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Mountaineers’ baggage by mule

the art of loading a mule in the Andes

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…

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What to bring for horseback rides

On route to Marmolejo horseback riding

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…

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language & learning spanish

horseback riding andes chilean santiago

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…

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Valle engorda on horseback

riding along valle Engorda, view of Volcan san Jose

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…

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Mutisia flower – Red

mutisia flower

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…

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Arriero – Chilean cowboys in the andes

Guide, arriero, in mountains

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…

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Alstromeria: Pink & yellow flowers

alstromeria flower

Alstromeria, flor del aguila, found in the Andes near Santiago Chile Various different types of Alstromeria are  found in the Andes near Santiago Chile. This is one of the most beautiful from the Cajon del Maipo and can be seen on certain day riding expeditions. It is an example of the luxuriant types of flower found…

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