- 3-hour horseback ride through Santiago’s rugged cordillera (mountain range)
- Throw on some chaps and follow local cowboys off-track
- Savor a hearty lunch while admiring the vista
- Sip mate (a hot drink steeped from yerba mate leaves) or a cup of coffee at the home of a local cowboy
- Ride small but sturdy Criollo horses – no experience necessary
- Sunset and full-moon tours are available during the summer
What You Can Expect
After your guide picks you up from your Santiago hotel, relax on the 30-minute drive into the rugged mountain range (known locally as the ‘cordillera’). When you arrive, put on your chaps and mount your Criollo – a stout and hardy, long-distance horse breed known for its stamina in mountainous terrain. You’ll get a brief safety training and some riding instruction, but no prior experience is required to ride one!
When you’re ready, follow a local cowboy who guides you onto the trail for a 3-hour ride on horseback. Take in the magnificent scenery as you scale the mountain paths, and cross some streams along the way.
Admire the breathtaking panoramas of Chile’s gorgeous natural surroundings as you learn about the horses, abundant bird life, and native flora and fauna from your arriero guide. There’s plenty of time to stop for great photo opportunities during your ride.
Afterward, stop to visit an authentic arriero ranch. You’ll be welcomed by his family to enjoy a cup of coffee or try mate – a traditional South American drink typically sipped from a gourd through a metal straw. While you’re there, enjoy a picnic lunch including locally baked bread, seasonal fruits, cheeses, cookies and more!
Your horseback-riding tour ends with return transport to your hotel.
In the summer months, evening and night rides are also available. Admire the views of Santiago during the sunset tour.
Firstly I must say my wife and I are not horse riders, or very young.
When we booked this we somehow imagined it to be a gentle clip clop along the track, looking up at mountains, we were totally wrong. When our Columbian guide from the horse ranch set off down a steep slope into a dried up river bed I almost refused to follow, but he showed me how to do it and we were soon 2000 metres above Santiago enjoying an amazing view. There was just the 2 of us , our guide from the ranch and our very helpful and friendly guide from the tour company. The ride back down was exciting and was followed by a relaxing picnic with time to discuss the experience. We were then taken back to our hotel. Just one note of caution: Because of the morning traffic in Santiago, the company cannot pick you up from a city centre hotel, so we took a taxi to another one, they did take us back to our hotel. an excellent, personal service. I cannot rate this brilliant experience too highly, thank you.
One great riding tour around the mountains of Santiago. The horses were well behaved and the scenery around the course was fantastic. Our tour guide was friendly and explained alot. Definately worth doing the tour lots of fun