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Aysén Horse Riding to the Avellano Valley

Travel on horseback like a gaucho into one of Patagonia's wildest, most remote locations. Explore the huge granite wall of the Avellano Towers, hanging glaciers and remote landscapes of Aysén that very few travellers get to experience. This fully-supported trip, guided by gauchos and bilingual guides, is the perfect equestrian expedition.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

5 Days





Aysén Horse Riding to the Avellano Valley - 5 - $1,266

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Cerro Castillo

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Alto; Ride to campsite

Day 3: Ride to Avellano Towers and back

Day 4: Day-ride from camp

Day 5: Ride to Lake Alto; Cerro Castillo; Bala

Start from Balmaceda Airport and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on Aysén Horse Riding to the Avellano Valley

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Cerro Castillo

You'll be met at Balmaceda Airport and taken to the small town of Cerro Castillo.

Here you'll have a trip briefing with your guides to organise your luggage and gear who'll advise you how to pack and make sure that nothing is left behind.

You'll have dinner and stay here for the night at a bed and breakfast.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: B&B in Cerro Castillo

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Alto; ride to campsite

After an early breakfast, you'll drive for about an hour into the mountains of Cerro Castillo to a farm near Lake Alto. Your guides will introduce you to your horse and prepare the pack horses for departure in the late morning.

You'll set out through a wooded landscape, along old ox and horse tracks, which gradually fade to a trail that heads over a small mountain pass in the upper valley. After about six hours of riding, you'll arrive at the gaucho's shelter where you'll set up the camp where you'll sleep for the next three nights. This is a rustic place with no facilities.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camp

Day 3: Ride to Avellano Towers and back

Today you'll ride to the end of the valley where the stunning area of the Avellano Towers come into view. You'll leave your horse at the tree line and set off on a hike with your guide through this beautiful landscape. You'll be able to explore the valleys in the area which contain turquoise lakes and glaciers hanging from the granite towers.

You'll return to your horse and ride for three hours back to the camp where you can spend the evening sipping mate or wine with your guide and gaucho and feasting on a lamb asado.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camp

Day 4: Day ride from camp

Your camp is located on private property, so there will be no other tourists here.  You can spend the day enjoying a ride in the surrounding valleys while your gaucho checks his cattle on the territory. Depending on the weather, your guide will plan a route which is sure to feature lots of fantastic, panoramic views.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camp

Day 5: Ride to Lake Alto; Cerro Castillo; Balmaceda

Today you can wake up early and explore the area some more while the camp is packed up. After lunch you'll ride back to the farm near Lake Alto from where you'll take a transfer back to Cerro Castillo for a hot shower. You'll then take a transfer to Balmaceda, or Coyhaique.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The 2023/24 season price is:

8 people: CLP $1,035,000 per person

6 people: CLP $1,085,000 per person

3-4 people: CLP $1,110,000 per person

2 people: CLP $1,415,000 per person


We have a special seven-day ride version of this trip from January 13th-20th 2023. Please enquire for more details.


Please contact us to discuss your preferred departure dates.

Additional Notes

Maximum group size – Eight people.

Optional extra day – It's possible to add an extra day to the trip for more horse riding or hiking. Hiking to Cerro Castillo would be a good option. Please contact us for details.

Preservation of the Avellano area – Part of your payment for this trip is used by our local operator to help to preserve the Avellano area.


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: 1 night in simple B&B, 3 nights camping
  • Four-season tents and cooking equipment
  • Riding helmets and chaps
  • All group transport included in the itinerary
  • English and Spanish speaking guide


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping map
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment (our recommended kit list)
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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