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A touching story…
October 13rd 1972: A Uruguayan plane carrying 45 passengers to Chile, most of them students and rugby players, crushed into the Andes.
Twelve of them died because of the crush.
The survivors had to carry on living with hunger and trying to tolerate the fearless mountain and its rage, 30 degrees below zero during many nights.
They tried to resist with a limited reserve of food they found within the wrecks of the plain, as they waited to be rescued. Their faith decreased when they heard on the radio that the rescue had been called off due to the belief that none of them had survived.
Finally, tired of the low temperature, the threatening avalanches, the increasing anguish for the dead friends and the loss of hope to be rescued, two of them decided to cross the huge mountains to reach for help.
This is how in December 22nd of 1972, after 72 days of isolation, the world took notice that sixteen passengers from that plane had passed away due to the climate of the mountains, of the Andes.
This event was later told by the survivors, in a book and, later on, it turned to a movie “SURVIVE”, which showed this story to the world.
Today, the journey starts at this breathtaking location.
And we invite you to visit this place, as you go over this story….
Day 1: Meeting at El Sosneado (consult for bus tickets). From there we will take a 3- hour trip up to the mountain by vechicle. Once there the baqueanos will begin to set up the horses and to prepare the loads that will go in the mules. We will star our horseriding, after lunch. On this first day we will cross the rivers Atuel, Rosado and Barross. After 4 hours riding, we will arrive at our camp base, El Barroso. While we set up the tents, we will hydrate and have some snack to replenish our energy .We enjoy the sight of the Sosneado Hill, 5200 msnm, North-East, and we will have everything ready and we will make have ready for the following day. Dinner. Approximate hours of cavalcade: 4 - 5 hs.
Day 2: After breakfast begins our longer and challenging day of the cavalcade towards the Valle de las Lagrimas. In the morning we will have a brief break to stretch legs and take some photos. After 4 hours approximately, we will finally arrive at the "Las Lagrimas Glacier", reaching the 3.700 msnm, on the border between Argentina and Chile. We will ascend walking up to the commemorative cross where in a respectful silent we will honor the victims. Then, in company of our guides, we will walk along the zone doing a local recognition of the rest of the fuselage of the plane Fairchild, dozens of crosses, epitaphs, flags, offerings, and the monument to the victims. After lunch , we will return to our camp site. Once we arrive, we will unsaddle the horses and will enjoy a rich snack. Farewell dinner. Approximate hours of cavalcade: 5 - 7 hs
Day 3: After breakfast we will begin to dissamble our camp and prepare the horses and the loads for the return. We will ride up to the El Sosneado. Lunch. End of our services. Approximate hours of cavalcade: 4 - 5 hs
Note 1: All horses are properly trained and prepared to ride in the mountain and our cowboys have the best conditions and local knowledge. It is not necessary to have previous experience.
Note 2: Active program with middle-grade difficulty suitable for all ages. There are steep ascents and descents but there are no places with significant risk. Program is not subjected to weather conditions. Modifications may occur. Decisions will be made exclusively by the guides, mountain guides and coordinators.
- The riding is long during a day?
The ride is quiet and easy. The first day we ride only for two hours. Then we increase the frequency, but is always around 2-3hs in the morning and the same in the afternoon.
- Do I need previous horseback riding experience?
Definitely not. The horses are ready to receive people who have never ridden and the learning process is significantly fast. The mode of riding is quiet, one horse after the other.
- What if I have riding experience?
Those with experience will also be able to have more loose horses to gallop and / or jogging depending on the terrain.
- Where do we spend the night?
Since we ride on a virgin natural place, where no road vehicle arrives, the overnights are in tents, comfortable for 2/3 or 4 people. Those who wish may also sleep outside (vivac) with their own sleeping bag under an unforgettable blanket of stars...
- What if someone needs to be evacuated for some reason?
Almost all camps have escape routes trough near valleys, to get to the road vehicle route in a few hours. Our local scouts and guides are trained to resolve issues of first aid and / or evacuations, but they are actually very rare.
- Is there cell phone signal?
No. Cell phones in this area end up becoming useless items. Only in the cities of Malargue and San Rafael.
- Should I bring a suitcase, a small bag, a large backpack?
Everyone should bring their personal baggage in a bag or large backpack .We will separate things in special bags that will be share between passengers and also we give everyone a pannier (small bag to hang on the saddle) to use with items you use every day.
- What do we eat?
Our menus are varied. From pasta with different sauces to stews or meat (Argentinean goat roasted). Appetizers, salads and quick meals for easy digestion are common in midday. We ask you to complete the personal/medical profile to state if you eat any special type of food.
-Entrance permit to Valle de las Lagrimas
- Transfers in and out to El Sosneado
-02 (two) nights of camping.
- tents for 2 to 3 people
- complete kitchen equipment
- dining room tent with table, chairs, light.
- All meals during the cavalcade.
-Specialized guides and baqueanos .
- Horses with saddle.
- Mules for general equipment
- First aids equipment
- Satellite telephone for emergencies.
- Trip to El Sosneado
-Sleeping and insulating (to request rent)
- expenses caused by the abandonment of the programme.
- Services not detailed in included services