Leave Salta City early in the morning to La Viña (2hrs).
Meet the horses. Last minute packing before riding into the
mountainous forest of Valle de Lerma along the course of the
Las Pircas stream. At sunset, arrive at El Churqui mountain
refuge to spend the night where we will be awaited with an
energizing homemade meal.
Day 2: As we ascend,
the dense forest gradually gives way to grasslands. This is
the land of the wild horses. Once we reach aprox. 9000 feet
and have the chance to see some condors, we find the passage
that leads to the desertic Calchaquí Valley. We head
towards the town of Amblayo where we will spend the second
night. It has only 150 dwellers. It is renowned for its goat
cheese. Traditional lamb barbecue at dinner.
Day 3: We visit the
town and its ancient chapel and ride all day through the
Calchaquí Valley to our next stop at Isonza ranch.
Day 4: A long day
ride across the Calchaquí Valley but heading back to the
mountain range that divides both valleys. A day full of
contrasts. When we reach the very steep slopes of Chilo at
9000 feet the view is awesome. We are forced to get off the
horses and let them go down on their own. The forest
landscape is back. We ride along the narrow gorges of the
Chilo River. Its walls are as tall as 120 feet. We arrive at
La Viña, say farewell to our horses and transfer to Salta
Rate: Ask for quotation
Days: 4 days/3nights, 4 iding days
Dates: departures all year round. Please ask for our
Horses: Mountain horses
Pace: Slow with enough opportunities for those who like to canter and gallop. 6-7 hrs /day
Level: Suitable for novice to experienced riders. Wide selection of horses to suit all levels of riders
Weather: Summer Hi 86°F - Lo 50°F; Winter Hi 70°F - Lo 32°F
Meeting place: Salta city airport (flight via Buenos Aires - Argentina)
Included: Transfers to/from Salta city, accommodations (3 nights mountain refuge), all meals (pic-nic at lunch) and beverages. Camping shower. English speaking guides. Not included are flights, travel insurance, gratuities.