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Argentina - Ampascachi Trails Central & Western Region - 2 Itineraries
Unforgettable horseback adventures await traversing the Andes from Argentina to Chile or ride through the stunning valleys of the picturesque Province of Cordoba.

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Horse Riding Holidays Argentina – Ampascachi Trails Central & Western Region – 2 Itineraries

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Ampascachi Trails Central & Western Region: Prices 2024

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Traslasierra Valley To The Mountain Range Los Gigantes – 8 nights with 6 days of riding

  • $3,191
    • GBP: 2,500
    • EUR: 2,937
    per person sharing and based on a group size of 3 or more riders. For smaller groups, there is a supplementary cost.
  • Single Supplement – please contact us – it is not always possible for a single room and subject to availability.

Across The Andes – Argentina to Chile – 9 nights with 7 days of riding

  • $4,212
    • GBP: 3,300
    • EUR: 3,877
    per person sharing and based on a group size of 3 or more riders. For smaller groups, there is a supplementary cost.
  • Single Supplement – please contact us – it is not always possible for a single room and subject to availability.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

Included – All riding, guiding, accommodation, meals, soft drinks and airport transfers.

Excluded – Flights, alcohol & tips.

Ampascachi Trails Central & Western Region: Dates 2024

Every week arriving on a Sunday from 1st April to 31st December.

Getting There
Flight to Cardoba airport

Transfer
Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the ride are included.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Traslasierra Valley To The Mountain Range Los Gigantes
Embark on an unforgettable journey through the picturesque Province of Cordoba, where history and culture converge in the legacy of the Jesuits. This riding holiday takes you through a tapestry of rich heritage sites, showcasing the significant economic progress and educational foundations laid by the Jesuits. It is this legacy that earned Cordoba the nickname “La Docta,” the academic city.
Each Jesuit construction you encounter tells a unique story, inspiring countless novelists and writers whose works have transcended borders. As we traverse this stunning valley, you’ll be immersed in the local traditions and culture, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes that make every moment a memorable adventure.
The tour also includes visits to a renowned winery, famous for its special vine grapes and exquisite wines, and an olive oil manufacturer celebrated with international awards. Join us for an extraordinary experience that combines history, culture, and the natural beauty of Cordoba.

Across The Andes – Argentina to Chile – 9 nights with 7 days of riding
When we talk about crossing the Andes, we’re describing an adventure that’s much more than a horseback route. This journey through the Andes Mountain Range is a challenging and lengthy trek, immersing riders in the awe-inspiring grandeur of nature.
Experience the striking beauty of snow-capped mountains, sweeping valleys, rushing rivers, and cascading waterfalls. This expedition awakens your resilient spirit as you face and overcome the elements. Words fall short in capturing the essence of this remarkable place, where adventure, effort, beauty, solitude, and magnificence blend seamlessly.
Over the course of this journey, you’ll spend 7 nights sleeping in tents, riding your horse for up to 5-6 hours a day, and enduring harsh weather conditions. You’ll come to truly appreciate the value of your horse in these demanding circumstances. Relive history as you follow the same trails used by Argentine national hero, General José de San Martin, when he led his forces across the Andes in 1817 to liberate Chile from Spanish rule.
As you traverse this majestic mountain range, share in the customs and traditions of the “huasos” and “gauchos,” the region’s traditional muleteers. You’ll be surrounded by the highest peaks in the Americas: Mercedario (6,770 m) and Aconcagua (6,959 m), the tallest on the continent, adorned with glaciers and eternal snow.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Peruvian Paso – known for their unique gait, the paso llano, which is exceptionally comfortable and has earned the breed the nickname “Cadillac of Horses.” Similar to the Icelandic tölt, the paso llano is a running walk that is incredibly smooth. Most of the trail riding is conducted at a walk or paso llano to fully appreciate these remarkable horses. Your hosts have over 20 years of experience breeding Peruvian Pasos, bringing immense expertise and passion to their care and training.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to advanced riders.

Tack – Traditional Argentine and Peruvian saddles are used, featuring a basic frame topped with a sheepskin for comfort. The bridles are crafted from simple leather and equipped with short-shanked pelham bits, ensuring the horses respond easily to gentle cues.

Weight Restriction – 100 kg /15 stone 10 / 220 lbs

Group Size – 4 – 16

ACCOMMODATION top

Accommodation varies depending on the chosen route. Some nights will be spent in hotels, comfortable etancias and cottages, offering double or twin rooms with private bathrooms. At Estancia Haras Ampascachi there is a pool and tennis courts.
Certain trails include camping nights. Camps are equipped with dome tents featuring cot beds and sleeping bags. Dining tents with chairs and tables are also provided, along with chemical toilets. However, washing facilities may not be available every night. You will likely share a tent with another rider unless you opt to pay extra for a single tent.

