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Andes Mountain Trails, Argentina





Horses



Type of horses:

Criollos, Peruvian Pasos and Mules.

Nature of horses:

Strong and reliable, well trained and sure footed.

Height of horses:

14.2 - 16 hh

Weight limit:

90 kg

Tack type:

South American recado saddles.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This is a brilliant horse riding trip in the mountains of Argentina in South America. Itineraries include trails to Patagonia in San Martín de los Andes, Mendoza close to the Aconcagua, Salta in the Calchaquí Valleys and Crossing the Andes between Argentina and Chile. All these are absolutely unforgettable experiences. This ride is a true example of environmentally friendly tourism and you can enjoy riding through unique and well preserved landscapes. Your hosts are very responsible when it comes to how they treat the local communities and landscapes and guests are encouraged to have the same respect for their surroundings and for the beautiful nature. They follow strict guidelines which include no littering, putting out campfires before leaving the site, not disturbing wildlife, leaving archaeological remains in their place and respecting the culture and dignity of the local dwellers. This includes asking before taking a photograph of them (the people here are kind and very willing).

Your hosts here are solely focused on horse riding tours and have over 8 years experience of running these great horseback trips. Their business was chosen as one of the world's "Exemplary Practices in Ecotourism 2003" by the World Tourism Organisation and their passion for the destination and the horses with which they work means that their enthusiasm shines through in their trails. The guides here are perfectly trained and fluent in English, with other languages also available. The trips are designed to show you the best of Argentina and visitors are welcomed as friends with whom the hosts will share unforgettable moments and experiences.

There are plenty of horses available for guests to ride and some are more demanding than others. The experienced rider can enjoy a challenging mount as they cover this awesome terrain and novices or nervous riders can trust in a horse which is easy to handle. All the horses used are born and raised in the area meaning that they are extremely sure footed and used to the mountainous and tough landscapes.

The programmes available are not suited to those looking for luxury but for the adventurous types - there is a lot of camping involved as well as staying in mountain refuges often without baths, showers or hot water. However, trails are available to suit all abilities of rider so if you're looking for a remarkable horse riding holiday where you can experience some true South American culture and stunning natural environments, these trails could be just what you're seeking.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

These trips feature a lot of camping but with some "upgrades". You will be riding in the backcountry of Argentina, usually above 6000 feet, sometimes staying in mountain refuges when not in tents. Check the individual programmes for more details.

Argentina is renowned for its beef. A favourite cut is the "bife de chorizo", served tender and juicy, but all cuts are of very high quality. Roasted over charcoal or wood, we also find "chorizo" (pork sausage), "molleja" (gizzard), "chinchulines" (tripe), riñones (kidneys) and "tripa gorda" (large intestine). Among the more regional foods are "empanadas" and "locro criollo". "Empanadas" are pastries filled with minced meat, chicken, corn,or vegetables; different Argentine provinces have their own special recipes for "empanadas". The "locro criollo" is a stew made with cow meat, potatoes and corn. Wines are excellent and come from Mendoza and Salta. They are exported all over. The highlighted varieties of Argentina are Malbec in red wines and Torrontés in whites. They are considered best in class.

 

Activities

Rafting, trekking, four trax, rappel, mountaineering, biking, etc. are the perfect addition to these horseback tours.

 

Further Details

Languages: English & Spanish

Health requirements: Fit and healthy

Age limit: None with reason

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, meals, beverages (inc. wine with meals), and transfers from Salta City Airport.

Not included: Flights, transfers (from Buenos Aires), travel and medical insurance.

 

Travel Information

Fly into Salta City or Buenos Aires, depending on your chosen itinerary. For each itinerary there are different meeting places which can be explained to you.

Airport: Salta City Airport

Alternative Airport: Buenos Aires

 

Programmes


Mendoza - The Ceiling of America Ride



You will ride the Aconcagua region. Here stand the most massive and immense mountains in America, including its tallest peak, Aconcagua (23,200 ft), the mecca of mountaineering. Riding at heights over 11 000 ft, through small trails, past fairy tale valleys and colourful creeks. It is in these uninhabited places, which you can only reach on horseback, where huge herds of guanacos roam freely and the Andean condor nests. Only in unique places like this can you enjoy the privilege of watching them at ease.

This is also a place where history was written. In 1817, the Los Andes Army crossed through this exact same spot. After this they moved on to liberate Chile from the Spanish Conquistadors. You will have a glimpse of the titanic efforts the Fathers of Independence had to overcome.

