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Andean Crossing from Argentina into Chile

Itinerary for Andean Crossing from Argentina into Chile

Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes.

Day 1 :
You will be met at Chapelco airport, (San Martin de los Andes) and driven to the Estancia (approx. 40 min.). After a late lunch there will be an afternoon ride to give you 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" 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 8 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 with stunning scenery, and through magnificent rocky gorges. You can 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. Our Chilean partners will be waiting for you on the other side of customs. After passing through immigration and customs, 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. We reach the final campsite at picturesque Puente Barras by late afternoon.

Day 9 : Transfer back to Huechahue by road (about 3 hours).  After a late lunch there will be a ride on the estancia. You can spend the afternoon exploring the area, or decide as a group to visit one of the nearby site you have heard about. 

Day 10 : A farewell ride on Huechahue before transferring to the airport.

The above sample itinerary is subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.

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Andean Crossing from Argentina into Chile
Tour Code: IT-ARRT05
10 days / 9 nights ~$52,395.00
Dates : Dec to Mar

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2017 01/01 - 02/28 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 1 /12 Reserve
A 2017 12/01 - 12/31 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 1 /12 Reserve
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Across the Continent Ride
Tack: Chilean type saddle with a sheepskin o...
Horses: Criollos
Pace: 5 to 8 hours riding a day - must be fi...

Airport: San Martin de los Andes (Chapelco Airport)
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