger, and much more beautiful than you might expect. We fed the ducks, played racket ball, rode on the see saw and jumped on the trampoline.

family in Chile

children at Lo Pirque

feeding the ducks

family fun

play ground for children

A travel bucket list must

We loved the way that apart from the horse and cart ride, nothing was charged extra. Staff were so friendly and the whole experience felt very authentic.

The hall was sensitively restored according to original 19th century plans with locally sourced materials. Local flora and fauna were encouraged to flourish by planting native species of plants.

restaurante

The Andes mountains

children at Lo Pirque

According to legend, the original owner of Lo Pirque, Don Vicente Izquierdo, would ride out by nightfall to check over his fields and staff. Today locals claim to have seen a dark figure riding out at night keeping watch, just like many generations ago.

Judging by the website, Lo Pirque is just an equestrian centre which puts on a show and a little food. But it’s so much more. Lo Pirque is a magical place and it’s well worth a visit.

andes mountains

The Lo Pirque experience costs $34,500 per adult and includes the equestrian show, aperitif, buffet with cocktails, wine and soft drinks. Children aged five and under go free. Payment by cash or card on the day. 

Lo Pirque is open Wednesday – Sunday. Aperitif is served at 1.30pm and the equestrian show follows at 2pm. Reservations online or via email. www.lopirque.cl

For more ideas of what to do with kids in Santiago, check out this post and for more child friendly restaurants, click here.

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