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Lake District, Chile





Horses



Type of horses:

Criollo

Nature of horses:

Sure-footed, balanced, forward-going, tough but kind.

Height of horses:

14 - 15hh

Weight limit:

90kg / 198lbs. Heavier riders may be accepted on payment of a supplement.

Tack type:

Local Chilean or Argentine saddles, which consist of a basic frame over which sheepskins are layered for comfort. Bridles are rawhide leather, usually with snaffle bits but sometimes with shanks requiring light hands.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

These spectacular trail rides journey through the beautifully remote valleys of the Chilean Lake District, where densely forested mountains meet crystal clear glacial rivers and flower filled meadows.

The Andes Grand Traverse trail starts in Argentina before crossing the Andes at Lago Puelo and continuing through Chile. This fantastic trail is supported by pack horses and includes nights camping in remote sites next to rivers as well as nights in comfortable but rustic farmhouses, staying with local residents. This is a ride for adventurous souls who relish the opportunity to get away from civilisation and modern technology.

The other trail rides stay within the Chilean Lake District, ascending steep paths to dramatic lookouts, fording glacial rivers and discovering the majestic Valdivian forests. These remote valleys have only a few inhabitants and the experience is akin to stepping back in time - you may meet local farmers using oxen to work the land or simply taking their produce to markets on horseback. There are very few roads and no mobile phone signals!

The Puelo Ride and Andean Crossing Ride follow similar routes, but the Puelo Ride is two days longer so allows more time to explore the wild and unspoilt beauty of this region. Both rides finish with a boat trip across Lago Puelo and a road transfer to Bariloche in Argentina, so you can continue your holiday in Argentina rather than returning to Chile.

The Huaso Trail follows a similar route to the Andean Crossing ride, but you return to Puerto Varas rather than crossing into Argentina, so that you can continue your holiday in Chile.

Your host in Chile is Cathy Berard - of French origin but born in Buenos Aires, Cathy has lived in Chile since 1997. Cathy owns the horses you ride in Chile and the exclusive private island Las Bandurrias, where you stay on all of these rides for two night, is owned by her family. She is ably assisted by her chief huaso Tito who was born in the Puelo Valley and is a knowledgable, friendly and experienced guide.

If you join the Andes Grand Traverse then you will also ride horses belonging to our Argentine partners - Tammy Robaina and her husband, Dominic.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Whilst out on the trails you are either camping in tents or staying in local farmhouses. For the first/last nights you may be in hotels where single rooms are available at a supplement, but for the rest of the time you should be prepared to share.

Tents are comfortable and large enough to stand up in. Cot beds with inflatable mattresses and supplied but you should bring your own sleeping bag. If you don't have one then you can hire a sleeping bag and blanket for USD 45 payable locally. There are no bathroom facilities as the camping sites are remote, but always situated near rivers.

The local farmhouses are clean and comfortable with twin or double beds and shared bathrooms. The owners are local people who love to welcome visitors to their homes.

The food is locally grown and produced so very fresh and delicious. Some meals will be prepared over an open fire. It is likely that you will sample a traditional "asado" barbecue, usually lamb, which is cooked on a wooden stick over the fire. Vegetarians can be catered for but must be happy seeing meat prepared and eaten; vegetarian meals must be requested at the time of booking.
Lunches are usually carried in your saddle bags to eat out on the trail.
Wine is provided, but as you are supported by pack horses there is only a limited supply.

 

Activities

There may be opportunities to go hiking on arrival at each destination, or swimming in the rivers (the water is cold!). Non-riders cannot be accommodated as the remote areas can only be accessed on horseback.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Health requirements: No specific vaccinations are required but you must be fit and healthy and should declare any medical conditions to us before booking, as you will be in remote areas and a long way from medical help.

Age limit: No age restrictions, but children must be confident on horses of 14hh or higher and accustomed to long hours in the saddle. Older riders may be asked to complete a medical questionnaire.