As the sun sets, the spectacular stars of the southern hemisphere will cover the sky. Relax at the camp with its peaceful atmosphere. The campfire that lightens up the darkness as you share a cup of coffee, tea or mate. All this creates the ideal ambience to feel the timeless spirit of nature and make new friends. On the seventh day you finalise the trip by rafting the River Mendoza, the region’s best. Your hosts' long experience guarantees an unforgettable vacation. Hopefully, the trip of a lifetime.

Day One:

Arrive Buenos Aires/Uspallata: Flight to Mendoza out of Buenos Aires Domestic Airport. Arrive Mendoza city airport. Transfer to Uspallata town (1 1/2hrs drive), located right in the middle of the Andes Mountains and very close to Mount Aconcagua. Check in at Uspallata Hotel. This mountain lodge is like a throwback to the 30’s-40’s. A welcome dinner will await you.

Day Two:

After breakfast you will have the first chance to ride these massive mountains. During the rides you will have the priceless support of an elite cavalry unit based in the area that focuses on border exploration on horseback. You will be driven in an off road truck which is the only possible way to get to Chacay, well into the Tiger Range. It is considered to be the backbone of the Andes. There, the horses will be waiting for you for the ride to La Gloria (The Glory). Moving upwards with the horses to 3000 metres – 9000ft. high you will reach the viewpoints from where there is a great view of Uspallata Valley. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day Three:

After breakfast you will start a 9 hour day outdoors. The off road truck will carry you to the Tiger Range. On horseback you will ride upstream from the Ranchillos Creek to Cueva de la Bruja (Witch Cave). You will have lunch here. The massive rock wall in front of it houses condor nests. If lucky, you will have the chance to watch them close by. After lunch you will ride along the Durazno stream downwards to Uspallata. Its sandy river bed makes it a perfect place for cantering. It is an unforgettable experience to run your horse into town. Are you willing to give it a try? Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day Four:

Today you will ride the Bonilla Range through the Quebrada de Santa Helena and towards Agua de la Cueva (7 hrs ride including lunch outdoors). The same unspoilt trail used in 1817 by the army sent to free Chile from the Spaniards. On this virgin land, you will have a feeling of the titanic efforts of the task. When you reach Agua de la Cueva, you will have majestic views of the Aconcagua. Its 6,962 mts. – 21 000 ft. make it the highest peak in America. This was their camping ground two centuries ago. On the way, you will stop at the abandoned mine Rivadavia and explore its tunnels. The group will have a barbecue dinner there. Back to Uspallata in on off road truck. Your horses will wait for you there for the next day. Overnight at hotel.

Day Five:

The truck will take you back to Agua de la Cueva. Your last riding day will go through Pampa de Canota (7 hrs ride including lunch outdoors). This area is known because of its herds of guanacos and the Andean condor. At sunset you will reach Uspallata. You will say farewell to your horse and get ready for dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day Six:

Today will be very gourmet; wine making and tasting and a superb lunch. From Uspallata you will leave early to Luján de Cuyo. This area is now known worldwide for producing several of Argentina’s best wines. Each night during your ride you have been enjoying a different wine from this territory. 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. Lunch will be at the winery. You will be transferred to Mendoza city airport. Depending on your flight time back home, you might need to spend the night in Buenos Aires. Assistance can be arranged for you with the continuation of your trip (hotel reservations, transfers, etc.).

Although they will always endeavour to avoid changes, your hosts reserve the right to change this itinerary due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances, including acts of man or nature.



Accommodation: Comfortable hotel accommodation.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: Novice (confident) - experienced.
Type of ride: Mountain trails and valleys.
Total riding time: 4 days riding (5 - 6hrs a day).
Departure dates: From 2017 onwards there are no set departures but the ride can be arranged for groups of four or more riders during the months October - April.
 
Pricing: 2017

2-3 riders: £1671
4-5 riders: £1515
6+ riders: £1366

There is a single supplement charge for hotel accommodation of £226

Price includes 5 nights hotel accommodation (basic mountain lodge) in Uspallata, all meals and beverages (excluding spirits), hot meals at dinner and picnic lunches, English speaking guide, gauchos, horses, pack mules, camping equipment, first aid kits for riders and horses, satellite phone for emergency calls, Mendoza airport transfers.

