We offer horseback trail-rides from 4 hours to 12 days in the Andes, including the 9 day “Crossing of the Andes” ride, 5 days riding in Chile, 3 days in Argentina. Rides through remote valleys and in Mapuche Indian Communities. With our horseback rides from 4 hours to 12 days we offer a high quality, low impact tourism. Our rides specially take in consideration the environment, all guides follow the leave no trace guideline.
In organizing our rides we work close with local comunities, both chilean and Mapuche, integrating the people of the ares we ride. All supplies and accommodation on our rides is provided by small local providers.
Our guests will experience not only the beauty of the landscape and the emotion of riding a horse but as well live the culture of the inhabitants of these andean valleys. Antilco as a company is part of local organisations to preserve our natural environmet, such as the struggle against the dammification of Trancura river, the fight against the mining projects around Sollipulli Volcano. Since 2014 Antilco is concessioner of the National Park Administration CONAF.
Crossing the Andes on Horseback:
Cross the Andes with us and get the best of two worlds and two historic horse cultures! From the snow-capped volcanoes of the Chilean Andes, through a pass in Icalma, to the open valleys of the Argentinean pampas, we’ll explore and witness the landscape transition as we ride.Encounter smoking volcanoes, snowy peaks, deep blue mountain lakes, and dense, towering rainforests during this once in a lifetime experience. On the Chilean side we’ll experience steep mountains and endless virgin rainforests with our low, sturdy Chilean Criollo horses. Crossing the border, we’ll witness the unique Argentinean gaucho lifestyle, the vast plains, and the dramatic cliffs where we can admire the majestic Patagonian condor.
Sollipulli Volcano Trails:
If you’re looking for an adventure on horseback and the opportunity to see the rippled landscape of the Chilean Andes at its most pristine and impressive, come explore Sollipulli and its surrounding areas with us on a 12 -day horseback ride through Huerquehue National Park, Rio Blanco Valley and Huachelepun, but most impressively, up to the high plains of the Sollipulli Volcano! Sollipulli is an amalgamation of several volcanic hot spots with one massive, central, inactive crater and is a landscape of epic proportions. In 2011, our arrieros crossed Sollipulli on horseback, the first riders ever to do so, and now we are thrilled to be able to share this exquisite landscape with you.
We are willing to provide an exclusive benefit to Tourism Concern Members. We can offer free accommodation in our cabins one day before and one day after any of our several day rides.
Although were part of comunal entidies as the water comite , the conunity council and the associacion of turist companies, in fact we do not play a strog political role as the other members of our comunity are very well aware of their ideas and strenght and do not need much guidance.
We do buy all supply localy, on the way, making this a culural ebvent for both sides. We hire prefered local, although sometimes we have to rely on bilingual guides from outside (because there aren’t enough locals). We hire prefered women, right now keeping a 50% ratio, not usual in horse related business in Chile. In 2015 our wages are 25 % above local standart + everynoe working at Antilco has helth and retirement insurance.Over the years our example of how to use the natural resources for turism instead of cutting the forests down for lumber have encouraged several local turism businesses on the way. One farmer who started as a host for our rides runns a campsite/hostel for trekking turism, other two, encouraged by our example started their own horseriding businesses.
Per se, the kind of turism we work is protecting the natural environment, using horses to get around is of very low impact. We follow a very strict leave no trace policy, Our routes and sites to stay are chosen together with the Park administration (whenever we are in the National park) to minimize the impact of grazing horses and erosion by shoed horses.