Crossing the Andes on horseback - South of Cuyo
A trip to the heart of the Andes Mountains in southern of Mendoza, where the mountains preserve large lagoons, waterfalls and eternal snows.
The route is round trip. We reach the border with Chile and return to the same starting point, in Argentina.
The beginning and the end are in San Rafael city or El Sosneado.
Except for the date on the Holiday weekend of December, the programs will start on Tuesdays.
You can request a special date (not on the calendar) for special groups of more than 10 people , from Sunday to Saturday, from December to March.
Previous note: it is convenient to spend the night before in San Rafael, El Sosneado or Malargue, since the expedition starts early the next day. The transfer that we include is from the city of San Rafael. If you travel by car, you should park it at El Sosneado´s parador, where it is under care.
Day 1: Private transfer from San Rafael (hotel or accommodation where you are) at 7 am, for those who need it. If you travel by car, the meeting point is in El Sosneado. Guides presentation, general equipment check and brief talk. Transfer along Route 40 to the abandoned El Sosneado´s Thermal Hotel, about 50 km northwest of the homonymous town. Short descent and visit the old ruins. Lunch. Then we continue along the road by vehicle almost to the bottom of the valley, to the Azufre mine. First section on horseback to Ojo de Agua´s camp. First night in the mountains.
Day 2: Second stretch. We will ride to Laguna del Atuel, we will visit the waterfalls, some old ruins, in the middle of the mountain range, passing through places with great views, next to the Overo Volcano. Finally we will access the new camp in the mountains, in Correa´s Hot Springs, a place where we can also enjoy the aforementioned hot springs.
Day 3: Third day of horseback riding to one of the border landmarks with our neighboring country Chile. Return to the hot springs camp. Break. New night in the mountains.
Day 4: Descent towards Laguna del Atuel. Time of enjoy next to the lagoon and its waterfalls. In the afternoon we will continue to the first camp in Ojo de Agua. Farewell dinner and last night in the mountains.
Day 5: Last stretch on horseback, to return to the base of Overo Volcano, from there, we will be transfer back El Sosneado town. End of the trip, approx 3pm.
Note 1: All horses are properly trained and prepared to ride in mountainous areas and our local guides have the best conditions and knowledge of the place. It is not necessary to have previous rider experience.
Note 2: Active programme with medium-high demand and suitable apt for over 12, and under 60 years old (cases outside these age ranges will be evaluated). There are steep climbs and descents, but there are not places with risk of major falls.
Note 3: Program subject to climatic, geographical or political conditions. Modifications can occur in function of circumstances and diverse factors. The decisions will be taken exclusively by the local guides and tour leaders.
Note 4: Minors who do not travel with their parents must travel with a dependent adult and submit parental authorization certified by a notary. In case of traveling with one of the parents, they must present the authorization of the other one.
Note 5: All participants must present a medical certificate, where the attending physician authorizes him/her to do the activity.
From the place of eventuality, we cover the primary medical assistance, stabilization of the passenger, evacuation costs and transfer to the nearest Medical Assistance Center . Once the passenger is entered into the health system, the coverage of the passenger Medical Insurance informed in the personal file online, starts working.