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Crossing the Andes from Chile into Argentina


Itinerary for Crossing the Andes from Chile into Argentina



Sample Itinerary - 10 day cabin & camping ride - Subject to changes

Day 1:
Pick up at Temuco airport (03.00 pm) or Pucón (01.00 pm). Time to get to know the horses, tack and equipment, and to get settled. Welcome dinner at the ranch house.

Day 2:
We take an initial ride through the Mapuche Indian Community Quelhue and along the rapids of Trancura River to evaluate your riding experience, get familiar with the saddle and tack, and determine which horses to take on our great adventure. In the evening we move to our base camp at Laguna Geppinger from were we start our ride the following morning.

Day 3:
We cross the first of three mountain ranges on our trail towards Argentina. At night we stay in double rooms in cabins 5 minutes away from the natural hot springs in Rio Blanco Valley. 
 
Day 4:
We ride through virgin rainforests and dense stands of Coighue trees and bamboo crossing the 2nd range. The night will be spent in a tent camp at a mountain farm at the Mapuche Indian community “Flor de Valle”

Day 5:
Today, we ride along the slopes of Sollipulli volcano, overnight in the mountain lodge “Nevados de Sollipulli”.

Day 6: 
We cross the last range before Argentina. We return to civilization again and ride through the small Mapuche settlement of Icalma. We spend the night in a cabin at the shore of Lake Icalma.

Day 7: 
After arranging custom formalities with the Chilean border control we are heading into the mountains to cross the actual border to Argentina. High in the mountains we say goodbye to our Chilean horses and the guides that led us to this magnificent place. Then we cross the border 20 meters on foot, and greet Hernan and his wonderful Argentinean horses which will bring us through the unique world of the Argentinean Andes for the next three days. We ride up to the top of Batea Mahuida Volcano with 6560 feet the highest point on our ride. Overnight in tent camp.

Day 8:
We ride the valleys and cliffs of Argentina, watch condors pass us by and enjoy amazing views over the endless wide open spaces of this uninhabited part of the world. On the evening we reach the outpost were Hernan lives with his horses.

Day 9:
We enjoy a day long farewell ride to cliffs and a viewpoint overlooking the area of our last day’s rides. We celebrate the end of the trek with a typical Argentinean barbeque while recounting our adventures from the past week and sharing our impressions of this experience of a lifetime.

Day 10: 
After breakfast we transfer back to Chile. We can bring you to Temuco city (1.00 pm) or Temuco airport (1.30 pm) or Pucon (3.30 pm). If you prefer, you may finish the trip in Argentina, and keep on traveling or riding some more days in the Argentinean pampas.

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Sample Itinerary - 10 day camping + cabin ride - Subject to changes

Day 1:
Arrival day, pick up at Temuco airport (03.00 pm) or Pucón (01.00 pm). Welcome to the ranch and dinner at the ranch house.

Day 2:
We have breakfast and afterwards we take an initial ride through the Mapuche Indian Community Quelhue and along the rapids of Trancura River to evaluate your riding experience, get familiar with the saddle and tack, and determine which horses to take on our great adventure. Lunch at the farm and then, it’s time to pack the saddlebags. In the evening we go to our base camp at Laguna Geppinger from where we start our ride the following morning.

Day 3:
We cross the first of three mountain ranges on our trail towards Argentina. At night we camp beside the natural hot springs in Rio Blanco Valley.

Day 4:
We ride through virgin rainforests and dense stands of Coighue trees and bamboo crossing the 2nd range. The night we spent at a mountain farm at the Mapuche Indian community “Flor de Valle”

Day 5:
We ride along the slopes of Sollipulli volcano, overnight on a clearing in an ancient Aruaucaria forest.

Day 6:
We cross the last range before Argentina and spend the night in a cabin at the shore of Lake Icalma.

Day 7:
We ride to the border, after arranging custom formalities with the Chilean border control we cross the border 20 meters on foot, and greet Hernan and his wonderful Argentinean horses which will bring us through the unique world of the Argentinean Andes for the next three days. We ride up to the top of Batea Mahuida Volcano with 6560 feet the highest point on our ride. Overnight in tent camp.

Days 8 and 9:
We ride the valleys and cliffs of Argentina, watch condors pass us by and enjoy amazing views over the endless wide open spaces of this uninhabited part of the world. On the evening of the 8th day we reach the outpost were Hernan lives with his horses and which marks the end of our journey. We celebrate the end of the trek with a typical Argentinean BBQ.

Day 10:
After breakfast we transfer back to Chile. We can bring you to Temuco city (1.00 pm) or Temuco airport (1.30 pm) or Pucon (3.30 pm).

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Sample Itinerary - 11 day camping ride plus Sollipulli - Subject to changes

Day 1:
Arrival day, pick up at Temuco airport (03.00 pm) or Pucón (01.00 pm). Welcome to the ranch and dinner at the ranch house.

Day 2:
We take an initial ride through the Mapuche Indian Community Quelhue and along the rapids of Trancura River to evaluate your riding experience, get familiar with the saddle and tack, and determine which horses to take on our great adventure. In the evening we go to our base camp at Laguna Geppinger from where we start our ride the following morning.

Day 3:
We cross the first of three mountain ranges on our trail towards Argentina. At night we camp beside the natural hot springs in Rio Blanco Valley.

Day 4:
We ride through virgin rainforests and dense stands of Coighue trees and bamboo crossing the 2nd range. The night we spent at a mountain farm at the Mapuche Indian community “Flor de Valle”

Day 5:
We ride along the slopes of Sollipulli volcano, overnight in the mountain lodge “Nevados de Sollipulli”.

Day 6:
We ride up the volcano, reaching its 2.5 miles wide crater which is filled with a 660 feet deep glacier. We return to “Nevados de Sollipulli” for a second night.

Day 7:
We cross the last range before Argentina and spend the night in a cabin at the shore of Lake Icalma.

Day 8:
We ride to the border, after arranging custom formalities with the Chilean border control we cross the border 20 meters on foot, and greet Hernan and his wonderful Argentinean horses which will bring us through the unique world of the Argentinean Andes for the next three days. We ride up to the top of Batea Mahuida Volcano with 6560 feet the highest point on our ride. Overnight in tent camp.

Days 9 and 10:
We ride the valleys and cliffs of Argentina, watch condors pass us by and enjoy amazing views over the endless wide open spaces of this uninhabited part of the world. On the evening of the 10th day we reach the outpost were Hernan lives with his horses and which marks the end of our journey. We celebrate the end of the trek with a typical Argentinean BBQ.

Day 11:
After breakfast we transfer back to Chile. We can bring you to Temuco city (1.00 pm) or Temuco airport (1.30 pm) or Pucon (3.30 pm). If you prefer, you may finish the trip in Argentina, and keep on traveling or riding some more days in the Argentinean pampas.
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Crossing the Andes from Chile into Argentina
Tour Code: IT-CHRT04
10 days / 9 nights ~$3,720.00
Dates : Dec to March

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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
D 2019 11/29 - 12/08 10d / 9n 10 day Cabin + Camping Ride,... 2 /8 Reserve
E 2019 12/15 - 12/24 10d / 9n 10 day Camping + Cabin Ride,... 2 /8 Reserve
F 2019 12/27 - 01/06 11d / 10n 11 day Camping Ride, AP, plu... 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Chillean working saddles: Avio Chileno...
Horses: Criollo Chileno
Pace: On mountain trails mostly walking. The...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: La Araucanía International Airport in Temuco (ZCO)
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