Tuition: No

Included: Meals; drinks on the trails (not in hotels at start/end); accommodation; riding; airport transfers (at set times)

Not included: Flights; travel insurance; tips; single supplement for hotel nights; sleeping bag

 

Travel Information

For the Andes Grand Traverse you will arrive into Argentina and depart from Chile. All flights into Argentina will first arrive in Buenos Aires - usually into the International airport - Ezeiza. You will normally have to transfer across the city to the domestic airport in order to connect onto a flight to Bariloche, from where you will be collected. This internal flight is c. 3 hours. You may be able to complete the whole journey in one day, but it is worth stopping for a night in Buenos Aires to explore this vibrant city. After the ride you will be transferred to Puerto Montt airport from where you can take an internal flight to Chile's main Santiago airport (c. 3 hours) and then an onward flight back to Europe. It is usually possible to do the entire journey straight through but you may prefer to visit the city before continuing your journey. Please ask us for more information.
For the rides purely within Chile, you will either arrive and depart from Puerto Montt airport; or arrive into Puerto Montt airport and depart from Bariloche airport in Argentina. Please see individual ride details for more information, or ask us for help.

Airport: Puerto Montt

Alternative Airport: Bariloche

 

Programmes


Andes Grand Traverse



This amazing trail ride sets out from Bariloche across the endless pampas and mountains of Argentine Patagonia, camping in remote valleys next to rivers. After crossing the Andes by boat at Lago Puelo you then ride through the beauty of the Chilean Lake District, traversing glacial rivers and discovering ancient forests. Meet local people and stay with them in their homes, learning about the history and traditions of this region. Accompanied throughout by your guides, you will also have local gauchos with you in Argentina and local huasos in Chile - these fascinating characters will take care of the horses and introduce you to local specialties, such as the mate tea.

You are supported by pack horses on some sections of this trail ride and so will be asked to re-pack your belongings into suitable bags which can be strapped to the horses. This is an adventure for those who are happy to travel light and leave their worries at home - there is no mobile phone signal for many days!

Day One: Arrival in Bariloche

On arrival at Bariloche airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the centre of the town. This small town is situated in the heart of the Andes mountains and is a mecca for skiers in the winter season. Depending on your time of arrival you may be able to explore the city a little before meeting the rest of the group for a ride briefing at c. 6pm. You will be given your bags to pack for the first half of your journey - the rest of your luggage will meet you again when you cross into Chile. Dinner will be taken in a local restaurant as a group before heading back to your hotel for the night.

Day Two: Bariloche - Pichileufu River

This morning you are transferred c. 30kms towards Nirihuau - an area with several family ranches. Here you will meet your gauchos who will introduce you to your horses and the style of riding.

Set off towards Las Buiteras hill from where a panoramic view of the whole area can be admired. Your ride leads you into the heart of the pre-cordillera between steep mountain ranges and the infinite steppes. After a picnic lunch in front of the Pichileufu River you continue riding through wide landscapes whilst heading up river to its source, where you set up camp for the night.

4-5 hours riding

Day Three: Pichileufu River - Alto Chubut

After breakfast, ride through gentle hills and large valleys until reaching an old cattle path upon which you ascend to Paso sin Nombre at a height of 1,700m. The view opens up and you will marvel at the immensity of the area, where a large valley is situated amid a mountain chain. This area is called Alto Chubut. You ride for another hour before reaching your campsite situated in an idyllic spot amongst the native beech trees.

5-7 hours riding

Day Four: Alto Chubut - El Sapucai

Leave the forests behind and continue riding along the Chubut river before descending onto the Patagonian steppes, an area of dry vegetation where Coiron, Neneo, Calafate and some small Nirres (local flora) still live. The river passes through rocky canyons and some farms. In the afternoon you arrive at a special mountain refuge called El Sapucai where there are teepees to sleep in and a mountain hut to dine in.

5-6 hours riding

Day Five: El Sapucai - Las Lagunas - El Sapucai

Today you climb up the cordillera to contemplate the scenic view of the Andes all around you. You will appreciate the skills of the Criollo horses on the various terrains - wetlands, forest and rocky lands. At the top you will be met by a 360 degree view of lagoons and can stop for a picnic lunch in front of the snowy peaks. Continue riding back to El Sapucai on a different trail which passes through Nirre forests (small beech trees) and ancient beech forests.

5-6 hours riding

Day Six: El Sapucai - Puesto Viejo - Lago Puelo

Today is your last day riding your Argentine horse. Follow the Chubut River until Puesto Viejo - here you will cross small cattle farms in the Alto Chubut region, Inhabitants of this area are mostly descendants of the regional native people, the Mapuche, who have been almost forgotten in these remote Patagonian lands. You leave your horses at an abandoned school and share a final picnic with your Argentine gauchos After your farewells, you transfer c. two hours to the small village of Lago Puelo, surrounded by cypress and maitenes forests. This small town enjoys a micro-climate which makes it ideal for fruits such as raspberries and cherries as well as hops for the production of craft beers. Dinner is in a local restaurant and you overnight in a nearby B&B.

