Banner image

Rivers and Lakes Backcountry Wilderness Lodge

Escape to the Patagonian wilderness by helicopter, boat, horse and foot to the deserted beaches, secluded waterfalls, verdant forests and glistening lakes of Tagua Tagua Park in the Chilean Lake District. Come back each night to your cosy forest lodge to relax in the hot tub and enjoy delicious food and unbelievable views.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

  • I want to travel before March 2023

    Unfortunately we can’t currently help with short notice trips to Patagonia. Sign up to our newsletter to get some Patagonia travel advice and inspiration!

    Subscribe to our newsletter

    Receive monthly Patagonian travel inspiration and ideas.

  • I’m flexible and could travel later

    Thank you for your enquiry

Thank you for your enquiry

Trip type

Property Based

Trip length

3-5 Days




Chilean Lakes

Rivers and Lakes Backcountry Wilderness Lodge - 3-5 - $2,181

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Barraco Lodge

Days 2-3/4/5: Choice of excursions

Final day: Transfer to Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas

Start from Puerto Montt and end at Puerto Montt

Landmarks visited on Rivers and Lakes Backcountry Wilderness Lodge

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Barraco Lodge

You’ll begin your adventure with a transfer by 4x4 vehicle from Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas, to the luxury, all-inclusive Barraco Lodge. The journey is via dirt roads for 150km/95 miles, and will take about 3hrs. Say goodbye to civilisation and hello to the beautiful wilderness of Tagua Tagua Park. 

Your luxury lodge has a rustic, homely feel and leaves no detail unattended. You'll love your stay here, with as much intimacy or privacy as you wish in your comfortable room with bespoke decor. Upon arrival you might like to enjoy the sauna or hot-tub, or take a short stroll through the ancient forests that surround the property.

Each evening enjoy exquisite meals, prepared at the lodge from local ingredients and eaten at communal tables.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Barraco Lodge

Days 2-3/4/5: Choice of excursions

Choose from the following excursions, or see the full list of excursions on our excursions page:

Barraco Waterfall hike – Starting from the Lodge, we’ll follow a path along the Barraco River through rainforest with myrtles, ulmo and hazelnut trees, tineo and laurel bushes. We’ll cross two streams on this relaxed 15min trek to the Barraco waterfall. To reach the very base of the waterfall, we’ll cross the river on a ropeway.

Tagua Tagua Park trek – We’ll reach the park entrance by crossing Lake Tagua Tagua by jetboat. From there our adventure in this unique reserve of ancient rainforest, streams and waterfalls begins. We’ll trek for 2hrs to the Alerce Cabin, followed by 4hrs hiking to the Quetros Cabin. In the afternoon our helicopter will arrive to pick us up from the Quetros heliport (2 passengers, 1 guide). If we only trek to the Alerce Cabin, we’ll hike back to the park entrance and return by jetboat.

Caribbean beach ‘asado’ (BBQ) – Take a 45min ride on our Viper jetboat along the Puelo River, navigating occasional rapids to arrive at Playa Caribe, a beautiful white sand beach with tranquil turquoise waters, surrounded by lush vegetation. Here our chef will cooks a sumptuous Patagonian asado right on the beach.

On 4- and 5-night stays: Horseback ride to Traidor River – We’ll head across Tagua Tagua Lake on our jetboat to Jabali Island where we’ll pick up our horses for the ride south along the Puelo River. We’ll ride for about 3hrs, with a guide, toward the Junta and eventually to the mouth of the Traidor River where we’ll relax and feast on a Patagonian asado. We’ll then return along the Puelo River in our jet boat, back to the lodge.

On 5-night stays: Paddleboard or kayak in high altitude lakes – We'll take a helicopter, following the Puelo River, El Salto grade-3 rapids and along the Reloncavi Estuary. Along the trip we’ll have stunning views of the Yates Volcano to the south, and the Tronador, Calbuco, and Osorno Volcanoes to the north.  We’ll then head to Alerce Andino National Park 1,800m/5,400ft above sea level and stop at Gaviota Lake, surrounded by ancient larch forests and named after the seagulls that nest here in the spring. You can choose to paddleboard or kayak on the crystal clear waters of this tranquil lake.

Note: Depending on the length of your stay some activities may or may not be available. Please contact us for more details.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Barraco Lodge

Final day

On your final day, you will be transferred by 4x4 vehicle back to Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas for your onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast

Customer review background image

What our customers think of Rivers and Lakes Backcountry Wilderness Lodge

Our stay at the Barraco Lodge was unique. The hospitality of everyone at the lodge and the level of service they provided was truly amazing.

Travelled: February 2019

Mohan Kuratti - United States Of America


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2022-23 season are from USD $2,181 per person sharing a double room for a 5 day/4 night stay.


Please enquire for more details.

Additional Notes

Itinerary – This itinerary is an example of how you could spend your time on this all-inclusive experience. Please see the full list of day excursions on the excursions page.

Fishing – The region is excellent for fishing and the lodge provides a 3-day all-inclusive package for anglers. Please ask us for more details.


  • All guided activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals and drinks (house wine, beer, Barraco sours, water and soft drinks)
  • Transfer in/out of lodge by 4x4 vehicle


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Premium wines and spirits and natural juices
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

Questions about this Trip?