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4 Day Exciting Getaway and Horse Trail Riding Hidden in The High Andes Mendoza

Silver Cord B&B, Calle Río Blanco sin numero, Valle del Sol, 5507, Argentina

Argentina Horseback Riding Holiday

Enjoy pony trails and horse riding in the mountains of Mendoza. Don't miss the chance to have fine wine and good food along with an excellent location of the snow cap peaks of The valley of Uspallata! Come and join Silver Cord for the complete Argentine experience, authentic gaucho asado, and camp one night under the clear sky of the Andes.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 264 pounds / 120 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 14 hands
  • Tack type: Western tack
  • Horse breed: Mestizo

Highlights

  • Authentic Argentine experience
  • 2 days of horse riding plus one-night camping
  • Bird watching and night sky viewing with a spotting scope
  • Target practice shooting with an old model 1906 Winchester 22 rifle
  • All camping gear, GPS Garmin SOS, and insurance supplied
  • 2 nights accommodation at a B&B in Mendoza
  • Daily delicious meals and fine wine
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Gov. Francisco Gabrielli International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

During this horse riding holiday, you will stay two nights in Silver Cord B&B Potrerillos Mendoza and one night in a camp under the stars.

The host innkeepers provide warm hospitality along with comfortable lodging. The bed and breakfast is immersed in one of the most beautiful spots in Potrerillos with rustic and cozy rooms; inviting you to relax and enjoy all outdoor activities with complete natural surroundings such as horseback riding and trekking. The wine cellar offers the charm to share drinks and moments with other guests.

This family-run bed and breakfast offers warmth and personalized attention that will make you live an unforgettable moment. The rooms have a separate entrance to the main house and all have private bathrooms with the idea that you will have a quiet and peaceful stay while taking advantage of and visiting important tourist attractions.

Premium Suite

The Premium Suite has a large room with a king-size bed, a workplace, a satellite TV, and a large closet, as well as a bathroom with jacuzzi. There is also a full kitchen with an oven, microwave, refrigerator, and dishes for five people. The apartment has three single sofa beds in the living room and a satellite TV, wood, and gas heating.

Program

The guides will give you all the confidence needed with the orientation provided for the welcoming to this horseback riding experience.

Day 1: Arrival

Pick up at Gov. Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ) in Mendoza. Drive up to the high valleys of Potrerillos to the B&B and take a shortstop by the lake for some photos. Lunch and dinner are provided. Sleep overnight at the B&B.

Day 2: Riding day - Uspallata mountain trail

After breakfast, we drive to the valley of Uspallata, where the gaucho and the other guide Guille waits for you to saddle up for this mountain trail first-day adventure. For the first day, the trail starts in total around six hours of horseback, crossing streams and creeks going pass different ridges viewing the Cordon del Tiger. Lunch will be around a campfire tasting different types of traditional food and fine wine.

Dinner in the evening under the night sky with a billion stars! You will be amazed. Sleep in the mountains that night in tents.

Day 3: Riding day - The Inca Trail

After breakfast, you saddle up again and start heading back through another path towards the valley. We will visit a historical site of the Incas. The Inca Trail went south by Uspallata and then west into the Andes: up the Mendoza River by the ruins of Ranchillos. Lunch will be served by the stream, asado criollo. Once finished the second day of horse riding, we drive back to the B&B where you can unwind and relax. Dinner and sleep will be at the B&B.

Day 4: Departure

After breakfast, we drive into Mendoza town for a peak followed by drop off at the airport.

A brief history introduction and site visiting

Uspallata has archaeological evidence of occupation of the Incas at least 4,000 years. Both the foothills and valleys of Mendoza Uspallata and river were occupied by ethnic groups that preceded the Incas in the use of means of subsistence. Uspallata historically has been a place of transit, where the Inca watched the valley on their way to Chile.

Around Uspallata, in Ranchillos, there are traces of a tampu or post on the Inca Trail. During the fifteenth century until the Spanish penetration, the incorporation of the area that today is called the Corridor, the Inca empire. The valley of Uspallata is then constituted a crossroads. The Inca Trail still visible is a testimony to the communication between people on both sides of the Cordillera. From the Peruvian-Bolivian altiplano, the Inca Trail descends on the Chilean side and into the Andean Corridor through the valleys of the foothills. The road reaches the Mendoza River and continues skirting the steps towards the ridge.

In Mendoza, the route starts from the north of Uspallata, in Yaguaras where it enters the province until San Alberto and continues for a length of 50 kilometers. Then it disappears and reappears in Ranchillos, where there are Inca ruins. Continued on Tambillos, about 10 kilometers before reaching Polvaredas and Route 7, where there are remains of ancient settlements.

Location

This four-day program combines breathtaking views of the mountains by horseback and you will get to see a part of Mendoza along the way that most visitors miss out on. Uspallata is the place where mostly the movie (7 Years in The Tibet) was filmed with Brad Pitt back in the early 1990s.

As well on this two-day horse trail with overnight camp experience, you will witness part of the historical endeavor of San Martin and his army men faced the challenging journey in the crossing of The Andes back in 1817. Also, Uspallata is a village and administrative district in Argentina, in a scenic location on the road that crosses the Andes between Mendoza and Santiago in Chile. It is located 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Mendoza and was once served by the now disused Transandine Railway which passed through the town on its way from Mendoza to Los Andes in Chile.

There are several items of interest in and around the village including "las bovedas," somewhat strangely egg-shaped kilns dating from the early 17th century which were used to extract gold, silver, zinc, copper and other metals from minerals mined nearby. Worth a brief visit as they are only approx 1.5 kilometers (one mile) from town, complete with a small museum, notes include the fact that some of the refractory bricks can still be seen with "Rufford Stourbridge" from the English West Midlands stamped on them; a brief reminder of Britain´s industrial heritage.

The road to the Chilean border incorporates some of the most dramatic scenery in the region, the Andean mountains in this part being part of the backdrop of the highest peak out of the Andes, Aconcagua at almost 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) above sea level. There is a brief glimpse of the stunning mountain from the road some distance from another point of interest, an ochre-colored bridge spanning the Mendoza River 72 kilometers (45 miles) from Uspallata that seems to have been made from sulfur-bearing hot springs.

Food

Daily meals and drinks are included in the package. You will get to taste authentic gaucho asado and a wine tasting of the award-winning Bonarda Guarda in Silver Cord's cellar is also included. Vegetarian and vegan meals are available on request.

Closed-Door Resto-Bar and Wine Cellar

Exclusive to Silver Cord's guests, they offer the chance to buy local and boutique wines. An intimate atmosphere invites visitors to the best choice for a drink in the quiet evenings. The restaurant is exclusive, with prior reservation for guests, it only serves dinners, wines, premium beers, and soft drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
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)

Hiking and trekking are also available, as well as the High Andes tour, boutique wine tour, and Valle de Uco and Villavicencio 4x4 scenic drive and photo safari.

What's included

  • 2 days horse riding with one night camp in the mountains
  • 3 nights accommodation in total
  • Daily meals, fine wine, and drinks
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Asado criollo (BBQ) with premium wines
  • Bilingual guides
  • Wine tasting in a wine cellar
  • All camping gear supplied
  • 4x4 vehicle Toyota Hilux double cabin new model transportation and support
  • Go Pro 7 camera supplied for all your photos

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Gov. Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Silver Cord B&B will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Gov. Francisco Gabrielli International Airport Airport transfer included: Gov. Francisco Gabrielli International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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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