Beautiful "Hacienda Los Andes" is nestled in the Hurtado Valley, in the foothills of the Andes, 70 km /41 miles from the city of Ovalle and 130 km / 82 mi from La Serena. Hurtado Valley kept its villages, lifestyles, and local traditions unperturbed by certain influences of our day and time. Rio Hurtado has been rushing through the valley since time immemorial, passing through the Hacienda grounds for a couple of kilometers along its way. The largest part of the hacienda property is set aside as a nature reserve with several trails for hiking, walking and horseback riding.
Transfer to the Hacienda from La Serena (airport), Ovalle or Vicuña. Time for a walk across the 500 ha of pure reserve. Dinner, overnight stay in a standard room or a suite with private bath. Overnight at the Hacienda. (D)
Breakfast buffet and meeting with the team. Briefing of the tour. You will get to know your horse, the Chilean riding style (similar to Western style) and our safety precautions. We set off at 10:00 am after having packed all we need for our trip into the wilderness.
We pass through wild plateaus and canyons, ride the endless Sierra and enjoy a picnic lunch and an original siesta. In the afternoon, we pass over heights of 2000 meters. Crystal clear air allows magical views down the valleys of the Andes. We camp in an oasis of the Andes called Maiten. In front of a camp fire we serve dinner and enjoy the beautiful colors of the sunset.
After passing a calm night next to the camp fire we will have breakfast and start our tour to Las Breas. We will continue to climb up the Sierra enjoying the beautiful views over heights of 2800 meters. Perhaps we are lucky to see the snow covered Andean Mountains at the horizon. We will have lunch close to a big tree in an old dry river. In Las Breas we overnight in the house of Fernando – a friend of Hacienda. It is up to you to choose if you want to sleep outside in a tent or inside in a bed. Dinner we have together with a Chilean family and change information about the different cultures.
Today we pack our stuff the last time and leave the village Las Breas in order to go back to the Hacienda on a ride through valleys, passing small rivers and villages. We cross an old horse racing place where already lots of Chileans bet and lost their money on a Sunday afternoon. We will arrive at the Hacienda around 3 o´clock. Just in time to take a fresh shower end enjoy the rest of the afternoon in our garden, listening to the sound of the river and the birds.
Transfer to Ovalle. La Serena/Vicuña with extra costs. Certainly you may stay some more days at the Hacienda and join other activities.