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6 Days Andes Crossing Horse Riding Holiday in Argentina and Chile

Andes Mountain Range, Argentina - Chile

Breathtaking Chile and Argentina Horse Riding Holiday

Treat yourself with an extraordinary trekking crossing the Andes Mountain Range by beautiful valleys between the highest peaks of the Andes. This unmissable expedition starts in Argentina and finishes in Chile. It is one of the most spectacular trekking in the world, and one that shall not be missed!

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds

Highlights

  • 5 riding days
  • Tunuyán river crossing
  • Climb El Portillo Argentine
  • Visit the Laguna de Los Patos
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at camping tents for the first 4 nights and 1 night in a complex of cabins in Cajon del Maipo.

Program

Day 1: Mendoza - Historic Manzano (horseriding starts)

Transfer from the city of Mendoza to the Historic Manzano (130 kilometers). Reception and presentation of the group of guides and baqueanos who are part of this spectacular journey on horseback. A sillero horse is designated per person and the great crossing begins. Arrival at the Portinari Refuge, (National Gendarmerie). Here the customs procedures and

registration are carried out before the authorities of the National Gendarmerie. At noon, you will get a lunch box type lunch. In the afternoon, in the Scaravelli Refuge (called Real La Mula Muerta), you will prepare the camp to spend the first night in the mountain range. Dinner and stove.

Day 2: Scravelli - Protillo Argentino - Valle Rio Tunuyan

Breakfast and enlistment of the horses to follow the route. This day you will climb El Portillo Argentine, ascending to 4380 meters to continue to the Valley Tunuyán River, where you rest after a demanding crossing. This day is the most extensive and the most demanding of the expedition (8 / 9 hours approximately). When the night comes, you will enjoy an energizing dinner that will surely be adorned by the experiences of this day of adventure.

Day 3: Tunuyan River Valley

The third day will be destined to rest. You can choose to stay in the vicinity of the camp or take a reconnaissance trek accompanied by the guide, identifying native flora and fauna. In the afternoon, riding on horseback you will visit the Laguna de Los Patos, and return to the camp. Dinner and overnight in tent.

Day 4: Tunuyan River Valley - El Caleton

After breakfast, you will start the Tunuyán river crossing. The ride continues to the viewpoint of the Tupungato volcano and then, following the Palomares river, to El Caletón or Piedras Coloradas. In this place you will set up the camp to share a dinner in the light of the stars. Night in tent.

Day 5: El Caleton - International Border - Parque Del Yeso

Departure towards the Argentinean / Chilean Border. Another big challenge lies ahead on the fifth day. Departure to Step Piuquenes to 4030 meters, boundary between Argentina and Chile. At noon you will enjoy a unique lunch at the border marker. In the border, you have to change the mules who carry loads (they are prohibited cross the border). New Chilean mules and Chilean muleteer guides will lead you going down to the river El Plomo in Chilean territory, the final leg of the expedition. After crossing the river, private vehicles are waiting for you. Transfer by minibus to the Cajon del Maipo, coasting the Yeso dam to San Gabriel Village where are the customs formalities where you complete customs paperwork at the police office.

After 11 kilometers from the customs office, you will get to the accommodation in a beautiful complex of cabins and farewell dinner at local restaurant.

  • Trek: Approximately 7-9 hours / 14-16 kilometers
  • Waypoint: Piuquenes pass 4030 meters. Crossing the river Yeso. End in Parque del Yeso or Termas del Plomo 3000 meters.
  • By car: Yeso / San Gabriel Cajon del Maipo 1260 meters

Day 6: Transfer Cajon Del Maipo (Chile) / Santiago De Chile

After breakfast, transfer to Santiago de Chile. Leave the group of Expeditionaries in the bus terminal Alameda.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in Andes mountain range in Argentina and Chile.

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

  • Tame horses with mounts
  • Professional instructor guide; Baquianos and arrieros permanently
  • Transfer from the city of Mendoza to the starting point of the ride
  • Saddlebags
  • Transportation of personal equipment on mules (up to 10 kilograms per person)
  • All meals and drinks during the development of the horseback program
  • Complete campaign team (tents, kitchen utensils, crockery, etc.)
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • First aid kit
  • Satellite telephony for emergencies (does not include private calls)
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Transfer from the end of the ride to the place of accommodation in Chile (Cajón del Maipo)
  • Transfer from the lodging place in Chile (Cajón del Maipo), to Santiago de Chile
  • 21% IVA

What's not included

  • Transfer (return) from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza (Consult for option)
  • Transfer to Chile of the luggage that is not carried on the expedition
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent)
  • Personal equipment (clothing, clothing, etc.)
  • Meals not stipulated in the program
  • Drinks in restaurants
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, tips, laundry, etc.
  • Any cost derived from the abandonment of the program ahead of time
  • Rescue expenses
  • Medical or air evacuation expenses
  • Travel insurance or medical assistance

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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Arrival: Thursday April 18, 2019
Departure: Tuesday April 23, 2019

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