Price does not include flights, Buenos Aires airport transfers, travel insurance, gratuities and others not indicated.




Salta - The Inca Trail



Argentina is a land of horses and many of the natives spend their whole life on horseback. In this unique country you will be able to explore the vast beauty of its varied and impressive landscapes and discover its real spirit. Ride across the Andes Mountains of Northwest Argentina the way it was done in Colonial times, whilst keeping some of the luxuries of the 21st Century!

These are ancient Inca trails and the ideal setting for an unforgettable trip. This holiday will get you to places that you can only reach on horseback, places where you can see impressive landscapes and experience the diverse climates. Here there are tropical forests with crystal clear streams in the Lerma Valley, the Calchaquí desert with its multicoloured mountains and the Cafayate Creek and its water and wind eroded hills. Your hosts designed these trail rides to show this breathtaking contrast.

Groups go up to 3000 mts. (9000 feet) where the forest changes to high altitude grassland. This is the homeland of the Andean condor. As the sun sets, the spectacular stars of the southern hemisphere will cover the sky. Relax at the camp with its peaceful atmosphere and enjoy the campfire as it lightens up the darkness of the night and you share a cup of coffee, tea or mate. All this creates the ideal ambience to feel the timeless spirit of nature and make new friends. All along the trail, you have a chance to absorb from the locals, heirs of the ancient Incas, some of the culture still alive high up in the mountains. Your hosts' long experience in riding tours guarantee an unforgettable vacation.

The horses are the core of this riding program. It is suitable for riders who are fit and capable at walk, trot and canter. You will ride the horses at all gaits whilst you immerse yourselves in nature for a few days, enjoy camping activities and make new friends. A great option to enjoy riding while leaving behind the stressful city life…

This is a nine day/ eight night adventure which includes five full riding days. 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day One - Arrival Buenos Aires/Salta: Flight to Salta with arrival anytime before 4pm. Pick up at the local airport followed by a visit to  the MAAM (Museum of High Altitude Archaeology - closed on Mondays). Recently opened to show the items found at an Inca human sacrifice site on top of the Llullaillaco volcano (6730m /18000ft high). It holds the best preserved mummies worldwide. You will check in at your boutique hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner with your guide. 

Day Two - Riding Day: After breakfast you are transferred along the Cuesta del Obispo with its breathtaking views of the Cardones National Park, where you may spot guanaco, until reaching Piedra del Molino at 3,348m. Here you meet your horses and gauchos. Have lunch at the corral before setting out riding in a southerly direction.  You will reach Penas Blancas (2,760m) by sunset and will spend the night in cabins here which have beds and running water but no showers. Your route takes you across a small range of hills where you may pass herds of wild donkeys which were set free by the Spanish conquistadors.

Day Three - Riding Day: After breakfast, you set off to ride through the valley which has been a lifeline for residents over the centuries. You will see small houses made from mud and the archeological remains of ancient settlements along the path. You ride west until reaching the very steep Chilo slopes which divide two valleys - there are magnificent views from here. Lunch is taken in a dry river bed, which is also a fantastic spot for cantering! Along the route you will pass ancient pictographs painted by local Indians and will visit Isonza - a working ranch still following ancient traditions - and Leuca Burgos who make goat cheese in the same way as the Incas. Return to your camp at Penas Blancas for a second night.

Day Four - Riding Day: After breakfast you head off riding south, going past Yaslaguala. Giant cactii are numerous in this area. After lunch you ride to Amblayo town (2,400m) where you spend the night. This town has only 150 dwellers and still uses horses as their main means of transportation. The sense of arriving on horseback to this town with almost no cars is unforgettable. Along the route you pass through areas where the archaelogical remains of painted pottery scattered around - you can look but not remove any of them. Spend the night in Amblayo in rooms with beds, bathrooms with hot water and electricity.

Day Five - Riding Day: After breakfast you will have some time to enjoy this picturesque town… you can visit its ancient chapel and its 17th century paintings brought from Peru or have a chat with the residents. In the afternoon you will continue the ride, heading for the foothills of Sierra Pelada, an area where the "ancient ones" lived many centuries ago. The multicoloured hills are unique and the Rio Salado is another fantastic spot for canters! Overnight at Amblayo where a traditional goat barbecue may be served.