3-4 hours riding

Day Seven: Lago Puelo - Las Bandurrias Island

After breakfast you are transferred to Puelo Lake. After immigration formalities you cross on a small turbo jet boat over the small rapids which form the border between Argentina and Chile. After more passport formalities to enter Chile, you take another boat across Las Rocas lake to Las Bandurrias island. You will be surrounded by an outstanding location of crystal clear waters and forested slopes. The afternoon is free to walk around the island, take a swim in the lake or to simply relax. Your luggage will meet you here so you can re-pack before embarking on your Chilean adventure.

Day Eight: Las Bandurrias Island - Azul Lake - Las Bandurrias Island

After a short boat trip to shore you are introduced to your Chilean horse. Today you ride a circuit to Azul lake and back to Las Rocas lake by a different route. Riding through ancient Valdivian forest, which is only found in small areas of Chile, you will climb up and down the mountainsides on narrow tracks, admiring the bright blue waters of the lakes against the green backdrop of the mountains. Lunch is taken on the shore of Azul lake, and dinner is back at Las Bandurrias Island.

5-6 hours riding

Day Nine: Las Bandurrias Island - Las Rosas

After breakfast and the short boat transfer, re-join your horses and ride c. 1 hour to the source of the Puelo River, which is wide and deep. You will cross on a small boat whilst the horses swim across. This is a highlight for many, with the beautiful milky blue melt-water from the glaciers and the power and strength of your horses. Re-mount and ride through woodland alongside the river until reaching Ventisqueros valley. Stop for lunch by Las Mellizas lagoons (meaning "the twins") which are surrounded by mountains. Later in the afternoon you will arrive at a local farm where you spend the night.

c. 7-8 hours riding

Day Ten: Las Rosas - Ventisqueros

Set off riding deeper into the Ventisqueros valley, crossing the river several times on horseback. This area is sparsely populated and residents are almost entirely self sufficient - with no roads, even the locals travel only on horseback. After lunch on the shore of the river, continue riding to the end of the valley where you find a restful farm where you spend two nights.

6-7 hours riding

Day Eleven: Ventisqueros

Today's ride is a shorter one as you visit a neighbouring valley, from where you can view a hanging glacier. The route leads through dense larch forest and you are unlikely to see another soul in this pristine natural environment. After lunch by the El Toro river you return to your lodgings. The rest of the afternoon is free to walk, rest or just chat with your fellow riders.

c. 4 hours riding

Day Twelve: Ventisqueros - Las Rosas

In the morning, depart back towards the Puelo river, crossing rivers, open meadows and ancient woodland. After lunch on the edge of the Ventisqueros River, you continue riding through a landscape which becomes more cultivated. Local peasants still cultivate the land as their ancestors did and you may see oxen at work in the fields. In places the vegetation is quite dense before you arrive at your local home to overnight.

6-7 hours riding

Day Thirteen: Las Rosas - Llanada Grande - Puerto Varas

Today is your last riding day as you leave behind the farms and head into the village of Llanada Grande. Your horses will once again swim across the river with you crossing by boat. Your last stretch of riding is on a mountain path crossing forests with fantastic views back over the Puelo River. A final lunch in the valley is taken at the first restaurant to be established in this hamlet.

After lunch you are transferred c. 1 hour to the Tagua-Tagua lake. Cross the lake by ferry, then continue by vehicle along a road which traverses the fjord. You will pass Llanquihue Lake and should see Calbuco and Osorno volcanos before arriving into Puerto Varas in time for a final dinne. Overnight in a hotel in Puerto Varas.

4 hours riding

Day Fourteen: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt airport

You will be transferred to Puerto Montt airport for your flight to Santiago and onto Europe. It is usual to depart after breakfast, but there are two or three flights each morning.



