Horseback Riding Across the Andes Argentina-Chile-Paso de los Patos - San Martin crossing

A unique experience, 7 days, crossing the mountains

  • Start Date : 2022-Feb-19
    End Date: 2022-Feb-26
  • Hora Inicio: 5pm
    Hora Fin: 1pm
  • Meeting Point:Bus Station, San Juan city
    End time: Bus Station, San Juan city
  • Duration:8 days
    Availability: 8 available spots
US$ 160000 US$ 13000.- 92 % Off

Special price booking until 07 de May!

Crossing the Andes range - Paso de los Patos


Expedition full of emotions due to the magnitude of the landscapes, the rough weather and the work of the mules, guides and baqueanos. Added to this, the historical stamp that is printed in each moment in each camp, where in a certain way we relived the epic of that great patriot Don José de San Martín and his liberating troops, who chose these mountain ranges and valleys to start our path to freedom as a country and as a continent.

Mandatory Requirements to participate:

  • Previous Experience on riding a horse, how to get on and off alone and handle the reins porperly with one hand.
  • Previous Experience in Camping, at least having slept 2 night in a tent on a sleeping bag.
  • To have all the equipment required in the program
  • Have good general health state and fitness. A medical approval note regarding your general health and your capacity to carry through this activity.
Confirmed dates, season 2021:
  • January: 9th to 16th
  • January: 23rd to 30th
  • February: 6th to 13rd
  • February: 20th to 27th (Carnival Holiday)

Day 1. Reception in San Juan in Bus Terminal. 6pm  Departure to Barreal, town of Calingasta, southwest of San Juan. Chek In at the Hostal. Acclimatization and logistics talk. Introduction to the history of the area. Free time. Night in Barreal (1700masl).

Day 2. Breakfast. Transfer in 4x4 vehicles to the first mountain station. Assignment and preparation of mules. Lunch . Departure through Cordillerano valley delimited by the hills La Ramada and Alma Negra. Native fauna watching. Arrival to the first camp, night in Peñón Colorado. (2900masl) * depending on where we start the ride we can move to another base camp at 3600masl or intermediate.

Day 3. Breakfast . Departure to the pass of Espinacito, where we will reach a maximum height of 4,500 m.a.s.l, perhaps the most adrenaline and exciting moment of the expedition. Arrival to the base camp. Dinner and Night in Las Vegas de Gallardo ( 2990 masl)

Day 4. Breakfast in Las Vegas de Gallardo. We ride to  Los Patos valley to reach  Valle Hermoso, where General San Martín set  with his Army the last camp on the Argentine side. Dinner and Night along the river of Valle Hermoso. ( 2990 masl)

Day 5: Breakfast. Riding to the Chilean border . Break. Rest of the day free of activities. (2990 masl)

Day 6: Breakfast. Horseback ride back among  streams until we reach Rancho de Lata where we will spend the night and dinner. ( 3550 masl)

Day 7: Breakfast. Ascent to Paso La Honda (4300 masl) where the border line of high peaks and Cerro Aconcagua can be observed. Arrival at Manantiales. It may be possible to extend to Las Hornillas, depending on the state of the road. Transfers to Barreal. Night in cabins or posadas.

Day 8: Breakfast. Transfer to San Juan Bus Terminal. End of services.


Note 1: All horses are properly trained and prepared to ride in mountainous areas and our local guides have the best conditions and knowledge of the place. It is necessary to have previous rider experience.

Note 2Active programme with medium-high demand and suitable apt for over 13, and under 60 years (cases outside these age ranges will be evaluated). There are steep climbs and descents, but there are not places with risk of major falls. 

Note 3: All participants must present a medical certificate, where the attending physician authorizes him/her to do the activity.

Note 4: Program subject to climatic, geographical or political conditions. Changes can occur in function of circumstances and diverse factors. The decisions will be in charged exclusively by the local guides and tour leaders.


