Andes Mountains Range – Full day ride.
The Andes Mountains and its ancient culture in the backcountry of Northwest Argentina set the stage. Ride its impressive landscapes and diversity of climates. Valleys with forests and crystal clear water streams followed by deserts with multicoloured mountains. We designed our cross-country rides to show this breathtaking contrast.
The ride starts in the Lerma Valley. As we start the ride we pass along 60 feet tall trees and dense bush. We go up to 9000 feet where the forest changes to high altitude grassland. This is the homeland of the Andean condor. In just two days of ride we reach the desert of the Calchaquí Valleys. Here the monumental cacti (cardons) set the stage. Get ready for the multicoloured hills, the red soil and, as the sun sets, the spectacular stars of the southern hemisphere that cover the sky.
All along the trail, have a chance to absorb from the herdsmen, heirs of the ancient Incas, some of the local culture still alive high up in the mountains. It is an experience without comparison. Perhaps, the trip of a lifetime.
Following next is a description of our itineraries for which there is no minimum group size. We can also arrange tailor-made rides all year round depending on how long you wish to ride and your travel preferences. There is no minimum group size. Please ask for rates.
Whilst we always endeavor to avoid changes before and during the program and cancellations, we must reserve the right to do so due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances.
At 9:30 AM we leave Salta city for the starting point of the ride.
This area is surrounded by dense forest, which served as the best protection for General Güemes’ troops during the
Independence War against the Spanish Conquistadors.
Meet the horses. Last minute packing. We ride through the forest and pass along its peculiar trees (algarrobos, talas, caldenes, molles, etc.). There is plenty of wildlife in the area: wild boars, deer, foxes, hares, etc. We might have the chance to see some and, in the season, an amazing number of butterflies.
We pass small hidden valleys and water streams. At midday we stop for a barbecue and a refreshing after-lunch rest.
The ride moves on along the hill tops from where we have a magnificent view of the whole area.
After saying farewell to the horses. Transfer back to Salta city where we arrive at aprox. 6:30 PM.
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Rate: Ask for quotation
Days: One full day
Dates: All year round. No minimum group size. Reservation required.
Horses: Mountain horses.
Pace: Slow – 3 hrs in the morning and 3 hrs in the afternoon.
Level: Suitable for novice to experienced riders.
Weather: Summer Hi 86°F - Lo 50°F; Winter Hi 70°F - Lo 32°F.
Meeting place: Downtown Salta city. Airport: Salta city (flight via Buenos Aires – Argentina).
Included: Transfers in/out Salta city. Barbecue at lunch.