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Andean Crossing from Argentina into Chile


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Meeting: San Martinde los Andes - Chapelco
Airport:   San Martin de los Andes (Chapelco Airport)      
Transfer: San Martin de los Andes (Chapelco Airport) / Bariloche   

Transfers included from San Martin (Chapelco) at any time.
Return flight can be from Chapelco or from Temuco in Chile.

Tack: Chilean type saddle with a sheepskin on top
Horses: Criollos
Pace: 5 to 8 hours riding a day - must be fit enough to ride extended periods at the canter. Slower pace on the Chilean side.
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3 to 4 out of 5)    Good Intermediate
Age: Min 12 Max 70
Weight: Max 250 lbs
Riders: Min 1 riders Max 12 riders


An Adventure on Horseback from Argentina to Chile - this is a wild and rugged ride across one of the world's largest mountain chains dividing two countries which may speak the same language but couldn't be more different!

Moderate with trots and good canters, slower riding on the Chilean side due to the terrain. Some long days in the saddle.

It is a fairly challenging ride and therefore it is essential that all riders are physically fit.

The estancia is home to about 80 horses and with 15,000 acres, as much as is possible they live as 'wild' horses. Our prize-winning Crillo stallion, a beautiful 'lobuno' colour can be seen taking care of his mares and foals. Our riding horses are criollo crosses, part anglo-normando, of about 15.5 hh. They are bred and trained on the Estancia and are sure- footed and well behaved. As much as possible we like to have them out enjoying the freedom of the water meadows which makes for an exciting ride rounding them up! We ask arriving guests to provide us with an insight into their riding experience and history so we can try and get a feel for the type of horse would be a good match. We have an eclectic selection of horses allowing us to cater to all riding abilities and confidence levels. They are neck-reined and the riding is similar to Western style. The saddles used are "montura de monte" which are similar to old English army saddles with a sheepskin on top. Following traditional gaucho methods, you will find only the stirrups have buckles on our saddles. The saddles are sinched using leather hide, a custom not forgotten from the days when gauchos, like the American cowboy, would ride into the wilderness unable to replace a broken buckle. Our gauchos continue to practice this and you will see them fully equipped with their lassos, gaucho knives and boleros.



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Andean Crossing from Argentina into Chile
Tour Code: IT-ARRT05
10 days / 9 nights ~$4,990.00
Dates : Nov to Feb

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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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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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