An off-the track Andean experience
Day 1 PUERTO VARAS / LAS BANDURRIAS ISLAND
Your adventure starts at your hotel in Puerto Varas where a private transfer will pick you up. The transfer will take you East; en-route, you will be able see some breath-taking views of the Reloncaví Fjord and the little town of Cochamó including its wooden church, before entering the Andes. Before sailing, we invite you to have a picnic lunch by the delightful shores of Lake Tagua Tagua. Once the sailing is complete, you will travel by road through the astonishing Puelo Valley Route before arriving at La Colina Farm. A ‘baquiano’ (local expert) will be waiting for you alongside creole horses to take you to Las Rocas Lake– this will take approximately 50 minutes walking on easy terrains – the journey offers outstanding landscapes before your lake crossing (approx. 10 minutes) to Las Bandurrias Island. Upon arrival, enjoy a delightful afternoon-tea with delicious homemade treats before exploring the island; take this time to walk around and become acquainted with the area or even go for a swim to work your appetite before dinner.
Day 2 HIKING TO AZUL LAKE / LAS BANDURRIAS ISLAND
After breakfast, you will visit Azul (Blue) Lake; aptly named because of its crystal-clear waters which are home to an abundant number of fish. Make sure to take your camera as you will want a lasting memento of the majestic peaks and stunning landscapes all round. Your trek will continue through the forest alongside the mountains until you reach the south part of the Lake; you will pass through the cold jungle, normally referred to as a mini Valdivian rainforest, filled with alerces (Chile’s national tree) as well as coihues (known locally as old giants) and arrayans (referred to as the cold tree). Afterwards you will stop for a picnic lunch by the Lake before making your way back. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure, to discover the secrets this island holds.
Day 3 HORSE RIDING TO VENTISQUEROS VALLEY / LAS BANDURRIAS ISLAND
After breakfast, you will have a brief lake-crossing before the full-day riding adventure. Once you are confident on your saddle, you will set off to Rio Pueblo (approx. 2 hours). During your ride, you will pass several self-sufficient farms surrounded by large mountains. You will also be able to admire the Andean forests and their ancient trees, rivers and waterfalls. As you approach Rio Pueblo, you will encounter the hanging bridge which connects the locals from isolated valley to the main towns. Upon arrival at Ventisqueros Valley you will enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back.
Day 4 BANDURRIAS ISLAND / PUERTO VARAS
After breakfast, you will have your final lake crossing towards the north side of Las Rocas Lake. Upon reaching La Colina Farm, a private transfer will be waiting to take you across Llanada Grande, before your ferry across Lake Tague Tagua. Once the crossing has been completed, you will stop for lunch in the cosy town of Rio Puelo. En-route, you will be able to admire the Reloncavi Fjord, surrounding forests, volcanoes and snow-capped mountain before a brief stop in Cochambo to soak up some of their culture. Finally, you will resume your journey back to Puerto Varas; don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Osorno, Calbuco, and Puntiagudo Volcanoes which can be seen on a clear day all along the Llanquihue Lake.
This package includes all the services outlined above, transfers in/out, full board accommodation, pack-horses and saddle-horses, jet motorboat, local guides, tour leader, VHF radio & communication equipment.