Category Archives: Chilean Country Life

Solo female riders feel safe

Singles, especially solo female riders felt confident with us, our guides and horses.

Here are some TripAdvisor comments:
5 of 5 starsReviewed 14 June 2014

As i said, words cant describe how amazing this experience was. I admit, as a solo female traveler, I had my doubts about signing up for this and going alone. But, after reading the reviews here on tripadvisor, especially the review of another solo female traveler, I decided to go. I made the best decision of my trip. I cant tell you in words how beautiful it was, i can only strongly advise you to experience it for yourself.

horseback riding in the Andes, cowboy hat
Riding alone with just a guide in the Andes
5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 June 2014

Scheduling was a breeze and they were able to accommodate my dietary needs (vegetarian) for lunch. Everyone I met was very pleasant and as a solo female traveler I felt safe the entire time. Gorgeous views and a great way to see the mountains- definitely recommend!

 

5 of 5 starsReviewed 14 February 2014 

I just returned from a 3-day/2-night horseriding trip (February 10-12), and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Chile. The inscrito horses are a little smaller and not as wide as the horses that we have in our area (western Canada), so even after a number of hours and consecutive days in the saddle I didn’t get muscle sore as I normally would. My horse was very responsive to the reins and easy to ride, and the many ascents and descents gave no trouble.. The scenery was spectacular at every turn as we made our way further into the mountains. My guide did not speak English, so it was a total immersion experience, which I enjoyed. During our two nights of camping he did all the work (cooking, cleaning dishes, etc), so it was full service all the way and allowed me all the free time I wanted to go for walks and relax. I loved the remoteness of the area, as once we started our climb into the mountains we saw no one for three days.

Making hay in Chile

Forking the hay into the baler ready for winter feed for the horses It seems to be a basic characteristic of human nature, along with hunter-gathering and nest-making, to long for a little piece of land to cultivate. Here in Chile where the mountains rise up on either side and small flat patches of rich… Continue Reading

Mountaineers’ baggage by mule

Mule being loaded with mountaineers’ baggage to take up to base camp. The mountains around where we ride are some of the best climbing mountains in the world and attract many climbers, or Andinistas & montanistas as they are called. Some come also to practise before a major climb like Everest. Mountaineers need some way… Continue Reading

What to bring for horseback rides

What to bring for horseback rides Here is a list of what to bring for horseback riding holidays, split up into day rides, daytime for a camping ride, night-time for a camping ride. This will obviously vary a little according to time of year. January and February are usually hot and not very cold at… Continue Reading

language & learning spanish

Chileans speak Spanish with a strong accent but the language is basically the same with some different uses of words, as in English and American. Anyone who has the opportunity to learn a learning Spanish before visiting will benefit greatly from the effort and work put in. Many Chileans speak a little English, but it… Continue Reading

Valle engorda on horseback

A ride through Valle Engorda on horseback, the Fattening Valley, takes us through rivers and areas full of flowers with a view of Volcan San Jose. In Valle Engorda on horseback we have to cross the river twice. In wet years there are beautiful, special flowers in a patch near one of the crossings. There is… Continue Reading

Mutisia flower – Red

Mutisia, a type of clavel de campo, Asteraceae family. The flowers in the cordillera are totally unexpected and unusual. They are often quite fleshy and exotic looking and flower abundantly in the dust of the semi-desert terrain. The mutisia flower is especially beautiful and often grows up through the branches of  a shrub, making itself… Continue Reading

Arriero – Chilean cowboys in the andes

Arriero Rigo riding in the Andes mountains near Santiago, Chile. Arrieros in Chile come low in the employment hierarchy. They are paid and treated more or less the same as agricultural labourers in Britain. This has always surprised me as they have very specialist skills. I suppose in the days when horses were in normal… Continue Reading

Rodeo champion

Rodeo champion, father and son winners Our arriero guides, Rigo and Angelo, are fanatical riders in the local rodeos.  Here they appear as huasos in their special kit and beautiful pair of rodeo champion horses. These two horses, known to us as El Coipo and El Flaco, are both ‘inscrito’ ( a sort of thoroughbred)… Continue Reading

El Morado glacier

El Morado glacier – a surprise in the middle of hot temperatures found in Chile Riding up to the El Morado glacier on a day ride or after camping nearby can be chilly and we wear warm clothes. The temperatures are higher further down in the sheltered valley where we camp on overnight rides. This is… Continue Reading

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