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  • 4-5 riders USD$ 4.599
  • 6-7 riders USD$ 4.290
  • 8-14 riders USD$ 3.985
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TRIP LEVEL
Challenging
TRIP LENGTH
11 Days
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Santiago (SCL), Chile 
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Day 1: Santiago Reception at the airport, transfer to Hotel, rest. Lunch at a traditional Chilean restaurant (not included).Afternoon, short walking tour through downtown Santiago. Evening welcome dinner Show.
(D) (Overnight in Hotel Vegas in Santiago)

Day 2: Santiago - San Felipe - Los Patos We will depart from your hotel to Panquehue, an area of vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley. We visit Sanchez de Loria vineyard that belongs to a traditional family of the place who are of Spanish descent. Then, we continue to Putaendo for lunch in a typical restaurant. Later, we head to Los Patos, and after, an evening of getting to know each other over dinner and refreshments.
(3 hours transfer AM + 3 hours transfer PM) (B-L-D) (Overnight in camping)

Day 3: Los Patos - Las Tejas Here the Chilean muleteers are waiting for us to load up the animals beginning this adventure. We will ascend from the Rocín River to arrive later in Los Cienaguitos (2200 High meters). We will cross the river several times and go through maitenes forests. The most typical aspect of this landscape is semidesert vegetation, a lot of cactus and scarce vegetation. Camp and dinner around a friendly campfire.
Riding time: 8 hours - (2200 meters High) (B-BL-D) (Overnight in camping)

Day 4: Las Tejas - Vegas del Cienago After a strong breakfast, we continue following the course of the Rocin river passing through Aletón pass (2330 high meters). Here we have to get off our horses and walk since the track is located more than 300 meters over the river in a very rocky and slippery place dangerous for the animals. This is one of the most difficult passes of the trip. During the journey, the vegetation is lower and we can appreciate small bushes which are characteristic of the high Andean zone like the goat horn, thorny bushes and the showy “yareta”. Then we will continued the trip passing through “Las Vegas del Ciénago” This place is covered with a large expanse of grass contrasting with the mountains and the beautiful place to camp. (2550 high meters) There we will report with the Chilean frontier guards. Camp and dinner in the same place.
Riding time: 5 hours - (2550 meters High) (B-BL-D) (Overnight in camping)

Day 5: Vegas del Cienago - Valle Hermoso Early in the morning we continue following the course of the Rocín River until the Chile - Argentina frontier (3300 high meters). The animals will ascend slowly through narrow paths. Grass and bushes start to run short, but not small flowers that emerge and surprise us. We will meet the Argentinean “gauchos” in the boundary. It will be inevitable not to compare the Huasos and Gauchos clothes and also the way of loading the mules. It will be surprising to watch the different styles of loading, riding the saddles, and then the change of loading and riding animals to start the descent in Argentinean territory until Valle Hermoso, passing through, volcano river. Camp and dinner. But before we must show the documentation in Ingeniero Sardinas lodge
Riding time: 8 hours - (2600 meters High) (B-BL-D) (Overnight in camping)

Day 6: Valle Hermoso Active, resting day. Today, we can get up later and have breakfast outdoors. We will walk in order to become acclimatized and have a wonderful view of the valley and its surroundings. Trips by surrounding areas and optional fishing. As a way of knowing better the zone, we will make an explicative speech, about: map reading, distance calculation, the use of a compass and emergency signals as a part of the essential knowledge’s for the high land survival.
(B-BL-D) (Overnight in camping)

Day 7: Valle Hermoso - Rio Los Patos - Rancho de lata Very early in the morning we begin the crossroad again. Here, the herb`s green will admire us with grass fields surrounded with puddles and a great variety of birds. We will discover an intensive subaquatic and aquatic life in this valley which makes contrast with the imposing mountain range of Cerro La Mesa (6.280 mt). The crossroad continues rising by Los Patos river to later arrive to Los Patillos river, which will approach us to the last mountain range that is left to rise: The large fertile plain of La Honda pass, Camp at the base of Vega Larga.
Riding time: 6 hours (B-BL-D) (Overnight in camping)

Day 8: Rancho de Lata - Manantiales This day, the journey will be very hard for the animals because we must rise Espinacito range going through sinuous hillsides by la Honda pass, at 4.500 mt. The ascent is sometimes dramatic when we see the big effort the animals make. Rest and then continue again the trip to reach the top of the mountain.. From this point, we will have a spectacular view of the Andes mountain range. Afterwards,. We begin to descend until Las Leñas River and reach at last El Peñón, where we will camp.
Riding time: 7 hours - (4500 meters High) (B-BL-D) (Overnight in camping)

Day 9: Manantiales - Hornillas - Uspallata Today will be the last journey in terrain. After leaving our camp we will continue by Las Leñas river arriving in Manantiales. Beautiful fertile plains are placed at this altitude. Here we can see one of the most amazing rocky formations in the entire journey. It’s really like being in the far west. Afterwards we will descend to Hornillas, through the black pampa. Continuing the journey by minibus to Uspallata.
Riding time: 8 hours - (2000 meters High)(B-BL-D) (Overnight in Hotel Uspallata)

Day 10: Uspallata - Los Libertadores - Santiago After breakfast, we shall prepare to return from Uspallata to Santiago, crossing the frontier through the Los Libertadores. This track is a work of art built in the middle of the mountains. In the Argentinian side, it ascends right to the pass. In the Chilean side, it is made of big curves to get to Los Libertadores Customs where we will have to show our passports once more and do the migration procedures. Descent through the Andes Mountain Range in the Chilean side which has more vegetation but it is at the same time steeper. End of our services.
(B) (Overnight in Hotel Vegas in Santiago)

Day 11: Santiago - Aeropuerto Santiago Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Santiago International Airport.
(B) - End of our services

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.

 
INCLUDED
- Transfer IN and OUT
- 7 nights lodging in tents, double occupancy
- 2 nights lodging in Santiago o Valparaiso en double occupancy
- 1 night lodging in Uspallata, Argentina (with swimming pool), double occupancy
- Complete camping gear with individual mattresses
- Support crew during expedition
- Emergency burden Horses
- technical mountain assistance
- full board
- professional mountain bilingual guides
- personal assistance
- services as described in the program

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NOT INCLUDED
- alcoholic drinks in restauants
- sleeping bags
- flights
- tips
- services not described in the program

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