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 also an unusual flower, nearly black in colour, called Jaborosa negra or possibly jaborosa laciniata. see the flower here: http://www.chileflora.com/Florachilena/FloraEnglish/HighResPages/EH1350.htm. WE use the wonderful books on flowers written by Adriana Hoffmann to help us identify the many plants and flowers in the mountains.
Although they are in Spanish they are not too difficult to use and understand.
The rivers run high in the afternoon and are exciting to cross. In some cases the guides put themselves and their horses down-current of ourselves for extra safety. They always keep a careful eye on all the horses and riders under their care. In January the rivers run higher in the afternoon so we have to get back to our overnight camp in good time. It is possible to go to this valley for a day ride, but it is much further away from Santiago and therefore costly to arrange.