Ride with us along the path of the pioneers through the fields of the Puelo River Valley in the middle of the Andes Mountain Range. We offer you an exclusive trip through the culture of the Chilean Huaso. Enjoy the adventure and relaxation of an ancient way of life in pristine and wild Patagonia.

Horseback riding in Río Puelo / Los Lagos / Code CLL016

Information

Starting Point

Puerto Varas

Horseback riding time

6 average hours

Duration

7 days / 6 nights

Group Size

Minimum 2, maximum 10 people

Difficulty level

Moderate - arduous

Confirmation within 48 hours

Includes

  • Guide (English-French-Spanish) and baqueano
  • Private transportation indicated in the itinerary, both terrestrial and maritime
  • Horses, saddles and packhorses
  • Helmets, leather implements, leather gloves, dry bag, saddlebag
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (D: breakfast, BL: box lunch, T: tea, C: food) 1 bottle of wine each 3 participants for each dinner during the ride
  • Accommodation indicated in the itinerary: Nights an 1, 2, 3 and 6: We are invited to the home of the local pioneers to experience their way of life in a unique opportunity. The homes, with unparalleled charm, are often quite rustic and offer accommodation in double, triple and dormitory rooms with a shared bathroom that includes a hot shower. In some places, the accommodation will be in large rooms with mattresses on the floor. Nights 4 and 5: Accommodation on our private island. The Island has 2 rustic cabins. The guest's stay will be in a cozy and well-equipped environment of 2 plants heated by a wood stove, this same system is the one that heats the water for the showers. The bathrooms offer a splendid view of a coihue forest, while from the living room, dining room and terrace you can see the beach next to the pier. It is precisely here where you can appreciate the wonders of Lake Las Rocas and the mountain range that surrounds it. The guest cottage can accommodate up to 6 people, while in the main house there are two rooms decorated with original French furniture with a capacity of between 3 and 4 more passengers.
  • VHF radio communication, satellite phone in Argentina

Does not include

  • Additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Helicopter in case of emergency
  • Personal expenses
  • Sleeping bag and mattress
  • Gratifications for the guide and baqueano

Prices

From USD 4.629 per person

Itinerary

1. 1 DAY - Puerto Varas- Llanada Grande- Las Rosas

4 HOURS BY TRANSFER

2 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT AT HOUSE OF LOCAL PEOPLE (D, A, T, C)

Leaving before 9AM, the road takes us in the direction of the Andes, bordering Lake Llanquihue and passing between the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Arriving at the Reloncaví Estuary, the first fjord in the South of Chile, there is the town of Cochamó, a fishing and agricultural town, where we take a short break to enjoy the landscape and the local gourmet food. Following our path we find the entrance to the Puelo River Valley, near its mouth in the Pacific Ocean, before reaching Lake Tagua-Tagua. Before crossing the lake with a small ferry, we will have lunch at a local restaurant. Once on the other side, disconnected from the cell phone and internet, we continue 40 'to the Puelo River, in “Puerto Urrutia” where the Transfer leaves us. Here we find the team of baquianos and horses, before crossing by boat with the horses swimming. While the "pilcheros" are loaded, we will encounter our group of horses. Once ready the ride begins on the beaches of the Puelo crossing cattle fields. Late afternoon we will arrive at the house of Olivia and Tito, one of our Baquianos, in front of the Puelo River.

2. 2 DAY- Las Rosas- Ventisqueros

6 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT AT HOUSE OF LOCAL PEOPLE (D, A, T, C)

Today we continue through the Ventisqueros River Valley. Here the landscape becomes more open and we continue crossing small properties, old cordilleran forests and streams. Just as the locals go from one point to the other of the Valley, we will cross the wide and rushing Ventisqueros River, a unique experience. We have lunch on a white sand beach in front of the Ventisqueros. In the afternoon we continue our journey closer and closer to the Glacier in front of which is our accommodation for the next two days. Views of waterfalls, crossed streams, increasingly old and untouched forests. Our day concludes when we arrive at the house of Bernadette, one of the few settlers of the end of this Valley.

