Horse riding and trekking in Argentina

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These itineraries can be tailormade to suit your individual requirements, interests & budget. Please see departure months below. NB: Group departures also available for Andes Crossing, see details below
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
On our horse treks, the gauchos ensure that the horses you trek with are well treated, well fed and well looked after. We communicate a strict environmental policy to make sure that the eco-system of the mountains is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Both the gaucho guides & clients are briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst staying in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.
All excursions and trekkings are privately guided or group escorted by specialized mountain guides with ecological and cultural knowledge. You are accompanied as by local gauchos they have been working with for years with horse riding excursions. All organization and logistics are local and locally owned. Their commitment is to guide you in a safe way, that you can enjoy fully the beauty of a landscape, the riding, walks and trekkings while nature is taken care of and that visitors are doing the same.
The Argentinean staff who work in tourism are aware that it is important to take care of their beautiful natural environment, as it is one of the main attractions for tourists, and tourism is an important income. By making use of nature and cultural excursions during your travel through Argentina, you stimulate the people to continue to take care of their natural reserves & cultural heritage.
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The Impacts of this Trip

The individual & travels are designed and offered by international certified guides who live and work in Latin America. They have been guiding in the Andes for many years and in this way got into contact with these gaucho families. They are proud to offer this possibility to travel by horse - or on foot - through this part of NW Argentina as they know how unique & authentic this area and the lifestyle of the gauchos still is. By booking one of these travels you support several local gaucho families to continue with making a living in the remote mountains and to keep their traditions alive. This one of the most purest forms of tourism in the mountains, and the treks are organized on a very small scale and bring you to very interesting places which are rarely visited. The group size is as small as you want, and so it is even possible to trek with one or two persons only and your private gaucho guide and cook. It is still very rare to see foreign travellers in these areas, so you are invariably welcomed with warmth, shyness and curiosity by the local people in the mountains. These treks give a deeper insight in the gaucho culture and also give the gaucho families the opportunity to learn from their guests their values & customs, and to accommodate their guiding skills & services.

This operator empowers a womens coffee cooperation and NGO in the Andes of Venezuela. Their vision is to provide solidarity to the entire coffee community in the area, striving to improve the quality of the life of children and families of the coffee communities. With this holiday and all our tailor made travels in Latin America you support local families on your destination of travel and you make it for us possible to support mothers and children in the Andes of Venezuela through this cooperation and NGO. Through their different programs the cooperative aspire to offer training technique in administration, management, accounting, among others and offer scholarships to students and subsidies to primary schools in rural coffee communities, as well as inspire to new forms of community economic organization.

Climate

2 Reviews of Horse riding and trekking in Argentina

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Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We took a 4 day trip with Guillermo to a pass on the San Martin route in the Andes, which took us to 4500m. It was superb - some of the most spectacular rock formations and landscape views that I have ever experienced, and fascinating wildlife from Condors to Guanacos. We travelled by pony and mule provided by a local farmer (Jose) and his men, who were a privilege to be with - real stockmen. Also with us was Hugo who cooked fantastic food under pretty difficult conditions. Guillermo is a great guide - full of information and delighted to share it.

We are under the impression that available guides and mule drivers in the area are not equal. This is not an area in which to mess about too much - the weather and environment can combine to give challenges, and I would not want to make such a trip with idiots. We could not recommend our companions more - Guillermo and Hugo are vastly experienced and competent and thoughtful (a former gunner officer and ski guide respectively) and Jose plus his men are simply excellent. If things were to have got difficult (unlikely though it would be with these people) then we could not have been in better hands. We would travel with them any time.



2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be ready for a wide variation in weather. Conditions for us in 5 days varied from over 30 degrees to below freezing in driving sleet. The altitude was high enough to give us very mild and transitory symptoms (headaches) but well worth it. Having some Spanish would be an advantage but not essential.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It is a good opportunity for visitors to see the effects of climate change. There has been no snow fall of significance for 3 years, and the glaciers are disappearing as a result. I hope that our visit was worthwhile for Jose and his men - we certainly were thrilled to have spent time with them and witnessed the way that they handled quite large numbers of saddle and pack animals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Memorable, good value, unforgettable. Feel privileged to have been here and in such good company. Good advice from Marcel before we started. Organisation was first class.

Because we were only there for a few days, we went and returned by the same route. This was fine, but the trip would have been even more interesting if we had gone for longer and completed a circuit.

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting a Pre-Inca site along the route with a kind of sundial. Remoteness of haciendas and people deep in the Andes. Seeing an indigenous woman doing her
laundry in the river. Being part of the gaucho life and their traditions.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you have cleaning pills or a waterpump with microfilter with you and your medicaments, you are trekking in a really very remote area of the Salta
province.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely, you support with this trekking several gaucho families and the horseriding is part of the local transport since ages.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent, superb, wonderful experience to never forget!
And as a result booked a second private expedition with Marcel a decade later, just recently returned, from the high Andes of Mercedario and the Aconcagua near Barreal, following the historical routes of General San Martin. Amazing views, beautiful experiences and challenges. Bieng picked up at Mendoza airport and from here via a very scenic route of Villavicencio to Barreal, great service.

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