We are in the outback of the Andes, but not out in space! We offer three comfortable ways for you to arrive at our Andean Wilderness:
Corral los Andes is situated in the “Little North”, the 4. region of Chile, approx. 500km north of Santiago. You can get there easily from La Serena (approx. 2 ˝ hours by car) or Ovalle (approx. 1 ˝ hours by car), far off the usual tourist-routes, by bus or by car.
From La Serena Airport or Centre, Vicuna or Ovalle, we also offer our private transfer-service. The arrival by plane is another easy and comfortable means of transport. LAN Chile offers three flights a day from Santiago de Chile to La Serena and back. From there, we will fetch you with our private transfer-service.
No we don’t have a bush slope! But the national Airline “LAN Chile” (www.lanchile.com) offers three flights a day from Santiago de Chile to La Serena and back.
So you can reach us very comfortably in 55 minutes flight time from the airport of Santiago to La Serena, where we pick you up with our private transfer-service.
Whenever you arrive with the plane, we are there to fetch you! The transfer time is about 2 ˝ hours from the airport of La Serena to the Corral los Andes. Far away from noise, civilisation and busy times, Corral los Andes is in the middle of a green oasis – where your “close-nature-horse-vacation” starts.
With your rental car
Take the comfortable route over Ovalle – Samo Alto – Pischasca – Seron – Morrillos to Vado Morrillos. If you come from Ovalle and arrive in Vado Morillos, cross the wooden bridge over the river Rio Hurtado and immediately turn left.
Drive through the gate, which is closed, please close it again, that our horses don’t run away into the Andes.
Just follow the path and after about 1500 meters you are in front of our gate: Corral los Andes.
That is the sporty route, but beautiful. That you need approx. 100 minutes for 43km, shows you that it isn’t a racing route. You drive through the Andes up and down, through lonely valleys and beautiful wild west landscapes.
If you come from La Serena to Vicuna, please don’t turn left to Vicuna, this street goes over a long bridge to the village. Stay at the main road, pass the turnoff to Vicuna and continue. After about 200 meter turn right into the gravel road to Hurtado.
Don’t care about the loneliness, you are right, always drive on. In the village of Hurtado the street ends in front of the police station and there you turn right.
After 5 km you reach the wooden bridge over the river Rio Hurtado, turn right before the bridge and follow the signs to Corral los Andes.
A photo of our valley taken from the universe. Between the mountains of the Andes flows the river Rio Hurtado, on his bank is our lodge “Corral los Andes”. Position: 30 Grad 21`47 South and 70Grad 46`25 West. Copyright by Image 2005 MDA EarthSat and Image 2005 DigitalGlobe
To travel by bus in Chile is more comfortable, than in many other countries. The busses are very comfortable and secure and TurBus offers a connection from Santiago to Ovalle each hour or from the North, e.g. from La Serena, Arica or Calama.
When you arrive in Ovalle, you have to take the “Rio-Hurtado-bus”, which leaves from the market “feria”. As you are approaching the Andean Outback now, you can imagine, that this will be a different kind of bus. Rattling over the gravel road, you usually won’t find tourists on this bus, but meet the local people! After approx. 2 ˝ hours driving time, the bus arrives with speaking breakes at the wooden bridge over the river Rio Hurtado. Tell the driver, that you would like to get off, immediately after the bridge. You don’t find us at the Hacienda los Andes anymore, which we founded some years ago!
After the bridge, coming from Ovalle, you turn left and you will find a horse-statue and signs which lead to Corral los Andes. Please close all the gates you pass, to prevent our animals from running away into the Andes!
You will walk about the 1500 meters through a beautiful landscape along the river until you stand in front of our lodge. Enjoy your walk through the wilderness, where Chinchillas, parrots and foxes live, and after a while, you will see our horses as well.