We start our trip in Osorno where we drive to the border of Lake Rupanco, one of the lakes bordering the National Park of Puyehue.
Our 9-day Horseback Trail Ride is an unforgettable journey through the dense temperate rain forest of Chile. During our trip, we stay with local families, including a native Mapuche family. We make our way through bamboos, ferns and many evergreen flowering plants
We start our trip in Osorno where we drive to the border of Lake Rupanco, one of the lakes bordering the Puyehue National Park. We will be transferred via boat to our base camp cottage so that we start the unforgettable journey through the dense temperate rain forest of Chile.
Due to its relative isolation, this area of Chile has a high degree of endemic flora and counts with 30 different mammal species and over 80 bird species. Blue lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, swamps, wild streaming rivers are the focus of our adventure into the Chilean rainforest. Don’t forget the snow-covered volcanoes, thermal springs, and the Andes mountain range! Getting excited? Keep on reading!
Day 1: Transfer from Osorno airport to the small port of Lake Rupanco. There we will catch a boat to cross towards the other side. We will be picked up by Luis and his tractor. We will load our bags and head towards the cottage. This cottage will be our base camp where we can leave our belongings and pack only for the day trips. Dinner & night at base camp Cottage.
Day 2: After breakfast, we get to meet our four-footed companion for our journey. Today we will have a full day riding in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park towards the Callao Valley. We will stop for Lunch at Lake Los Quetros and have dinner & sleep at Cottage R. Total hours of riding: 5 hours
Day 3: Full day of riding towards Lake Todos Los Santos where we will have lunch at a secluded beach at the edge of the water. You can ride along the water with your horse or take a swim in the lake yourself. After lunch, we will return to our Cottage where we will find a nice hot tub waiting for us with some nice snacks. Dinner & sleep at Cottage. Total hours of riding: approx. 5 hours
Day 4: After breakfast, we will head towards the natural hot spring waters of Callao for a thermal bath. We enjoy a nice break there and after lunch, we ride back through the National Park towards our base camp cottage. Dinner & night at base camp Cottage. Total hours of riding: approx. 6 hours
Day 5: This is our resting day. You can choose between reading a book, going for an explorative walk or to go fly fishing for the day! In the afternoon we will all help to prepare the fire for our “Cordero al Palo”. This is traditional Patagonian Lamb roasted on the spit for 6 hours. Dinner & sleep at base camp Cottage.
Day 6: Today we head towards the other direction to explore the Puyehue National park. We will plow our way through the bamboo forests and cross the broad Rio Blanco River, a crystal clear water with beautifully rounded colored stones on the bottom. Our local guide will be sure to clear our way with his machete. We ride up towards the Antillanca volcano and witness the landscape to change. When we arrive at the abandoned ski resort of Antillanca prepare yourself for a déjà-vu of the Shining. Dinner & sleep at Shelter. Total hours of riding: approx. 6 hours
Day 7: This day we will take an alternative path down and plow through the deep lava sand along the flanks of the Casa Blanca Volcano to reach La Plaza. You’ll see a mystic sight of brunt trees by the lava streams. If we are lucky we can admire the sigh of three magnificent volcanoes: Casablanca, Osorno & Puntiagudo. After crossing thick forests and diverse terrain, you will appreciate your sturdy Criollo horses even more! Dinner & night at base camp Cottage. Total hours of riding: approx. 5 hours
Day 8: This is our last day of riding. Along the shores of the Lake Rupanco, we can admire the abundant vegetation & waterfalls till we reach a secluded beach with a volcanic shore. Here you can dig your own pool till it fills up with the boiling hot waters that emerge from the soil. You may want to dig a canal to the lake so cold water can enter. We will gather sfirewoodwood in order to cook our food before we make our way back. Dinner & night at base camp Cottage. Total hours of riding: approx. 5 hours
Day 9: All good things must come to an end… unfortunately and so does this trip! After breakfast, Luis will brings us back to the shore of the Lake with his tractor where we take the boat and head to back Osorno.
Price per person: please consult due to fluctuating USD Number of participants: between 2 and 10 persons *Supplement small groups (2-4 people)
17-25 September 2017 22-30 October 2017 19-27 November 2017 20-28 December 2017 — /– January 2018 18-26 February 2018 17-25 March 2018 Consult for other dates for March, April & May.
What’s included? ⊕Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ⊕Evening meals are accompanied by 1 glass of wine or juice ⊕Snacks during the day ⊕Lodging as described in the itinerary ⊕Horseback riding as described in the itinerary ⊕All entrance fees to national parks
Price does not include: ⊕Ticket to Chile ⊕Transfer minivan from/to Osorno or Puerto Montt airport (200.000 clp per group) ⊕Helmets, chaps, rain coat, ⊕Saddle bag (we recommend: http://br.nl/page/info.php?id=210868&highlight=true ) ⊕Upon request we can provide some cases of our favorite selection of Chilean wines for at our base camp Cottage (12 bottles: 60.000 clp – 24 bottles 120.000 clp) Please order beforehand as we need to bring them from Santiago. ⊕Tips ⊕All expenses not included in the program.
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