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Private Horse Riding Tour in Argentina

Join Cabra Horco to ride along the mountain and hill in Tucumán, Argentina! Go into the mountain with your horses and let yourself be surprised by the landscape. Alder trees forests, grazing land, rivers, and narrow ravines. Cargo men will show the path to the visitors. The first stage is finished arriving at the Anfama post, a strategic place for the local people where many of them go to look for their goods. The following day, you get to Las Queñuas reserve, at 2000 meters above sea level. An inn which was built on the old foundations where the old manor is placed.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 120 kg
  • Horse Height: 14.3 to 15.3 hands
  • Tack Type: Comfortable Argentinian saddles
  • Horse Breed: Criollo crosses

Highlights

  • 4 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 to 9 hours
  • Crossing rivers, mountains, narrow paths on horseback
  • Use of trained horses and comfortable saddles
  • Services of a bilingual guide for every 4 riders
  • Transfer from and to the departure point
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: 2-12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport (US$25 per person)
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in the mountain outpost of Anfama on your first night and two nights will be spent at Posada Las Queñuas.

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.

Program

Briefing before the tour starts

The day before you depart for the tour, there is a meeting with a guide and the passengers which will be organized in Posada Arcadia at 20:30. Checking of baggage to carry out will be done, in case of trekking, saddlebags will be delivered. The itinerary will be explained and practical recommendations will be done. (Cash is necessary for places with intermittent cell phone signals, weather difficulties, etc.)

Itinerary

Day 1: El Siambon - Anfama

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.

  • Meals: lunch, tea, and dinner
  • Horseback riding length: 7 hours (estimated)
  • Distance: 21 kilometers
  • Unevenness: 1,100 meters

Day 2: Anfama - Las Queñuas

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.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner
  • Horseback riding length: 4 hours (estimated)
  • Distance: 8 kilometers
  • Unevenness: 300 meters

Day 3: 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.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch tea, and dinner
  • Horseback riding length: 6 hours (estimated)

Day 4: Las Queñuas - Raco

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.

  • Meals: breakfast and lunch
  • Horseback riding length: 9 hours (estimated)
  • Distance: 25 kilometers
  • Unevenness: 800 meters
  • Services finish: 06:30 (estimated)

Horses

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.

Saddles

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.

Security

  • In all destinations, there are health centers and radio contact.
  • The expedition is provided with cell phones and GPS (satellite navigator).
  • Each departure is announced to the aeronautics of the province indicating the itinerary to be fulfilled and the nomination of participants. If necessary, helicopters and support aircraft can be used.

Notes

  • A detailed itinerary of each excursion is at your disposal.
  • The schedule can vary according to weather or paths conditions.
  • Regular departures must be confirmed with 12 persons minimum and 12 maximum.
  • As custom made service is concerned, groups bigger than 12, ask for information.
  • It is not necessary to be an experimented horseman, but it is important not to be afraid of horses and be ready to enjoy the trip.
  • The track could be realized by horsemen and beginners too.
  • Every day, there will be six or seven hours of horseback riding, mainly at horse pace.
  • Those who want it can share the time and places to go galloping, taking into consideration the horses' fatigue as they are doing hard work throughout the trip.
  • Horsemen’s saddlebags will have everything necessary during the day.
  • It is recommended not to have anything loose or not properly tied, to avoid them falling or blowing off (glasses, hats, etc.).
  • It is necessary to take into account that a money belt is quite useful.

Location

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.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Explanatory talks, the afternoon before the start of the tour
  • Transfer from hotel in San Miguel de Tucuman to the departure point and from where the trips finish to the downtown in San Miguel de Tucuman
  • Three nights accommodation in the mountain sharing room according to layout of outposts / inns
  • Full pension with non alcoholic drinks and wine during meals
  • Porter mules to transfer baggage and individual saddlebags
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance
  • Bilingual guides and “baqueanos” (1 for 4 horsemen)

What's not included

  • Non-specified transfer
  • Night previous to the departure (in Tucumán)
  • Extras during the stay
  • Phone calls
  • Money spent because of any service interruption (personal, illness, etc.)
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport (TUC). Transfer from Tucumán airport to Yerba Buena is available at an extra cost. For one to three people, the cost is 25 USD.

Airport: Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport Airport transfer available: Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport (US$25 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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Special discount

If you booked a private riding holiday and then more people book the same riding holiday on the same date as you, Cabra Horco will offer you a special discount. The “regular rate” will be offered if the number of participants reaches 12 people. They will inform you if the discount is applicable, with its amount, 30 days before the trip starts.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday November 7, 2021
(4 days / 3 nights)

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