ACROSS THE ANDES
9 DAYS – CHILE TO ARGENTINA.
An extraordinary and fantastic experience, this journey takes you back in time as we follow the same routes that the Liberation Army transited in 1817 to free Chile from the Spanish monarchy.
9 DAYS – 8 NIGHTS – 7 RIDING DAYS.
DAY 1 Santiago – San Felipe – Los Patos
We will depart in the afternoon from your hotel to San Felipe, an area of vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley. Then, we continue to Putaendo, later, we head to Los Patos, and after, an evening of getting to know each other over dinner and refreshments.
Camp for the night.
DAY 2 Los Patos – Maitén Bonito
Here the Chilean muleteers are waiting for us to load up the animals beginning this adventure. We will ascend from the Chalaco River to arrive later Maiten Bonito (2200 masl). 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.
DAY 3 Maiten Bonito – Vegas Del Cienago
After a strong breakfast, we continue following the course of the Chalaco river passing through Colorada pass (3.530 masl). Here we have to get off our horses and walk since the track is located more than 1000 meters over the river. 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 “yareta”.
Then we will continue 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 masl) There we will report with the Chilean frontier guards.
Camp and dinner.
DAY 4 Vegas Del Cienago – Valle Hermoso.
Early in the morning, we continue following the course of the Rocín River until the Chile – Argentina frontier (3300 masl). 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. We must show the documentation in Ingeniero Sardinas lodge (2600 masl).
Camp and dinner.
DAY 5 Valle Hermoso- Ing. Sardinas
Active, resting day. Today, we can get up later and have breakfast outdoors. We will walk 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 practice and explicative speech, about: map reading, distance calculatión, the use a compass and emergency signals as a part of the essential knowledge for the high land survival.
Camp and dinner.
DAY 6 Ing. Sardinas – Rancho De Latas
Very early in the morning, we begin the crossroad again. Here, the herb`s green will admire us with grass fields surrounded by puddles and a great variety of birds. We will discover an intensive subaquatic and aquatic life in this valley which contrasts with the imposing mountain range of Cerro La Mesa (6.280 mt). The crossroad continues rising by Los Patos river to later arrive at Los Patilloss 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 Rancho de Latas.
DAY 7 Rancho de Latas – 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 a big effort the animals do. 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. Afterward, we begin to descend until “Las Leñas” river and reach El Peñón, where we will camp.
DAY 8 Manantiales – Las Hornillas – Uspallata
Today will be the last journey in the 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 rock formations in the entire journey. It’s really like being in the far west. Afterward, we will descend to Hornillas, through the black pampa where a vehicle waits to take us to Barreal, a small oasis in the middle of dry mountains. Continuing the journey by minibus to Uspallata.
Arrival at the Uspallatas hotel.
DAY 9: Uspallata – Los Libertadores – Santiago Hotel.
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. On the Argentinian side, it ascends right to the pass. On 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. The 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.
• –One night in Uspallata Hotel ( Argentina).
• –Transfers in/out airport based on flight arrival times.
• –Land transportation.
• –All accommodation quoted per person based on sharing a double room or tent (single supplement rates in tent US 210).
• –All meals in camp.
• –Guides and camp staff.
• –Full camping gear, except for personal sleeping bag and mattress.
• –Pack mules for the camping equipment and backpack.
• –Satelital phone in emergency case.
• –Alcoholic or Soft drinks and/or special foods, laundry, extras in hotels, other items of personal nature, additional expenses of a trip due to the weather, sickness, failure of transportation or other causes beyond our reasonable control.
• –Any type of insurance and medical costs.
• –Personal clothing and equipment.
*Ask for a private group.
DECEMBER 29th – JANUARY 6th (2021)
JANUARY 7th – 14th
FEBRUARY 3rd – 11th
DECEMBER 10th – 18th
PRICE (Minimum 6 )
USD$ 3600 p/p