Andean Crossing Ride

This trip sees you wading through rivers/lakes on horse back in the Lake District. You'll spend the nights in cosy lodges and have a delicious goodbye meal in el Bolson. All your in/out private transfers by minibus, motor jet boats & ferry crossings are included, as are fullboard meals with wine at dinner.

6 Days

$3,500

Andean Crossing Ride - 6 - $3,500

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfer from your hotel in Puerto Varas, short horse ride to accommodation
  • Head to the Ventisqueros valley through the forests and rivers.
  • Ride to approach the glacier.
  • Full day ride to Las Rocas Lake
  • Visit to Lago Azul
  • Motorboat from Island for border crossing, lunch in El Bolson and transfer to Bariloche.

Start from Puerto Varas and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Andean Crossing Ride

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Meet your horses and begin the journey

Journey: 4–5 hrs by car; 30 minutes by ferry and approximately 1.45 hrs by horseback

The trip begins at your hotel where you will meet your tour leader and driver, load the minibus and then, start a three hours drive, crossing the Valdivian forests along the Reloncavi Fjord. Arrive to the 'Tagua Tagua' Lake. Here, time for a great picnic lunch before crossing by ferry.

Once we get off the ferry, we drive for another hour or so. By the end of the road we will meet the baqueanos and the Creole horses. Enjoy the outstanding landscapes and cross a river just as the locals do: On a public boat while the horses swim alongside to the other side of the Puelo River. Load the horses and go! Accommodations at a local farm.

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Estancia


Day 2: Ventisqueros Valley

Journey: 6–7 hrs by horseback

Today, after a homemade breakfast, we the 'baqueanos' will prepare the packhorses. Around the barn we will be fixing the last details of our saddle and stirrups to adapt it to our needs and making our ride comfortable and save. Today we're headed in the direction of the Ventisqueros Valley. We will be crossing amazing forests and self-sufficient little farms during the morning.

Stop for lunch and relax. In the afternoon, we will cross riding the big Ventisqueros River before a safety chat. The ride takes us to a remote farm, where the owner will lodge us for two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Estancia


Day 3: Ventisqueros Valley

Journey: 4 hrs by horseback

After breakfast and packing, we will embark in a gentle full-day ride, crossing the river once more to approach a glacier. The Valley turns wild and remote, with an incredible flora and devoid of inhabitants. We will arrive close to the Alerce forests on this occasion. Picnic lunch here and then, ride back to our guest farmhouse. Later, there is a chance to walk around the area or simply relax. Another unforgettable day.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Estancia


Day 4: Las Bandurrias Island

Journey: 6–7 hrs by horseback

This morning we will set off on a full-day ride towards "La Pasarela del Rio Puelo", an important local hanging bridge crucial for 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.

In the afternoon, the ride will cross a wild ancient forest before arriving to our cottage. We will reach "Las Rocas" Lake and sail 10 minutes to Las Bandurrias Island. Accommodation and a great dinner at this enchanting and cosy cottage. We will stay two nights here.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge


Day 5: Lago Azul

Journey: 5–7 hrs by horseback

Another fantastic adventure wait for us today. We will enjoy a 2 hrs ride and visit the Blue Lake "Lago Azul" with its crystal clear water and abundant fish life. 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 and gets into the forest along the mountains. We will reach the south part of this lake passing through the typical cold jungle, Valdivian-type rainforest with its ancient Alerce trees (Fitzroya 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.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge


Day 6: Inferior Lake, Lago Puelo National Park, then Bariloche

Journey: 15 minute motor boat; 30 minute walk; 1 hr motorboat crossing; 3 hrs private transfer from Puelo Lake to Bariloche

After a homemade breakfast we will take the motorboat and head to the east side of Lake Las Rocas. You will see the stunning beauty of Inferior Lake and the source of the Puelo River, a major river that flows into the Pacific Ocean. We arrive at customs and immigration post for Chile from where it is a short walk to reach Inferior Lake. Here, a motor-jet boat will take us across the lake and then down the river through a short rapid, the natural border between both countries.

Before Argentine border formalities we will arrive at Lago Puelo National Park. From the far end of the lake we will take a private transfer to El Bolson where we will enjoy a nice lunch. It is possible, if the day matches, to make a quick overview of the traditional handicraft market. In the afternoon, arrive to the town of Bariloche.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price per person is USD $3,500 based on double occupancy. Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 people.

Please enquire for more details.

Start date Price (pp)
October 2019
28-Oct-2019 $3,500* Guaranteed Date
February 2020
18-Feb-2020 $3,500 Provisional Date
March 2020
13-Mar-2020 $3,500* Provisional Date
26-Mar-2020 $3,500 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $3,500

Additional Notes

Riders weighing more than 89kg must consider the rental of a reinforcement horse so as to alternate during the ride, as the Chilean Creole horses are not very tall. The cost for the whole trip is USD $290.


Requests for single supplements can only be accommodated where there is hotel availability.


The provision of extra alcoholic drinks can be organised at an additional cost if requested in advance.  

Includes

  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: 5 nights at local lodgings
  • All private transfers specified, incl. mini bus, motor boat and ferry boat transfers
  • Wine at dinner on riding days
  • Bilingual Guides
  • Local Guides (baqueanos)
  • VHF commmunication radio
  • Saddle Horses
  • Pack Horses

Excludes

  • Accommodation before/after the trip
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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