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Discover the Legacy of a Family-Run Estancia

As we set out from the Estancia Los Chulengos stables atop our horses, the valleys before us appear verdant and lush at the height of summer, while the snow capped peaks of the Andes tower in the distance. Pisco, my sturdy yet unfazed horse, trods along slowly, crossing fields and streams, navigating the occasionally rocky terrain, and taking detours to where the grass looks particularly tasty. He can sense I lack both the skill and desire to steer him back on course.

As he munches, I turn my gaze upward and marvel at the horsemanship and courage it would take to venture off these gently sloping foothills and traverse the distant peaks, where the freezing cold and high altitude only add to the difficult terrain. In one of the greatest feats in the Argentine and Chilean wars of independence, revolutionary hero José de San Martín and his men, The Army of the Andes, did just that. The historic Crossing of the Andes in 1817 resulted in Chile’s liberation from Spanish rulers, and cemented General San Martín’s heroic legacy. Read more…

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