Puelo Ride

This varied itinerary includes riding to turquoise-blue lakes, waterfalls and rapids in the Puelo Valley, as well as crossing a hanging bridge and seeing glaciers and forests. Each night you will come back to a comfortable lodge and the price includes full board meals (including wine) and private transfers. This varied itinerary includes riding to turquoise-blue lakes, waterfalls and rapids in the Puelo Valley, as well as crossing a hanging bridge and seeing glaciers and forests. Read more...

8 Days


Puelo Ride - 8 - $4,290

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfer from your hotel to Tagua Tagua Lake, Meet horses and ride to farm house
  • Ride along the Puelo River
  • Full day ride to Puerto Urrutia and continue to a second farm
  • Ride into the Ventisqueros Valley, crossing rivers as you go!
  • A gentle ride in the valley and approach the glacier
  • Cross the Rio Puelo, arrive to the island
  • Two hour ride to Lago Azul and enjoy a picnic on the shore
  • Departure with a boat trip on Lake Puelo and transfer to Bariloche

Start from Puerto Montt and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Puelo Ride

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Meet your horses and begin the journey

Journey: 4 hrs by car and approximately 1.5 hrs by horseback

The trip will start at your hotel 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.

You'll arrive at the Tagua - Tagua Lake and enjoy a picnic before crossing the lake by ferry. On the other side where you'll drive for another half an hour to meet the baqueanos (cowboys) and the horses.

Pack all your things and off you go! Ride until you get to the shore of the river, where the horses will swim across while you take a motorboat, arriving at the lodging place.

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 2: Ride along the Puelo River

Journey: 5 hrs by horseback

After a good breakfast start the day riding in direction along the Puelo River. Untouchable ancient forests and straight passes will constitute the scenery, a wild trail to experience how the first pioneers travelled in the area.

In the afternoon, you'll arrive at the accommodation, enjoying a great view of the valley.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 3: Puerto Urrutia

Journey: 7 hrs by horseback

Today will be a long day riding with 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 Puerto Urrutia and say goodbye to the baqueanos and horses since tomorrow we will get new horses and staff. From here on we will get new horses and baqueanos. A second team will take us in the last part of this day. Enjoy these fantastic landscapes and watch how the horses cross the river just as the locals do: on a public boat while the horses swim alongside.

A half an hour ride to a cosy cottage where we will spend one night. Amazing views of the river and mountains.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 4: Ventisqueros Valley

Journey: 6–7 hrs by horseback

Today, after breakfast and preparing our luggage for the pack horses we will begin our day ride to the end of Ventisqueros Valley. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 5: River crossing and Alerces forest

Journey: 4 hrs by horseback

After breakfast and packing 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, as you reach the Alerces forest.

Once at the lodge you can go for a walk around the area or simply relax with a glass of wine. Another unforgettable day.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 6: Lago Las Rocas and Bandurrias Island

Journey: 6–7 hrs by horseback

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. Take a 10 minute boat trip to Bandurrias Island. Accommodation, tea and a great dinner at this enchanting and remote cottage where you will spend two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 7: Lago Azul

Journey: 6 hrs by horseback

Breakfast and depart. This morning we'll ride for two hours to 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.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 8: Inferior Lake, Lago Puelo National Park, then Bariloche

Journey: 15 minute motor boat, 30 minute walk, 1 hour motorboat crossing then a 3 hour 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 handy craft market. In the afternoon, arrive to the town of Bariloche.

Meals: Breakfast

NOTE: Please note, on February and March rides there will be no boat crossing to Argentina due to the lack of water caused by glocal warming. Therefore, all rides will start and end in Puerto Varas. If you do want to cross to Argentina, other alternatives may be arranged upon request.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price per person is USD $4,290 based on double occupancy. Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 people.

Please enquire for more details.

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.  


  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation: 7 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


  • Accommodation before/after the trip
  • Transfers to/from airports
  • 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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