Join Cabra Horco to ride along the mountain and hill in Tucumán, Argentina! Big unevenness paths are crossed, some rivers are forded when the going up seems not to finish, and finally, you will arrive in the clearing. The cadence of the marching allows you to go into the local people’s world, a world where nature slowly accentuates the pace. Each night, you get to a different post where you are received with a generosity that characterizes local people’s life.
You will be accommodated in the mountain outpost of Anfama on your first night and the rest will be spent at Posada Las Queñuas.
Posada Las Queñuas was built on the foundations of an old manor house. To build this house, materials from the area were used, such as adobe, straw, cane, alder tree sticks, leather, slab, etc. In the main building, there are three bedrooms with a private bathroom, each of them has a salamander stove stoke with firewood and the bathrooms with individual cauldrons with which hot water is supplied.
In an annexed area, there are two rooms and a bathroom. For the building in this area, local people used their own building techniques. Materials and furniture were carried out by mule back. The building has a system of permanent potable water provision, heating and hot water with salamander stove and firewood, and 24 hours electricity provided by alternative energy.
The transfer will get you at 07:45 by your hotel to be at 09.00 in El Siambon, located 60 kilometers from San Miguel de Tucuman. The trip begins in strides. Slowly, the city is left behind to go into the hills toward Anfama stops, from the Kanama language (lugar de encuentro - meeting place), at 1,850 meters above sea level, through Rio Grande ravine. During the assent, the forest made up of tipas, laurels, devil's and walnut trees, is disappearing and grazing lands, where the only trees that can grow are the alder, willows and pine trees appear.
The river is left behind and you start going up the Anfama summits. During the trip, there is a stop to have lunch in the open land and enjoy the landscape. In the afternoon, the travel keeps on to finally arrive at a small hamlet and get to the Rasguido family post where visitors will be received with the warmth that characterizes people from the mountain. After that, you will spend the night in the mountain outpost.
You start the trip from San Jose de Chasquivil spot. The way is stressed by the landscape varieties. Many ravines and rivers are crossed until arriving at Posada Las Queñuas where lunch is waiting for you. It will be a surprise to get to this special place. During the trip, the native remains, such as pirca corrals and a menhir, can be appreciated. In the afternoon, there will be time to relax, go around the place on foot or by horse, and know a bit more about Las Queñuas Reserve project. You will then spend the night at Las Queñuas.
There is also the possibility to go around through different corners of the reserve on horseback, including Don Eusebio old post highlights or Los Guanacos plateau (3,100 meters above sea level) at Negrito hill foot (4,800 meters above sea level ), from where people can see condors harmoniously flying among the ravines. During the night, you can enjoy delicious lamb or asado (barbecue) as dinner with a warm bonfire, to rest and share experiences during the day. After that, you will stay the night at Las Queñuas.
Once the horses are ready, the trip to Raco (1,200 meters above sea level) starts by following the Raco summits paths, which reaches 2,200 meters above sea level. La Hoyada (1,400 meters above sea level) post located at the mountain foot in the middle of two rivers is passed by. The day is depicted by the depth of uphills which, one by one, will be going up and down. Almost upon arrival in Raco, you will come back to San Miguel de Tucuman after leaving your horses and the hills.
The horses are trained and prepared to move through the hills without major risks, go across rivers and up and down the mountains and along paths, therefore they move with sure step in the unevenness and between the stones. They have an elevation of between 1.5 - 1.6 meters. The race of predominant origin is Criollo crosses.
Good and comfortable saddles are provided. Coated frames typical of northern Argentina are used where the chair has peyons (sheep's skin) to make them more comfortable. The saddles are well structured to give security on the ups and downs of the rides.
This riding tour will take you to the Anfama summit and Las Queñuas reserve. Las Queñuas reserve is added with the purpose to preserve native forests and its fauna, protecting the high valleys natural ecosystem, keeping a sample of Aconquija mountain range, taking care of water resources, as well as respecting the culture and history.
During the trip, you will be provided with three breakfasts, four lunches, three dinners, and tea. The food may consist of stews, asados, empanadas, locros, lamb roasted in a masonry oven, herb beverages, homemade bread, cold beef cuts and cheese, wines, sodas, etc.
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