Across the Andes - Argentina and Chile

Across The Andes

4 star rating   24 January 2019

Anon. who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Across the Andes | Exceptionally fit and well mannered horses.

The Riding

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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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Vegetarians beware. ITS warned me that I would have to "eat around the meat." There would not be an alternative but there would be plenty of fruit and vegetables. So I went prepared.

Unexpectedly, out on the trail, we were exceptionally well catered for by the cook and the organisational skills of the wonderful Josephina. Well done, thank you guys, much appreciated.
However, some dietary information was obviously not passed on to the outfit on the Chile side as they served us fish which was embarrassing for both us and them. Fortunately they did serve a variety of salads so we didn't go hungry.

The same cannot be said for the last night, back at Huechahue, when everyone else was in a celebratory mood, tucking into the specially prepared asado of roast wild boar.
The vegetarian option was just the side salad - small cubes of beetroot and squash with rocket leaves. Sadly, that left a bitter taste in my mouth.

The airbeds in the tents were very welcome. We were very lucky with the weather. It was not as cold at night as I had expected. Although I was well prepared!

A scout leader told me to get into a bag warm then it would keep you warm. No matter what the quality, don't get in cold and expect it to warm you up. I also took his advice and wore thermals under the clothes I wore around the camp fire which, nicely warmed up, doubled as my pyjamas. Within my sleeping bag I also had my thin fleece blanket which I could push aside or pull back around me, if need be as the temperature fluctuated. It was soft, snug and so light definitely worth lugging it. I took my own hot water bottle, but there were some available.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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It would be useful to know the baggage restrictions for the domestic flight within Argentina as it is quite low. Hold luggage 15kg and hand luggage either 5kg or 8kg depending on which information the attendant chose! Excess bag was being charged at £17.

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10 Crazy Ladies ride Across the Andes
January 2019

10 crazy ladies set off Across the Andes, to ride
plains, mountains, ridges and canyons and lots more beside.
Right from the start Gerry claimed
the spot in front - it’s mine!
So then there were nine.

9 crazy ladies lost, on yet another colossal hill,
Slogging up and down until
the sunny, thoughtful, indispensable Josefina cried
Here is the gate!
Then there were eight.

8 crazy ladies enjoying the horses and splendour.
Caroline had returned for this epic adventure!
The sense of achievement to share with her girls
This was her heaven...
Then there were seven.

7 crazy ladies in a forest of monkey puzzle trees
Vast open spaces, glades and rivers. Freeze,
Melinda’s mind on bird alert
Locate, hone in, transfix.
Then there were six.

6 crazy ladies scrambling down the slopes,
cinches pulled up extra tight, along with our hopes,
but still a saddle slipped
and Di took a dive.
Then there were five.

5 crazy ladies behind a loose, lame horse
Out of sight, away he goes, wrong way of course!
Sue shouts Stop! He has my money and my passport!
Hey you!! Will we see him anymore?
Then there were four.

4 crazy ladies no tent tonight, but a room instead.
Swimming pool. Yeah!! And bouncing on the bed!
Maud keeled over howling,
Don’t make me laugh or I’ll pee!
Then there were three.

3 crazy ladies in a forest of bamboo
The nappy rash assailed them - ooh!
Aussie sisters, Sarah and Emma,
It’s vaseline for you...
Then there were two.

2 crazy ladies cantering along we sped
until a poor armadillo got a kicking the head!
Whose fault was it?
Bridie? The dust or the sun?
Then there was one.

1 crazy dream. Across the Andes, all together.
No worries, no complaints about the weather.
From Argentina to Chile keeping Lanin on the left.
Cheers Proper Ollie, our guide and our hero.
The trip scored a 10 out of 10, far from a zero!

Of course, it wouldn’t have happened without
Alberto and his amazing little donkey horse.
And the hard working support crew
a special thank you goes to you,
not forgetting our quiet, smiley Laura too.

But what about Sam and Improper Ollie?
The guys with a mission to keep us jolly.
Always checking we were alright.
Offering their services every night...
Handing out drinks, pumping an air bed
Remember the Anaflex!
What more can be said...
Well girls, what comes next…

So much to recall
but I’ll stop there with a big