Day Six - Riding Day: Today's ride offer many contrasts. Riding east you cross the Dead Lion range - the desert gradually gives way to high altitude grasslands and it is here that you may spot condors at c. 3,000m. Start your descent though the dense forest of the Lerma valley and at sunset, arrive at El Churqui mountain camp (1,960m). Here you sleep inside cabins in sleeping bags - a toilet is available as well as cold running water. A warming homemade meal will be waiting for you.

Day Seven - Riding Day: After breakfast, leave for La Vina, following the course of the Las Pircas stream. These trails have been used for centuries and are still the only means of communication for the locals. Upon reaching La Vina, the minibus is waiting to transfer you 2 hours back to Salta city. Check in at boutique hotel. Farewell dinner. 

Day Eight - Buenos Aires City: Transfer to airport followed by flight to Buenos Aires (not included) and transfer to your hotel. You will take some time to visit the city and learn about its icons in a very special way: tango, Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada's balcony, Eva Peron etc. In the evening you might want to attend a tango show (optional) with dinner and a tango lesson. Night at hotel. 

Day Nine - Departure: Breakfast. End of programme. 

Although they will always endeavour to avoid changes, your hosts reserve the right to change this itinerary due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances, including acts of man or nature.

A longer, 12 day/9 days of riding, itinerary is also possible for those who wish to be away for longer - please enquire for more details and prices.



Accommodation: 5 nights in mountain cabins (shared rooms, showers on some nights, no heating in cabins)
2 nights boutique hotel in Salta
1 night hotel in Buenos Aires
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: Confident novice to experienced. The pace of the ride is slow overall but there are opportunities for those who like to canter and gallop so you should be able to ride in all three paces.
Type of ride: Trail ride.
Total riding time: 9 days / 5.5 days riding (5-6 hrs a day).
Departure dates: 2017: 12-20 March, New date 22-30 March, 7-15 May, 3-11 September, 30 October-7 November, 26 November-4 December (The Palermo Polo Open).

2018: 18-26 March, 5-13 May, 2-10 September, 28 October - 5 November, 2-10 December (The Palermo Polo Open).

2019: 17-25 March, 18-26 May.
 
Pricing: 2017:

The price for this ride depends on the number of participants booked onto it:

6 or more: £1398 per person
4 - 5: £1538 per person
2 - 3: £1702 per person

Prices include 8 nights of accommodation (5 nights in mountain cabins, 2 nights in Salta hotel and 1 night in Tribeca hotel) based on shared rooms, all meals and beverages during the ride and others as indicated in town, Salta city and Buenos Aires domestic airport transfers, guided riding and all required equipment for the horse riding.

NOT included: International and domestic flights, Buenos Aires International airport transfers, travel and medical insurance, tips and extra meals, beverages and services not mentioned.

Single supplement (for nights in Salta hotels): £180 per person

Additional tango show with dinner and tango lesson: c. £94 per person




Pioneers of Patagonia



This ride is a six night adventure through the pristine wilderness of Patagonia in Argentina. The base camp is set in a 45000 acre working estancia, embedded in the Andes Mountains. It was founded long ago and was first owned by English pioneers.

The trails take you over uninhabited land that can only be reached on horseback and the group camp in unspoiled places. There are rivers and lakes here full of trout, valleys and mountains covered by indigenous sub-Antarctic forests and huge monkey puzzle trees which add to the amazing landscape. From the hill tops it's possible to see Chile on the other side of the border.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day One - Arrival to San Martin de los Andes: Pick-up at San Martín de los Andes airport. Meet your guide and transfer to camp to enjoy a traditional Argentine barbecue dinner. 

Day Two - Riding Day: After breakfast and last minute packing you will meet the horses. Say farewell to the last sights of civilisation at this working Estancia as you start the ride into remote territories. You will head west, to the Andes range. At first the typical dry Patagonian steppe is everywhere but it gradually fades out. You will be heading towards one of the largest giant monkey puzzle tree woods in Patagonia - these trees only grow here and can live to 1000 years old. You will stop for lunch under the first group of them. When you reach Puesto Ignacio, your campsite for the night, you will leave all heavy items behind and go for a ride into the woods. This is the first chance to feel Patagonian vastness and the immense size of these very old trees.

Day Three - Riding Day: After breakfast you will leave the campsite. Today you will go north and then west. After moving into another valley, there will be plenty of chances for cantering and galloping, for those who like (only if it is an experienced riding group). You will start to see ñires trees, a typical tree of the region. Lunch will be under the shade of huge Monkey puzzle trees on the way to the Relén river where you will camp for the night. 

