El Espinacito Mountain (4.500 masl)


Follow the authentic route of liberator General José de San Martin, leading to the historic Battle of Chacabuco, which secured chile`s independence.

"Joy inspires new enthusiasm in our troops, and I hope to overcome all the difficulties that the Cordille-ra presents, at the foot of which I have made camp to unsaddle the mules that I am sending to the second vanguard division. I will march as Your Excellency orders, and everything is done with the greatest pleasure, even if the hardships are greater."

This fragment is from a message sent by Brigadier General O'Higgins from El Espinacito mountain to General Don José de San Martín.

What makes this experience so memorable?

Start your adventure in the picturesque town of Barreal, located 1700 meters above sea level in San Juan Province. Check in at our mountain hostel, meet your fellow hikers, and get prepared for the journey. Enjoy a briefing on the trek's details and a warm welcome dinner.


• Day 1:

Fuel up with breakfast, then bid farewell to the mountain hostel. Hop aboard 4×4 trucks for a scenic transfer from Barreal to Las Hornillas (2400 meters above sea level). Embark on your trekking adventure from Las Hornillas to Hornitos del Medio (3000 meters above sea level). Set up camp, indulge in dinner, and rest your legs after a 6-hour trek.


Today, we'll traverse the breathtaking Las Hornillas landscape, where the brave soldiers of the Army of the Andes crossed the Los Patos River in 1817. We'll also explore the imposing Los Manantiales ravine, where the army's divisions reunited to rest and replenish supplies, surrounded by lush pastures, fresh water, and abundant firewood. Get ready for an unforgettable experience! resources for the sustenance of both soldiers and mounts.


• Day 2:

Start your day with breakfast, then lace up your hiking boots for an unforgettable adventure! Tackle the slope and reach new heights at El Espinacito (4500 meters above sea level). After soaking in the beautiful views, descend to Vega de Gallardo (3000 meters above sea level) and set up camp. Unwind over dinner and rest your legs after an epic 8-hour trek.




• Day 3:
Savor a farewell breakfast, then embark on a final 6-hour trek to Las Hornillas. Enjoy a satisfying lunch, and then bid farewell to the mountains as you transfer to Barreal. Check in at the cozy mountain hostel and celebrate with a hearty farewell dinner. The adventure may be over, but the memories will linger on!


• Day 4:

Desayuno e inicio del trekking. Arribo a Las Hornillas, almuerzo y posterior traslado de los expedicionarios a Barreal. Check in en el hostel de montaña. Cena de despedida.


Dates Season 2024/2025

• From 2nd to 5th of December 2024
• From 9th to 12th of January 2025
• From 16th to 19th of Febraury 2025

Custom Dates: Contact us to arrange a custom trip that fits your schedule!


• Modality: Trekking.
• Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
• Minimum group size: 4 people.
• Recommended age range: 13 years.
Edad máxima recomendada: 65 years.
• Difficulty level: Medium, with occasional challenging passages.
• Price per person: Click here to ask


Expert Guide: Trained in first aid and dedicated to your well-being
• Muleteers and cargo mules
• Cuisine: Whipping up delicious Creole cuisine (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available)
Caballo sillero de apoyo a los senderistas
• Cargo Mules: Reliable companions to transport your gear
Saddlebags and Equipment Bags: Convenient and secure storage for your personal effects

• 2 Nights in Barreal: Cozy Mountain Hostel stays in the charming town of Barreal
• 3 Nights in the Andes: Camping under the stars with top-notch equipment:
- Tents, sleeping bags, and insulating mats for a comfortable night's sleep

Additional Amenities:

Tableware: All the necessary utensils and plates for meals on the go
Satellite Communication: Emergency-only satellite phone for your safety
 Support Van: A reliable vehicle for transporting gear and providing support
 First Aid Kit: A comprehensive kit with essentials for any medical needs


Important Notes: Services Not Included

Transfers: From your town of origin to Barreal (we can assist with booking)
Personal Equipment: Gear up with your own adventure essentials
Air Evacuation & Travel Insurance: Ensure you're covered for adventure tourism activities and personal accidents
Trip Cancellation Insurance: Consider protecting yourself against program abandonment fees

Additional Costs:
Other Services: Any services not included in the program will incur additional fees

Tips: Show your appreciation for our guides and staff with a gratuity (optional)

Remember to plan ahead and prepare accordingly to ensure a smooth and enjoyable adventure!