Accommodation: In Argentina you stay in comfortable tents with camp beds and inflatable mattresses. You should take your own sleeping bag, with a comfort rating down to at least zero or minus 5 if you feel the cold. These can be hired for extra cost if required but must be booked in advance.
In Chile you spend two nights on Las Bandurrias island - this small, private island has two houses on it and you may be in one or both. The rooms are dormitory style and have shared bathrooms. Remaining nights are in local farmhouses with local families. Rooms are double/twin or dormitory style with shared bathrooms.
Single rooms are only possible for the two hotel nights; the first night in Bariloche and final night in Puerto Varas.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: You need be a fit, well-balanced and confident rider. A lot of the riding is at a walk due to the terrain and pack horses. You should be able to mount/dismount from both sides and fit enough to lead your horse on some trickier sections.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 14 days / 13 nights. 11 days riding.
Departure dates: 6th - 19th November 2017 (confirmed - one place remaining)
4th - 17th December 2017
8th - 21st January 2018
5th - 18th February 2018
5th - 18th March 2018
 
Pricing: 2017 - 2018:

2 pax: £6274 per person
3 pax: £6007 per person
4 - 6 pax: £5102 per person
7 - 8 pax: £4623 per person

Single supplement (only available for 2 nights): £110
Supplement for additional horse (riders over 90kg): £165

Price does not include flights or travel insurance.



Andean Crossing ride



Ride through the pristine wilderness of the Puelo Valley, with pack horses for support. Cross crystal clear mountain streams and glacial rivers and climb through forested mountains on horseback, offering spectacular views of the Andes mountains. Discover the local cultures and way of life in this remote, rural community.

Day One: Puerto Montt arrival

On arrival at Puerto Montt airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Puerto Varas. Depending on your arrival time, you may be able to explore the town a little before meeting your guide at 6pm for a ride briefing. Dinner and overnight in town.

Day Two: Puerto Varas - Llanada Grande - Las Rosas

You will depart Puerto Varas at c. 9am by minibus and should be able to view Llanquihue Lake as well as the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes as you leave town. Your journey traverses the Reloncavi estuary, which is the first fjord in southern Chile. Take a short break to appreciate the local gastronomy in the Cochamo village which is renowned for its agricultural and fishing industries. On arrival at Tagua-Tagua lake you stop for lunch in a local restaurant before boarding a ferry across the lake which takes c. 30mins. Continue by road for another c. 40mins until reaching your horses and baqueano in Puerto Urrutia. You cross the Puelo river as the locals do - in a boat with the horses swimming! Load up the packhorses, mount and set off riding along the edge of the Puelo river, passing through farmed fields and woodland. Overnight in a local farm.

c. 2 hours riding

Day Three: Las Rosas - Ventisqueros

Set off riding towards the remote Ventisqueros valley. The morning ride takes you through local farmland where you may meet farmers tending the land with oxen. Stop for lunch and then cross the mighty Ventisqueros river on horseback. Continue through ancient forests, with the landscape getting more and more unspoilt before reaching your farmhouse where you will spend two nights.

6-7 hours riding

Day Four: Ventisqueros

Today you ride deeper into the valley, crossing the Ventisqueros river again. The valley is wild and uninhabited - eventually you reach a clearing from where you can view a hanging glacier high in the mountains. Stop for a picnic lunch beside the El Toro river amidst the Alerce forests before re-tracing your steps back to your farmhouse. There may be time to relax or take a hike around the farm on your return, before dinner with your hosts.

4 hours riding

Day Five: Ventisqueros - Las Bandurrias

Today you ride out of the Ventisqueros valley, crossing rivers and streams along the route. Eventually you reach La Pasarela del Rio Puelo - a hanging bridge over the Puelo river which is vital for local inhabitants. After crossing the bridge, stop for lunch and admire the waterfalls and rapids below. Continue riding through ancient forests until reaching Las Rosas lake. Here you leave the horses and board a small boat for a ten minute transfer across the lake to Las Bandurrias island, where you spend two nights.This remote island is surrounded by the cordillera and is a haven of peace.

7 hours riding

Day Six: Las Bandurrias - Lago Azul - Las Bandurrias

After a short boat trip, re-join your horses on the shore and set off riding through dramatic mountains to the crystal clear Lago Azul. Stop for lunch on the shores whilst admiring the majestic landscape. In the afternoon, ride around the lake to the southern shore, passing through Valdivian rainforests containing Alerce trees as well as giant Coihue and Arrayanes trees. Say goodbye to your horses and journey back across the lake to your island retreat for dinner and overnight.