Day Four - Riding Day: After breakfast you will leave the campsite. The morning of this ride is similar to the previous day with the group enjoying the valleys and landscapes. Lunch will be on the way under the shade of huge Monkey puzzle trees. The afternoon ride will take you into higher ground where you might see the condors and visit a Mapuche Indian reservation territory. The night campsite, Mallín de las Lengas, is at the edge of a fairy tale lengas forest, worthy of a Tolkien novel. It is so pristine that the dead giant trees have piled up over the centuries and are all still lying around on the ground… a moving scene. You will ride through this forest and enjoy an energising meal in the evening. 

Day Five - Riding Day: After breakfast you will be heading towards the Picudo Mountain which is the highest riding point of the trail and offers an awesome view. You will climb and descend through the lengas forest, in the half light of this dense wood. The monkey puzzle trees will be your hosts for the night as you will camp close to the Polcahue lake.

Day Six - Riding Day: During the morning you will ride straight west. This valley has been used over the centuries by the Mapuche Indians to reach the Pacific Ocean crossing the Andes range. You will stop close to the Chilean border, passing by the Pulmarí lake. After a long day, you will arrive at sunset at the Estancia ready to enjoy a few basic privileges of civilisation: electricity and hot water. Farewell dinner.

Day Seven - Transfer back to San Martin de los Andes: After breakfast you will go back to San Martín de los Andes airport for your departure. 

Although they will always endeavour to avoid changes, your hosts reserve the right to change this itinerary due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances, including acts of man or nature.



Accommodation: 6 nights camping.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: Novice (confident) to experienced. The pace of the ride is slow overall but there are opportunities for those who like to canter and gallop.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 5 full days riding (5 - 6 hours per day)
Departure dates: 2017: 22-28 January, 19-25 February.

After 2017 there are no set departures. Tailor made rides can be arranged for groups of 4+ riders, between 1st November and 1st May by request.
 
Pricing: 2017:

£1366 per person sharing
No single room option

Price includes 6 nights camping, all meals and beverages (excluding spirits) during the ride (hot meals at dinner and picnic lunches) and others as indicated in the programme, English speaking guide, gauchos, horses, pack mules, camping equipment, first aid kits for riders and horses, satellite phone for emergency calls and San Martin de los Andes to estancia transfers.

Price does NOT include International and domestic flights, Buenos Aires airport transfers, travel insurance, gratuities and other drinks and services not mentioned.



Estancia Stay in the Argentine Pampas with a Buenos Aires Tour



There is no better way to understand the real Argentine spirit than to experience its world renowned “Estancias”. Full of tradition and history and cradle of the best Polo in the world, they are part of the way Argentina was made. This Estancia is a true working ranch at the core of the Argentine Pampas. It is a 4 000 acres Estancia, located 150 miles away from Buenos Aires city. The Estancia is dedicated to livestock production and Argentine horse breeding barn. The horses you will ride are top of class and they have all participated in horse shows with great success.

On top of this, you will share time outdoors with the gauchos (the local cowboys). They are all horse loving people and very proud of their way of life and cattle raising skills. They are the true spirit of the endless Pampas and Argentine culture and Argentine history has elevated them to the level of myth. They are celebrated in both song and prose where they became truly heroic figures who pronounce their virtues as knights would with strength, bravery and honour. Feel at ease to run horses all day long and help the gauchos in their everyday work. Join them in a cattle drive as you can hoot and holler like those cowboys in the movies as you focus on following their three virtues in a character building experience. This is one of these few situations where you can still feel the spirit of freedom.

The crew here will be devoted to your stay. A 100% personalised service is part of the philosophy and culture of the place. Enjoy the excellent local cuisine, comfortable accommodations and tasteful decoration, etc. The guest house is old but recently renovated. Get ready to enjoy traditional Argentine barbecues and great horse riding or just relax.

The programme would not be balanced without embedding yourself in Buenos Aires city, the cradle of tango, the Paris of South America. The culture of the city is everywhere as well as its Latin spirit. This program balances pure adventure with more relaxed activities. It is an experience without comparison.

Day One:

Buenos Aires / Estancia: Arrive Buenos Aires during the morning. Pick up at International Airport at preset time. 3 hrs. drive to Estancia in the Pampas. Lunch. Horseback riding in the afternoon. With the help of your guide you will be introduced to the Argentine horse breed and assigned your horse for the rest of the stay. You will ride the surroundings of the Estancia to get used to your horse and learn about the daily activities at the Estancia. A hearty Argentine welcome dinner follows.

