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9 Day The Andes Crossing Horse Riding Holiday from Chile to Argentina

Los Andes - Las Tejas - El Ciénego, Chile; Valle Hermoso - Rancho de Lata - Peñón Colorado - Uspallata, Argentina

Andes Crossing Horse Riding Holiday

Ride through the legendary crossing of the Andes by San Martin and the Army of Independence from Chile to Argentina! You are invited to share with Pioneros Riding Tours the privilege of re-editing one of the most amazing achievements in the history of mankind, crossing the Andes on horseback through the exact same spot San Martín and his “Army of the Andes” did in 1817 to free the people of Chile from its European monarchs! Thought for a small group of enthusiasts of nature and history, have the chance to feel the titanic efforts that the "Fathers of Independence" had to overcome; a mythical journey that draws like a magnet; probably, the trip of a lifetime!

Key Information

  • Tack Type: Argentinean and Chilean Saddles
  • Horse Breed: Argentine and Chilean Criollo Horses and Mules

Meet the instructors

Eduardo & Tatiana
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  • 7 horse riding days
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6-7 hours
  • Horses, saddlebags, pack mules, camping and cooking equipment, and tableware
  • All meals, wine, and beverages during the ride and others indicated in town
  • Transfers during the holiday are included
  • Hot meals at dinner and picnic at lunch
  • English speaking guide and gauchos
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 2-15 participants
Airport transfer included: Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
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You will spend six nights camping where everyone in the group is asked to help to the extent possible, one night in a hotel at Los Andes, Chile, and one night in a hotel at Uspallata. Double and triple rooms are available.


This holiday was featured by National Geographic Traveller as "An epic Andean adventure" and by Horse Canada magazine: "This was an adventure that will be impossible to top!”

“...what does not allow me to sleep well is, not the strength of our enemy army, but crossing these immense mountains”. Written by General José de San Martín to José María Guido, June 14, 1816.

While the roar of freedom was still heard in France and U.S., its echo rolled into South America, patriotic voices with gigantic dreams coordinated their actions to put an end to 350 years of monarchic domination and open an era of individual free will.

  • One of the worldwide few rides with a goal to achieve to cross the Andes on horseback
  • Follow the historical trail of the 18th Century Independence wars
  • Also a former Inca trail
  • Camp by Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas, as well as the other colossus of America
  • A challenging riding expedition, ride as high as 13,500 feet/4,500 meters
  • Enjoy delicious meals and wine at camp

Day 1: Santiago de Chile - Los Andes (Chile)

Arrive in Santiago de Chile, Chile and transfer to Los Andes town at a preset time around noon. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Spend the night at a hotel and have a welcome dinner with your guides and the rest of the group.

Day 2: Horseback Riding - Los Patos - Las Tejas (Chile)

Today is the start of the horseback ride; transfer from Los Andes to Los Patos. This is the route taken by San Martin's army on his way to Santiago, through the Aconcagua Valley and the Putaendo Valley. You will see the site where on February 12, 1817, the Chacabuco battle took place.

On February 14, San Martín and O’Higgins entered Santiago de Chile to declare independence. At Los Patos, the Chilean horses and gauchos will be waiting for you. There will be migrations at local authorities to allow you to cross this unattended border. Ride upstream the Rocin river to Las Tejas, your first campsite.

Day 3: Horseback Riding - Las Tejas - El Ciénego (Chile)

You will be riding the Pacific Ocean watersheds and you will move up the Rocín river canyon; spend the night at El Ciénego camp.

Day 4: Horseback Riding - Border Crossing - Valle Hermoso (Argentina)

Leave early in the morning to reach the international border at 3500 meters. Changing horses is mandatory so say farewell to your Chilean horses and continue your ride with an Argentine team who came all the way to fetch you. You will have a very close view of the Aconcagua Mountain (6,962 meters - 20,900 feet), the highest peak in America and the Western Hemisphere. Spend the night at Valle Hermoso, for a reason, it is called “Beautiful Valley”.

