Introduced to South America by the Spaniards, haciendas are now an integral part of the continent's culture. At the gateway to the Andes, Hacienda Los Andes incorporates Incan influences, transforming colonial tradition into a truly indigenous experience. This 1,000-acre spread, which has its own observatory for viewing the Milky Way, reaches from the Rio Hurtado to the top of the Cerro Gigante Mountains. The majority of the land is a nature reserve, which makes it ideal for leisurely rides on criollos (Chilean horses) that have been gently trained without the use of whips or spurs. Among the activities are multi-day tours, which include overnight camping along riding trails. The hacienda has six quaint bedrooms, each looking onto the Andes. Meals incorporate Chilean wines and fruit, vegetables and cheese from small local producers.