Argentina is now known worldwide for its wine production. Each night during your stay you will be enjoying a different wine from its terroirs. Your hosts have prepared a special selection which includes some of the world renowned Argentine Malbecs.

Day Two, Three & Four:

During your stay you will be riding Argentine breed horses on the famous Pampas grasslands, wonderful long canters on the plains and the chance to explore the quaint and charming villages throughout the area. The gauchos (cowboys) will be eager to teach you the “secrets” of cattle work and horse breeding. You will enjoy both the horseback and ranch activities at the Estancia over the next few days, including:

- Ride the El Gato river banks. This portion of wilderness will let you see how the Pampas were originally

- Conventional cattle work, cattle driving and barrel racing

- Drive 19th century carriages

- On a longer day you will ride past neighboring Estancias only to make a stop under the shade of the trees to lunch on a traditional Argentine barbecue

- You will explore areas and villages that are typical of historic Argentina, such as the very small town of Almada. The locals gather at the bar and are always glad to have visitors and make new friends. It is like going back in time. Tie up your horse in front of the bar the same way it was done in the Old West. Enjoy a drink and have a chat with the locals.

Day Five:

You will ride during the morning and then say goodbye to the horses. After lunch you will leave the Estancia and head to Buenos Aires city. Hotel check in. Free time to wander around the city, go shopping, visit museums.

Day Six:

Breakfast. The group will meet to take some time to visit the city and learn about its icons in a very special way: Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada’s balcony, Eva Peron, etc. Set aside the evening for tango. You will attend a tango show with dinner and a tango lesson at Complejo Tango. Night at hotel.

Day Seven:

After breakfast, you will be picked up at 9am from the hotel to visit the River Plate/ Paraná delta and the surrounding picturesque towns. You will travel on bus, train and boat. At Tigre city you will get on board a boat. Snack available (not included). From the side of the boat you will appreciate the exotic subtropical forest of the Paraná river delta, a 14,000 square kilometers area comprising of thousands of islands and islets. The River Plate is the ending portion of the Paraná river which is 2500 miles long and its name means “as big as the sea” in the local Indian language. This is the second largest river in South America (behind the Amazon river) and its volume of water flowing into the Atlantic Ocean is roughly equal to the volume of the Mississippi river. Transfer back to the hotel in Buenos Aires. Arrive 2:30 PM. Free time until transfer to Ezeiza International Airport. Flight back home in the evening.

Although your hosts endeavour to avoid changes, they reserve the right to change the itinerary due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances including acts of man or nature.



Accommodation: Four nights are spent at a 4000 acres working Estancia with two nights in hotels in Buenos Aires. Estancia rooms are double rooms to be shared and hotel rooms are double or triple rooms for sharing.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Novice (confident) - Experienced. Must be able to walk, trot and canter in open spaces.
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: As detailed by programme.
Departure dates: 2017: 5-11 March, 23-29 April, 28 May-3 June, 25 June - 1 July, 6-12 August (Tango World Cup takes place in BA during this time), 17-23 September, 10-16 December (Palermo Polo Open takes place in BA during this time).

2018: 8-14 April, 19-25 May, 23-29 June, 5-11 August (Tango world cup), 16-22 September, 15-21 December (Palermo Polo Open).
 
Pricing: 2017:
6+ riders: £1522
4-5 riders: £1601
2-3 riders: £1718

Non riders: 15% discount

There is a single supplement charge for estancia and hotel accommodation of £304 subject to availability

Price includes 2 nights hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires, 4 nights estancia accommodation in the Pampas, all meals and beverages (wine, soft drinks, water) during estancia stay and other indicated in Buenos Aires, English speaking guide during the ride and Buenos Aires transfers.

Price does not include International and domestic flights, travel insurance, gratuities and others not indicated. Extras at the estancia require cash payment.




Crossing the Andes



On this trail you will cross the Andes on horseback through the exact same spot as San Martin and his "Army of the Andes"did in 1817 to free the people of Chile from its European monarchs. The wilderness is flanked by the highest mountains in America, the Aconcagua (20900 ft) and the Mercedario (20700 ft). You can only reach these uninhabited places on horseback. 

