CROSSING THE ANDES
This is an invitation to follow along the path of the main column of the Army of the Andes, led by General Don José de San Martín, in his crossing to Chile.

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Paso de los Patos - San Juan - Argentina
11 days / 10 nights (8 days on horseback)
January to March
December 26, 2012 | January 5 and 19, 2013 | February 7 and 23, 2013

Program:

Day 1 -  Mendoza
Reception at the airport of bus terminal In Mendoza city. Transfer to hotel. In the afternoon checking of personal equipment with the assistance of our guides.

Day 2 - Mendoza / Barreal / Las Hornillas
Departure towards Barreal. After stopping for lunch, we take up the last stretch and reach Las Hornillas where we set up camp.

Day 3 – Las Hornillas / Manantiales
After breakfast we meet our guides and muleteers, saddle the horses and prepare loads for the mules. Start of our first day on horseback towards Manantiales. Set up camp. Rest and dinner.

Day 4 – Manantiales / Paso del Espinacito / Lagunitas
Breakfast and preparations for the most intense day of the excursion. Riding through the Paso del Espinacito until reaching el Portezuelo at 4.500 mts altitude. Set up camp, rest and dinner.

Day 5 – Lagunitas / Valle Hermoso
After breakfast, we continue riding crossing the Yeso mountains, passing through the Valle de los Patos and the National Frontier Guards Shelter “Ingeniero Sardinas”. Arrival at Valle Hermoso where we set up camp.

Day 6 – Valle Hermoso / Argentine – Chilean border / Valle Hermoso
Breakfast. Continue riding toward the west to Valle del Rio Volcan, from where we can appreciate Mount Aconcagua. Reach the Argentine – Chilean border and return to camp in Valle Hermoso.

Day 7 – Rest in Valle Hermoso
Rest day for people and animals.

Day 8 – Valle Hermoso  / Rancho de Lata
Alter breakfast we begin our return riding along the high summits until reaching “Rancho de Lata”, where we set up camp.

Day 9 – Rancho de Lata / Manantiales
After breakfast, we ascend to Paso de la Honda at 4.300 m altitude. From here we descend to Manantiales where we set up our last camp.

Day 10 – Manantiales / Las Hornillas / Mendoza
After breakfast, we begin our last day on horseback till we reach Las Hornillas where our vehicles are waiting for us to take us back to Mendoza.

Day 11 – Mendoza City
Breakfast. Transfer to airport or bus-terminal. End of our services.

Incluided services:
When you hire our program you are reserving the following services:

- Reception at Mendoza airport or bus terminal: the principal guide of the excursion will be expecting you to welcome you to our province, see to your luggage, and take you to the hotel in the city.
- 2 (two) nights lodging in the city of Mendoza: the first at your arrival and the second at the return of the cavalcade. We have been working for four years with two hotels: Hotel Provincial, and Apart Hotel Xumec, both of them a couple of blocks away from the city center, in a safe area, and 3 star category, fully renewed and of excellent service. Reservations are made for double rooms, single room s have an added cost. Breakfast and taxes are included.
- Equipment checking and assistance for buying or renting: After lunch personal equipment checking will be carried out and assistance provided for buying or renting any item needed.
- Transfers Mendoza / Barreal / Las Hornillas / Mendoza: We use  all terrain vehicles (4 x 4). Departure from the hotel will take place in the early morning in order to reach “Las Hornillas” in the afternoon.
- Tame horses with saddle: We work with half-breed horses, named “Cerrillanos”. Born and bred in the mountains, they are tame and hardy and used to cordillera transport. We use local saddles type “casco cuyano”, ideal for riding in mountain country. The shape of the “helmet” or “casco” (covered with blankets and hides) literally embedded in the saddle hold one firmly and stop one from sliding forward or backward due to steep inclines.
- Load transport by mules: The excursion’s general provisions are loaded on carrier mules, as well as the personal equipment. In order to move with ease and comfort, we cannot take many animals so that we limit the weight of the personal equipment to 20 k per person.
- Mountain tents for two and three persons: We provide igloo-type dormy tents for two or three persons.
- Dining-room tents: dinners are served in the camp dining-room that we set up every evening. It serves as kitchen at first, then to eat sheltered from the open air, and, finally for after dinner card-playing and chatting.

The price of the program doesn't include:  
Foods in Mendoza / personal equipment / expenses originating through abandon of program / extra expenses (tips, telephone calls, etc.)

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ACONCAGUA SPIRIT Expeditions
Colón 165 2º D - M5500GEO -  Mendoza - Argentina
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Aconcagua Provincial Park, Mendoza, Argentina