Across the Andes

Suitable only for experienced riders, this is an incredible and unique trip that takes you across the magnificent Andes on horseback. An great way to both embrace the gaucho spirit and to explore the incredible landscapes as you ride the vast open plains of Argentina and head towards Chile's mammoth mountains.

10 Days

$5,525

Across the Andes - 10 - $5,525

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Familiarise yourself with the horses
  • Full day-ride on the Estancia with an asado (BBQ) for lunch
  • Ride for 4 days up through the Steppes and into the Andes
  • Cross the Argentine-Chilean border at the base of Lanin Volcano
  • Descend the western slopes of the Andes
  • Transfer back to Huechahue for a late lunch and choose where to ride and discover next on the Estancia
  • A farewell ride before transferring to the airport

Start from Bariloche and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Across the Andes

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

On arrival there will be a late lunch followed by an afternoon ride.  A chance to familiarize yourself with the horses, the tack and the way we ride.


Day 2:

A full day's ride on Estancia Huechahue with an asado (BBQ) lunch. Follow the Huechahue stream through its basalt canyons, riding as fast as you want across the water-meadows sending the plovers and ibis screeching, before returning over the top of Chenque Hill, where the Andes rise up behind you and the vastness of Patagonia stretches out before you.


Day 3 to Day 6:

Set out from Huechahue for Chile. The next 6 days will be spent crossing from the wide open spaces of Argentine Patagonia over the Andes to the thickly forested steep slopes of Chilean Patagonia.  From  Huechahue you will ride for 4 days up into the Andes through the Andean  Steppes, you will ford rivers, pass through Indian reservations, ride over ridges from where you think you can see the Atlantic and through magnificent rocky gorges, you will gallop across water meadows and race along sandy tracks. Nights will be spent camping by streams and rivers under the spectacular stars of the Southern hemisphere.


Day 7:

At lunchtime, at the base of Lanin Volcano in a forest of Monkey puzzle trees you will reach the Argentine / Chilean border, where our Chilean partners will be waiting for you. After immigration and customs formalities you will wave goodbye to Argentina and the horse that has carried you to here and you will start down the western slopes of the Andes on your Chilean mount.


Day 8:

Continue riding down through the magnificent Southern beech forests, with spectacular views of lakes and volcanoes. The western slopes of the Andes are much steeper, the terrain very different. Reaching the final campsite at picturesque Puente Barras, where Loth and Pamela's families have been farming for generations.


Day 9:

Transfer back to Huechahue by road (about 3 hours).  After a late lunch there will be a ride on the estancia. By now you will have heard of many places and you will be able to choose what you would like to see most.


Day 10:

A farewell ride on Huechahue before transferring to the airport.


NOTE: There is one night when you will not be met by vehicle at the camp site. For this night all camping gear including sleeping bags, tents and food are carried on pack horses. There will be no thermorests this night but you will use your saddle and sheepskin as the gauchos do

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
January 2019
15-Jan-2019 $5,525* Limited Availability

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $5,525

Please note:

The prices of USD $5,525 per person is based on a group of 12.

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.


Includes

  • Guide
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Vehicle/Pack Horses

Excludes

  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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