Personal Accidents Insurance:

From the place of eventuality, we cover the primary medical assistance, stabilization of the passenger, evacuation costs and transfer to the nearest Medical Assistance Center . Once the passenger is entered into the health system, the coverage of the passenger Medical Insurance informed in the personal file online, starts working.

Included Services

Transfer in / out San Juan - Barreal.

Transfer from Barreal to the start of the ride - Manantiales.

Transfer from the end of the ride, Manantiales, to Barreal.

Reception Lunch (Empanadas).

Full board in the mountain (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinners).

Dinner day 1 : empanadas (tradional dish made of dough stuffed  with meat, onions, olives and eggs).

2 accommodation nights at hotel in Barreal. Rooms for 3 or 4 people . Double or Single Rooms must be Requested.

5 Nights accommodation in base camp.

Guides, coordinators and baqueanos.

Horses equipped and properly prepared for this type of mountain expeditions.


General mountain safety equipment.

Satelital phone.

General camping logistics (pots, heaters, security elements, orientation, etc.).

Personal accident insurance.

Satellite monitoring during the whole expedition.

Permanent assistance.

Services NOT included

Trip to San Juan

Drinks at the hotel

Galería de Fotos y Videos

Donde se duerme

  • Night 1 and 7 we spend the night at a Hotel in Barreal
  • From Night 2, to night 6, we spend the night in high mountain TENTS . With sleeping bag - 10 degrees comfort, and insulated sleeping pad (as requested in EQUIPMENT REQUIRED)

Campamento en el Criuce de los Andes



Do we ride  a lot every day?

The average is 8 hours per day but there are 2 longer days of up to 10 hours.

Do I have to know how to ride a horse and / or have previous experience in the activity?

Yes, it is necessary to have a minimum experience. It is requested to have at least a 4-hour ride experience in the last year. The horses are prepared to receive people with little experience and the adaptation process is significantly fast. The modality is "on the way", one horse behind the other.

Do I have to wear a helmet? 

Yes, in the same way as we get on a bicycle we wear it, or when we climb, or when we do high altitude mountaineering, it is a mandatory safety requirement for the activity (it will be provided by the company).

What are the indispensable requirements that are requested?
  • Being an active person. Working out, training, in any of its modalities, works very well.
  • Previous Experience on riding a horse, how to get on and off alone and handle the reins porperly with one hand.
  • Experience of at least having slept 2 night in a tent on a sleeping bag.
  • Weighing less than 110 Kg due to the limit that the animals can support is 100 kgs.
  • Minors who do not travel with their parents must travel with a dependent adult and submit parental authorization certified by a notary. In case of traveling with one of the parents, they must present the authorization of the other one
How many people are in the groups?

As a maximum of 15 people + the staff of guides and baqueanos

What if I have previous experience riding horses?

Those who have experience will also have the possibility of riding suitable horses according to her/his experience to be able to gallop and trot at the moments that baqueanos consider appropiate, depending on the type of terrain.

Where do we spend the night?

Being a tour that goes through unspoilt nature and whith no existence of vehicular road , the overnight stays are in comfortable igloo-style tents for 2/3 or 4 people. Those who wish can sleep outdoors (bivouac) with their sleeping bag and insulated sleeping pad, under an unforgettable starry sky ...

What happens if someone needs to be evacuated for any reason?

We have a satellite phone  and we have a vehicle at  the start of the ride. In case of evacuation, we must return to the base and take the transfer.

Is there signal for my cellphone?

No. Cell phones in this area end up becoming useless elements. Only in the town of Barreal, at the beginning and at the end of the expediton, there´s signal.

Do we cross to Chile?

No. We reach the border with Chile an then we return to Argentina.

Do I carry a bag, a large backpack, a small backpack ... what do I wear?

Everyone must carry their personal possessions in a bag or a large backpack to Barreal. All these belongings will be carried in a bag  by the mules (according to the list required). You can take a small backpack during the ride although we recommend doing it without carrying anything to be more comfortable. You will also have saddlebags where you can place those thing you need during the ride.

