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Andean Crossing from Argentina into Chile

What to Bring for Andean Crossing from Argentina into Chile

In Argentina the weather is generally hot and dry during the day with a maximum temperature between 22 and 35 deg. C. As we are at 700m and higher, it always cools down at night, generally to between 5 and 10 deg. C, it can be colder. It rarely rains - however it is necessary to be prepared with adequate raingear. In Chile we ride through beautiful rainforest consequently you must be prepared for rain.

The best way to dress is in layers - a T-shirt, shirt, pullover (or fleece which is light and dries quickly), and a jacket to give protection against wind and rain.

Riding helmets are not a legal requirement in Argentina, but this is no reason for not wearing one. We have a few to lend but recommend, for a safer, better fit, that you bring your own. If you do not intend wearing a hard hat which is also fine, it is useful to have a hat with a wide brim (also good if it happens to rain).

Dress is always casual. There is a laundry service at Huechahue (extra cost).

While on the pack trip across the Andes we provide sleeping bags, thermo rests (in Chile inflatable mattresses) and tents.
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 thermo rests this night but you will use your saddle and sheepskin as the gauchos do. Each guest is provided with a set of saddle bags for their personal possessions - change of clothes, toiletries, camera etc. Jackets and pullovers can be tied to the back of the saddle.
On all the other nights there will be a vehicle, however space in the vehicle is limited to one hand luggage size bag per person which we provide.

In this bag you will need:
A change of clothes
A light pair of shoes, e.g. plimsolls - for when you want to take your boots off
A set of thermal underwear - a light way of carrying extra warmth, hopefully unnecessary
Rain gear – jacket and trousers. Please note that whilst the Argentine side is semi-desert, the Chilean side is rain-forest.
Wash bag.
A small torch.

The rest of your luggage will be transferred to Puente Basas to await your arrival, you will meet up with this on the border and have a chance to rearrange things.
If you are returning to Huechahue you may leave luggage at Huechahue.

Fishing GearFour, five weight rods with floating line. Chest waders. A selection of flies suitable for fishing in Montana works well - woolly worm, woolly bugger, pancora, matuka, Adams, hare's ear, prince nymphs etc. On pack trips it is best to take a smuggler type rod - it is very difficult to transport long rods through dense forests without damaging them. There are some rods available for borrowing.

This list is only a guideline for you


Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Visa (check with your consulate)


Trousers should be comfortable for riding - jodhpurs, jeans
Footwear that is safe for riding
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Half Chaps (optional)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Rain wear


Jacket for protection against wind and rain
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Underwear and socks
Light summer jacket
Warm jacket
Comfortable shoes/sneakers
For Camping trips:
Sleeping Bag minimum 3 season – 4 season better (provided)
Tent (provided)
Towel and small bar of soap
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Laundry (wash) bag (optional)
Camera and enough extra films
Small flashlight
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm


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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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