Day 1: Rafting The Manso is a river of great and incomparable beauty, with gorgeous scenery.
This section is ideal for anyone who wants to discover the fun and passionate sport of whitewater rafting. We head to the southern reaches of Nahuel Huapi National Park, travelling 60km on highway 258 past the shores of Gutierrez, Mascardi and Guillelmo lakes. In a valley known as Pampa del Toro, we turn west for the final 10km of the trip, towards Lago Steffen. The mouth of the Lower Manso River is at the south end of the lake. This is our put-in. First, we’ll listen to the safety talk from our guides. Then we gather our gear, climb onboard the rafts, and head down river. The first section is tranquilo, which gives us a chance to discover much of the local flora and fauna living in this National Park wilderness. Some of the birds that may greet us along our trip include the red-headed woodpecker, Huet-Huet and maybe even a Chucao. We’ll have lunch on a sandy beach on the side of the Manso. It’s a light lunch, with sandwiches and fruit, to replenish our energy. After lunch, we head into the more active section of the river. Rapids on this part of the Manso are considered “Class II” difficulty. In summer months, we can swim through the transparent waters. The last section of our journey is after the meeting of the Manso with the Villegas River, and it’s the most fun part. “Forward hard!” the guide will say, as our rafts blast through white-caped waves, leaving all onboard drenched with crystal clear mountain water. In the afternoon, at an old sawmill in the tiny village of Paraje Villegas, we’ll arrive at our campsite. After changing into dry clothes and enjoying a snack and tea, we’ll get busy preparing camp. Around the fire pit, after dinner, we’ll relive the day’s adventures.
Day 2: Mountain Bike/Horseback Riding
The day starts with a hearty breakfast while our guides prepare the bikes and horses. After a technical chat where we’ll go over basic skills, we cross the hanging bridge over the Manso that connects us with a place that has been sheltered from time, where thefew pioneers maintain traditions over a century old. We’ll travel 20 km, crossing creeks and lush green plains, through forests and alongside farms, always keeping the incredible Manso River in site. This is a great outing for getting used to your sport of choice since the difficulty builds gradually and ends with a long and fun descent through an ancient coihue, cypress and native Patagonian forest. At the end of the trail, we cross the river once again to arrive at the Tierraventura Base Camp, our second campsite. After relaxing and enjoying a warm shower, it’s time for dinner.
Day 3: Rafting to the Border
The day starts with a delicious breakfast at our adventure camp. Then, we’ll organizer our gear, listen to our guides go over a safety talk and then we’ll hop onboard the river. The first part of today’s section of the Manso heads through a narrow canyon, with the Cerro Bastión peak and its many waterfalls at our side. The “Velvet Canyon” is the last peaceful section; as soon as we’re through it, we’ll be welcomed by “The First Rapid” where it’ll become clear that calm is behind us and action lies ahead! With short breaks in between, we’ll start dropping through the chain of rapids that run from entertaining Class IIs to violent Class IVs like “The Devil’s Intestine” or, ironically, the rapid known as “Relax”. “Forward,” the guide instructs, and the team paddles without ceasing as we fall into a hole that sends us rocking and rolling, and shows us clearly the power of the Manso in its last bounces towards the international border with Chile. The Safety Kayaker is always at our side providing optimal safety. The “International” Rapid is a Class II that announces our arrival at the international border and the end of the day’s rafting. Once we’re back into warm clothes, we head back to our camp at Tierraventura for lunch. The stories of adventure and adrenaline will keep everyone grinning through lunch. Then it’s time to head back to Bariloche.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Price from USD $550 per person.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $486 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.
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