What is the menu in the mountain?

Our mountain menus are varied. From pastas with tasty sauces to stews or grilled meats (chivito argentino). Antipastos, salads and fast digestion meals are common at noon. It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.

Is there a bathroom?

No. There are no bathrooms or chemical toilets. Everything is in the nature, delimiting sectors. And you have to maintain the hygiene of the place, taking the papers back with you.

Can I take my drone to the expedition?

The use of Drones during the ride is prohibited due to safety issues. In case of carrying one of small size, its use in the camp is allowed  with the exclusive permission of the guides

Graduación de dificultad

Caballo: Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Horse Riding (C)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

20% of a day, without unevenness or requirement. Example: Pampas horseback riding, initiation workshop

40% horseback riding in the sierras, one or more days: Córdoba, San Luis.

60% Horseback riding in the mountains for 3 or 4 days or in the north of Argentina for several days.

80% Andean Crossing Horseback riding up to 3000 meters (double crossing x Las Loicas).

100% Andean Crossing Horseback Riding up to more than 4000 meters. (Sanmartiniana Los Patos).

Fitness (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

20% half a day or less with little unevenness.

40% more sustained unevenness and longer working days

60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration.

80% Demanding effort of legs in resistance. Very long days.

100% Maximum demand. Aerobic and constant force leg work

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the handling of the horse and the actions to be performed.

20% prairie / pampa.

40% trails with moderate ups and downs.

60% Steeper slopes and trails.

80% Steep descents and ascents.

100% Very steep descents and ascents.

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

20% We will not be much affected.

40% This is a normal level of attention.

60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.

80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.

100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

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Required equipment

MANDATORY REQUIRED EQUIPMENT *** (If you don´t have this equipment , guides reserve the right to define your participation)

Warm sleeping bag***

Insulated sleeping pad (10-15 mm)***

Parka jacket / Gore-tex Jacket (windbreaker and waterproof)***

Sun Glasses (recommended with UV protection, with protective strips). ***

Warm Gloves. (ski or mountain type) ***

National ID or Passport (as applicable) ***

Authorization in case of Minors *** (permission before notary  or before the authorities that correspond, according to the place of birth)

Medical Fitness Certificate

NOTE: The following is the list of required equipment according to layers, in reference to the mandatory technical equipment ***.


2 pairs of high socks

2 long sleeves thermal shirts 

1 pair of thermal leggings (it can be made of lycra).

2 short sleeve t-shirts

1 buff / multifunctional headwear


2 long pair of trousers, if possible, for quick drying (trekking trousers without zippers and long thermal trousers or trousers - NO JEAN, NO CORDEROY)

2 sweaters or sweatshirts (recommended 1 fine polar + 1 thick polar) ***

1 polar or wool cap ***

1 pair of polar gloves


Parka jacket / Gore-tex Jacket ***

Warm Gloves. (ski or mountain type) ***


1 swimsuit

1 pair of footwear to rest your feet. (crocks, flip flops, alapargatas)

1 pair of high-top trekking shoes or riding boots, in case you do not have boots get leather spats / chaps***

Head flashlight or small flashlight w / spare batteries ***

Sun Glasses (recommended with UV protection, with strap) ***

Bottle or container for water up to 1 liter, to drink.

Hygiene elements and personal care

Sunscreen (factor 40 or higher) ***

1 small towel

Wet wipes for sanitizing.

Personal medication

Moisturizing cream

Lip balm

Brush and toothpaste set.

A small soap / shampoo

Toilet paper.



National ID / Passport  ***

 Medical insurance***

Full personal file online ***


OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)

 Feather coat jacket.

 SILVER TAPE, for repairs.

 Steel thermos

 Monocle. Photographic or video equipment

 Book, notebook, travel diary, pencil, pen

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