Salta: Horseback riding and cultural adventure

Duration

5 days/ 4 nights

Location

Valle Calchaquies, Salta Province

Season

November to March

Enchanting, mesmerizing, impressive

Words cannot explain the beauty of Salta. High in the sierras, more than 3000 metres above sea level, exists a rich valley surrounded by colorful mountain ranges and crisscrossed by rivers and history. Join us for our 5-day, 4-night adventure in the mountains and valleys of Valle Calchaquies.

Gaucho Argentino offers small group expeditions year-round to provide you with a unique experience – a personal encounter with the colours and cultures of this region.

The horses used for this journey are Peruvian Paso crosses, with a unique and smooth gait. Well trained and steady, they know the high mountain passes as well as the gauchos who live here. Your job while on your horse is to admire the breathtaking scenery of both the red-striped mountains and the fascinating cactus forests of the valley.

Accommodation

 We work with the hotel in Seclantaz, a small town famous for its ponchos.

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Each day, a unique adventure

We start early on our first day to introduce you to the sights and sounds of a lush river valley. We stay in small gaucho homes on this excursion, and the first home acts as a cozy respite before we cross the high mountain pass the following day – so high, you’ll feel that you can touch the sky. Offering spectacular views, at times above the clouds, this is a journey you won’t forget.

The next two evenings are spent with our host family in Amblayo, a tiny and remote village in a valley surrounded by majestic beauty. We will learn about remote rural life and culture in this village and take a day trip on horseback along the river and through the windswept, red stone countryside. After a ride along pampas-rimmed rivers and through cactus forests, our final night is spent in an old gaucho home, rustic and remote.

Upon our return to civilization in Salta late on the 5th day, you will have an opportunity to join us at a traditional and authentic peña in Salta to toast our adventure and enjoy the folklore music of the region.

Season 2018

November 11 - 15

November 17 - 21

Other dates pending. Contact us today!

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag
  • Layered clothing, dressing for cooler temperatures and wind
  • Hat with a drawstring
  • Camera
  • Gloves
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Personal toiletries
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit (in the warmer months)
  • Sunscreen

How to get here

Our adventure begins when we meet you in Salta, early in the morning of our first day. We then transport you to the hills behind the small town of La Viña, south of Salta to meet the horses and saddle up. We recommend that you fly to Salta from Buenos Aires and we have a travel agent that can help you with arrangements.

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