Crossing the Andes on horseback - South of Cuyo
A trip to the heart of the Andes Mountains in southern of Mendoza, where the mountains preserve large lagoons, waterfalls and eternal snows.
The route is round trip. We reach the border with Chile and return to the same starting point, in Argentina.
The beginning and the end are in El Sosneado.
The programs will start on Tuesdays.
You can request a special date (not on the calendar) for special groups of more than 10 people , from Sunday to Saturday, from December to March.
Previous note: it is convenient to spend the night before in San Rafael, El Sosneado or Malargue, since the expedition starts early the next day. If you travel by car, you should park it at El Sosneado´s parador, where it is under care.
Day 1: The meeting point is in El Sosneado at 11:30hs. Guides presentation, general equipment check and brief talk. Transfer along Route 40 to the abandoned El Sosneado´s Thermal Hotel, about 50 km northwest of the homonymous town. Short descent and visit the old ruins. Lunch. Then we continue along the road by vehicle almost to the bottom of the valley, to the Azufre mine. First section on horseback to Ojo de Agua´s camp. First night in the mountains.
Day 2: Second stretch. We will go to the majestic Valley, with views of Cerro El Sosneado, the southernmost hill of more than 5000 meters in America. We will reach a high point, in the middle of the mountain , for our second Ojo de Agua camp. About 4 hours. Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Day 3: Third day of horseback riding to one of the border landmarks with our neighboring country Chile. Return to the hot springs camp. Break.
Day 4: This day we will analyze the conditions to be able to acces to the border limit with Chile. Then we will continue behind the Overo Volcano to the Laguna del Atuel. Time of enjoy next to the lagoon and its waterfalls. In the afternoon we will continue to the first camp in Ojo de Agua. Farewell dinner and last night in the mountains.
Day 5: Last stretch on horseback, where we will finally come across the route of the first day- Farewell lunch and transfer back to the town of El Sosneado. End of the trip, approximately 18:00 p.m.
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 not necessary to have previous rider experience.
Note 2: Active programme with medium-high demand and suitable apt for over 12, and under 60 years old (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: Program subject to climatic, geographical or political conditions. Modifications can occur in function of circumstances and diverse factors. The decisions will be taken exclusively by the local guides and tour leaders.
Note 4: 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.
Note 5: All participants must present a medical certificate, where the attending physician authorizes him/her to do the activity.
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.
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 record to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.
4 nights in igloo tents for 2/3 people
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.
The route is calm.On the first day the ride lasts only two hours in order to go gradually entering into the rhythm and then, on the following days, we ride about 2/3 hours in the morning and another 2/3 hours in the afternoon .
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).
As a maximum of 20 people + the staff of guides and baqueanos
We suggest from 12 years to 65 years old. Very young children do not end up enjoying the experience but there are 10 year-old kids who already have the body build to do it (cases outside these age ranges will be evaluated).
The route is round trip up to the limit. We do not sleep in Chile or end up in that country.
You must always carry an identity document, although we don't do customs procedures.
No. There are no toilets or chemical toilets. Everything is done in nature, delimiting sectors. And you have to maintain the hygiene of the place, taking the papers with you.
Each one must carry their personal luggage in a bag or large backpack to Malargüe. Personal equipment will be loaded in 2 (two) saddlebags of 30 liters (small bag to hang in the saddle of the horse). All personal equipment is carried in the saddlebags.
Almost all the camps have escape routes to be able to be in a few hours in the vehicular road. Our baqueanos and guides are trained to solve first aid and / or evacuation issues, which are very infrequent. We also have a satellite monitoring system, where in case of an emergency you can send a satellite message requesting assistance.
The use of Drones during the ride is prohibited due to safety issues. In case of carrying a small one, its use in the camp is allowed with the exclusive permission of the guides
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).
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
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.
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.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
NOTE: The following is the list of required equipment according to layers, in reference to the mandatory technical equipment ***.
National ID ***
Full personal file online ***
Helth Insurance or travel Assintance***
Feather coat jacket.
SILVER TAPE tape , for repairs.
Monocle. Photographic or video equipment
Book, notebook, travel diary, pencil, pen
The use of HELMET provided by the company is mandatory.
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