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4 Day Cultural Adventure and Horseback Riding Holiday in Salta Area
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Enchanting Argentina Horse Riding Holiday

Join Gaucho Argentino for this amazing adventure in the mountains and valleys nestled between Salta, Cafayate, and Cachi. Gaucho Argentino offers small group expeditions year-round to provide you with a unique experience - a personal encounter with the colors and cultures of this region. Your job while on your horse is to admire the breathtaking scenery of both the red-striped mountains and the fascinating cactus forests of the valley.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds
  • Horse Breed: Peruvian Paso

Highlights

  • Horse riding sessions
  • Suitable for intermediate riders
  • Ride through mountains and valleys
  • Free use of horses and horse equipment
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Refreshing beverages

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Gaucho Argentino works with the hotel in Seclantaz, a small town famous for its ponchos. During the horse riding, you will also be provided with tents. You will stay in small gaucho homes. The next two evenings will be spent with your host family in Amblayo.

Program

You must be the day before the ride in the afternoon in Salta. You will have the opportunity to join Gaucho Argentino in a traditional and authentic peña in Salta the night before the parade and enjoy the folk music of the region. The place is called La Casona del Molino. Your adventure begins when they meet you in Salta, early in the morning of your first day. Then they will transport you to the hills behind the small town of La Viña, south of Salta, to meet the horses and saddle them. They offer typical foods: chivito, locro and casseroles, asado, and grilled vegetables among others.

At the end of the day, the starry night falls next to the fireplace. Then you can sing zambas and chamames while tasting the most exquisite Andean wines. They start early on your first day to introduce you to the sights and sounds of a lush river valley. You will stay in small gaucho homes on this excursion, and the first home acts as a cozy respite before you cross the high mountain pass the following day - so high, you will feel that you can touch the sky. Offering spectacular views, at times above the clouds, this is a journey you will not forget.

The next two evenings are spent with a host family in Amblayo, a tiny and remote village in a valley surrounded by majestic beauty. You will learn about remote rural life and culture in this village and take a day trip on horseback along the river and through the windswept, red stone countryside. After a ride along pampas-rimmed rivers and through cactus forests, your final night is spent in an old gaucho home, rustic and remote.

Breed of the horse

The horses used for this journey are Peruvian Paso crosses with a unique and smooth gate. Well-trained and steady, they know the high-mountain passes as well as the gauchos who live here.

Location

The holiday will take place in Salta, Argentina. Argentina, a country of beauty and drama, is renowned for its delicious beef, rich wines, tango, and its folk hero - the gaucho. Originally a nomadic horseman and cowhand of the Argentine Pampas, hundreds of years of history, legends, and ballads have helped define the cultural traditions of gauchos embedding their influence deeply into Argentine cultural tradition.

Because the gaucho played a major role in the county’s independence from Spain, he is respected as a symbol representing the nationalist feelings of Argentina. Gauchos were and remain proud and skilled horsemen. Typically, a gaucho's horse constituted most of what he owned in the world. Annual fiestas across Argentina usually include demonstrations of Gaucho horsemanship.

Salta

Salta, not only are the landscapes beautiful but the warm and generous nature of the people who inhabit this harsh landscape is also what gives the trip its joy and soul. Words cannot explain the beauty of Salta. High in the Sierras, more than 3,000 meters above sea level, there exists a rich valley surrounded by colorful mountain ranges and crisscrossed by rivers and history.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Horse riding sessions
  • Use of horses and horse equipment
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Complimentary tents
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Beverages

What's not included

  • Transfers to the place of the departure of the cabalgata (horseback ride)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport (SLA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Gaucho Argentino recommends that you fly to Salta from Buenos Aires and they have a travel agent that can help you with arrangements.

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 3 days before arrival.
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