5 Day Cultural Adventure and Horseback Riding Holiday in Salta Area
Seclantás, Salta Province, Argentina
Enchanting Argentina Horse Riding Holiday
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Join Gaucho Argentino for this adventure in the mountains and valleys of Valle Calchaquies. They offer small group expeditions year-round to provide you with a unique experience - a personal encounter with the colors and cultures of this region.
You will stay in small gaucho homes during this holiday in Seclantás and Amblayo with the first night in a cozy respite, the next two nights with the host family, and the final night in an old, rustic, and remote home.
You will start early on your first day to enjoy the sights and sounds of a lush river valley. You 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 so 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 your 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. Upon your return to civilization in Salta late on the fifth day, you will have an opportunity to join them at a traditional and authentic peña in Salta to toast your adventure and enjoy the folklore music of the region.
The horses used for this journey are Peruvian Paso crosses, with a unique and smooth gait. Well trained and steady, they know the high mountain passes as well as the gauchos who live here. 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. You will not pass the 4200 meters high in your ride.
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, 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.