IN THE STEPS OF THE PIONEERS
8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS
NOVEMBER TO MARCH
Chile to Argentina: Deep into the untouched Andes
Travel back in time along disused paths through the Chilean Andes on this adventure, visiting the lost valleys where the first pioneers settled. We cross rivers and traverse ancient forests en route to Argentina. You will discover the azure lakes of Northern Patagonia and the glaciers that feed them, experiencing the original pioneer’s way of life, all in the tranquillity of a pristine wilderness.
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
Each night riders find themselves in a pioneer’s home, savouring traditional home-cooked recipes, cooked with local ingredients. Spend the evening sitting around the woodburning stove listening to their fascinating tales of how they arrived in these valleys via the waterways - carving an existence out of the thick undergrowth. For two of the nights, a private island awaits to host you, only accessible by boat.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
DAY 1 : Disconnecting
DAY 2: The Early Settlers Domains
DAY 3: Stunning scenery
DAY 4: The Ventisqueros Valley
DAY 5 : The First Settlers & Larch Forests
DAY 6 : Suspension Bridge & private island
DAY 7 : Valdivian Forest & Lago Azul
DAY 8: No Man’s Land & crossing into Argentina*
DAY 1 | DISCONNECTING
We leave Puerto Varas with a morning transfer towards the Andes.As the journey begins, views of the Llanquihue Lake and the Calbuco and Osorno Volcanoes come into focus. We arrive at the edge of the Reloncaví Fjord, the area well-known for its salmon fishing industry.
Dinner & Overnight at a riverside house at El Traidor.
B, L, T, D (approx. 2 hours riding, 4 hours transfer)
FROM US$ 4,290
All accommodation (*exact options confirmed at the time of inquiry); all meals (from day 1 lunch to final day lunch); a half bottle of wine per person for dinner on riding days; English speaking guide & local guides “baqueanos”; riding on 8 days (except February/March route: 7 days riding); horses, packhorses & spare horses; ponchos & saddlebags; grooms services; all necessary transfers/transport as per itinerary; all local taxes, private reserve & national park entrance fees. VHF communication radio. Briefing evening before ride.
Appropriate medical insurance (mandatory), visa (as necessary), international or national airport taxes, dinner day 8, personal expenditure, tips, and all services not mentioned in the description above.
“Even by Ride Andes standards this trek was remote. We rode into another world –where the road had ended three days ride ago and the condors had no competition from planes in the spotless sky…The courtesy and charm of the people we met in this pioneering land was only surpassed by the perfect manners of our glossy Criollo horses!”