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5 Days Authentic Horse Riding Holiday in The Andes, Argentina

Las Loicas, Mendoza Province, Cuyo Region, Argentina

Breathtaking Argentina Horse Riding Holiday

Crossing the Andes on horseback is an unforgettable and popular adventure in Argentina. Gaucho Argentino offers a unique program with small groups that experience an authentic cultural exchange with the isolated gaucho families that call this rugged area home for the few months of the year it is without snow. You will follow the trail of Chilean and Argentine smugglers, cross rivers, stand at the border with Chile, travel on the crests of mountains overlooking beautiful valleys, warm yourself at a natural hot spring. This is the truly adventure that you will never imagine before!

Key Information

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

Highlights

  • Horse riding sessions
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 or 6 hours
  • Complimentary horses, horse equipment, and tents
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and beverages
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Pick-up from Malargüe

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Accommodation

This is a rustic and authentic gaucho experience. Gaucho Argentino will provide the tents and you will bring your sleeping bag.

Program

Your adventure will begin in Las Loicas, a very small village nestled in the Andes one-hour west of Malargüe. Gaucho Argentino will meet you in Malargüe whether you choose to drive or take the bus. After a warm breakfast, your day will consist of approximately five or six hours of riding with a mid-ride break for lunch followed by a hearty and delicious dinner with fine Argentine wines. By riding through spectacular scenery on steady, well-trained mountain horses, you will feel the magic of the mountains and come to understand why they hold such mythical power in the stories of the region. The itineraries will provide you with first-hand experience of a remote way of life that has not changed for hundreds of years.

Breed of the horses

The majority of the horses are Criollos. The Argentine Criollo is recognized for its steadfast character, intelligence, and endurance. As one of the hardiest breeds with a strong muscular body and broad chest, they have been the willing and sensible working companions for gauchos in Argentina. The breed has been carefully managed since the early 20th century. Gaucho Argentino breeds and uses Criollo and Criollo-cross horses for many of its horse riding adventures. Often trained by the same gauchos that accompany the guests on the rides, the Criollos are safe, well-trained, and smart.

Location

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 imbedding 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.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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
  • Complimentary tents
  • Pick-up from Malargüe
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Beverages
  • 4 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

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

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Though it is possible to drive to Malargüe from Buenos Aires in approximately 12 hours, it is recommended that you fly to Mendoza and rent a car for the 4.5-hour drive or ride the bus. Gaucho Argentino has 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 on arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday December 15, 2019
Departure: Thursday December 19, 2019

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