Estancia el Puesto invites you to relax and enjoy horse riding on the incredible mountains in Argentina. You will depart from Los Arboles crossing the two Cordilleras which are Cadena del Portillo and Piuquenes, a mountain range, that separates Argentina from Chile. Then, you will descend to the Tunuyán Valley. From there, you may enjoy the different amazing activities. Scents of flowers, of natural herbs, and sounds of water falling from the mountains will offer you an unforgettable moment. This horse riding holiday is the best way to discover these amazing mountains and treasures. Welcome to one of a lifetime experience!
You will be accommodated in various accommodations provided by Estancia el Puesto. On day one, you will stay at Estancia el Puesto’s lodge while the rest of your holiday will be spent in various locations such as Mula Muerta (on day two) and a camp in Alto Tunuyán Valley (from day three to six). Estancia el Puesto’s main lodge has five en-suite bedrooms and a large living room with huge windows towards the Andes, making you feel part of it. There is also a reading / relax room and dining room.
This horseback holiday will take place annually in the months of December, January, February, and early March with groups of five to fifteen people, led by the climber, Raúl Labat. Estancia el Puesto has the necessary equipment for transport including horses (saddles, tableware, etc.) and with an endowment of more than 50 animals including horses and mules, especially suitable for traveling on high mountain trails. Estancia el Puesto also has an excellent team of baquianos with vast experience and knowledge of the area.
You will follow the route (paths of muleteers) of the historical Manzano which made a small column of the Liberation Army commanded by Captain Lemos and for which also returned San Martin, already ill, of high Peru.
The trip will last for six days starting from the city of Mendoza to the town of Los Árboles (1600 meters high), Department of Tunuyán. Two mountain ranges will be crossed: the so-called Cadena del Portillo which is drawn through a pass of the same name at 4,500 meters above sea level and then, descending towards the Alto Tunuyán Valley. Then, you will go back the second mountain range called Piuquenes that is limit with Chile.
Reception and accommodation will be at Estancia el Puesto. You will be served dinner with typical meals, presentation of the participants.
You will have breakfast and enjoy a walk in the immediate vicinity and departure in vehicles to the Mula Muerta (former refuge of the colonial era) at 3,200 meters high where the muleteers, horses, and mules await you. Overnight will be in the place, indications and precautions to follow during the trip.
You will have a preparation and arrangement of loads, mounts, and horses to each of the riders. Departure will be at 10:00 to the Portillo Argentino in permanent climb to 4,500 meters. Then, you will have a short break to adjust frames and take pictures. The descent to the Alto Tunuyán Valley will begin and then, you will take a rest and enjoy light lunch. You will arrive at around 18:00. Camp will be prepared and then dinner will be at around 21:00.
You may have a rest or optional outing of approximately five hours to visit some of the wonderful sites of the valley such as Laguna de los Patos, San Juan Meson Glacier (6,200 meters), or the imposing South wall of Cerro Tupungato (6,800 meters high). Alternatively, you can enjoy short excursions on foot or sunbathing on the banks of the stream.
You will travel to the border with Chile (Portillo de Piuquenes at 4,100 meters high). Then, you will have a rest, photos, and lunch in Paso Hondo with views of the glacier and summit of Marmolejo Hill. Thereafter, you will return and have farewell meal of the participants.
Breakfast will be at 07:30. You will return to Portillo Argentino and then to Mula Muerta from where you will return by car to Mendoza.
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This horse riding holiday will cover several places in Argentina including Los Árboles, Mula Muerta, Portillo Argentino, Alto Tunuyán Valley, and Portillo de Piuquenes. As a land of vineyards and mountains, trees, rivers, glaciers, and greens, Los Arboles is a town where the horse and sulky were never replaced. Gauchos still wear their traditional clothes and children ride their horses to school. Through the way, you will discover the most beautiful landscapes in the Andes - the immense mountain range, eternal snows, Tupungato Volcano at 6,800 meters high. Moreover, Estancia el Puesto is located 110 kilometers from the city of Mendoza, just an hour and half hour's drive.
You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner with cold wine. Carefully cooked, Estancia el Puesto’s menu includes the traditional empanadas and the Argentinean asado (barbecue) with a great variety of salads and traditional homemade desserts. All is served with the best Mendocinian wines. Menus are specially designed by the owners of the ranch, homemade meals prepared with the best meats, organic vegetables, and fruits.
At Estancia el Puesto, there is no afternoon without tea and no night without a “fogón criollo” (guests meeting around the fire enjoying and sharing a meal and their daily experiences) and of course a the best wines of the área (Malbec, Cabernet Souvignon, Merlot, Sauvingnon Blanc, and Chardonay).