Old fashioned chickens in the Andes known as Mapuche fowl with glorious colours and some with frilly feathers
Category Archives: mountains
Old-fashioned tickling for trout
Activities on horse rides in the mountains sometimes include other country pursuits
Night ride, full moon horseback trips
Full moon horseback trips: night ride, a special birthday in the mountains.
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 …
Horseback winter rides
Horse riding in the Andes can be even more beautiful in winter
Photograph a Condor
Photograph a condor from horseback in the Andes near Santiago…
Inca mummy, boy child frozen in Chile
The inca mummy found on El Plomo mountain
Cajon Lo Valdes, the air crash valley
Valley known as ‘El Avion’ after the air crash in 1965
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 …
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 …
Edelweiss chileno white flower
This Edelweiss chileno grows all around the place where we camp in hte High Andes, El Clarillo. There are also many other strange and beautiful varieties in that area
Hanging glacier valley
Hanging glacier. Riding on horseback to El Morado Glacier, known as La Laguna, Cajon del Maipo.
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 …
Alstromeria: Pink & yellow flowers
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 …
Seasons and weather in Cajon del Maipo
A photo taken in mid May 2011 by Derek who came for a 2 day ride and 1 night in a hostal.
Horseback rides in the cordillera (mountains)
Day rides or camping in the cordillera and alta cordillera of the Andes near Santiago
One Day Ride near Santiago
One day rides are the most popular of all
Family Expeditions on horseback
Taking children on rides into the mountains is a huge pleasure to families, but it is more difficult and with more risk and extra responsibility.
El Clarillo: High andes camping
El Clarillo, a beautiful valley with a river & small lake, flowers, birds.
El Avion Ride
El Avion Ride. This is one of our most beautiful rides, up
Refugio Plantal Ride
Amazing views of all the high cordillera roundabout with Volcan san jose and distant glaciers.
Fossil Lake Ride: La Rubilla
The Fossil Lake Ride This is the most challenging ride as although it is not difficult or dangerous, it is a steep climb, not advised if you suffer from vertigo or are unfit. The horses do not find it hard but they need to rest from time to time as we climb the altitude very …
Cerro El Plomo – 5430 m
All the year round snow covered El Plomo is the most striking mountain in the cordillera range east of Santiago
Take a short trip camping
Camping trips on horseback in the mountains gets you closer to nature and has its special delights.
Valle Engorda: High Andes valley ride
A view of the glaciers of Volcan San Jose in a high Andes valley: Valle Engorda which means the Fattening Valley.
Marmolejo Horseback Ride
Marmolejo mountain, seen in left fork as we ride up the valley Engorda Marmolejo is the highest mountain in the Cajon del Maipo and is the southernmost peak in the world that is over 6000m . This ride involves negotiating rivers which adds a touch of drama even though they are not difficult to cross and …
Morado National Park: Glacier Ride
Lunch by the frozen lake at the foot of the hanging glacier El Morado (not the Morado National park) The Morado National Park of Chile, accessed from Bano Morales, is famous for its red river and its glacier. Many tourists visit it, but we take a different approach, where you will see almost nobody except …