The majestic animals were once a domestic breed and now roam the lands of Southern Argentina and Chile.
By Walter Raymond
Wild horses are an intrinsic part of one of the most impressive natural environments of the southern tip of South America. It has been determined that the largest number of these animals live in Chile—more precisely in the Torres del Paine National Park—in the Magallanes Region.
Slightly less numerous, they also find their habitat in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, and on the island of Tierra del Fuego. Small herds have also been reported farther north, in the territories of the Argentinean provinces of Neuquen and Rio Negro.
Distant and more recent origins
Patagonian wild horses
The modern horse belongs to the genus Equus, which evolved millions of years ago in North America— although some experts say they also populated much of South America. In fact, some fossils dated between 10,000 and 12,000 years old have been found in Chile.