I just returned from a 3-day/2-night horseriding trip (February 10-12), and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Chile. The inscrito horses are a little smaller and not as wide as the horses that we have in our area (western Canada), so even after a number of hours and consecutive days in the saddle I didn't get muscle sore as I normally would. My horse was very responsive to the reins and easy to ride, and the many ascents and descents gave no trouble.. The scenery was spectacular at every turn as we made our way further into the mountains. My guide did not speak English, so it was a total immersion experience, which I enjoyed. During our two nights of camping he did all the work (cooking, cleaning dishes, etc), so it was full service all the way and allowed me all the free time I wanted to go for walks and relax. I loved the remoteness of the area, as once we started our climb into the mountains we saw no one for three days. Those nervous about heights should be aware that the trails are often along hill sides with lots of variation in elevation. However, this is partly what made the journey so delightful and provided breathtaking unobstructed views all the way. The weather is continually dry at this time of year (so there seems to be no requirement for rain gear) and although the days can be very hot the nights cool down to a comfortable (in long sleeved shirt or light sweater) temperature. I was provided with a comfortable inflatable foam mattress and sleeping bag with a freshly cleaned linen cocoon liner (which was a very nice touch). I slept under the night sky, which provided good views of the many stars that we cannot see in the northern hemisphere, which I really enjoyed. This was a unique horseriding and camping experience in the beautiful and peaceful wilderness of the central Chilean Andes.
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