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The Andes Crossing On Horseback is An Amazing Opportunity to Cross the Entire Andes Mountain Range from Mendoza, Argentina, to Chile. This is a Unique Experience that Will Take You Through a Forgotten Land of Amazing Beauty, and Which Will Feel like a Journey Back in Time. We Will Set Out from the Beautiful Mountain Area of Tunuyan, to Then Cross Then the Mountains of the Andes By Following Several Breathtaking Valleys and Gorges Surrounded By Vertical Walls, Glaciers and 6.000 M High Mountains. This Pristine Landscape is Home to Condors and Guanacos that May Visit Us During the Journey.
Andes Crossing On Horseback
across Pioneer Trails in the Rural Portillo Pass, in the Middle of the Andes Mountains, this is An Exclusive Journey Into the Gaucho Culture. Enjoy this Fantastic Adventure, Relax in the Depths of the Pristine Andean Wilderness, and Let Yourself Be Introduced to the Local People’s Traditional Way of Life.
Following San Martin’s Path, We are Going to Ride Through the “valle De Los Patos” (valley of the Ducks). In January 1817, the “ejército De Los Andes” (the Army of the Andes) Undertook the Most Audacious Military Campaign in Argentinean History. Nearly 200 Years Later, We Offer You the Chance to Cross the Andes Mountain Ranges On Horseback Following the Path General Don José De San Martin’s Took.
We Will Be Living in the Natural Environment, Far Away from Pollution and High-tension Cables or Any Kind of Civilization, Which Will Make this Crossing a Real “expedition” among a Salvage and Isolated World.
You Will Live Every Minute like a Gaucho (argentinian Cowboy), Sharing Your Time with Our Team of Guides and Muleteers Who Will Teach You Experiences and Costumes from the Everyday Life of a Typical Gaucho in the High Country.

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Day wise Itinerary


    The expedition begins with a meeting in which you will get to know the members of the trip. Then we will drive in a private vehicle (2 hrs) to the “Manzano Histórico”, located in the Uco Valley, in the southwest of Mendoza City. It is widely considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza and all Argentina.
    In the Manzano Histórico, you will be able to visit the museum in memory of the Liberator San Martín.
    We will then go by car to the Refugio Portinari (National Gendarmerie), where you will meet the other guides and local muleteers that will be part of this spectacular expedition. There we will perform customs clearance and registration with the authorities of the National Gendarmerie.
    Dinner and bonfire at the refuge.


    Breakfast and preparation of the horses to follow our route. This day we will climb the
    “Portillo Argentino”, rising up to 4380 m. There will be about two hours of uphill riding, with the reward of an astonishing view of the Andes and the border with Chile, then, after another 5 hours riding (mostly on a downhill trail), we will reach the valley of the Tunuyan River, where is the mountain shelter named “Refugio Real de la Cruz”. This shelter belongs to the Argentine Army and it is used by adventurers, porters, and mountaineers. We will spend the night there and enjoy an energizing dinner.
    During the night, you may get to enjoy some songs and stories with the muleteers and travelers you meet in the refuge.
    This will be the longest day on a horse (8 hours approx.).

  • Day 3 : REAL DE LA CRUZ

    The third day will be an active rest day. You can decide whether to stay near the shelter or go on a short hike, accompanied by your guide, who will show you the local flora and fauna.
    After lunch there will be a demonstration of the gauchos’ cowboy skills (with ‘lazo’ and ‘boleadoras’).
    Dinner and overnight at “Refugio Real de la Cruz”.


    After breakfast, we will prepare the horses and mules for embarking the Tunuyán river crossing. The ride continues via an excellent viewpoint of Mount Tupungato (6800 meters) and then follows upriver the beautiful Palomares stream to the last of our campsites in Argentinean territory: The Caletón.
    If the weather allows, we can have a relaxing bath and “beauty treatment” in a stream with mineralized waters. Tonight is a good opportunity to sleep by the campfire and under the stars.
    Rest, night in tents.


    Departure towards the Argentinean – Chilean Border, this day presents another exciting challenge for our expedition. We will ride up to the Piuquenes step, at 4030 m, the boundary between Argentina and Chile.
    Due to customs regulations, the horses can’t cross from one country to the other, and so we will change horses at the international boundary. New Chilean horses and Chilean muleteers guides will lead us down to the El Plomo river in Chilean territory.
    After crossing the river, private vehicles will be waiting for us. We will drive to the Cajón del Maipo, the Embalse del Yeso (Yeso Reservoir) in San Gabriel where we will complete the customs paperwork at the Police office.
    Accommodation in a beautiful complex of cabins and farewell dinner at local restaurant.


    Transfer to Santiago and end of the program. Optional transfer to Mendoza (please contact us to discuss).

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  • Meals
  • Sightseeing

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Price & Rates

No of pax Age Limit Price per pax (Rs)
Adult Above 12 years $ 1760 / Adult

* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.

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Terms & Conditions

Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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