Horseback riding Alive -the Uruguayan rugbiers plane-

A 3 day - Horseback riding to the Miracle of the Andes

  • Place:

    El Sosneado, Mendoza
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  • Distance :

    1400 km from Buenos Aires
  • Duration :

    3 days
  • Initial time :

    8.30 am
  • End Time :

    3 pm
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Season  2018 / 2019:
  • New year: 27th to 29th December. 
  • January 15th to 17th 
  • February: 12th to 14th 
  • March: 3rd to 5th
  • Trekking expedition (walking):same dates , starting on the day before the horse riding.


A touching story…

October 13rd 1972: A Uruguayan plane  carrying 45 passengers to Chile, most of them students and rugby players, crushed into the Andes.

Twelve of them died because of the crush.

The survivors had to carry on living with hunger and trying to tolerate the fearless mountain, 30 degrees below zero during many nights.

They tried to resist with a limited reserve of food they found within the wrecks of the plane, as they waited to be rescued. Their faith decreased when they heard on the radio that the rescue had been called off due to the belief that none of them had survived.

Finally, tired of the low temperature, the threatening avalanches, the increasing anguish for the dead friends and the loss of hope to be rescued, two of them decided to cross the huge mountains to reach for help.

This is how in December 22nd of 1972, after 72 days of isolation, the world took notice that sixteen passengers from that plane had beaten death.

This event was later told by the survivors, in a book and, later on, it turned to a movie “ALIVE”, which showed this story to the world.

Today, the journey starts at this breathtaking location.

And we invite you to visit this place, as you go over this story….


Day 1: Meeting at El  Sosneado (If you are staying in San Rafael, we can pick you up; transfer is included). From there we will take a 3- hour trip up to the mountain by vechicle. Once there the baqueanos will begin to set up the horses and to prepare the loads that will go in the mules. .  On this first day we will cross the rivers Atuel, Rosado and Barroso. After 4 hours riding, we will arrive at our camp base, El Barroso. Lunch. Afternoon free to relax and enjoy the landscape. Dinner. Approximate hours of cavalcade: 4 - 5 hs.


Day 2: After breakfast begins our longer and challenging day of the cavalcade towards the Valle de las Lagrimas.After 4 hours approximately, we will finally arrive at the  "Las Lagrimas Glacier", reaching the 3.700 msnm, on the border between Argentina and Chile. We will ascend walking up to the commemorative cross where in a respectful silent we will honor the victims. Then, in company of our guides, we will walk along the zone doing a local recognition of the rest of the fuselage of the plane Fairchild, dozens of crosses, epitaphs, flags, offerings, and the monument to the victims. After lunch , we will  return to our camp site. . Farewell dinner. Approximate hours of cavalcade: 5 - 7 hs


Day 3: After breakfast we wil prepare the horses and the loads for the return. We will ride up to  El Sosneado. Lunch. End of our services. Approximate hours of cavalcade: 4 - 5 hs


Stay the previous night in San Rafael as e can pick you up on the day 1 to start the expedition early in the morning


 Note 1: All horses are properly trained and prepared to ride in the mountain and our baqueanos have the best conditions and local knowledge. It is not necessary to have previous experience.


Note 2: Active program with middle-grade difficulty suitable from 13-60 years old. There are steep ascents and descents but there are no places with significant risk.


Note 3:Program subjected to weather, poltical and geographical conditions. Modifications may occur. Decisions will be made exclusively by the guides, mountain guides and coordinators.


Included Services:
  • Entrance permit to Valle de las Lagrimas
  • Transfers in and out to El Sosneado
  • Transfers in and out to San Rafael
  • 02 (two) nights of camping.
  • tents for 2 to 3 people
  • complete kitchen equipment 
  • tents with table, chairs, lights.
  • personal tableware
  • All meals during the cavalcade, from breakfast on day 1 to breakfast on day 3.
  • Specialized guides and baqueanos .
  • Horses with saddle.
  • Mules for general equipment
  • First aids equipment
  • Satellite telephone for emergencies.


Services NOT included:
  • Trip to El Sosneado
  • Sleeping bag  and insulating (request for rental)
  • expenses caused by the abandonment  of the programme.
  • Tips
  • Services not detailed in included services
Recommended Personal Equipment List:

Small Backpack 

Bag or large backpack (which will be carry in the bus storage).

Sleeping bag -10 ° comfort.



1 pair of trekking boots or boots (in good conditions).

1 second pair of shoes. To stay comfortable in the camp area.

Lightweight long pants and a spare one.

3 shirts and / or shirts (two long sleeves).

2 sweatshirt (polar sweater, or wool pullover).

1 waterproof jacket

1 cap for the sun.


Warm jacket.


Passport or ID.

Medical insurance


Sun glasses.

Sunscreen and lipstick.

Toilet paper.  Baby wipes.



Plastic bottle for 2 liters minimum .

Flashlight with batteries + spare batteries.

OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)


Personal first-aid kit

Steel thermos

Binoculars. Photographic or video equipment

Book,travel diary, pencil, pen.

Games; cards, dices, etc


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