Day 5: Horseback Riding - Valle Hermoso (Argentina)

Spend a second day at this heavenly spot to rest; today, you will do a day ride along the valley to get a closer view of Mount Aconcagua, easy-going and at your own pace; or you can just go stay at camp and relax and have dinner at the campsite.

Day 6: Horseback Riding - Valle Hermoso - Volcán River - Rancho de Lata (Argentina)

Ride along the Los Patos Valley, which gives the name to this pass and is an old sea bottom full of marine fossils and the Volcán river. Camp at 3,500 meters in Rancho de Lata to get ready for the next day's challenge.

Day 7: Horseback Riding - Rancho de Lata - Espinacito Slope - Peñón Colorado (Argentina)

Today, cross the Espinacito Slope at 4,500 meters (13,500 feet) high; this is the highest point of the journey. The landscape is daydreaming and will make you feel the titanic efforts that the Army of the Andes had to overcome. Spend the night at Peñón Colorado.

Day 8: Horseback Riding - Manantiales and Hornillas - Uspallata (Argentina)

After breakfast, ride to Hornillas. The challenge is almost over and you can now fully grasp the real meaning of the crossing. Say farewell to your horses and leave behind the adventure. Go to Uspallata town via a minibus to spend the night at a hotel and have a farewell dinner.

Day 9: Wine Tour - Mendoza - Luján de Cuyo (Argentina)

This day will be very gourmet, experience winemaking and tasting and a superb lunch. From Uspallata, leave early to Luján de Cuyo; this area is now known worldwide for producing several of Argentina’s best wines. Your visit to Mendoza would not be complete without a visit to the famous Club Tapiz boutique winery. During this private visit, you will have the chance to taste their premium wines directly from the oak casks.

Have lunch at the winery then transfer to the airport in Mendoza where the program ends. Please note that Pioneros Riding Tours will be happy to assist you with the continuation of your trip (hotel reservations, transfers, etc.).


Slow (6-9 hours per day and some long days)


This is suitable for novice to experienced riders who are looking for a real riding expedition. You will travel light and keep camping gear to a minimum.


Summer High: 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) to Low: Minus 5 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit). The program is subject to the natural weather contingencies involved in any environment like this


Eduardo Finkel

Tatiana Hasenclever


This is a historical location. When the Army of Independence chose this path to cross the Andes it was facing a challenge never accomplished in the past. And it was never done again. Both Napoleon and Hanibal crossed mountains to attack but those were 3 times shorter and 3 times lower.

Additionally, it is where the highest mountains in America and the Western Hemisphere stand. It provides a unique geographical immensity,


Daily hot meals at dinner will be served (Argentine barbecue, pizza, beef or vegetarian stew, pasta, etc.), as well as picnic lunch. All meals, wine, and beverages during the ride and others are indicated in town.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • 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

  • 7 riding days
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • All transfers from Santiago de Chile - Los Andes - Los Patos - Barreal - Uspallata - Mendoza
  • English speaking guide, gauchos, horses, saddlebags, pack mules, and camping equipment
  • Cooking equipment and tableware
  • First aid kits for people and horses
  • Oxygen bottle for high altitude
  • Iridium satellite phone for emergency calls
  • Hot meals at dinner and picnic lunches
  • All meals, wine, and beverages during the ride and others indicated in town
  • Luggage allowance of 20 kilos per person plus saddlebags

What's not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Gratuities
  • All others not indicated

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL). Santiago de Chile city or this airport is the meeting place at a preset time, usually, around 2 p.m. All transfers during this tour are included.

Airport: Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Airport transfer included: Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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 30 days before arrival.
9 days / 8 nights
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Tour information

The saddles used are very comfortable for long rides. If you have a specific requirement about riding horses or mules, you have to ask in advance at the time of making your reservation.

Pricing information

Single supplement for hotels and camping tents is available and costs 350 USD per person.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Monday January 17, 2022
(9 days / 8 nights)

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