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LAKE DESTRICT
NORTH PATAGONIAN ANDES CROSSING BY HORSE
(8 Days / 7 Nights)


DAY 1: TRANSFER TO THE RELONCAVÍ FIORD

The trip will start at your hotel in Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas where you will meet your tour leader and driver, load the minibus and drive for three hours, crossing the Valdivian forest along the Reloncavi estuary. Arriving to the Tagua Tagua Lake time for picnic before crossing the lake, a ferry will take us to the other side where we will drive for another half hour.

Meet the baqueanos and the horses. Pack all our stuff and off we go! We will ride 'til we get to the shore of the river.

Here the horses must cross swimming, and we on a motorboat. Arrival to our lodging place.

DAY 2: RIDE ALONG THE PUELO RIVER
After a good breakfast and organizing packhorses, we will start our day riding in direction along the Puelo River. Untouchable ancient forests and straight passes will be our scenery, a wild trail to experience how the first pioneers travelled in the area. Box lunch. Afternoon arrive to our accommodation with a nice view of the valley.


DAY 3: REMOTE PATAGONIAN VALLEYS

Today will be long day riding. Some difficult terrain. The only way of knowing this isolated and unique corner of Patagonia is by horse. You will continue discovering how amazing they are and feel a close relation with them. In the afternoon we will arrive to a Puerto Urrutia and say good bye to the baqueanos and horses since tomorrow we will get new horses and staff. Transfer by motor boat up the river to a cosy cottage where we will spend one night. Amazing views of the river and mountains.


DAY 4: BOAT RIDE AND THE GLACIER VALLEY

Today we will take just a short boat trip in order to start our full day horse riding expedition. New horses will be with us from today onwards. Enjoy this fantastic landscape and cross the river just as the locals do: on a wooden public boat while the horses swim alongside. Ride into the Ventisqueros valley where we will stop for lunch and relax. In the afternoon, the ride will get us to a little house where the owners are lodging us for 2 nights.


  


DAY 5: FITZROYA WOODS IN THE HIDDEN VALLEYS

After breakfast and packing we embark on a gentle full-day ride, crossing the river once more to join the other valley and approach its glacier. This little Valley turns wild and remote, with incredible flora and devoid of habitants. We will arrive close to the Alerce forest on this occasion. Box lunch and ride back to our guest farmhouse. Later there is a chance to go for a walk around the area or simply relax with a glass of wine. Another unforgettable day.


DAY 6: BANDURRIAS ISLAND IN THE ANDES CORDILLERA

Breakfast and then set off on a full-day ride towards "la Pasarela del Rio Puelo", an important local hanging bridge. Crucial for the communication between the local inhabitants and the outside world. This area is particularly spectacular due to its huge waterfalls and rapids. Stop for a picnic lunch near the bridge. Ride crossing the wild ancient forest. We reach Lago Las Rocas. 10 minutes boat trip to Bandurrias Island where we stay two nights.


DAY 7: THE VALDIVIAN RAIN FOREST

Breakfast and depart. This morning we’ll enjoy 2 hrs ride visiting the Blue Lake "Lago Azul" with its crystal clear waters and abundant fish life. The majestic peaks and stunning landscapes will not escape your attention! Picnic and relax on the shore of the lake. After lunch our ride follows deep and straight passes along the forest reaching the south part of this lake. Passing through the typical cold jungle, Valdivian-type rainforest with its ancient Alerce trees (Fitzroy Cupresoide) as well as other local "giants" such as the "Coihue" and "Arrayanes"(the cold tree). After leaving the horses in a safe place we will return back to the Island to enjoy the rest of the afternoon there.


DAY 8: BORDER CROSSING TO BARILOCHE

After breakfast, say goodbye to our hostess and depart. We will sail back where the “Huasos” and the horses spent the night. Today we will ride for just half the day. Having passports at hand we will reach the Mountain Police Station, "Retén de Carabineros". This leads to the border crossing, close to the edge of the Puelo River. Great view of the Inferior Lake. Clear Chilean customs and immigration by horse. Continue to the shore of Lake Puelo in Argentina. Say good bye to the baqueanos and horses, last boat trip into the Argentine territory. Sail Lago Puelo in the National park. On arrival we will go through the Argentine border formalities. Transfer to El Bolsón. Lunch at a great local restaurant and time to buy some souvenirs or explore the area. Transfer to San Carlos de Bariloche.
 

 

 
         
         
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