Paso de los Patos - Crossing the Andes by horse

Paso de los Patos - Crossing the Andes by horse

A unique experience, 7 days, crossing the mountains

Start Date :
End Date:
Initial time :
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End Time:
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Meeting Point:
Bus Station, San Juan city
End Point:
Bus Station, San Juan city
8 days
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Precio Reserva Anticipada:
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Expedition full of unparalleled emotions, due to the magnitude of the landscapes, the harshness of the climate and the work of the mules, guides and baqueanos. In addition to this, the historical seal that is printed at all times in each camp, where in a certain way we relive the epic of that great patriot Don José de San Martín and his liberating troops, who chose these ravines and valleys to start our freedom as a country and as a continent.

Mandatory Requirements to participate:

  • Previous Experience on riding a horse, how to get on and off alone and handle the reins porperly with one hand.
  • Previous Experience in Camping, at least having slept 2 night in a tent on a sleeping bag.
  • To have all the equipment required in the program
  • Have good general health state and fitness. A medical approval note is required regarding your general health and your capacity to carry out this activity.


  • To train physically during the year (aerobic, gym, etc.)
  • To have some extra experience on horseback during the current year
Season 2023:
  • January: 7th to 14th
  • January: 21st to 28th
  • February: 4th to 11th
  • February: 18th to 25th

Day 1. Reception in San Juan at the Bus Terminal. 6 pm Departure to Barreal, town of Calingasta, southwest of San Juan. Check In at the hostal. Acclimatization, team review, logistics talk. Introduction to the history of the crossing. Cartography delivery. Free time. Dinner and overnight in Barreal (1700 masl).

Day 2. Breakfast. Transfers in 4x4 Vehicles to the first Mountain Range Post. Allocation and preparation of the mules. Lunch. Departure through the Cordillerano valley delimited by the Cerros La Ramada and Alma Negra. Watching of native fauna. Arrival at the first camp, dinner and overnight at Peñón Colorado (Base Camp BC1 2900 masl). Depending on where we start the ride we can advance to another base camp (BC2) at 3600 masl or in between.

Day 3. Breakfast on the Rock. Departure to the Espinacito pass, where we will reach a maximum height of 4500 meters above sea level, perhaps the most adrenaline and exciting moment of the expedition. Arrival at base camp. Dinner and overnight in Las Vegas de Gallardo (BC3 2990 masl)

Day 4: Breakfast in Las Vegas de Gallardo. We ride to Valle de Los Patos to then arrive at Valle Hermoso, where General San Martín with the Army made his last camp on the Argentine side. Dinner and overnight by the river of Valle Hermoso. (BC4-5 2990 masl)

Day 5: Breakfast. Horseback riding to the border milestone of the Argentine-Chilean limit. Rest of the day Free. (BC4-5 2990 masl)

Day 6: Breakfast. Horseback ride back between Cordillera streams until we reach Rancho de Lata where we will spend the night and have dinner. (BC6 3550 masl)

Day 7: Breakfast at Rancho de Lata. Departure uphill to Paso La Honda (4300 masl) where you can see the limit line of Altas Cumbres and Cerro Aconcagua. Arrival at Springs. Possible extension to Las Hornillas due to road conditions. Transfers to Barreal. Night in cabins or hostal.

Day 8. Breakfast. Transfers to San Juan to the Bus Terminal. End of services.


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 necessary to have previous horseback riding experience.

Note 2Active program with medium-high demand and suitable apt for over 13, and under 60 years (cases outside these age ranges will be evaluated). Suitable for people up to 100-110 kg, given the load resistance of a common horse. There are steep ascents and descents, but not places with a risk of significant falls.

Note 3: All participants must present a medical certificate, where the attending physician authorizes him/her to do the activity.

Note 4: Program subject to climatic, geographical or political conditions. Changes can occur in function of circumstances and diverse factors. The decisions will be in charge exclusively of the guides, baqueanos and coordinators.


Personal Accidents Insurance:

From the place of the accident, we cover primary medical assistance, passenger stabilization, evacuation costs and transfer to the nearest Medical Assistance Center (to be defined according to the program). Once the passenger is admitted to the health system, the coverage of the Social Work/Medical Insurance informed in the personal record to be uploaded online begins to run.

speaker_notesIncluded Services:

  • Transfer in/out San Juan - Barreal.
  • Transfer from Barreal to the beginning of the ride
  • Transfer from the end of the ride to Barreal.
  • Reception the day of arrival (Empanadas).
  • Full board during the expedition (breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea, dinner).
  • 2 nights of accommodation at a hostal in Barreal. Rooms for 3 or 4 people to share. Double or Single Rooms at request
  • 5 nights of accommodation in a camp, in the middle of the mountain range.
  • Guides, coordinators and baqueanos.
  • Horses equipped and properly prepared for this type of expedition in the mountains.
  • Tents.
  • General mountain safety equipment.
  • Satelital phone.
  • General camping items (pots, heaters, safety items, orientation, etc.)
  • Personal accident coverage.
  • Satellite monitoring throughout the expedition.
  • Prior advice with photos, maps and necessary material.
  • Permanent assistance.

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Trip to San Juan (flight or bus tickets)
  • Drinks at the hostal
  • Tips
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