Welcome to Argentina, a land of horses. These are ancient Inca trails. It is the ideal setting for an unforgettable trip. You will explore places you can only reach on horseback. The area has impressive landscapes and diversity of climates. From the tropical forests with crystal clear streams in the Lerma Valley, to the Calchaquí desert with its multicoloured mountains and the Cafayate Creek and its water and wind eroded hills, it’s all the home of the Andean condor.
Rate: $1,990.00 – $2,380.00 USD per person in a shared room (Single Supplement: $195.00 USD)
***Rates are based on the size of the group: 6 Riders: $1,990.00 USD, 4-5 Riders: $2,195.00 USD, 2-3 Riders: $2,390.00 USD.
Start dates include: March 15, May 12
*Special date available year round based on request. Departures can easily be linked to other rides on offer in Argentina.
NOTE: Deduction for declining the Buenos Aires activities is $135.00 USD
- 5 nights cabin
- 3 nights hotel
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Horse and all tack
- Luggage transfer
- Camping equipment
- Airport transfers
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks outside of meals
- Gratuities for the staff at the end of the stay
Transfer from the Salta City Airport to your hotel. After you have settled in you will join your fellow riders in a visit to the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology. The museum houses the best preserved mummies and Incan human sacrifice artifacts.
After breakfast you leave for La Viña (2hrs. drive), where you will meet the horses. There is time for any last minute re-packing before riding into the mountainous forest of Valle de Lerma along the banks of the Las Pircas stream. These trails have been used for centuries and are still the only means of communication among locals.
Today’s ride begins in the dense forest which gradually gives way to grasslands. Once you reach 3,000m – 9.900 ft. and have the chance to see some condors, you will descend into the desert like Calchaquí Valley.
Heading towards the town of Amblayo, you will spend the night. This town has only 150 citizens. You will sense the intimacy of arriving on horseback to this tiny town with no motorized vehicles!
It is renowned for its goat cheese, which you will be able to try prior to a traditional lamb barbecue at dinner.
During this morning you have the chance to just relax and enjoy this picturesque town. Of particular interest might be a visit to its ancient chapel and its 17th century paintings brought from Peru.
In the afternoon, you will mount back up and ride toward the foothills of Sierra Pelada, the area where the “ancient ones” lived centuries ago. Overnight at Amblayo.
Leaving Amblayo after breakfast, you will ride well into the Calchaquí Valley towards your next stop. Prior to your arrival, you will ride at first through archaeological areas where you will find pieces of painted pottery scattered around. If you care to dismount and take a closer look, feel free - with the agreement not to remove any of these archaeological remains.
During the ride, you’ll marvel at the multicolored hills and giant cacti which are remarkable and are icons of the region. Overnight at Isonza.
Isonza is a working ranch. During this morning you will join in with the everyday life of the ranch and its ancient way of life still intact. You learn firsthand the way they milk the goats, make cheese and grow their crops through centuries old techniques inherited from Inca times.
After lunch you will ride and hike to visit archaeological pictographs. The ride takes you West until you reach the very steep slopes of Chilo which divide the two valleys. The view is magnificent and will easily make you feel the power of nature. Overnight at Isonza.
Transfer to Salta City through the Cuesta del Obispo and the Cardones National Park. On the way there are herds of wild donkeys set free by the Spanish Conquistadors. Check in at a boutique hotel prior to a farewell dinner.
Transfer to airport, or Flight to Buenos Aires or transfer to your hotel. Take some time to visit the city and learn about its icons in a very special way: tango, Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada’s balcony, Eva Peron, etc. In the evening you might want to attend a tango show (optional) w/dinner and a tango lesson. Night at hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Buenos Aires Airport