In the saddle through the Andes along Inca-trails and gold diggers paths. For Non-Riders and riders.
Norte Chico is located only 500 kilometers north of Santiago. Our meeting point is La Serena (health and seaside resort at the Pacific). Even visitors from distant countries hardly know this region, probably "pisco" is well known which is a colorless and natural brandy extracted from the grapes of the local sunny vineyards. When autumn and winter starts on the northern hemisphere, holiday season, which is from October to April, begins here in this mild and dry climate. The blue Pacific with its hidden fishing villages and little villages in the wild Andes is part of this region as well as lonely valleys, endless mountain trails, and the peace and quiet of the Andes over which condors fly. A well-known holiday resort is Pisco de Elqui in the valley of the same name. The Rio Hurtado valley is situated nearby, only 15 kilometers as the crow flies, to the west; and that is where the Hacienda is. One of northern Chile's Indian ceremony places in the best condition is situated in this green valley only 120 minutes ride from the Hacienda Los Andes.
More than forty rock paintings are the last traces of the ancient Indian culture of the Diaguitas. They owned gold mines which attracted the Inca to the Hurtado valley some time later. They introduced the irrigation system which is a labyrinth of channels and which was used by the Spaniards too from the 16th century on, and still the farmers today profit from it. The Spaniards followed the old trade trail of the Inca, known as Inca trail, upstream the Rio Hurtado and further over the Andes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Riding the paths of the Inca and gold diggers. Right through the Andes off civilization. This adventure will explore the wild Sierra, the huge Andes and experience a romantic and pure nature.
Day 1 LA SERENA - HACIENDA LOS ANDES
Transfer (14:30) from the colonial city La Serena to the Hacienda. Time for Jakuzzi, sauna, a walk across the 1000 acres nature reserve. Dinner. Overnight stay / room with private bath.
Day 2 HACIENDA LOS ANDES - RIO HURTADO VALLEY
American breakfast and meeting of the team. Discussing the tour. You will get to know your horse and the Chilean riding style (similar to Western style). Riding tour through the valley Rio Hurtado finally reaching an idyllic mountain village. Picnic in the garden of the Plaza. Returning to the Hacienda through the Andean landscape. Dinner in front of the fireplace. Overnight stay at the Hacienda.
Day 3 RIDING SIERRA AND VALLEYS
Breakfast. Packing saddle bags. Riding along the old digger's path through the calmness of the Sierra and passing through lonely valleys. It leads us through canyons finally reaching the Andean plateau Oro Blanco, - white gold. In the afternoon, we leave the wilderness behind and stay overnight at a hermitage. We camp and have dinner under fig trees. Overnight stay in comfortable Hilleberg tents with inflatable sleeping-mat and warm sleeping bag.
Day 4 RIDING RIO HURTADO CANYON
Andean breakfast: selfmade bread, goats cheese, sausage and fresh eggs. Starting from the oasis which is at a hight of 2000 metres, we ride along the historic mule path of the gold diggers up to the Andes. We are surrounded by a gigantic panorama, tremendous overlook and untouched nature. Lunchbreak at a spring. In the afternoon it takes us through a canyon to the Rio Hurtado. In the evening we reach the goatherd village Las Breas where we camp beside the river and have a camp fire.
Day 5 RIDING THE ANDEAN VALLEY - HACIENDA LOS ANDES
Breakfast with a family. After meeting the local people we continue our tour. The track winds through the wide Andean valley passing small, idyllic villages. Picnic in a small village inn. Returning to the Hacienda along shepherds paths. Time for Jacuzzi, a swim in the river or sunbathing under the palm tree. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hacienda.
Day 6 RIDING ALONG INCA TRAILS
Big breakfast. Today, we are after another adventure with our horses: the Inca-trail. We cross two passes and visit the cave drawings of the Molle Indians who lived with the Inca. You will have a totally different landscape than before: Wide Andean plateaus, small valleys, natural meadows and animals. Picnic lunch. Passing the colourful Sierra and in the evening we are guests at a 120 years old, plain pioneer farm. Overnight stay in tents beside the mountain stream. Camp fire, meeting people, and stories.
Day 7 RIDING ALONG INCA TRAILS - HACIENDA LOS ANDES
We experience the romantic and lonely Andes in the saddle. Along the Inca-trail we cross a pass and come through lonely valleys to the ceremony place Laguna. Glaciers and peaks are the features of this panorama. Picnic. We follow an ancient trading track which still leads to Argentina. Riding across a romantic Western style landscape for hours. Back at the Hacienda it is time for relaxing: sunbathing, swimming in the river, relaxing in the hammock. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hacienda.
Day 8 HACIENDA LOS ANDES - LA SERENA
At 8 a.m. Transfer to the airport in La Serena.
 
Note: Private Tour (other dates) on inquiry
 
CAPACITY: Minimum 2, Maximum 8
 
2004-2005 COST PER PERSON
Based on double occupancy
Regular tour
US$ 1.573
Private tour (unscheduled dates)
US$ 1.808
 

INCLUDED :

  • Transfer, in and out Hacienda Los Andes from / to La Serena-Airport, Ovalle and Vicuña
  • All night accomodations: 3 overnight stays in comfort tents (Hillerberg) and 4 overnight stays at the Hacienda
  • All Meals
  • Complete equipment for riding explorations: comfortable Gaucho-saddle with sheep-fur padding, sleeping bag and clean inlet, thermal mat, tent, personal pannier (cup etc.), ice-box, thermo bottle, by request safety helmet, sombrero head and riding gaiters, first aid kit, saddle bags
  • Well trained and calm Chilean mountain horses
  • Any facilities of the Hacienda such as sauna, Jacuzzi, nature trail and river access
  • Explorations accompanied by English, German and Spanish speaking guides

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Local airfares from/to Santiago
  • Extra meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and extra expenses as laundry
  • Medical Expenses.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONING :

The trip is not especially rigorous. The terrain is not difficult. The daily trekking or horse ridings don't last longer than 5/6 hours a day. The days are intensive and one has to be a good walker in order to enjoy this exercise. You must be in reasonably good physical condition and a positive attitude towards open-air activities is very important. This is a trip for the person who enjoys participative tourism in a natural setting.

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT SUGGESTED :

  • Fleece clothes to keep you warm during the cool nights in the Andes
  • light and comfortable trekking shoes for hiking and riding
  • a good pair of sunglasses, headgear and sun cream.

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