Combine former Californian Ian Garrett's youthful charm and energy with a huaso's (Chilean cowboy's) quiet expertise. Add horses bred for beauty, strength and cattle sense, a valley of Mediterranean crops to survey, a glass or two of wine and a high summer early evening.
Put two lifelong riders, women who have ridden all manner of horse, from Thelwell-esque pony to scrappy cayuse to Grand Prix competitor at the end of an already wonderful week in Chile, in the mix and you have the kind of peak experience travelers seek every time we pack a bag.
Novice riders need not fret, as the trail is just challenging enough and the horses dependable.
Suffice to say, if you're in Santa Cruz seeking an authentic Chilean experience, this ride outpaces complicated wine tours or practically anything in any building.
Go. Riding. You'll regret it if you don't.
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