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Norte Chico Adventures

Itinerary for Norte Chico Adventures

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Transfer to the hacienda. Time for Jacuzzi, sauna, a walk across the 500 ha nature reserve. Dinner and meeting with the team, followed by briefing of the tour.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda

Day 2 (Monday): Ride to Cerro Negro
After breakfast we meet at 9:30 am to prepare for our expedition. You will meet and get to know your horse and the Chilean riding style (similar to Western style), and of course, our safety precautions. We set off at 10:00 am after having packed all we need for our trip and head into the wilderness towards Hurtado. We will take lunch today under a Algarrobo tree and afterwards make our way along the Ruta Antakari towards vicuña and after a long climb we finally reach the height of 3000 meters. The crystal-clear air lets us enjoy incredible views over the Rio Hurtado Valley, which is located around the Cerro Gigante that now seems so small. We set up our camp at the goatherd station of Alejandro – the brother of our guide. At a bonfire we serve you dinner. Alejandro spends the summer with his 200 goats, his horses and dogs in the mountains and produces his own goat cheese, which he regularly sells in the valley.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at Cerro Negro

Day 3 (Tuesday): Ride back to Rio Hurtado Valley
After the first night in wilderness we enjoy the breakfast before packing up and starting the days ride. Today we will make our way through the high plateaus of the Cerro Negro and witness extreme contrasts of nature. Minerals make the Sierra shine in various colors. After a short time we reach the bottom of a gigantic rock. At its top there is the scientific observatory Geminis, which is directed by Americans. High cactuses and the silence of the loneliness are fascinating us. We pass beautiful landscapes until we see paintings of the Molle culture, which are over 2000 years old. We have lunch under an old pear tree before we head back to the Hacienda. This time our way follows a dry river bed, where we admire the wonderful rocks, which are formed by the water. Once we reach the Hacienda we have time to relax and we can even enjoy a bath in the Rio Hurtado. In the evening we will serve a three course diner in the Haciendas garden.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda

Day 4 (Wednesday): Ride to Maitén
After a rich breakfast at the hacienda we prepare what we will need to reach our next destination of Maitén. We pass through wild plateaus and canyons, ride the endless Sierra and enjoy a picnic lunch and a traditional siesta. In the afternoon, we pass over heights of 2000 meters. Crystal clear air allows magical views down the valleys of the Andes. We camp in an oasis of the Andes called Maiten. In front of a camp fire we serve dinner and enjoy the beautiful colors of the sunset.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at Maitén

Day 5 (Thursday): Maitén to Las Breas
After spending a calm night next to the camp fire we will have breakfast and start our tour to Las Breas. We continue to climb up the Sierra enjoying the beautiful views over heights of 2800 meters. Perhaps we are lucky to see the snow covered Andean Mountains at the horizon. We have lunch close to a big tree in an old dry river. We spend the night in the village Las Breas where we put up our camp once again next to the river side. Before dinner we have time to refresh ourselves with a quick bath in the river. Tonight we will have dinner together with a Chilean family and exchange information about our different cultures.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Las Breas

Day 6 (Friday): Ride around Las Breas
After breakfast we leave to explore the surroundings of Las Breas. We will find some old and original Molle paintings on the rocks. In the afternoon we come back to Fernando's house where we spend another night. You will have time to take a cold, but fresh bath in the River Hurtado. You can also relax, lying in the sun and preparing your energy for your next ride.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Las Breas

Day 7 (Saturday): Ride back to Hacienda
Today we pack our belongings for the last time and leave the village of Las Breas in order to go back to the hacienda on a ride through valleys, passing small rivers and villages. We cross an old horse racing place where many Chileans have bet and lost their money on a Sunday afternoon. We will arrive at the hacienda around 5 o´clock. Just in time to take a fresh shower end enjoy the rest of the afternoon in our garden, listening to the sound of the river and the birds.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda

Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
After breakfast transfer. Or if you wish, you may stay some more days at the hacienda and join other activities.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Norte Chico Adventures
Tour Code: IT-CHRT14
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,605.00
Dates : Oct to May, other dates possible

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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