Riding the Pioneers' Route south from Lago General Carerra

Explore the rivers and mountains of beautiful and remote Aysen on horseback. You will be camping every night, and in the saddle everyday so be prepared for this sense of adventure. Expect plenty of Patagonian BBQs and enjoy the Patagonian scenery around the campfire every night.

7 Days


Riding the Pioneers' Route south from Lago General Carerra - 7 - $2,538

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Arrive in Cerro Castillo and enjoy a boat tour before a barbeque at camp.
  • Meet the horses, visit San Cristobal Mirado and continue on to camp.
  • Ride the lenga forests of Bramador and cross the Las Horquetas River.
  • Enjoy a BBQ for lunch, and cross the Pampa.
  • Either visit the La Pampa well or see the ice, Free afternoon to explore.
  • See flying condors, return to basecamp and enjoy a farewell BBQ.

Start from Balmaceda Airport and end at Balmaceda Airport

Landmarks visited on Riding the Pioneers' Route south from Lago General Carerra

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival to Balmaceda. A transfer will pick you up at the airport, there will be a guide waiting for you. Arrival to Cerro Castillo, of Ibanez River. Boat tour to Capillas de Marmol on Puerto Tranquilo. Arrival to base camp, welcome barbecue.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: BBQ

Day 2:

Designation of horses, chaps and saddlebags. Order of the bags that will be in the van until the next day. Starting the journey towards San Cristobal for lunch. Arrival at San Cristobal mirado to have lunch. Continue with the route through Bramador. Arrival at Bramador Camp, cold beers and appetizers will be waiting for the guests. Dinner, a good fire and drinks.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Start the day's ride up the forests of Bramador before crossing the slag (High desert mountain). Appetizers and roast lamb on the lenga forests with the family of the gaucho Felix Aviles. Continue with the trail, through Santa Clara, crossing the River 'Las Horquetas'. Arrival at Santa Clara, reception by the advance team and local family. Appetizers and dinner.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Start the way to Santa Clara Pampa del Zorro, ascend the height of solidified Leichtle looking towards the south. Rest, appetizers and barbecue on Veranada de Leichtle Camp. Continues the horseback riding, crossing the dump, going down by the lenga forest. Arrival to the Fox Pampa, impresionant of Ventisquero 'El Tronador'. Appetizers, Dinner and a relax night, conversations, drinks and fire.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Two alternatives today, the first is the well of 'la Pampa' (perfect for sunny days) and the other one the 'ventisqueros' ices to appreciate the huge sizes of the ices. Lunch on 'The Fox Pampa', free afternoon, to read, walk or horseback riding in the hills of Pampa valleys. Appetizers and Dinner.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:

Star the path to return to the Base Camp. See condors flying in the sky. Lunch in Hernandez. Continue with the horseback riding, glaciers and the great river Maiten. Back to the base camp, available showers, appetizers, the last barbecue to say goodbye.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, BBQ

Day 7:

A transfer will pick you up to take you to Balmaceda airport. Lunch in Cerro Castillo. Arrival to the airport.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Patagonia Riders Aysen 2018

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,538 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Please note:

The price of this trip at the standard rate is USD $2538 per person, based on a group of 4 people.

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice, subject to availability.


  • Transfers to/from Balmaceda
  • Accommodation (Camping Equipment)
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Horses


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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