Crossing the Andes on horseback from Chile into Argentina

Ten days cabin and tent camp based horseback trail ride.

If you’d like to cross the Andes on horseback in more comfort, opt for our cabin to cabin version! We ride this tour mostly in the off season as an alternative to our tent camp ride. In these times staying in cabis overnight is an advantage due to the uncertain weather conditions. If you are looking for less nights in camps during main season you might prefer our 11 days ride including the crater and glacier of Sollipulli Volcano.

We still ahve some inevitable nights in tent camps, some in cabins, one night we stay in a mountain lodge. The trail follows mostly the route of our tent camp ride.

Itinerary trail ride

Pick up in Pucon 1.00 pm or Temuco airport 3.00 pm ,welcome to the farm. Time to get to know the horses, tack and equipment, and to get settled. In the evening we enjoy our first meal at the ranch house.

We take an initial ride through the Quelhue mountains and along Liucura River to evaluate your riding experience, get familiar with the saddle and tack and determine which horses to take on our great adventure. Lunch at Antilco, time to pack the saddlebags. In the evening we ride to our first camp at Renahue.

We cross the first of three mountain ranges on our trail towards Argentina. At night we camp beside the natural hot springs in Rio Blanco Valley. We ride virgin rainforests and dense stands of Coighue trees and bamboo and along the slopes of Sollipulli volcano, overnights in a tent camp at a farm in the Mapuche Indian comunity Flor del Valle and in the mountain lodge “Nevados de Sollipulli”.

We cross the last range in Chile, return to civilization riding through the small Mapuche settlement of Icalma where we stay overnight at a beautiful cabin on the lake-shore. Here we meet the supply truck that brings our luggage bag for the next days in Argentina.
We arrange custom formalities with the Chilean border control and ride into the the last mountain that seperates us from Argentina. Here, right on the continental watershed that defines the border with Argentina we say goodby to our Chilean horses and the guides that led us to this magnificent place. We walk 20 meters on foot and meet Hernan and his wonderful Argentinean horses that will carry us through the unique world of the Argentinean Andes for the next three days..
On the following days we ride the valleys and cliffs of Argentina, watch condors pass us by,meet shepherds with their herds of cattle or goats and enjoy amazing views over the endless wide open spaces of this uninhabited part of the world. On the evening of day 9 we reach the outpost were Hernan lives with his horses and which marks the end of our journey. We celebrate the end of the trek with a typical Argentinean barbecue while recounting our adventures from the past week and sharing our impressions of this experience of a lifetime.
After breakfast we transfer back to Chile. We can bring you to Temuco city (1.00 pm) or Temuco airport (1.30 pm) or Pucon (3.30 pm).

At one glance

  • Cabin to Cabin

    10 DAYS
  • Arrival day, pick-up at Temuco airport or Pucón
  • 8 days of riding
  • 2 nights in tent camps
  • 6 nights in cabins
  • 1 night in mountain lodge
  • 1 night besides natural hot
  • 1 night with hot tubs
  • Luggage in Chile on packhorse - on acompanying truck in Argentina
  • incl. all material from spoon to tent
  • 2 -8 riders
  • Including all entrance fees, taxes... - no aditional costs
  • Tips -not mandatory- are not included
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Crossing the Andes on Horseback

Enjoy a documentary filmed by German National TV about our expedition to Sollipulli Volcano, our Chile - Argentina ride and life on our ranch.

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Enjoy some impressions of our horses: the morning on the paddock, out riding and finishing the evening on their mountain pasture. A video by our guide Lotte.

Camera and editing: Annelotte Medema. Drone-takes by Hannes Häfner. Check more movies and videos from Lotte at YouTube and at

How do our guests see the rides

Please check at our testimonial section, the press releases or Trip Advisor for most recent reviews on our trail-rides

Placeholder imageWe are proud winners of the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Trip Advisor Excellence Award.

#2 of 24 Outdoor Activities in Pucon

Placeholder image"A Highlight of our RTW Trip”

Reviewed 8 August 2015, 2016 und 2017 Msmarits

Thanks for arranging that fantastic ride for us, it truly was a trip of a lifetime.

Lindy and Ron Echlin []

It has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I will certainly be returning some time.

Sarah Barford []