Andes Crossing to the Chilean Border

5.0 (8)
6 days 5 nights
Weight limit
110 kg / 243 lb

This tour provides the right balance between rest and relaxation, with a lot of action and adventure during the traverse by horses in the wilderness of the Andes Mountains.

Historically the route was used by the Huarpes, Araucanians, Jesuits, Baqueanos and Criollos. Captain Lemos crossed the Paso del Portillo in 1817 and, years later, San Martín returned at the end of the liberating deed in 1823. Even Darwin himself used it for his anthropological studies. 

Crossing the Paso Portillo we find the Alto Valle del Tunuyán, a place where cattle used to graze in the summer months. In recent times this area has been transformed and currently the activity we carry out is mountain tourism, with horseback riding that begins in January and ends in mid-April. We invite you to this adventure, where we will live as our gauchos did, touring the lands where the hacienda was lowered, and enjoying the typical meals of the Cordillera.

US$ 1 280
per tourist for 6 days
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Photo Federico Z.
Federico Z. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Federico is an outdoor lover with plenty of adventures in The Andes. Specialized in the tour logistics and organization of Expeditions and Treks in the Central Andes, Patagonia, Peru, Bolivia, and French Alps.

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Born in 1982 in the south of France and son of a Canadian mother, married with an Argentinian from Mendoza and father of two kids, he came to Argentina with his family 5 years ago after being a firefighter emergency medical technician in Paris, France during 11 years (BSPP). Passionated by nature and horses, he found a new vocation guiding people in the Andes Mountains. Now he has become one of the best and expert local guides in Mendoza with much knowledge of our culture, traditions, and lover of good wine.

Tour highlights

Discover the Historical Route
Historically the route was used by the Huarpes, Araucanians, Jesuits, Baqueanos and Criollos and even Darwin himself used it for his anthropological studies
Get to See the Andean Massif
We will get to see this impressive Andean massif (5,500 meters above sea level) with an ice wall of unimaginable proportions.
Stay in a WIld
Accomodation in tents surriunded by nature

Route details

Day 1
Mendoza – Tupungato – Scarabelli Refuge (Dead Mule)

At 9:00 a.m. transfer pick up from your hotel in Mendoza city and drive to Tupungato – Uco Valley

An exquisite tasting of excellent wines from Uco Valley and empanadas will be waiting for the group.

After lunch, we head towards the mountain range in trucks for the beginning of the trip.

We continue to Gendarmería where border control will take our data and we will sign several papers to get into the Valley and Chilean Border.

Then we are going to reach 3,000 meters above sea level to head up to Scarabelli (dead mule), where our friends the baqueanos are waiting for us with some snacks. 
Time get to know our horses, faithful companions of every day of the journey.
First day of acclimatization and it will be our first dinner with the group. 

Camping in tents

Day 2
Portillo Argentino – Real de la Cruz ( Military Shelter)
Day 3
Rest Day
Day 4
Chilean Border – Real Contreras
Day 5
Cerro Meso San Juan – Real de la Cruz
Day 6
Real de la Cruz – Scarabelli Refuge – Mendoza
Tour provider's comments
No experience needed


5 nights
5 nights

Accommodation in a wild camp in the middle of the mountain range

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Weather conditions along the route
You will get a weather forecast for this tour’s route based on
  • the forecasts for this season
  • the statistics from previous years’ trips

Tour conditions


  • tame horses with mounts
  • professional instructor guide; Baquianos and Arrieros permanently
  • transfer from the city of Mendoza to the starting point of the ride
  • saddlebags
  • transportation of personal equipment on mules (up to 10 kilograms per person)
  • all meals and drinks during the development of the horseback program
  • complete campaign team (tents, kitchen utensils, crockery, etc.)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • first aid kit
  • satellite telephony for emergencies (does not include private calls)
  • personal accident insurance


  • sleeping bag (available for rent)
  • personal equipment (clothing, clothing, etc.)
  • meals not stipulated in the program
  • drinks in restaurants
  • personal expenses such as telephone calls, tips, laundry, etc.
  • any cost derived from the abandonment of the program ahead of time
  • rescue expenses Medical or air evacuation expenses
  • travel insurance or medical assistance

Group size

up to 10 tourists


6 days
5 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Upper body
• 2 Upper body base layers, polypropylene or capeline
• 1 Long sleeve shirt
• 1 Fleece jacket
• 1 Windproof Gore-tex jacket (must have a hood)
• 1 Down jacket (hood recommended)

Lower body
• 1 Lower body base layer (thermal underwear or similar)
• 1 Pair of trekking pants

• 1 Pair of liner gloves
• 1 Pair of fleece or wool gloves

• 1 hat or cap with a wide brim for sun protection
• 1 Fleece hat or balaclava

• 1 Pair of trekking shoes or boots (we recommend Gore-Tex models)

• 2 Pairs of lightweight socks
• 2 Pairs of heavyweight socks

• 1 Pair of glacier glasses with side protection (100% UV)

• 1 Headlamp
• 1 Sleeping bag (suitable down to -20ºC / -4ºF)
• Mattress
• Sunscreen and lip protection (SPF 40)
• 2 liter Water bottle or camelback
• 1 small thermos flask

• Backpack (20 / 25 L)

• Camera, video camera, extra batteries
• Personal first-aid kit
• Personal hygiene kit
• 6 Batteries for the headlamp or other

When are the reservation rates and when it should be paid?
Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

Based on 8 reviews
  • A
    20 Mar, 2023
    about provider
    It was the best ever Aconcagua adventure we experienced. The team was well organized, extremely supportive, fun and trustworthy. Pablo was an amazing guide and Federico made everything to help us with all the arrangements from abroad. Thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime!
    20 Mar, 2023
  • AS
    Alexi Shaw
    15 Mar, 2023
    about provider
    We had the two days horse riding trip in Mendoza. Wonderful trip - our guide was excellent, multilingual leader, the gauchos were wonderful guys, the planning itself was extremely great! Breathtaking views and a superb experience. I will never forget our dinner in the clouds and this little adventure. Well worth the price.
    15 Mar, 2023
  • R
    5 Mar, 2023
    about provider
    We had an amazing horseback riding experience with Pablo. It was probably the best excursion we had during our trip. Views were spectacular and the gaucho lunch in the mountains was so unique. Highly recommend!
    5 Mar, 2023

Dates and Prices

  • US$ 1 280
    1 – 6 Jan, 2025 6 days 5 nights
  • US$ 1 280
    13 – 18 Jan, 2025 6 days 5 nights
  • US$ 1 280
    24 – 29 Jan, 2025 6 days 5 nights
  • US$ 1 280
    6 – 11 Feb, 2025 6 days 5 nights
  • US$ 1 280
    20 – 25 Feb, 2025 6 days 5 nights

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