5-6 hours riding

Day Seven: Las Bandurrias - Lago Puelo - Bariloche

After breakfast transfer across the lake to meet your horses for the short ride to the Inferior Lake - the source of the Rio Puelo. There is a short walk to Chilean immigration for passport formalities, before saying farewell to your horses and boarding a boat on Lake Inferior. After a short boat trip which crosses the rapids which form the border between Chile and Argentina, you enter Lago Puelo national park. Complete Argentine immigration on the lake shore and then transfer by road to El Bolson. Have lunch in a restaurant in this small town, and if time allows, wander through the handicraft market. In the afternoon, transfer by road (c. 3 hours) to Bariloche and your hotel. A farewell dinner is taken in a local restaurant.

c. 2 hours riding

Day Eight: Bariloche

After breakfast transfer to Bariloche for your onward flight.



Accommodation: The first and last night are in local hotels in Puerto Varas/Bariloche with twin/double beds and private bathrooms. A single room is only possible on these nights (for a supplement).
Two nights are spent on the beautiful private island of Las Bandurrias, in dormitory style rooms with shared bathrooms. There may be the possibility of a double room for couples, depending on group dynamics.
Three nights you stay with local families in their farmhouses, in double/twin or dormitory style rooms with shared bathrooms.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: You need to be fit and well balanced in the saddle. Most of the riding is at a walk, so you do not need to be an expert rider, but the ability to mount/dismount unaided and from both sides would be useful. You may need to walk your horse over particularly tricky sections.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 8 days / 7 nights. 4 full days of riding plus one short day.
Departure dates: 31st October - 7th November 2017
19th - 26th November 2017
20th - 27th December 2017
28th December 2017 - 4th January 2018
5th - 10th January 2018
10th- 17th February 2018
22nd February - 1st March 2018

21st - 28th March 2017
 
Pricing: 2017 - 2018:

2 pax: £3459 per person
3 pax: £3141 per person
4 - 5 pax: £2862 per person
6 - 8 pax: £2657 per person
9 - 10 pax: £2571 per person

Single supplement (only available for 2 nights): £110
Supplement for additional horse (riders over 90kg): £165

**It is possible to omit the first and last hotel night from the itinerary and make your own accommodation arrangements for these nights - please enquire for prices**
Price does not include flights or travel insurance.



Puelo Ride



Immerse yourself in the beauty of the remote Puelo valley in Chile's Lake District, and enjoy the hospitality of local families, most of whom are self sufficient. Ride across farmland where oxen still plough and horses are still used as a mode of transport and venture further afield into deserted valleys. Cross rivers on horseback and climb through ancient forests to spectacular lookouts and relax on a private island retreat.

Day One: Puerto Varas arrival

On arrival at Puerto Montt airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Puerto Varas. Depending on your time of arrival you may be able to explore the town before meeting your guide at 6pm for a ride briefing followed by dinner in a local restaurant.

Day Two: Puerto Varas - Las Rosas

Depart your hotel at c.9am by minibus and marvel at the beauty of Llanquihue Lake as well as Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes as you journey c. 3hours alongside the Reloncavi fjord to Tagua-Tagua lake. Along the journey you will stop to discover the gastronomy of Cochamo village. On arrival at the lake you have lunch in a local restaurant before crossing the lake by ferry (c. 30 mins) and then it's a short transfer of c. 20mins to meet the horses at Rio Manso. Load the packhorses, mount and set off riding towards the Puelo River. Here you will cross the river by boat whilst the horses swim alongside! Re-mount and continue to your first farmhouse where you have dinner and spend the night.

c. 2 hours riding

Day Three: El Traidor - Santo Domingo

Today you will discover the skill of your Criollo horse as you traverse Traidor's trails. Head back to the Puelo river and follow the watercourse as the original pioneers did, along narrow trails through majestic forests. Stop for lunch on the banks of the Puelo river before continuing to your next home-stay belonging to a local couple who love to share their life experiences in the region.

5 hours riding

Day Four: Santo Domingo - Las Rosas

Today is a long day of riding across varied terrain, through plains and forests and onto sandy or pebbly beaches. Cross several tributaries of the Puelo river in almost uninhabited areas. In the afternoon you reach a site where the horses again have to swim the river - you leave your baqueanos here and meet new ones on the new shore. Continue riding through typical landscapes of the region until reach your accommodation on the banks of the river.

6 hours riding

Day Five: Las Rosas - Ventisqueros

Today you ride into the remote and beautiful Ventisqueros valley, crossing crystal clear streams and glacial rivers. Climb through ancient forests and leave behind the farmland and evidence of civilisation. After crossing the mighty Ventisqueros river you stop for another picnic lunch on the beach before following a path which leads to a farm buried deep in the valley where you will spend two nights.

