Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday Argentina

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!

Highlights

  • Ride to Portillo Argentino
  • Descend to the Tunuyán Valley
  • Travel to the border of Chile, Portillo de Piuquenes
  • Personal service of baqueanos and arrieros
  • Use of a saddle horse with a full frame
  • Replacement horse and cargo mules
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Meals with cold wine

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

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.

Program

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.

Route

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.

Duration

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.

Itinerary

Day 1

Reception and accommodation will be at Estancia el Puesto. You will be served dinner with typical meals, presentation of the participants.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

General conditions

The general conditions are the following:

  • Minors are not accepted if they are not accompanied by one of their parents. They must come with identity and authorization documents.
  • The whole route will be done on horseback. No special knowledge is needed to mount because all the animals are very tame but it requires a discreet physical condition and not suffer from cardiovascular diseases.
  • Strict compliance with the orders of the head of the expedition and the indications of the carriers that will attend them.
  • Estancia el Puesto reserves the right to alter the routes or to eliminate them totally or partially in case of temporary or emergencies that justify it without such situations giving the right to any refund of the price.
  • The dates of departure are subject to the climatic conditions and amount of snow accumulated in the mountain passes.

Instructors

Raul Labat
Raul Labat is a climber and a founder of Estancia El Puesto.

Location

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.

Food

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).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • 4x4 tours
  • Balloon flight
  • Laguna de los Patos visit
  • Rafting
  • San Juan Meson Glacier (6,200 meters) tour
  • Sunbathing on the banks of the stream
  • The imposing South wall of Cerro Tupungato (6,800 meters high) visit
  • Trekking
  • Wine tasting in nearby wineries such as Salentein and Clos de los 7

What's included

  • Horse riding sessions crossing the Andes
  • Use of a saddle horse with full frame
  • Replacement horse
  • Cargo mules
  • Personal service of baqueanos and arrieros
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with cold wine
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

This horse riding holiday is available from December, 2018 to March, 2019. Please select an arrival date below.

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