Ride Overview - Lakes and Volcanos
This is an unforgettable horseback riding vacation through the dense temperate rain forest of Chile. A 2015 Trip Adviser Hall of Fame recipient. Your trail will take you through lofty bamboos, lacy ferns and many evergreen flowering plants. Your ride will begin on the border of Lake Rupanco, one of the lakes bordering the National Park of Puyehue. Due to its isolation, this area of Chile has a high degree of endemic flora and counts with 30 different mammal species and 80 bird species. Blue lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, swamps, wild streaming rivers are the keywords of your adventure into the Chilean rainforest. Not to forget the snow-covered volcanoes, thermal springs and the Andes themselves! During your trip, you will stay primarily in a base camp cottage and one night with a native Mapuche family. You can also customize this ride according to the number of days that you would like to ride and staying at the base cottage throughout. Getting enthused? RIDING IN CHILE
Ride Itinerary - Lakes and Volcanos
Transfer from Osorno airport to the small port of Lake Rupanco. There you will catch a boat to the other side where you will be met by Luis who will transfer you to the base cottage. You will meet your fellow riders at dinner.
You will enjoy a full day riding in National Park Vicente Pérez Rosales where you will see the key attractions, Lago Todos Los Santos and the snowcapped peak of the Osorno Volcano. You can also enjoy views of the unmistakable summit of Puntiagudo Volcano, which sits 2,493 meters above the northern horizon, and Tronador Volcano (3,491 meters), which marks the border with Argentina. From the park’s higher ground, you can clearly see the paths taken by lava flows to the rivers, lakes and waterfalls of this natural paradise. The jewels in the park’s crown are the Petrohué Cascades, which flow foaming and powerful through a canyon of volcanic rock formed by lava flows. The cascades are an amazing spectacle that is best seen up close from a jet boat near the Callao Valley. Lunch at Lake Los Quetros. You will then return to your base cottage.
Full day riding towards Lake Todos Los Santos where you will have lunch at a secluded beach. You can experience swimming with your horse or plunge into the water yourself. After lunch, you will return to the cottage where a nice and tempting hot tub and nice snacks and dinner await you.
After breakfast, your trail will lead you to the natural hot spring waters of Callao where you will enjoy a thermal bath. After lunch, you will ride back through the National Park to your base camp cottage.
This is your 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, your group will pitch to prepare the fire the “Cordero al Palo”. This is traditional Patagonian Lamb roasted on the spit for 6 hours.
Today, you will explore the Puyehue National Park located in the middle of the Andes. With volcanoes within its territory, the Park boasts a stunning and diverse landscape. Your trail will cut through bamboo forests and cross the broad crystal clear Rio Blanco River renown for beautifully rounded colored stones on its floor. An ascending trail towards the Antillanca volcano is next on your agenda. When we arrive at the abandoned ski resort of Antillanca prepare yourself for a déjà-vu of the movie, “The Shining.” Your evening lodging will be with a native Mapuche family.
Deep lava sand along the flanks of the Casa Blanca Volcano will be the footing for today’s ride and the destination is La Plaza. There appears a mystic sight of brunt trees by lava streams. If you are lucky, you will be able to admire the sight of three magnificent volcanoes: Casablanca, Osorno and Puntiagudo. After thick forest canopied trails on diverse terrain, you will appreciate your sturdy Criollo horses even more! You will then return to your base cottage.
This is your last day of riding. Along the shores of the Lake Rupanco, you will marvel at the abundant vegetation and sparkling waterfalls until your ride e reaches a secluded beach on the 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. Your group will help gather firewood in order to cook your lunch. Return to the base cottage for dinner and lodging.
All good things come to an end… unfortunately and so does your ride! After breakfast, you will be transferred to the shore where you will catch a boat to return to Osorno.
Ride Details - Lakes and Volcanos
Dates: December – April
Best Months to Ride: depends on the region. Northern Patagonia is October to March. Southern region offers good riding all year.
Airport: Osorno or Puerto Montt
Riding Days: 6
Daily Riding Hours: 5 – 8
Group Size: 2 – 10
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE Riding fit and able to trot and canter in open spaces.
Saddles: Chilean saddle layered with blankets
Hotels: base camp cottages, guesthouse
Prices: $2,645.00 per person, double occupancy $756.00 single supplement
*Small group fee for under 4 total riders and single supplement may apply.
Includes: lodging, horse, guide, all meals, tack, all entrances to national parks
Not included: airfare, transportation to and from the airport($302.00 per car)
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