6 hours riding

Day Six: Ventisqueros

Today is a more gentle ride as you head deeper into the Ventisqueros valley. The valley is wild and uninhabited with incredible plant life. At the head of the valley you can see a hanging glacier high in the mountains. Have a picnic lunch beside the El Toro river amongst the Alerce forests before re-tracing your path back to the farm. Later there may be time to walk around the farm, or simply relax before dinner with your hosts.

4 hours riding

Day Seven: Ventisqueros - Las Bandurrias

After breakfast, ride back out of the valley and towards La Pasarela del Rio Puelo - a hanging bridge over the Puelo river which provides a vital link between the remote valley and local farms. The views here are stunning, with the rapids and waterfalls and bright blue water. Stop for lunch near the bridge and then continue riding through ancient forest until reaching the banks of Lago Las Rocas. Leave the horses behind and take a short boat transfer across the lake to Las Bandurrias - your private island for two nights.

6-7 hours riding

Day Eight: Las Bandurrias - Lago Azul - Las Bandurrias

After a short boat transfer back to your horses, you ride in the direction of Lago Azul with it's crystal clear waters and abundant fish life. Picnic on the shore of the lake so you can sit back and appreciate the magnificent landscapes. After lunch ride deep into the forest - these ancient Valdivian rainforests contain cold-jungle trees such as Alerce, Coihue and Arrayanes. Upon reaching the southern shores of the lake, leave your horses and transfer back across the waters to Las Bandurrias island.

6 hours riding

Day Nine: Las Bandurrias - Lago Puelo - Bariloche

After breakfast, pack up and head across the Lake Las Rocas to the eastern shore. It's a short ride to the Chilean immigration post before completing formalities and boarding a motorboat for the exciting crossing of Lake Inferior - the rapids between Lake Inferior and Lago Puelo form the border between Argentina and Chile. On the lake shore, complete Argentina passport formalities and then you are transferred to El Bolson for lunch. If time allows you can explore this small town and traditional handicraft market before being transferred by road (c. 3 hours) to Bariloche and your hotel. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

c. 2 hours of riding

Day Ten: Bariloche

After breakfast you will be transferred to Bariloche airport to continue your holiday in Argentina.



Accommodation: First and last night are in hotels in Puerto Varas/Bariloche in double/twin rooms with private bathrooms. These two nights are the only possibilities for single rooms (supplement payable).
Five nights are in local farmhouses staying with families in double/twin or dormitory style rooms with shared bathrooms. The farmhouses are clean and comfortable, but not luxurious.
Two nights are on the private island of Las Bandurrias which has two houses - rooms are double/twin or dormitory with shared bathrooms.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: You do not need to be an expert rider as much of the ride is at a walk, but you do need to be fit and well balanced. It would be useful if you could mount/dismount unaided and from both sides. You will have to lead your horse on occasional rough terrain too.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 10 days / 9 nights. 6 full days riding plus one shorter day.
Departure dates: 23rd January - 1st February 2018
 
Pricing: 2017 - 2018:

2 pax: £4017 per person
3 pax: £3719 per person
4 - 5 pax: £3326 per person
6 - 8 pax: £3192 per person
9 - 10 pax: £3066 per person

Single supplement (only available for 2 nights): £110
Supplement for additional horse (riders over 90kg): £165

**These prices include hotel nights in Puerto Varas and Bariloche - if you prefer to arrange your own accommodation for the first and last night then we can adjust the price accordingly**

Price does not include flights or travel insurance.



Huaso Trail



A trail ride through the glorious Puelo valley, which both starts and ends at Puerto Varas and does not cross into Argentina. Stay with local families and discover remote valleys with only pack horses for support.

Day One: Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

On arrival at Puerto Montt airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Puerto Varas. Depending on your arrival time, you may be able to explore the town a little before meeting your guide at 6pm for a ride briefing. Dinner and overnight in town.

