This six or eight day Ride Across the Andes takes you from Puerto Varas in the Lake District of Chile to the Argentine national park Nahuel Huapi near Bariloche. The trek follows the old pioneer trail crossing the remote Puelo Valley; a route once used by smugglers. The journey, led by local outfitters, takes you through the hidden valleys of the pristine Patagonia Wilderness passing crystal clear lakes and ancient forests. You will get a glimpse of the culture as you overnight in homes of the local pioneers. Accommodations are shared with communal bathrooms. There are few options for a private room depending on the number of travelers.
The pace is steady, views are stunning and the trip is exciting, but not fast paced. The riding can be demanding as the terrain is steep and trails windy and riders will spend long hours in the saddle. There are lots of river crossings, which are great fun and allow riders to experience the local way of traveling. Some steep ascents and the undulating terrain can turn a bit more demanding if the weather is not good. This adventurous ride is an excellent way of experiencing lots of different terrain and being able to ride one of the toughest horse breeds in the world. Riders may canter on open ground and trot in the forest, but due to the terrain much of the time is spent at a walk – the footing just does not allow for much fast-paced riding. Enjoyment and comfort in the saddle are greatly increased if you are ‘riding fit’.
be comfortable in the saddle for seven hours
be comfortable at the walk, trot and short canters
be able to ride up and down steep hills
be physically able to walk at high altitudes ( 9,000 – 13,000 ft )
With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!