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Andean Crossing from Argentina into Chile

Across the Continent Ride

From the coast of Chile to the coast of Argentina
- a three-week riding extravaganza.

A special ride for experienced and seasoned riders only !
March 12 to April 2, 2011

We will meet at Puerto Montt airport at 14.00 on  March 12, 2011 for the transfer to the Andes Lodge on Seno de Reloncavi, a Pacific fjord (about 2 ½ hours).
Early the next morning we drive to the beach where our first horses will be waiting.
Starting with our feet in the Pacific we will ride these horses to Lago Tagua Tagua. We will take the ferry across Lago Tagua Tagua, at the eastern end the horses which will take us the rest of the way across Chile will be waiting. We will ride up the Rio Puelo, cross the border and on 15/03/11 take a boat across Lago Puelo to where our Argentine horses will be waiting for us. We will then cross Argentina more or less in a straight line through El Maiten, Gastre, Gan Gan and Telsen, before finishing at Estancia San Guillermo at Puerto Madryn with a gallop along the beach of the Atlantic Coast amongst the sea lions and penguins on 01/04/11. We will provide a transfer to Trelew airport in time for the 08.00 flight to Buenos Aires.

We stay in the most comfortable accommodation available. However on 12 of the nights there is no choice but to camp. There will be 2 vehicles backing us up, organizing the campsites and cooking, having chemical toilets and hot showers ready when we arrive. We will stay at simple lodges in Llanado Grande, Urutier, Gastre, Gan Gan and Telsen (definitely not luxury but the showers are a step up from the ones we will have on the back of the horse trailer!) Andes Lodge where we start, Estancia San Guillermo where we finish and the hotel in El Maiten are very comfortable.
In Argentina we aim to have 2 horses each. The spare horses will be sent ahead to wait for us. We will be changing mounts every 3 or 4 days, so as to keep the horses as fresh as possible. We will be covering an average of 40 to 50 kms a day. Most days are about 8–hours’ riding.
The Chilean side is rain forest similar to the Chilean side of our Cross the Andes trips; the Argentine side is desert. But it is remarkable how much the scenery changes through the desert!
It is a great adventure but participants need to be able to ride and to be riding fit – really riding fit! They also need to enjoy just riding. The first few days in Chile the terrain is difficult and we go mostly at a walk but once we cross the Andes the going becomes easier and we go as fast as we sensibly can given the distance the horses have to cover.
Also, I think anyone joining this trip must understand that an adventure is really only an adventure when recounted afterwards - at the time it is usually a major problem!

Come and join us for the trip of a lifetime!

The cost will be US$ 9,125 from meeting at Puerto Montt on  March 12 to finishing at Trelew Airport in time for the first flight on the morning of  April 2.
For those not wanting to leave so early on 02/04/11 there is no problem staying on at the estancia – the transfer to Trelew airport is about US$80.

Anyone wishing to stay on extra nights at San Guillermo to explore Peninsular Valdes can do so. The cost is about US$185 per person full board (to pay locally)

This price includes everything - except for any pampering we manage to find on the way – but there is really very little opportunity for spending money anywhere on the trip – more than the odd bag of sweets, bar of chocolate etc. There is no supplement for single rooms as they are not generally available.
Gratuities are not included.

For those arriving early in Chile a hotel that has been recommended in Puerto Varas as convenient, pleasant and reasonably priced is the Hotel Licarayen, San Jose 114. There is a very good fish restaurant in the market which the hotel can provide directions to. You should eat Pacific fish before leaving for the trip!!

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Andean Crossing from Argentina into Chile
Tour Code: IT-ARRT05
10 days / 9 nights ~$0.00
Dates: Dec to Mar

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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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...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: San Martin de los Andes (Chapelco Airport)
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
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.
C Intermediate
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.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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