Day Two: Puerto Varas - Llanada Grande - Las Rosas

You will depart Puerto Varas at c. 9am and should be able to view Llanquihue Lake as well as Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes as you head out. Your journey traverses Reloncavi fjord, until reaching Tagua-Tagua lake. You'll stop along the journey to appreciate the local gastronomy of Cochamo village which is well known for its agriculture and fishing industries. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant before boarding a ferry across the lake which takes c.30mins. Continue by road for another hour until reaching your horses and baqueano at Puerto Urrutia on the banks of the Puelo river. You cross the river as the locals do - in a boat with the horses swimming! Load up the packhorses, mount and set off riding alongside the Puelo river and through farmed fields. Overnight in a local farm.

c. 2 hours riding

Day Three: Las Rosas - Ventisqueros

Set off riding towards the remote Ventisqueros valley. The morning ride takes you through local farmland where you may meet farmers tending the land with oxen. Stop for lunch and then cross the mighty Ventisqueros river on horseback. Continue through ancient forests, with the landscape getting more and more unspoilt before reaching your farmhouse where you will spend two nights.

6 hours riding

Day Four: Ventisqueros

After a relaxed breakfast, ride deeper into the valley, crossing the Ventisqueros river again. The valley is wild and uninhabited - eventually you reach a clearing from where you can view a hanging glacier high in the mountains. Stop for a picnic lunch near the El Toro river before re-tracing your steps back to your farmhouse. There may be time to relax or take a hike around the farm on your return, before dinner with your hosts.

4 hours riding

Day Five: Ventisqueros - Las Bandurrias

Today you ride out of the Ventisqueros valley, crossing rivers and streams along the route. Eventually you reach La Pasarela del Rio Puelo - a hanging bridge over the Puelo river which is vital for local inhabitants. After crossing the bridge, stop for lunch and admire the waterfalls and rapids below. Continue riding through ancient forests until reaching Las Rosas lake. Here you leave the horses and board a small boat for a ten minute transfer across the lake to Las Bandurrias island, where you spend two nights. A peaceful haven in the heart of the Andes.

7 hours riding

Day Six: Las Bandurrias - Lago Azul - Las Bandurrias

After a short boat trip, re-join your horses on the shore and set off riding through dramatic mountains to the crystal clear Lago Azul. Stop for lunch on the shores whilst admiring the majestic landscape. In the afternoon, ride around the lake to the southern shore, passing through Valdivian rainforests containing Alerce trees as well as giant Coihue and Arrayanes trees. Leave the horses in a safe place and journey back across the lake to your island retreat for dinner and overnight.

5-6 hours riding

Day Seven: Las Bandurrias - Las Rosas

After breakfast you are taken across the lake to re-join your horses. Cross the river with your horses swimming alongside and reach Segundo Corral - the last settlement before Argentina. Stop for lunch facing Las Mellizas lagoons before continuing your ride. Eventually you cross the Ventisquero river on horse back to reach the local farmhouse where you stop for another cosy night and dinner.

7-8 hours riding

Day Eight: Las Rosas - Puerto Varas

Today is your last riding day as you follow the Puelo river again until reaching Puerto Urrutia and the main road. Here your horses swim once again over the river. Remount and follow paths through the forest with spectacular views back towards the Puelo river until reaching Llanada Grande. Say goodbye to your horses and baqueanos before transferring c. 1 hour to the Tagua-Tagua lake. Have lunch in the first restaurant established in the area and then cross the lake by ferry, before continuing by vehicle along a road which traverses the fjord and returns you to Puerto Varas.

Farewell dinner and overnight in Puerto Varas.

c. 2 hours riding

Day Nine: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt

You will be transferred to Puerto Montt airport after breakfast.



Accommodation: Four nights in local farms (two nights at Tito's farm and two nights at Bernadita's farm). There are double, trip and dormitory style rooms and shared bathrooms.

Two nights on Las Bandurrias Island, with a main house and a cottage, each with a mixture of double, twin and dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms.

Two nights in a hotel in Puerto Varas in twin/double rooms with private bathrooms.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: You need be a fit, well-balanced and confident rider. A lot of the riding is at a walk due to the terrain and pack horses. You should be able to mount/dismount from both sides and fit enough to lead your horse on some trickier sections.
Type of ride: Mobile trail ride
Total riding time: 6 days of riding
Departure dates: 30th November - 8th December 2017
21st - 29th March 2018
 
Pricing: 2017 - 2018:

2 pax: £34121 per person
3 pax: £3255 per person
4 - 5 pax: £2885 per person
6 - 8 pax: £2752 per person
9 - 10 pax: £1848 per person

Supplement for additional horse (riders over 90kg): £165