Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Experience the lakes, forests, volcanoes, canyons and meadows of both Argentina and Chile
- Cross the Argentine-Chilean border, through a forest of Monkey Puzzle trees at the base of Lanin Volcano
- Choose your own path to explore on day 9 at Estancia Huechahue
- Embrace the Patagonian lifestyle with a traditional grilled meat asado (barbecue)
- Camp under the magical stars of the Southern hemisphere whilst on the riding expedition
Day 1: Arrival lunch and first ride
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: Riding on Estancia Huechahue
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 - 6: Ride deep into the Andes
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. Ford rivers, pass through Indian reservations, and ride over ridges from where you'll think you can see the Atlantic. Journey through magnificent rocky gorges, 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: Cross into Chile
At lunchtime, at the base of Lanin Volcano in a forest of Monkey puzzle trees you will reach the Argentine / Chilean border, where the 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: Western slopes of the Andes
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 to Huechahue
Travel 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: Departure
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
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.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $5,525 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
- All meals
- Accommodation: 4 nights in luxury riverside lodge
- Vehicle/ pack horses
- Expert guide
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Any extra/optional excursions
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- International and domestic/in country flights