Day 1: 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 Valdivia forest along the Reloncavi estuary. Arriving to the Tagua - Tagua lake, a ferry crossing will take us to the other side where will drive for another hour or so. Time for great Pic-nic lunch before crossing the lake. At the end of the road we will meet the baqueanos and the creoles horses before reaching our first lodging place (L, D.) Timing: 4/ 5 hrs by car and approximately 2 ½ hrs horseback.
Day 2: Today we will take just a short boat trip in order to start our full day horse riding expedition. Enjoy this fantastic landscape and cross the river just as the locals do: on a wooden public boat while the horses swim alongside. 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. (B, BL, D ) Timing: 6 to 7 hrs horseback riding.
Day 3: After breakfast and packing we embark on a gentle full-days 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 inhabitants. We will arrive close to the Alerce forest on this occasion. Box lunch and ride back to our guest farmhouse. Later there is a chance to go for a walk around the area or simply relax with a glass of wine. Another unforgettable day. (B, BL,D) Timing: 4 hrs horseback riding.
Day 4: Breakfast and then set off on a full-days 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. Afternoon ride crossing the wild ancient forest before arriving to our cottage, We reach Lago Las Rocas where we will meet the motorboat for a 10 minute boat trip to Bandurrias Island. Accommodation and a great dinner at this enchanting and cosy cottage, Two nights here (B, BL, D) Timing: 6 to 7 hrs horseback riding.
Day 5: Breakfast and depart. This morning we’ll enjoy 2 hrs rides visiting 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 into the forest along the mountains will take us to join 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. (B, L, D) Timing: 5 to 6 hrs horseback riding.
Day 6: In the morning after breakfast we will sail back to where the “Huasos” and the horses will be waiting. Today we will ride for just half the day. After breakfast, say goodbye to our hostess and depart to the other shore. Having passports at hand we will reach the Mountain Police Station, "Retén de Carabineros". This leads to the border crossing, close to the edge of the Puelo River, from where there are great views of the Inferior Lake. Go through customs and immigration by horse between the two borders. We will spend the last night in the middle of now were in the border between Chile and Argentina. The last day with the horses. Great dinner at Campsite. Timing: 3 ½ hrs horseback riding.
Day 7: Our last boat trip into the Argentine territory. Cross Lago Puelo by boat into the National park after going though the Argentine border formalities. A minibus will be waiting to take us to El Bolsón. Lunch at a great local restaurant and time to by some souvenirs or explore the area. Travel to San Carlos de Bariloche where the trip will end but we will be more than happy to organize any hotel bookings or suggest you one for a night or two. We can also take you directly to the airport.
Timing: Ride in motorboat. 30 minutes. A bus transfer to the town of El Bolson, 20 minutes, and two more hours to the town of San Carlos de Bariloche.
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