Depart from your Santiago hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and relax during the 30-minute drive into the rugged mountain range known as the Cordillera. On arrival, don professional riding gear and select your horse from a herd of gentle Criollos, mild creatures famed for their long-distance stamina upon mountainous terrain.
After a brief orientation session from your professional guide, set out on a slow saunter to explore the splendid surroundings of Santiago. During a half-day ride, scale mountain paths, traverse meandering streams and admire the dramatic natural panoramas on offer.
Observe the flora for diverse wildlife species as your guide offers fascinating insight into the abundant birdlife and complex eco-system of the enclave. Capture fabulous photographs at a variety of picturesque viewpoints before continuing your journey to an authentic arriero ranch.
Enjoy a warm welcome form the ranch owner and his family, sipping a steaming cup of coffee to refresh after the long ride. Feast upon a flavorsome and fulfilling picnic lunch of freshly balked bread, creamy cheeses and exotic fruit and appease an appetite for cultural authenticity by trying mate, a traditional South American drink reputed to have healing properties.
Relax during the return journey back to your hotel, where the adventurous excursion concludes.
In the summer months, evening and night rides are also available. Admire the views of Santiago during the sunset tour.