Crossing the Andes Chile-Argentina - Practical Information

Practical Information

Practical info:

  • Riding level: Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot and canter.
  • The riding: a rough expedition of 7 days on horseback, with an average of 6 to 9 hours per day in the saddle.
  • Weight: riders weight limit: 100 Kg 
  • Age: minimum age is 12 years, only allowed if accompanied by an adult. 
  • Group size: groups comprise a minimum of 8 riders and maximum of 15 riders.
  • Horses: Chilean & Argentinean Criollo horses
  • Saddles: Huaso  & Gaucho saddles
  • Guides: professional horsemen & tripleader Paul Coudenys 
  • Comfort: basic camping + 1 night at a hotel in Argentina.
  • International Passport: Required for most foreigners (still 6 months valid)
  • Visa: most European and Latin American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Chile and Argentina. Contact the Chilean and Argentinean Embassy in your country for more info.
  • Vaccinations: not required 

    Atacama horse riding expedition Not for moaners nor whiners. This is big adventure!

You are alone?
Do not worry, you can individually book and join in a group with other riders. Most participants are people who register individually and may just like you, not know the other riders in the group. Since everyone has the same points of interest (horseback riding, nature, travel, adventure) there is always a good atmosphere and understanding among the participants. Participants come from all corners of the world, so you can be part of a group with riders from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden, Canada, USA, Australia, and many others countries. Your friends are suddenly so much more international!  A standard group consists of 8 to 15 riders. In general, there are as many female as male participants.
Are your foreign languages not so well? 
No worries, local trip leader Paul is fluent in 6 languages and will help and translate with pleasure where needed.
Trips are always fun as we all speak the same equestrian language.

Travel Gear
•    Valid international passport 
•    Travel Insurance
•    Pocket money (you can change EUR/£/USD in the airport) 
•    A warm sweater 
•    A warm jacket 
•    4 or 5 T-shirts and minimum 2 a shirts with long sleeves.
•     (Thermal underwear/long john)
•     jodhpurs or jeans to ride with 
•    Riding shoes or boots / riding shoes with mini-chaps or long chaps
•    .A second pair of shoes for the evening
•     Comfortable clothing 
•     A wide brimmed hat (with rope) to protect you from the sun
•    One towel
•    Swimsuit 
•    Toiletries
•     Sun Cream
•     lip salve (lip protection)
•     Sunglasses (2)
•     Eye drops
•     Water canteen 
•     Torch / Flashlight
•     Pocket knife (not in hand luggage!)
•    2 Musketon hooks
•    1 Big garbage bag
•    Sleeping bag comfortable to sleep at -15C°
•    Sleeping mattress (thermarest is the best option)
•    Warm hat – gloves – scarf/buff
•    Camera…
*   Personal Pharmacy:
Aspirin, Imodium, Motilium, Second Skin Plaster, Cataflam or Voltaren, Disinfectant, Plaster, (eventually Homeopathic Remedy for Altitude Disease like Coca 9 CH or 15 CH)

*   Max weight luggage 14kg
*   It is recommended to put your luggage in a rugged travel bag (or backpack) instead of a hard suitcase. Your luggage will travel on pack mules and will suffer.
Hint: 14 kg of luggage might sound very little at first sight. But if you bring everything that is listed above, then you will not even get to those 14kg. People always pack too much.
The most important item of your luggage is your sleeping bag, your warm jacket, your hat and your personal travel pharmacy.
When flying/take your sleeping bag with you as a hand luggage. In case your luggage would be lost then you have at least your bedroom with you 

Chile  and Argentina are safe countries in terms of health. You can easily eat and drink anything without being stomach bothered. Eating raw vegetables, salads and ice-creams is no problem. 
There are no vaccinations required for Chile nor Argentina. 

Important information
We will do everything possible to follow the indicated itinerary, although spot changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location and difficulty of terrain  In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, we ask you flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!
The Chilean currency is the Chilean Peso and the Argentinean currency us the Argentinean Peso.  
Cash dispensers can be found in all towns and cities.
In the cities you can pay with credit cards. (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express, ...)
You will need  NO money during the Expedition
Electricity and plugs 

Mobile phone: 
In towns and villages there is mobile phone coverage everywhere. During the riding there will be no coverage. (in case of emergency we have a satellite phone with us)

In cities and bigger towns there is everywhere Internet access. During the riding trip there is no internet access.

Time in Chile & Argentina: 

Weather in the Central Andes during the Riding Expedition : January
Humidity is on average 10%
Precipitation chance is normally very low
Daytime temperatures between 2000m and 3500m: 30C° & 16C° at night between 8C° & -10C°
Daytime temperatures between 3500m and 5000m: 16C° & 0C° (we do not sleep higher than 3500m)

Travel Insurance:
We request you take a travel Insurance. Ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate at the Trail Ride without having a personal travel insurance. Your insurance details will be requested on arrival.
Trip Cancellation Insurance recommended: In order to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances interfering with your vacation, we strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can use any travel insurance company you are comfortable with.

Release Agreement:
“The crossing the Andes Riding Expedition” guests are required to sign a release agreement at the time of check-in. This is mandatory and guests cannot participate in the tour without signing the release agreement (all moneys paid are non-refundable). Please feel free to read the release agreement prior to your arrival. Parents or legal guardians of minor children are required to sign the release agreement on their children’s behalf. Please direct all questions to the office.

Rules: We are not so much into rules, but we reserve the right to refuse service to any individual who jeopardizes the health, safety and welfare of any of our guests, staff, family & community members, animals & livestock, or who refuses to follow the rules we have established for your safety and welfare during your visit with us.