This trip is only suitable for
experienced riders who are fit enough to canter for extended
periods and spend long hours in the saddle.
Day 1: You will be met at
Chapelco airport, San Martin de los Andes and driven to
Estancia Huechahue (approx. 30 min.). After a late lunch
there will be an afternoon ride. A chance to familiarize
yourself with the horses, the tack and the way we ride.
Day 2: A full day’s ride on Estancia Huechahue with an "asado"
lunch. Follow the Huechahue stream through its basalt
canyons, riding as fast as you want across the watermeadows
sending the plovers and ibis screeching, before returning
over the top of Chenque Hill, where the Andes rise up behind
you and the vastness of Patagonia stretches out before you.
Days 3 to 6: Set out from Huechahue for Chile. The next 8
days will be spent crossing from the wide open spaces of
Argentine Patagonia over the Andes to the thickly forested
steep slopes of Chilean Patagonia. From Huechahue you will
ride for 4 days up into the Andes through the Andean
Steppes, you will ford rivers, pass through Indian
reservations, and ride over ridges from where you think you
can see the Atlantic and through magnificent rocky gorges,
you will gallop across water meadows and race along sandy
tracks. Nights will be spent camping by streams and rivers
under the spectacular stars of the Southern hemisphere.
Day 7: At lunchtime, at the base of Lanin Volcano in a
forest of Monkey puzzle trees you will reach the Argentine /
Chilean border, where our Chilean partners will be waiting
for you. After immigration and customs formalities you will
wave goodbye to Argentina and the horse that has carried you
to here and, after a 4km drive you will start down the
western slopes of the Andes on your Chilean mount.
Day 8 to 10: The next 3 days will be spent riding down
through magnificent Southern beech forests, with spectacular
views of lakes and volcanoes. The western slopes of the
Andes are much steeper, the terrain very different. You will
be able to swim in lagoons and bathe in hot springs. Your
guides in Chile will be Carolina and Rodolfo from
HuepilMalal, the tack is different, the horses as well. On
the last evening you will reach the Huife Hot springs Hotel,
where comfortable beds, thermal pools, Jacuzzis and massages
will be waiting for you.
Day 11: There will be time for a final bathe before
transferring back to Huechahue by road (about 4 hours).
After a late lunch there will be a ride on the estancia. By
now you will have heard of many places and you will be able
to choose what you would like to see most.
Day 12: A farewell ride on Huechahue before transferring to
REGARDING THE SCHEDULE The schedules indicated above are
subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected
circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best
to keep them unaltered.