For those crossing between Chile and Argentina in Northern Patagonia this is a perfect place for a 4 day escape from it all.
Enjoy Bandurrias Island in Patagonia on this four day adventure – it makes a great extension to your already booked Patagonia trip such as one of the epic horse rides across the Andes. You’ll truly be able to experience the untouched culture of this valley. It has changed very little since the beginning of the 20th century, which makes it a real gem to visit.
You’ll be visiting a dream location. Developed by a modern day French pioneer woman, she has created an oasis on four hectares of land for your to enjoy. The Puelo Valley is surrounded by national parks and other protected areas. It is near the border of Chile and Argentina and is nestled in a low pass in the Andes. Adventure and unwind between trips!
Why We Love This Adventure
- Cosy and beautiful private island in the Northern Andes
- Great food, drinks, local hospitality!
- Fun activities from boat trips to riding experiences
The Puelo Valley is surrounded by national parks and protected areas and belongs to the Cochamó area where Chile meets Argentina in the Lake District, North Patagonia.
Relax in the remote heart of the Patagonian Andes. The journey takes you across southern beech forests and gemstone-coloured lakes to this exclusive Island retreat. In the middle of nowhere, enjoy warm local hospitality and exquisite cuisine while you leave the rest of the world behind.
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PricePrices are in American dollars and per person - 2 people: U$2.600// 3 people: U$2.300// 4 to 6 people: U$2.120// 6 to 8 people: U$1.834// 9 to 10 people: U$1.710
- Private in / out transfers
- Ferry transportation
- Boat transportation on the lakes
- Full-broad accommodation & meals including 3 nights at unique cozy retreat on Bandurrias Island, lunch on day 1, Box lunch on day 2 and 3 and at a restaurant on day 4
- Pack horses and Saddle horses
- International jet motorboat
- Local guides, Huasos and tour leader
- VHF radio & communication equipment
What's Not included
Anything not mentioned in the main itinerary.
Trip Duration4 days
Start LocationPuerto Varas, Chile or San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
End LocationS.C. de Bariloche , Argentina or Puerto Varas, Chile.
Island Las Bandurrias has a woodland path circumnavigating the shore, small private beaches and two charming cottages. Guests stay in a comfortable and well-equipped 2-story cottage heated by firewood; the same system heats water for showers.
The bathrooms offer a splendid view of a southern “coigue” forest while from the living, the dining areas and the great sundeck you can see the small beach next to the quay. Here you will find stunning views of Lake Las Rocas and the surrounding peaks. The cottage offers accommodation for up to 6 people and the main house features two further guest rooms with original French country décor up for 3 or 4 guests more. It is a very cosy and warm place where you will share dinner and appetisers with our island hostess. The main house is surrounded by a flower garden which includes butterfly bushes, fuchsia and camellia and it is adjacent to the main house.
The cuisine on the trip will be a mix of a special blend of flavours and ingredients consisting on an ethnic variety of gastronomic Andean Creole-Chilean style. A traditional wood stove gives its special flavour to those dishes. Depending on the season, it is possible to taste the delicious rainbow trout, fontinalis, or salmon trout. The Creole barbecue “Asado al palo” or “Asado al Asador” is served during several meals. It consists on delicious lamb cooked with plenty of embers and firewood. As the main local dish, people cook it in many different ways, usually accompanied with green salads, potatoes and, of course, Chilean red wine. The island also has a personal collection of a good variety of wines. The vegetables and fruits are superb and the variety of the region’s berries is impressive. Vegetarian dishes are also a great delicious. While you are booking, let the operator know if you prefer vegetarian options, as they are also a very great choice. Water is crystal clear, safe to drink and tastes delicious.
The transports that are included are all private transportation. Minivans, fiber glass and aluminium motor boats as well as chartered.
This Trip is Suitable For
Families, couples, friends group, honey moon, digital detox-seekers! Everyone that want to cross between the two countries or also stay in the Chilean side. People that enjoy nature, outdoor activities, being totally disconnected. Is an ideal complementary trip out of the track after or before your main trip.
The operator only use experienced guides with great knowledge of the area. They all have their WFR (Wild First Responder) course. They are all friendly, great fun and highly passionate about the Puelo Valley.
Guides are trained to stay a step ahead and offer all the help and assistance to ensure the trip runs smoothly. Local huaso guides or “baquianos” 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, have an uncanny sense of pending weather!
The operator use qualified staff provided with safety equipment including a portable radio with available connections to radio networks; in case of emergencies they have access to direct telephone lines through this 2-way radio. Life jackets are provided for river and Lake Crossings and while sailing. They use international adventure tourism insurance but clients are obliged to have their own travel insurance that covers them for the activities on the tour such as riding.
Health and Vaccinations
No special vaccinations are required for this area of South America. Clients with special medication should bring enough for the trip. It is advisable to get your own first aid kit. No pharmacies after day 1.
A valid passport document with visa for both Argentina and Chile is required. Check the current advice for nationals of your country. If you are a US, Australian or Canadian citizen, you will need to pay a reciprocity fee before you enter Argentina. This fee may vary depending on your nationality. Check full information here
Packing and Clothing
The operator suggest bringing a day-pack, where you will put a few personal belongings plus a lunch box and water bottle. Please have in mind that they do not accept any type of rigid cases; a good quality duffel bag with strong zips will do. They provide strong outer storage bags just to protect your own one and make things easier. Comfortable trousers, waterproof pants, fleece, jacket, hat, some warm pairs of socks, sun block, insect repellent, personal medicines, flashlight and good trekking shoes. Using plastic bags as waterproof storage for your clothes is the cheapest way of keeping things dry in case of rain! A Camera depends on your photographic stamina.
In South America it is customary to tip if you feel that the services given were great. This is common in restaurants, hotel staff, and to hotels and airport porters, baqueanos, guides, among others. This tip is not the salary of the services providers. It is a gift that shows your gratitude to them for all of those services they give you in a very special way.
Dates & Availability
- 25 Jul 2018 – 28 Jul 2019
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
This small local operator based in Chile has over 30 years of experience running horseback adventures in the region. Passionate about nature and travel and their main goal is to offer sustainable tourism which supports the rural economy. They put local community engagement as high on their list of importance as rivers, lakes, mountains, flora and fauna.
We love that they are true destination experts for journeys to the Rio Puelo valley, with its ancient forests, gorgeous lakes and rivers and hospitable rural inhabitants. Expect to experience remoteness just as they do, traveling on trails and waterways.
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