Horseback riding - Cruce de Los Andes.
Without a doubt this is the most spectacular Horseback riding tour in los Andes
Mountain range. Twelve days expedition, from Cajon del Maipo to Diamante Lagoon
in Argentina and return. We will surround San Jose and Maipo Volcanoes, and
observe Condores, aguils and Guanacos, crossing rivers and camping beside gaps
and rivers shores. During the tour you will be accompanied by a Cascada Expeditions
team that includes experienced guides and muleteers and a musician that will
encourage the nocturnal bonfires.
Crossing the Andes Mountain Range by horse from Chile to Argentina is one of the
most spectacular experiences of the world, experiencing the same odyssey that
Spanish conquerors carried out 500 years ago. The first day of the trip we will
cross to Argentina by the "Paso de Piuquenes." During the following days we will
continue toward the south, at the returning way the last day we will cross the
border again, at Maipo volcano, which is shared for both countries. The landscape
is always spectacular, passing for impressive mountainous slopes and beautiful
Waterfalls, sides and rivers will cross our road. Some of them will provide us
relaxing baths and other will be large natural obstacles that we will have to
The guides of this tour are the "arrieros", men that carry their animals to eat
pasture during the summer to the Andes heights. As there is no roads neither
paths, they have learned the routes of their parents and grandfathers.
During the nights next to the bonfire we will be able to listen its incredible
histories and to sing next to them folk music.
Transfer Santiago - San Alfonso at "Cajon del Maipo". This day we will check the
equipment and you will know the persons that will guide you.
After Breakfast we will drive until the "Panimávida" place where the riding starts
towards the "Paso Piuquenes" at Chile and Argentina frontier. It is an important
frontier step since where our eyes will be opened to one of the most beautiful and
colorful valleys. Camp: El Chocolate.
We will descent trough Palomar River Valley; subsequently we will cross the Tunullan
River. We will be able to observe a beautiful route of ice stakes known as the
"Penitentes." Camp: Refugio la Cruz.
We will ride along the Tunullan River and we will cross it again. In rainy years
the Andes Mountain Range are covered by snow.
The guides will travel on the front testing the ground with their specialized
horses. The rivers are mighty, what makes us sometimes change the routes. Camp:
Ascent trough "Cien Vueltas" until "Corrales Negros". Camp: Vega Corrales Negros.
Horseback riding trough Marmolejo River Valley, until reach Sainillas Valley where
we will cross the Salinillas River .Camp: El Rial de los Chilenos with amazing
caverns and waterfalls.
Departure to Torrecillas, enormous carved by the wind rock castles. Torrecillas
a strange city is located around a little River that crosses the place. Camp: La
Vega de Torrecillas.
In the morning, we will ride and in the night we will have enough time to
relaxation in this beautiful place, perhaps swimming or reading or sometimes
singing and dancing toward a bonfire. Camp: La Vega de Torrecillas.
From Torrecillas we will ride trough Colorado River Canyon .This canyon has in
their slopes beautiful mineral veins. We will ride towards the Overas , Where
usually you can find a lot of Guanacos. Camp: Las Overas.
We will cross the Papal River before arriving finally to Diamante Lagoon. This
is one of the higher points of the ride where we will find Yareta, plant that
rises only at 3000 meters of high. Camp: Las Enumeradas.
Horseback Riding to Diamante Lagoon. This spectacular gap could be observed
generally since the air at the time of arriving or leaving Chile by plane. It
is possible take a bath, although the water is very cold. Camp: Las Enumeradas.
Horseback riding trough the Maipo Volcano Valley before crossing to Chilean
Territory trough the "Paso Alvarado". Camp: Laguna Alvarado
The tour goes trough Alvarado Canyon, with its incredible rocky formations, to
cross the Maipo River towards the Stone Cross, the Chilean border control where
our vehicles will be waiting for us. A farewell typical Chilean snack in the
afternoon will finish our adventure.
Transfer to Santiago.