This horse riding through northern Patagonia will take you through one of the little-known areas of the Río Puelo valley. Ride on narrow trails preserved since the first settlers, through pristine forests and clear blue lakes.
Deep in the lakes region of the Andes lies the little known Rio Puelo Valley. Still preserved as the original settlers first found it, the valley is a display of all that is gorgeous about Chile. On this group adventure, you’ll ride horseback through virtually untouched forest on narrow trails and enjoy Rio Puelo at the pace it was meant to be enjoyed. Along the way you’ll meet farmers, receive lots of curious and genuine smiles, and experience the magic of life in this tucked away valley.
- Get an impressive view of four volcanoes from Llanquihue Lake
- Explore Puerto Varas and its remaining German colonialism
- Enjoy the local cuisine in villages like Cochamo
- Ride across the Ventisqueros River – just like the locals
- Stay overnight with local families and enjoy home cooked meals
- See a South American hanging ice glacier
- Travel through an alerce or larch forest – a tree that is considered one of Earth’s oldest varieties
- When not riding, enjoy hiking, swimming, and relaxing
- Discover the ancient Valdivian forest – a very rare occurrence in Chile
The adventure begins in Puerto Varas with spectacular view of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes – which are located in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. You and the group will make your way to the Reloncaví estuary and the first fjord of the trip. On the far side of the fjord, all phone and internet connections abruptly cease and it’s just you and the natural splendour of the Andes.
In Rio Manso, you’ll meet the baqueanos team as well as the Creole horses that you’ll be riding for the duration of the trip. This trip is wonderful because you’ll really come to develop a personal relationship with your horse over these eight days.
Once on horseback, you’ll cross the beaches of the Puelo River as well as the cultivated fields of local farmers on your way to Traidor’s Trails. These are the same trails used by pioneers and they don’t disappoint. A pristine cordillera and majestic forests dominate the landscape.
As the week progresses, you’ll be able to challenge your horse riding skills with a variety of terrains. Everything from plains, forests, sand, pebble beaches, and more. Several times you’ll cross rivers on motor boat while the horse swim across to meet you. You’ll pass through almost uninhabited tributaries and see wonderful waterfalls as well.
One of the reasons we love this operator is because they rely on local baqueanos or huaso guides. Safety is always a priority and these experts are tuned in to the region, the weather, and the terrain changes. Their nose for changing weather is uncanny.
You’ll find that the trip is exciting and challenging, but not overly demanding. There are a few steep hills, many river crossings, as well as undulating terrain. The Chilean Creole horse is one of the hardiest breeds and you’ll love the process of relationship building. Each day involves anywhere from 4-7 hours of riding.
Enquire today to learn more about this horse riding in Chile adventure.