While camping, breakfasts will feature yogurt, cereals, coffee, tea, breads, and jams. At hotels, you’ll enjoy a variety of options from their buffet selection.
Lunches are typically light picnic-style meals, including water and soft drinks, designed to keep you comfortably active for the afternoon rides.
Dinners are usually three-course affairs, even when camping. Your camp chef will prepare meals that may include regional specialties. At hotels, the resident chef will serve typical local cuisine. Soft drinks and wine are included with the meals.

Horse Riding Holidays like Ampascachi Trails, are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Argentiana.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Traslasierra Valley To The Mountain Range Los Gigantes

Day 1
After a warm welcome at the airport in Cordoba, we drive about 2.5 hs through the mountain range Altas Cumbres to the Estancia Haras Ampascachi which lies close to the small town called Nono nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the Traslasierra Valley. Along our way we notice how the landscapes, vegetation and even the scent of the air changes. Depending on the time of arrival at the Estancia you will be served different traditional food. We show you around the Estancia where you can have a rest or do some outdoor activities like playing tennis, ping pong or relax at the pool and then enjoy a fabulous dinner with home-made national dishes in the dining room.

Day 2
We start the day with a fabulous breakfast at the Estancia and then meet the horses. It is important to find the right horse for every rider since it will be your companion during your stay, so trust and empathy between rider and horse are essential. Your guides introduce you to our Peruvian Pasos and their special gait, the Paso llano and gives you all the necessary details on the riding techniques. Once we have chosen our horse, we go on a two-hour ride in the vicinity of the Estancia which allows us to adapt to our horse and get used to the saddle. Upon return, we will have a magnificent Asado (grilled meat) for lunch. In the afternoon you have the option to watch a documentary about the Peruvian Paso horses produced by Ampascachi “A 500-year lineage” (subtitled in English). After a delicious dinner we go to bed to be fit for the following day. You might have noticed that our rooms have the names of our horses!

Day 3
Breakfast at the Estancia includes homemade pastries and other delicacies prepared by our chefs. Then we’ll take the van to the town of Panaholma, where our horses will be ready for the ride to the town of Ambul. When we get there, we have a light lunch and after a rest keep riding to El Volcan from where we take a path that leads us to the remote livestock Estancia Taruca Pampa through magnificent landscapes along adventurous trails, but the horses are sure-footed so you can trust them completely. We sleep in fully equipped tents set up by Ampascachi’s logistics team.

Day 4
We have breakfast at the camp within this marvelous landscape and breath fresh, clean air. We start our ride to San Jerónimo across mountains and plains. We stop on our way to have a picnic lunch while we enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and the scent of the mountains. When we arrive in the tiny village San Jerónimo, we have dinner and go to rest in the cottages.

Day 5
We get up eager to continue the riding tour with our horses, have breakfast in the cottages and start the trail towards Ciénaga Britos. We stop for lunch at a rural house in the mountains, Don Santos de Barros, a cosy place where the Ampascachi logistic team has already prepared a delicious meal for us. After a break we continue to Cruz de Caña where the logistic team prepares dinner for us and where we spend the night in cottages.

Day 6
During breakfast in the cottages we enjoy the beautiful landscape and then continue our trail ride to the Jesuit estancia La Candelaria. The religious order built several estancias throughout Cordoba and other provinces. Each estancia had a different purpose; some of them were convents, others were used for the evangelization, but there were also big farming and livestock establishments. The estancias as well as the Jesuit block in Cordoba city were declared World Heritage sites by the UNESCO. After visiting La Candelaria, we have our lunch break there and then continue to ride across the Pampa San Luis until we arrive at Majada de Santiago in the evening, a place that belongs to a livestock estancia. The gauchos who work with the cattle receive us with some traditional mates and typical pastry. The logistics team drive us back to Cruz de Caña where we have dinner and spend another night in the cottages.

Day 7
After breakfast we drive back to Majada de Santiago where we left the horses the day before. We ride to San Jerónimo; around midday we will stop at the riverbanks of the San Guillermo River to have lunch and enjoy the landscape and crystal clear water. We then continue towards our destination, San Jerónimo. When we get there, we say goodbye to the horses and the logistics team drives us back to the Estancia Haras Ampascachi. We have dinner and go to rest.

Day 8
This morning we enjoy a fabulous breakfast at Estancia Haras Ampascachi. You can choose to either stay at the estancia and have a rest or take part in the guided tour at the Olium olive oil manufacturing and the winery in San Javier. We visit different sites on the way and return to the Estancia for our last dinner together.

Day 9
After the breakfast, the logistics team drives you to the airport in Cordoba. Thank you for sharing this adventure and wonderful days with us. We hope you enjoyed your holidays and you are always welcome at Ampascachi!

