Horse Riding in Manzano Historico, with lunch «asado» and wine
Horse riding in the mountains with lunch: exellent Wines and Authentic Argentine Asado.
Zone: Manzano Historico Natural Reserve
Duration: 4/5 hours
Located in the Andes mountain range, the Manzano Historico Reserve is unique for its landscape of crystalline streams and its historical-cultural richness.
Combining a beautiful horse ride with some delicious «mates» and then a delicious barbecue with fresh fruits and juices, sharing with our guides, amid the colossal mountains. Lunch «asado» with wine and salads.
- Transfer from Mendoza City (round trip).
- Lunch («asado» and wine).
- Horses with saddles.
- Professional guide.
Pick up: 08:00 hs. Not included
Star: 10hs start at 10 am from our base located in Manzano Historico
We pick you up from the hotel between 9 and 9:30 am.
Transport to the ranch by private vehicle. Saddled horses are waiting there for us, ready to leave towards the Andean paths.
We ride 3 hours approximately, among gullies and hills, then we arrive at a picturesque place near a stream.
The gaucho cooks an exquisite barbecue with a campfire in the middle of the mountains. We taste a Mendoza good wine accompanied by homemade bread and a table of cold cuts.
The gaucho serves us lunch, around the campfire a charcoal-grilled «asado», with fresh salads and with full wineglasses to drink a toast with our best wines.
Return to Mendoza City in the afternoon.
«Asado» is cuts of meat, usually beef, which are cooked on a grill (parrilla) or open fire.
«Asado» is quite popular in the Pampa region of South America, and it is the traditional dish of Argentina.
Sometimes these are served on a coal-heated «brasero». Then «costillas» or «asado de tira» (ribs) are served. Next comes «vacío» (flank steak), «matambre» and possibly chicken and «chivito» (baby goat). An «asado» also includes bread, a simple mixed salad of, for instance, lettuce, tomato and onions. Wine, water and other beverages are common. Dessert is usually fresh fruit.
Manzano Histórico, protected area:
Here is the mountain pass that General San Martín crossed on his return from the Liberation Campaign in 1823 and the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, a few years later. It is also an area of rich water resources; in the mountain range it presents important glacial masses and is the headwaters of rivers and streams.
This valley with an arid climate, surrounded by snowy peaks, ravines and prominent vegetation, was the place chosen by the Liberator of America, General José de San Martín, to rest after his campaign in Chile and Peru. The name of this protected area refers to this historical event since, according to specialists, the general rested under a pavilion of ponchos, in the current reserve. In commemoration of this fact, the monument of the hero was erected, which today is an icon of the site. Due to its high landscape, natural, historical and cultural value, the Manzano Histórico was declared a nature reserve in 1994.
The lands are irregular, so the horse can’t trot or gallop.
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