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Crossing the Andes, 8 days horseback riding, San Juan, Argentina

San Juan, Argentina
San Juan, Argentina, horseback riding adventure
San Juan, Argentina adventure

Follow one of our experienced guides on this horseback riding traverse across the Andes. Recreate the journey that many heroes took, as they fought for the freedom of South America, departing from San Juan, Argentina.



8 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec




  • Discover a fantastic place on this horseback riding adventure
  • Follow the roads heroes like San Martin took
  • Explore small towns and natural wonders on this journey


Experience a journey full of unforgettable experiences crossing the Andes on horseback. Let us guide you across this fantastic 8 days traverse departing from San Juan in northern Argentina.

Only a few adventurers have dared to trek or horseback ride through this mythical place. Come with us and follow the steps of the real heroes that have crossed the Andes. Two of the most important ones were the liberators of South America: Jose de San Martin and Simon Bolivar. Other equally impressive characters who have riddene a horse or trekked through this fantastic place include Alexander Von Humboldt.

The dream of a free continent was a genuine inspiration for many of these heroes. But by crossing this dazzling mountain range, one gets to taste that freedom. So it was perhaps these mountains that truly inspired them and molded the history of a whole continent and the world.

And just like Bolivar, San Martin and Humboldt’s expeditions, ours will be full of breathtaking sceneries. Moreover, we’ll reach places that are only accessible by horse. Thus, the views we’ll get are simply unique.

Venture into the wild, away from the city crowds. And enjoy some of the best sunsets and sunrises on Earth. Due to the difficult access of certain areas here, we’ll use mules, baqueanos and a group of experienced guides to make sure we make it across this hypnotizing place.

So don’t miss out on this great opportunity and request to book this trip. Let one of our experienced guides lead you across this horseback riding adventure.

Looking for a trekking adventure? I also guide this trekking crossing from Tilcara to Calilegua.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Group porters

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Camping equipment tents

Price details

On top of the guide fee the price includes: transfer to and from San Juan Barreal, from Barreal to Manatiales and back; full board meals in the mountain; 2 nights at a hotel in Barreal (shared rooms for 3 or 4 people, single and double rooms available upon request); 5 nights at a base camp; guides, coordinators and baqueanos; horses equipped for the expedition; tents; camping and safety equipment; satellite phone in case of emergencies. The price does no include: trip to San Juan; drinks at the hotel; lunch and dinner on the day of arrival.


Day 1: San Juan - Barreal

First we’ll meet at the bus terminal in San Juan. Then, we’ll head towards Barreal, Calingasta. There, we’ll stay at an Inn. Also, we’ll have a short briefing that will include some of the history of the region.

Day 2: Cordillerano - Peñon Colorado

After breakfast we’ll transfer on a 4×4 vehicle towards the first mountain station. Thereupon, we’ll grab lunch while our team prepares the mules. Then, we’ll depart to the Cordillerano valley, where we’ll be observing some local fauna and flora. And we’ll set camp at Peñon Colorado.

Day 3: Espinacito - Las Vegas de Gallardo

First we’ll have breakfast under some of the most dazzling sceneries. Then, we’ll move to Espinacito. Finally, we’ll set camp at Las Vegas de Gallardo.

Day 4: Los Patos - Valle Hermoso

After a delicious breakfast we’ll ride to Los Patos. Then, we’ll go to Valle Hermoso. This place has a lot of importance for the history of Argentina, since it is the spot where San Martin along with his army set the last camp in Argentina before his campaign crossing the border. Finally, we’ll end our day with an exquisite dinner here.

Day 5: Chilean border

On this day we’ll ride towards the Chilean border. After a break, we’ll have the rest of the day open.

Day 6: Rancha de Lata

We’ll ride along the streams to Rancho de Lata, where we’ll have dinner and stay for the night.

Day 7: Paso La Honda

This will be a fantastic day as we will get the best views of the Aconcagua. Then, we’ll arrive at Manantiales. Finally we’ll transfer to Barreal, where we’ll spend the night at cabins or local inns.

Day 8: San Juan Bus terminal

After breakfast we’ll transfer to the San Juan Bus Terminal where our adventure ends.




Hotels, inns and camping

More info

Extra information: Please note we’ll be riding from 6 to up to 10 hours per day. Also some of the places we’ll visit are difficult to access, thus you should have at least some horseback riding experience. If you have more experience we have other horses more suitable for your skill level. We don’t cross into Chile.

Meeting point

San Juan

About the guide

Adventure tourism agency formed by ISAS, EPGAMT and adventure tourism guides.

Head guide is Leandro Scheurle, rock and ice climbing instructor, wild areas lifeguard (WFR), and ISAS trekking and adventure tourism guide. He is also Instructor and lecturer at the ‘Instituto Superior Andes del Sur’ (school of professional guides).

He made technical ascents in Argentina and South America, including solo new routes in Domuyo Volcano (Neuquén), and Cerro Bonete (Tierra del Fuego).

He also write articles for magazines, blogs and websites specialized in outdoors and mountain activities.

The lead guide for AEX expeditions to Aconcagua is Daniel Adrián Cangiani, better known as "Roger". He is an EPGAMT mountain guide, WFR, rock climbing and mountaineering instructor, and professional photographer.





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