The 'arrieros' or cowboys of Chile

Chilean Arrieros have worked the Andes trails since boyhood; load mules expertly for horseridingchile.com; ride in rodeos for recreation
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Victor returning to a Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America. Arrieros or cowboys work guiding people safely in the mountains on horseback. A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to be asked by Kim if she could come and take photos. We of course said yes after seeing her great travel/photo blog.  Kim beatifully captured a great snapshot of a her day out with a real Chilean cowboy! Photo by Kim Walker. http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221&preview=true

El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America. Arrieros or cowboys work guiding people safely in the mountains on horseback

Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America. Victor cleans the horse in preparation for their trip into the mountains. Photos by Kim Walker - http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America.

A horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America where Victor (el arriero) shows of his rodeo skills. Wearing his poncho and followed by his faithful dogs he guides tourists in the mountains. Photos by Kim Walker - http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

A horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America where Victor (el arriero) shows of his rodeo skills. Wearing his poncho and followed by his faithful dogs he guides tourists in the mountains. Photos by Kim Walker - http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Victor (el arriero) crosses El Sauce river on a day trip into the Chilean Andes mountains. Photos taken by Kim Walker. El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America. http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Victor (el arriero) crosses El Sauce river on a day trip into the Chilean Andes mountains. Photos taken by Kim Walker. El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America. http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America. Cowboy, dog and horse in the mountains near Santiago, Chile. Photo by Kim Walker. http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America. Cowboy, dog and horse in the mountains near Santiago, Chile. Photo by Kim Walker. http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Photo by Kim Walker. Check out Kim's brilliant blog for more of her amazing photography and to see what it is like to go horseback riding into the Chilean Andes with a real 'Arriero.' Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America... http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221&preview=true

Photo by Kim Walker. Check out Kim's brilliant blog for more of her amazing photography and to see what it is like to go horseback riding into the Chilean Andes with a real 'Arriero.' Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America... http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221&preview=true

Horse paintings: Australian artist Ros Tomlinson - Horse Riding Chile

Ros Goody: paintings of our beautiful horses & others. All images Ros Goody, painter of country life scenes & horses, horse paintings.

Horse paintings: Australian artist Ros Tomlinson - Horse Riding Chile

Ros Goody: paintings of our beautiful horses & others. All images Ros Goody, painter of country life scenes & horses, horse paintings.

At a Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America Victor prepares the horse to take Kim the photographer on her day tour into the andes on horseback. http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

At a Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America Victor prepares the horse to take Kim the photographer on her day tour into the andes on horseback. http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Photo by Kim Walker. Victor guides his horse through rocks and cactus near a horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America. See more great photos on Kim's excellent Travel/Photo blog post - COWBOYS & HORSES IN CAJON DEL MAIPO, CHILE - http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Photo by Kim Walker. Victor guides his horse through rocks and cactus near a horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America. See more great photos on Kim's excellent Travel/Photo blog post - COWBOYS & HORSES IN CAJON DEL MAIPO, CHILE - http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America, Arriero Victor winds up his own handmade leather lasso while his friend Osvaldo from Pique admires his craftsmanship. Waiting at teh parcela for the trip to start. Photo by Kim Walker. http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

Horse farm in El Toyo region of Cajon del Maipo, Chile, South America, Arriero Victor winds up his own handmade leather lasso while his friend Osvaldo from Pique admires his craftsmanship. Waiting at teh parcela for the trip to start. Photo by Kim Walker. http://www.uniquetravelphoto.com/?p=2221

This is not an arriero but a huaso estate owner - dueno de fundo - dressed in an antique manta with mapuche patterns.

This is not an arriero but a huaso estate owner - dueno de fundo - dressed in an antique manta with mapuche patterns.

Arriero scanning the Andes mountain landscape for horses who are kept loose on the high slopes in summer and brought down for winter grazing. horseridingchile.com

Top of the list of things to do in Santiago, winter or summer. Get away from it all for a day on horseback in the nearby Andes. Ride up wit.

Rigo with his son Victor, both arriero guides at horseridingchile.com, which is a mostly family business

Rigo with his son Victor, both arriero guides in the Andes near Santaigo, Chile .Keeping it a family business.

Cajon del Maipo arriero Octavio Nunez horseback guide in the Andes

Horse Riding Chile, Cajon del Maipo arriero working in the Andes mountains, Santiago. Rides (cabalgatas) for tours on horseback into the spectacular scenery

Leo - Chilean mountain horseman - Horse Riding Santiago - Riding Tours

Leo - Chilean mountain horseman - Horse Riding Santiago - Riding Tours

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