Length of the trip: The expedition takes 6 days and 5 nights, including 6 days on horseback.
Departure / Arrival: Route from/to: From Puerto Montt in Chile on the shore of the Pacific Ocean across the Andes, ending in Bariloche Argentina.
The time on horseback varies from day to day: about approx. 4 hours in the morning and 3 to 4 hours in the afternoon.
The season runs from early November to late March.
You’ll be led by experienced guides with a great knowledge of the area. They are all friendly, great fun and highly passionate about the Puelo Valley. She or he would be able to be a step ahead to give you all the help and assistance in any unpredictable situation, ensuring the trip runs smoothly. Local Huasos or “Baqueanos” will be there at any time to help with saddles, horses and to look after you; they are a great support for the whole group and they even have an amazing ability to predict the weather! They also enjoy making wooden handcraft.
A valid passport document and visa for both Argentina and Chile is required. Check the current advice for nationals of your country before you travel. If you are an Australian or Canadian citizen, you will need to pay a “reciprocity fee” before you enter Argentina. This fee may vary depending on your nationality.
Safety and communication
We use qualified staff with safety equipment. During our journey on the Argentinian side and in remote areas, we will have a satellite phone, which is the only means of communication in case of emergencies. On the Chilean side, we will always have an access to direct telephone lines through a VHF radio system.
On boat crossings, life jackets are provided. As a company, we have international adventure tourism insurance. However, clients are obliged to have their own travel insurance that covers them for the activities on the tour. We will always bring a first aid kit and guides with the necessary safety skills.
Health and vaccines
No special vaccine is required for this part of South America. Clients with special medication should bring enough for the whole trip since you will not have the possibility to buy medicine during our journey. It is very important that you state on the information sheet if you have suffered from heart disease; if you take diabetes medicine, if you have some kind of blood illness, etc.
Luggage and clothes
Please make a booking enquiry for full trip notes including packing list.
Please remember that temperatures in the mountains are highly variable. It might be cold (down to freezing) zero degrees or below early in the morning and in the evening, but up to 28 / 32° C at midday.
It can also rain at any time! To cope with changing temperatures, it is a good idea to wear layers, which you can gradually take off. Remember that several thin layers are warmer than one thick one. We recommend that you wear a wind-jacket. A special riding poncho for rain occasions, large enough to protect the saddle, is provided with the equipment. Silk or thin thermal underwear (or a close-fitting polo shirt/long sleeved T shirt and leggings) is a good idea if you feel the cold; it’s also useful for sleeping. Please also remember to take a good waterproof jacket.
Space for luggage during the ride will be strictly limited – please only bring essentials!
From middle December to late January, horseflies proliferate in the whole southern part of Chile and Argentina. They do not harm but are a nuisance and are attracted to dark clothing. Take this into account when selecting your clothing. When the horseflies leave the area, Yellow Jackets come. If you are allergic to wasp bites, bring your medicine for it and please let us know so that we can also bring what it is required for it and take good care of you.