Across The Andes – Argentina to Chile

Day 1
Arrival at Plumerillo airport and transfer to the oasis city of Mendoza. This city is the starting point of our trip across the Andes. Free afternoon to visit the city. In the evening, we will enjoy a Folklore and Tango Show in one of the best Dinner Theatres of Mendoza.

Day 2
Early departure from the city of Mendoza by car to the town of Barreal, located in the south of the province of San Juan. On our way, we will see Potrerillos, Uspallata Valley, Pampa del Leoncito and the town of Barreal, where we will stop for lunch. Then, we arrive in Las Hornillas; located at the foot of the Andes, in Alvarez Condarco, province of San Juan. Our muleteers will be waiting for us with the horses and pack mules, and our staff will bring all the necessary gear for the expedition. Here, at the camp, we will take the time to try and choose our Peruvian Paso Horses, the ones that will take us to the border with Chile. In the evening, after a delicious criollo-style dinner, we will go to sleep in our tents.

Day 3
Early in the morning, our first riding day begins. We will cross the Aldeco River and head into the black pampa until we reach the plains of Manantiales. At night, we camp near a stream. Dinner and overnight in tent.

Day 4
After a nutritious breakfast, we will descend towards Las Leñas River, passing by Peñón de San Martin. Today, we have the most intense leg of the expedition. We will ride along the Las Leñas river gorge. The road becomes increasingly rocky, and we will cross the same river several times. We will climb the spectacular Paso del Espinacito (mountain pass) located at 4,500 meters of altitude, where we will enjoy a panoramic view and contemplate the immensity of Mount Aconcagua and the entire mountain range bordering Chile. After that, we will head into a valley, we will ride across Vegas de Yeso and arrive at our camp in Vega Larga.

Day 5
After breakfast, we mount our horses and ride across the Yeso hills until we reach the stunning Valle de Los Patos (Valley of the Ducks), passing by the Argentine Gendarmerie’s “Ingeniero Sardinas” shelter. We will continue riding across the plains towards Valle Hermoso, where we will set up the camp and spend 2 nights. During our ride, the highest mountain in America, the Aconcagua (6,962 meters above sea level), is visible all the time. We can also see the peak of Cerro La Mesa, with its vast glacier at the top.

Day 6
On this day, you will have the possibility to enjoy a pleasant sunrise, as we don’t need to rush to have breakfast early. Today is your day of rest: everything will slow down. We can go fishing in the afternoon and after a nap, the gauchos will teach us how to throw the boleadoras (bolas) and we can go for a walk and take good photos of the amazing surroundings. Unlike the other days, this time we will have a hearty lunch instead of a light meal, since we will not ride in the afternoon. And in the evening, we’ll enjoy a typical Argentine asado (barbeque).

Day 7
We will head west and reach the border with Chile at 1 pm. There we will visit a memorial that commemorates San Martin’s heroic deed, and we can see the boundary marker between the two countries. At this point, we must change horses. Due to phytosanitary restrictions, it is not allowed to go into Chile with horses from other countries. In this place, we will meet the Chilean huasos and muleteers who will be our guides during the next 3 days. After a welcome snack and drink, we will continue our ride along the Rocín River until we reach the Carabineros’ outpost in Las Vegas del Ciénago. There, we must arrange custom formalities with the Chilean border control. We will ride for about 1 more hour until we reach the camp in Lagunitas, where our staff will be waiting for us with a delicious dinner.

Day 8
Breakfast at 7:30 am. We will continue the expedition following the course of the Rocín River. Once we leave Lagunitas behind, we will cross this river twice to go up a 1,000-metre slope and reach the La Colorada pass, located at 3,500 m above sea level. From there, we will have a magnificent view of the Andes Mountains, the Coastal Range and the central valleys of Chile. After a good rest for us and the horses, we will follow the Chalaco River downstream, where we can discover the vegetation, including small bushes which are characteristic of the high Andean region: goat horn, thorny bushes, and the colourful “yareta”. Lunch Box during the ride. At about 5 pm, we will arrive in Maitén Bonito. Camp and dinner by a cosy campfire.

Day 9
At about 9 am after breakfast, we will ride our horses knowing that it is the last day of our trek. We will continue descending along the Chalaco River to Los Patos. During the ride, after several days, we will see taller trees and the vegetation will become increasingly lush. In Los Patos, the Chilean international police will check our documents and baggage. Lunch Box during the ride. Then, we will go to Santiago, Capital of Chile, by car. After almost 2 hours, we will arrive at the Hotel.

Day 10
At 9 am, we will have breakfast at the hotel Best Western Hotel Marina Las Condes. We will enjoy it slowly as we recall all the landscapes and the experiences we lived on this journey. Then, we will take our transfer to the airport of Santiago. We say goodbye with a warm loving embrace. We thank you for traveling with Ampascachi and reiterate that you are welcome to join us again whenever you like. See you soon. We will be waiting for you!

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