Departure dates 2016 / 2017:
16 DEC al 21 DIC
29 DEC al 03 JAN
05 JAN al 10 JAN 2017
12 JAN al 17 JAN 2017
19 JAN al 24 JAN 2017
26 JAN al 31 JAN 2017
16 FEB al 21 FEB 2017
23 FEB al 28 FEB 2017
02 MAR al 07 MAR 2017
09 MAR al 14 MAR 2017
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
The booking is by e-mail. It’s possible to do it until 30 days before to the departure date, but it’s better make it with more advance. This permit us help you with the equipment, answer all your doubts and coordinate details.
To confirm the booking it’s necessary make a deposit the 30% of the total rate. If you are outside of Argentina, you have to send money by Western Union (shipping charges will be paid by the sender). You can pay the 70% leftover in Mendoza, before to start with the activity.
We don’t accept credit cards.
You have to arrive in Mendoza a day before to departure date. It's necessary to check equipment. We offer you add one night of accommodation, we can help you with this reservations and add this cost to the total rate.
Day 1: MENDOZA - MANZANO HISTÓRICO - SCARAVELLI
In the morning the expedition begins with a meeting during which you will get to know the members of the trip. Then we will drive in a private vehicle towards the “Manzano Histórico” (2 hs.), located in the “Valle de Uco” (Uco Valley). Uco Valley is a viticulture region southwest of Mendoza City in Argentina. It is widely considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza, and all of Argentina.
Here lies a Museum in memory of the liberator "San Martin", which will have a chance to visit. We arrive then at the Refugio Portinari (National Gendarmerie). Reception and presentation of guides and local muleteers that will be part of this spectacular expedition on horseback. Here we perform customs clearance and registration with the authorities of the National Gendarmerie.
Dinner and bonfire.
Day 2: SCARAVELLI - PORTILLO ARGENTINO - VALLE RIO TUNUYAN
Breakfast and enlistment of the horses to follow our route. This day we are going to climb to the "Portillo Argentino", rising to 4380 m.The mules help us to carry all the luggage. It is a pair of hour's uphill riding, with the reward of an astonishing view of the Andes and the border with Chile.
Then it is a 5 hours plus riding (mostly in a downhill trail) to the valley of the Tunuyan River, where is the CAMP "Real de la Cruz".
We spend the night here and enjoy a dinner that will surely be energizing adorned by the experiences of this day for adventure.
The evening may offer some songs and stories, since the refuge is a meeting point for muleteers and travelers.
This will be the longest day on a horse (8 hours approx.).
Day 3: VALLE RIO TUNUYAN
The third day is for rest. They may choose to stay near the camp or make a trek of recognition accompanied by the guide, identifying flora and fauna.
After lunch we can participate in a demonstration of gauchos' skills (with 'lazo' and 'boleadoras').
Dinner and overnight at camp “Real de la Cruz”. in the Tunuyán Valley
Day 4: VALLE RIO TUNUYAN - EL CALETÓN
After breakfast in the shelter, we prepare the horses and mules for embarking the Tunuyán river crossing with the strong horses guided by the skillful muleteers. The ride continues through the viewpoint of "Mount Tupungato 6800 meters" and then following upriver the beautiful "Palomares" stream, until the last campsite in Argentinean territory: "The Caletón."
If the weather allows, we can have a relaxing bath and "beauty treatment" in a stream with mineralized waters. It is a good opportunity to sleep by the campfire and under the stars.
Rest, night in tents.
Day 5: EL CALETÓN - INTERNATIONAL BORDER - TERMAS DEL PLOMO (Chile)
Departure towards the Argentinean - Chilean Border. Another big challenge lies ahead on the fifth day. Departure to Step Piuquenes to 4030 m., boundary between Argentina and Chile. At noon we will enjoy a unique lunch at the border marker.
For sanitary and custom regulations, the horses can’t cross from one country to another, so we have to change the animals at the international boundary. New Chilean horses and Chilean muleteers guides will lead us going down to the river "El Plomo” in Chilean territory, the final leg of the expedition.
After crossing the river, private vehicles are waiting for us. Move by track to the Cajón del Maipo, the “Embalse del Yeso” (reservoir) coasting to San Gabriel, people carrying out customs formalities where we complete custom paperwork at the Police office.
Accommodation in a beautiful complex of cabins and farewell dinner at local restaurant.
Day 6: TRANSFER CAJÓN DEL MAIPO (Chile) / SANTIAGO DE CHILE
Transfer to Santiago and end of the program. Optional transfer to Mendoza (consult).