Day One:

Arrival at Santiago de Chile, Chile. Yo will be transferred to Los Andes town at around noon. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure. There will be a welcome dinner with your guides and the rest of the group and overnight stay at the hotel. 

Day Two: 

You will be transferred from Los Andes to Los Patos. This is the route taken by San Martin's army on his his way to Santiago, through the Aconcagua Valley and the Putaendo Valley. You will see the site where on the 12th February 1817, the Chacabuco battle took place. On the 14th February, San Martin and O'Higgins entered Santiago de Chile to declare independence. At Los Patos, the Chilean horses and gauchos will be waiting for you. Migrations at local authorities allow you to cross this unattended border. You will ride upstream along the Rocin river to Las Tejas, your first campsite. 

Day Three:

Today, you will ride the Pacific Ocean watersheds. You will move up the Rocin river canyon. Overnight at El Cienego camp. 

Day Four:

You will leave early in the morning to reach the international border at 3500 meters. Changing horses is mandatory so you will say farewell to your Chilean horse and continue your ride with an Argentine team who came all the way to fetch the group. You will have a very close view of the Aconcagua Mountain (6962 meters), the highest peak in America and Western Hemisphere. Overnight at Valle Hermoso, "beautiful valley".

Day Five: 

You will spend a second day at this heavenly spot torest. Today, you will do a day ride along the valley to get a closer view of Mount Aconcagua. The ride will be easy going and at your own pace. If you prefer, you may just go trout fishing or stay at the camp and relax. Dinner and overnight at the campsite. 

Day Six: 

You will ride along the Los Patos Valley, which gives the name to this pass and is an old sea bottom full or marine fossils, and the Volcan river. You will camp at 3500 meters in Rancho de Lata to get ready for the next challenge. 

Day Seven: 

Today you will cross the Espinacito Slope at 4500 meters. This is the highest point of the journey. The landscape will make you feel the appreciate the great efforts that the Army of the Andes had to overcome. Overnight at Penon Colorado. 

Day Eight:

After breakfast you will ride to Hornillas. The challenge is almost over and you will now fully grasp the true meaning of the crossing. You will say farewell to your horse and leave the adventure behind. You will be taken yo Uspallata town by minibus and spend the night at a hotel. There will be a farewell dinner. 

Day Nine:

Today will be very gourmet: wine making and tasting and a superb lunch. From Uspallata you will leave early to reach Lujan 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. Lunch will be at the winery. You will then be transferred to Mendoza city airport for your departure. 

Although your hosts endeavour to avoid changes, they reserve the right to change the itinerary due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances including acts of man or nature.

Please note that there are both horses and mules which are used for riding on this trail - if you have a specific preference for one over the other, then please notify us in advance, otherwise you may ride mules as well as horses.



Accommodation: 6 nights camping and 2 nights in hotels.
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 14
Ability description: Intermediate to Experienced
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: As per itinerary
Departure dates: Trails start:
15 January 2017
20 February 2017
28 December 2017
14 January 2018
18 February 2018
28 December 2018
13 January 2019
17 Feburary 2019

Private tours are available from December until late March, please contact the office to discuss prices and available dates.
 
Pricing: 2017:

6+ riders: £2459
4-5 riders: £3084
2-3 riders: £3943

Single supplement: £273

Price includes 4 nights estancia accommodation, 2 nights hotel accommodation (double/triple rooms), transfers at set times, English speaking guide, gauchos, horses, pack mules, camping equipment, cooking equipment and table ware, first aid kits for horses and riders, oxygen bottle, satellite phone for emergency calls, all meals, wine and beverages during the ride and others indicated in town.

Price does not include International and domestic flights, travel insurance, gratuities and others not indicated.



Inca Trail Cattle Drive



Cattle Drive on the Inca Trails. Nine Days/Six Riding Days. Please contact the office for a detailed itinerary.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Experienced
Type of ride: Cattle Trail
Total riding time: 6-9 hours
Departure dates: 2-10 April 2017
21-29 April 2018
4-12 May 2019
 
Pricing: 2017:
£1085
Single supplement: £148

INCLUDED: 2 nights boutique hotel in Salta, 6 nights basic cabin accommodation (with showers on 2 nights), transfers from-to Salta city airport, all meals, beverages during the ride, picnic lunches, English speaking guide, gauchos, horses, saddle bags, pack mules, first aid kits for riders and horses, satellite phone for emergency calls.