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Freedom Ride from Chile to Argentina


Itinerary for Freedom Ride from Chile to Argentina



Sample Itinerary
- Subject to changes.

Day 1 - Arrive Santiago de Chile, Chile
Transfer to Los Andes town at present time around noon. Rest of day at leisure. Night at hotel. Welcome dinner with your guides and the rest of the group.

Day 2 - Los Patos to Las Tejas 
Transfer from Los Andes to Los Patos. This is the route taken by San Martin´s army on his way to Santiago, through the Aconcagua Valley and the Putaendo Valley. We will see the site where on 12 February 1817, the Chacabuco battle took place. On 14 February, San Martín and O’Higgins entered Santiago de Chile to declare the independence. At Los Patos, the Chilean horses and gauchos will be waiting for us. Migrations at local authorities to allow us to cross this unattended border. We ride upstream the Rocin river to Las Tejas, our first campsite.

Day 3 - Las Tejas to El Ciénego
We are riding the Pacific Ocean watersheds. We move up the Rocín river canyon.  Night at El Ciénego camp.

Day 4 - El Ciénego to Valle Hermoso
We leave early in the morning to reach the international border at 3500 mts. Changing horses is mandatory so we say farewell to our Chilean horses and continue our ride with an Argentine team who came all the way to fetch us. We will have a very close view of the Aconcagua Mt. (6962 mts. – 20 900ft), the highest peak in America and Western Hemisphere. Night at Valle Hermoso. For an obvious reason, it is called “Beautiful Valley”. 

Day 5 - Ride around Valle Hermoso
We spend a second day at this heavenly spot to rest. Today we will do a day ride along the valley to get a closer view of Mount Aconcagua. Easy going and at your own pace. Or you can just go trout fishing or stay at camp and relax. Dinner at campsite.

Day 6 - Valle Hermoso to Rancho de Lata
We ride along the Los Patos Valley, which gives the name to this pass and is an old sea bottom full of marine fossils, and the Volcán river. We camp at 3500 mts. in Rancho de Lata to get ready for next day challenge.

Day 7 - Rancho de Lata to Peñón Colorado
Today we cross the Espinacito Slope at 4500 mts. (13 500 ft.) high. This is the highest point of the journey. The landscape is daydreaming and makes us feel the titanic efforts that the Army of the Andes had to overcome. Night at Peñón Colorado.

Day 8 - Peñón Colorado to Hornillas
After breakfast we ride to Hornillas. The challenge is almost over and we now fully grasp the real meaning of the crossing.  Say farewell to our horses and leave behind the adventure. We go to Uspallata town in minibus to spend the night at hotel. 

Day 9 - Uspallata
A day for a well deserved rest in this mountain villa with several optional activities like rafting, biking, trekking, or just relaxing at the pool. Night in hotel.

Day 10 - Mendoza wines and airport
This day will be very gourmet: wine making and tasting and a superb lunch. From Uspallata we leave early to Luján de Cuyo. This area is now known worldwide for producing several of Argentina’s best wines. Your visit to Mendoza would not be complete without a visit to the famous Club Tapiz boutique winery. During this private visit, we will have the chance to taste their premium wines directly from the oak casks. Lunch at the winery. Transfer to Mendoza city airport. End of program.

-- Subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion --

NOTE: Whilst we always endeavor to avoid changes before and during the program and cancellations, we must reserve the right to do so due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances, including acts of man or nature which so require.



Optional Extra days:

Buenos Aires: Take some time to visit the city and learn about its icons in a very special way: tango, Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada’s balcony, Eva Peron, etc. Lunch not included. In the evening we attend a tango show w/dinner and a tango lesson. Night in hotel.

Rafting: Rafting on the River Mendoza, the region’s best. 5-7 miles on the rapids surrounded by awesome scenery. The level of difficulty of this river is OK for everyone (level 2.5-3), thus combining adventure with safety.

Climbing and rappel: Rappel a natural wall located in a deep gorge in the Andes. Before we start, the instructors will teach the basics that will help enjoy the experience of climbing this wall using ropes. This activity does not need any previous training and there is no age limit. 4hs and 30 min.

Trekking:
Towards the Cerro de la Cruz (6900 ft.) we reach the base of the mountain. This a a trek of medium difficulty that can be done by everyone. Highly recommended for young people who are fond of nature and like awesome mountain landscapes.
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Freedom Ride from Chile to Argentina
Tour Code: IT-CHRT05
9 days / 8 nights ~$3,150.00
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: Basic
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
A 2019 12/28 - 01/05 9d / 8n 9 day camping ride, AP 6 /14 Reserve
A 2020 01/19 - 01/27 9d / 8n 9 day camping ride, AP 6 /14 Reserve
A 2020 02/20 - 02/28 9d / 8n 9 day camping ride, AP 6 /14 Reserve
A 2020 03/09 - 03/17 9d / 8n 9 day camping ride, AP 6 /14 Reserve
A 2020 12/28 - 01/05 9d / 8n 9 day camping ride, AP 6 /14 Reserve
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Tack: South American Recado saddle. Very com...
Horses: Argentine and Chilean criollo horses a...
Pace: On mountain trails mostly walking. The...

Airport: Santiago / Medoza
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