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Much more than horseback riding in Mendoza, the Gaucho Day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

You will discover what it is like to cross the Andes on horseback with a gaucho and experience the majestic silence nature offers on the mountaintops.
Daniel and his family have opened their small mountain ranch to create a unique experience and share the simple pleasures of life working as a modern-day gaucho.
With over 40 horses and 400 cattle, they work daily to ensure his family and animals are safe and well cared for.
This tour is unlike the other popular and mainstream horseback riding in Mendoza.

This Andes excursion is dependent on the gaucho’s work schedule and weather conditions.

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What is a gaucho?

The Gaucho is the equivalent of the North American “cowboy”. The Gaucho plays a nationalist symbol in Argentina. The Gauchos became much admired and renowned in legends, folklore and literature. The Gauchos remain proud and great horsemen. The gaucho's horse represents most of what he owns in the world.

How will this horseback riding in Mendoza take place?

Route to Potrerillos

We leave Mendoza at 9 a.m. and after 1h30 of driving in the Pre-Andes, we arrive at the ranch. But first we will take the time to stop at the Potrerillos Dam and take some photos of this magical place surrounded by the Andes mountain range.

The ranch, in the middle of nowhere...

Yes, the place is a hidden gem over 8500ft/2600m above sea level, just the animals, the beauty of the wild nature, the gaucho and you.
Sometimes you will also hear the condors flying...

Once at the ranch, you can choose to help our gaucho prepare the horses, or simply relax in nature. It's also the time to learn the authentic Argentinian ritual of Maté and eat delicious homemade sopaipillas (doughnuts).

The horseback riding

After saddling the horses, we begin a 2-hour horseback ride in the Andes. The landscapes are incredible, alternating mountains of all colors, rivers full of clear water from the Andes, valleys and hills.
The horses are ready to guide you whether you are a beginner or experienced rider, this horse riding in Mendoza is open to everyone.

Who is hungry?

At the edge of a stream, we will finally rest to let Daniel prepare the traditional Asado. You are welcome to lend a hand! There are never too many people to light a fire while sipping a Malbec, right?

If the climate permits, a short nap is allowed, the silence and peace of the mountains is an experience in itself.

To buckle the buckle

It's time to return to the ranch. This time the horseback ride takes another path, climbing the neighboring ridges to admire the immensity of the landscapes. On one side is Lake Potrerillos, on the other the majestic glaciers of the Cordon del Plata.
360° of breathtaking wild and raw nature; nothing will leave you indifferent during this ride

We usually need 72 hours minimum anticipation to organize the tour. Available all year long, weather permitting.

  • Private transportation and transfers IN/OUT from Mendoza city hotels (also Chacras de Coria-Vistalba)
  • Vehicles in perfect condition authorized by the Ministry of Tourism
  • Professional drivers
  • Horseback riding professional guide
  • Homemade sopaipillas (Argentinean donuts)
  • Traditional asado and wine in the middle of the Andes
  • Bottle of water (0.5l)
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and Daniel our gaucho. 
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