Huaso Trail, Chile
Private horseback riding tour - 7 Days
- stay on a private island
- ride through the Patagonian wilderness
- many river and lake crossings
Ride along pioneer trails in the rural Puelo Valley through of the Andes. We offer you an exclusive journey into the heart of the rural Andean culture. Enjoy the adventure and relaxation of an old way of life in pristine Patagonian wilderness.
This horse riding tour will start at your hotel where you will meet your tour leader and driver, from where we will cross the Valdivian forest along the Reloncaví fjord and arrive at Lake Tagua Tagua. After sailing across the lake will meet the baqueanos and the creoles horses and cross the river just as the locals do: on a public boat while the horses swim alongside. Approx 1.5 hrs riding
After breakfast, we will be ready to start our full day horse riding expedition. Enjoy this fantastic landscape as we ride into the Ventisqueros valley. Stop for lunch and relax. Lots of river crossings on this day. Arrive at a remote and very self-sufficient home where the owners will lodge us for 2 nights. Approx 7 hrs riding
We will 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 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. Approx 4 hrs riding
Today is a full-day ride towards “la Pasarela del Rio Puelo”, an important hanging bridge crucial for the communication between the local inhabitants and the outside cities. This area is particularly spectacular due to its huge waterfall and rapids. In the afternoon, we will cross a wild ancient forest before arriving to our enchanting and cosy cottage. Approx 7 hrs riding
This morning we will visit Azul Lake, with its crystal clear waters and abundant fish life. After lunch our ride goes deep into the forest along the mountains and to the typical cold jungle, Valdivian-type rainforest with its ancient “Alerce” trees. Approx 6 hrs riding
Today we will reach "Segundo Corral" the last settlement close to the border. Then we will follow the trail along the Puelo Rive, in the direction of the Pacific Ocean and finally cross the Ventisqueros River. Approx 7 hrs riding
Again we will follow the Puelo River up to Puerto Urrutia, were we say farewell to the horses. The road to Puerto Varas goes alongside the Reloncaví Fjord. You will enjoy the beautiful of the river's mouth flowing into the sea, as well as Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes, and finally the beautiful town of Puerto Varas.
Route from/to: From Puerto Montt in Chile on the shore of the Pacific Ocean across the Andes, ending in Puerto Montt airport.
Included: All transportation from and to the beginning of the ride, motor boats and ferrys, accommodation suggested in the main program, all foods suggested in the main program, ½ bottle of wine at dinner during the horse ride, bilingual guides, baquiano or huaso guides, VHF radio communication, riding horses, pack horses and extra free horses depends on the amount of riders that join the ride.
Riding Difficulty: The trip is an exciting but not demanding one, although some days will be longer than others when we have to cover a particular distance. Some days, lot of river crossings which are great fun and allow riders to experience the local way of travelling. Some steep up hills and undulating terrain could turn just a bit more demanding if the weather is not good. This adventure ride is an excellent way of managing lots of different terrain and being able to ride one of the toughest horse breeds in the world. Clients may canter on open ground, trot in the forest, or simply enjoy the ride at their own relaxing pace.
Guides: Tour leaders and host/hostess are the key for a successful and memorable trip; we use only experienced guides with great knowledge of the area. They are all friendly, great fun and highly passionate about the Puelo Valley. Guides are trained with WFR (Wildlife first responder) course of first aid. They stay a step ahead and offer all the help and assistance to ensure the trip runs smoothly. Local “Huaso” guides or “baqueanos" will always be there to help and look after you. They are a great support for the whole group and well attuned to the regional climate. They have an uncanny sense of predicting weather!
Private ride only, please contact for details.