On Friday, October 13, 1972, a Uruguayan plane, carrying 45 passengers to Chile, many of whom were students and players from a rugby team, crashed in the Andes Mountains.
Twelve died from the impact and those who survived had to endure, among other things, the fearsome Cordillera with its thirty degrees below zero at night and the scarcity of food reserves.
Finally, fed up with the extremely low temperatures, the threatening avalanches and anguished by the continuous death of their companions and the slow wait for rescue, two boys decide to cross the immense mountains in order to reach Chile.
On December 22 of that same year, after having remained isolated from everything for 72 days, the world learns that sixteen defeated death. These events gave rise to the book and later to the film "Alive".
Our tour invites you to visit this miraculous place that, on the other hand, has a very important landscape content.
RECCOMENDATION: It is convenient to stay the previous night in the city of San Rafael.
Day 1: Meeting at El Sosneado. From there we will take a 3- hour trip up to the mountain by transfer. Once there the baqueanos will begin to set up the horses and to prepare the loads that will go with the mules. On this first day we will cross the rivers Atuel, Rosado and Barroso. After 4 hours riding, we will arrive at our base camp , El Barroso. Lunch. Afternoon free to relax and enjoy the landscape. Dinner.
Day 2: After breakfast begins our longer and challenging day of our trip towards las Lagrimas valley.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 area doing a local recognition of the rest of the plane , dozens of crosses, epitaphs, flags, offerings, and the monument to the victims. After lunch , we will return to our camp site. Farewell dinner.
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.
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-hard difficulty suitable from 13 to 60 years old (cases outside these age range will be evaluated).Suitable for people up to 100-110 kg, given the load resistance of our horses. 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 taken exclusively by the guides, mountain guides and coordinators
In all our expeditions we offer the service of meals IN FULL BOARD PLAN.
We also have vegetarian or celiac options, for that reason it is necessary to complete the personal/medical file to clarify if someone does not eat any type of food.
Both nights we slept at Camp Barroso. There we have big tents which have tables and chairs for meals.
Overnight is in these large tents with the sleeping bag on the floor, or in igloo tents for 2 or 3 people, also on the floor, using insulators and a sleeping bag.
On the first day we ride between 3 to 4 hours. On the second day, 6 hours. On the last day , another 3 -4 hours.
Definitely not. Horses are prepared to receive people who have never ridden and the learning process is significantly fast. The modality is "on the way", one horse behind the other.
Those who have experience will also have the possibility of riding horses according to her/his experience.
Being a tour that goes through unspoilt nature and whith no existence of vehicular road , overnights are in comfortable igloo-style tents for 2/3 or 4 people. Those who want to sleep outdoors (bivouac) with his/her sleeping bag and insulated sleeping pad, under an unforgettable starry sky , are able to do it in this campsite.
Almost all the camps have escape routes to be able to be in a few hours in the vehicular road. Our baqueanos and guides are trained to solve first aid and / or evacuation issues, which are very infrequent.
No. Cell phones in this area end up becoming useless elements.
Everyone must carry their personal possessions in a bag or a large backpack up to El Sosneado. All these belongings will be carried in a bag by the mules (according to the list required). You will also have saddlebags where you can place those things you need during the day.
Our mountain menus are varied. From pastas with tasty sauces to stews or grilled meats (chivito argentino). Antipastos, salads and fast digestion meals are common at noon. It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone has a special diet (celiac, vegetarian ,among others).
20% of a day, without unevenness or requirement. Example: Pampas horseback riding, initiation workshop
40% horseback riding in the sierras, one or more days: Córdoba, San Luis.
60% Horseback riding in the mountains for 3 or 4 days or in the north of Argentina for several days.
80% Andean Crossing Horseback riding up to 3000 meters (double crossing x Las Loicas).
100% Andean Crossing Horseback Riding up to more than 4000 meters. (Sanmartiniana Los Patos).
20% half a day or less with little unevenness.
40% more sustained unevenness and longer working days
60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration.
80% Demanding effort of legs in resistance. Very long days.
100% Maximum demand. Aerobic and constant force leg work
20% prairie / pampa.
40% trails with moderate ups and downs.
60% Steeper slopes and trails.
80% Steep descents and ascents.
100% Very steep descents and ascents.
20% We will not be much affected.
40% This is a normal level of attention.
60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.
80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.
100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
1. Do not take insulated sleeping pad
2.First aids: only bring personal medication.
3. Personal bags, with the rest of the luggage that does not go to the ride, can be left (safely) in the meeting pont to withdraw it upon return.
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