3. 3 DAYVentisqueros – El Toro – Ventisqueros

4 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT AT HOUSE OF LOCAL PEOPLE (D, A, T, C)

This day we will visit a neighboring valley that will bring us closer to the sight of a glacier hanging from a valley. The road today is technical, the valley is narrow and the dense forest leads us to a "Alerce forest, native tree protected and with unique characteristics. No one lives in this area that is really remote and virgin. Excellent views, pristine nature. Box lunch on the banks of the charming Río Toro. Early return to our place of accommodation that will allow us to enjoy and explore the surroundings on foot, rest or bathe in the river

4. 4 DAYVentisqueros - Las Bandurrias Island

7 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT IN ISLA LAS BANDURRIAS (D-BL-TC)

Today we continue our journey towards the Puelo River. Forests, river crusades, mountains, waterfalls await us during this long day. Rest for lunch next to the Ventisqueros River. In the afternoon, leaving the valley of the ventisquero we will cross the Puelo river through a big bridge. After this, we will enjoy views of a large waterfall to then continue following the trails, bordering the slopes of the mountains towards Lake Las Rocas. At the end of the longest day of the ride, we reach the deserved arrival to our private Island, the Bandurrias. A remote place, surrounded by mountains to contemplate and enjoy the lake and its peace.

5. 5 DAY- Las Bandurrias Island- Blue Lake- Las Bandurrias Island

5-6 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT IN ISLA LAS BANDURRIAS (D-BL-TC)

Departure from the Island to continue with the horses and the baqueanos riding through the shore of the lake. A brief stop in the Campo la Colina as the first approach of the Chilean mountain field. The trip continues crossing a mountain range with views of Blue Lake to finally reach the beach where we will have lunch. Leaving the lake, we will ride through an old "Valdivian Jungle" forest. This temperate humid forest, with vegetation composed of diverse variety of flora, exists in very few places in Chile and is remarkable for its age and variety. Narrow trails, wet lands and very old trees will be our scenery of the day. Majestic mountains, forests and landscapes will accompany us continously. Short navigation to Las Bandurrias Island. Accommodation in cabin.

6. 6 DAY-Isla Las Bandurrias / Las Rosas

7-8 HOURS RIDING

NIGHT AT HOUSE OF LOCAL PEOPLE (D-BL-TC)

Our journey continues through the forests until we find the source of the Puelo River. A takes the horses swimming accross the river. The trail continues towards an Andean settlement in this area, Segundo Corral. After climbing a mountain range, we will have lunch in front of Las Mellizas lagoons surrounded by mountains. In the afternoon we will go down to the valley of the Ventisqueros River which we will cross on horseback. We will arrive at the house of a family of settlers where we will lodge.

7. 7 DAY- Las Rosas / Llanada Grande / Puerto Varas

1 HORSE RIDING TIME

45 NAVIGATION MINUTES LAGO TAGUA TAGUA

TRANSFER LLANADA GRANDE / PUERTO VARAS (DA)

This last day, after crossing properties along the Puelo River we will arrive at Puerto Urrutia, where we end our ride. Time to say goodbye to our fellow travelers. A transfer will take us to Lake Tagua-Tagua. We will cross with the vehicle in the Ferry, and after 40 minutes of navigation we arrive to the other side of the Lake and continue our long, but beautiful trip, bordering the Reloncaví Estuary, then arrive to see the Llanquihue Lake with the Calbuco and Osorno Volcanoes, which are part of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Arrival to Puerto Varas.

8. NOTE ON THE ITINERARY

Although we will do our best to follow the itinerary explained above, it is subject to change due to weather or other unexpected events beyond our control.

Prior notice of any type of health condition or food restriction

9. IT IS RECOMMENDED TO CARRY

  • Jacket for rain and / or cold, windproof
  • Long pants (riding, jeans, etc.)
  • Chaps of half leg / full leg
  • Long-sleeved shirts to protect from the sun
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Riding boots also suitable for hiking. Riding boots are not recommended since their sole is very smooth
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Water shoes
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Protection for the lips against wind and sun
  • Wide hat for the sun
  • Rain coat (ideally avoid plastic materials)
  • Scarf / bandana to avoid dust
  • Socks and underwear
  • Important: 2 changes of clothes are usually enough
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