Camping rides are much harder to organise than day trips, but equally they seem to be more rewarding. You can ride further up into the mountains, get away from it all more completely, and enjoy the immensity and silence of the Andes more intensely. I don’t think we have ever had anything but a rave review after a camping trip. The sky in Chile is one of the clearest in the world and sleeping under the stars is an unforgettable experience.
One old gentleman of over 80 went for 4 days riding into the mountains with our guide, Rigo. Our visitor was a good rider and said that although it was not quite what he had expected – rather what he would call rock climbing on a horse – yet it was the best 4 days of his life.
It is true that many people are surprised by the Andes. This in turn surprises us as we think, “Well what did you expect from riding in the mountains?” I think in many countries there are “trails” which are often wide tracks perhaps between or alongside steeper bits. In the Andes you ride on narrow paths usually and up and down the contours which are are sometimes unexpected. This is the norm in the Andes of Chile and we are all used to it, as are the sure-footed horses who take it all in their stride. With good experienced and caring, careful guides, who themselves have ridden these paths since there were children, it can be very safe, but it is often surprising, and perhaps thrilling. Almost everyone comments that it was the trip of a lifetime.
We try hard to give good food in the authentic Chilean style on overnight camping rides. We usually send some wine and the famous pisco sour, (unless it is a family ride with children). Often for just one night’s camping the evening meal will be a barbecue, because that is the tradition in Chile – but we can provide vegetarian food as well. On a longer trip, for the second night the guide often cooks a cazuela – a delicious Chilean national dish. For breakfast it will probably be eggs and porridge, a fruit salad and some bread and avocado. Sometimes the guide catches a fish or too and makes a special dish for you – but this is not guaranteed!
Some excerpts from TripAdvisor reviews are listed below the photographs.
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…I loved the remoteness of the area, as once we started our climb into the mountains we saw no one for three days.
overnight (2 days, one night) ride in the mountains.
The ride was definitely the highlight of my time in Chile – confident and sure-footed horses, stunning scenery and total tranquility in the evening.
We rode up into the mountains (with minimal horse riding experience) where we were in awe of the endless Andes.. I highly recommend that you camp under the stars.
So off we set, 2 Aussie city slickers on horseback following our guide Rigo & for backup behind us was another guide Leo then the mule carrying all our gear (next time I’ll leave my coffee machine in Melbourne) plus a few dogs for good measure…..Upon return to the camp there was some light rainfall. Before leaving we opted for the sleeping under the stars option so we had no tents but no problemo, Rigo gets on the satellite phone & calls for a tent. A few hours later a young guy emerges from the bush with a tent. We’re like ”Where the f@# did this dude come from?” turns out he had run all the way from home, now that’s what I call service!
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