Southern Trips
Southern Trips: Ecotourism in the chilean Andes
Chile - Argentina
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Physical Demand: Moderate
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Description: During your stay in South America, get to the frontier by one original way: on horseback.

This ride will let you in Paso el Leon, 113km from Bariloche.

Live the adventure and discover the native forest of the Lake district and the beauty of its nature.

A packhorse will carry up your gear, your only aim will be to have a good time. Prepare yourself to follow, during five days, the footsteps of huasos and gauchos who have been using this path for more than 150 years in order to sell their livestock.

Chile-Argentina, a fantastique crusade joining deux important South American countries.
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Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas, Puerto Montt Cochamo / Puerto Varas

Day 1 :
After an introduction on the ride and our horses, we leave Cochamó following the sea and the Cochamó river.
After 3 hours, we lunch at the Piedra river.
The ride continues in the valdivian forest before arriving to an open space in the middle of the granite mountains.
Dinner and night at the Refugio.

Day 2 :
After the breakfast, when the horses are saddled, we cross the Cochamó river. We keep riding through the rainforest, crossing rivers and open spaces. We have a rest for lunch before watching Alerces, 3000 year old trees.
Dinner and night at the public refugio of the Arco.

Day 3 :
The road becomes steeper today, we will be in the middle of the Cordillera, under a dense forest. We will have breakfast on Grande Lake (Lago Grande) beach, and then continue until the El Arco Shelter where you will be able to find trees that are over 3000 years old. El Arco has gotten its name from a naturally formed arc of rocks that towers over a waterfall. Dinner and night by a campfire in the shelter.

Day 4 :
Direction Torrentoso. Reaching our destination, we will meet real huasos and well be able to set up camp beside a stream of crystal clear water. A small hike will guide us to some rock paintings that very few people have had the privilege to see. Dinner by campfire and a night under a tent.

Day 5 :
To arrive to the village of el Leónn, we follow the Manso river until we arrive to the first meadows, which indicate the beginning of el Leon. Vegetation starts changing and so do the mountains. We will have lunch together before saying "good bye" in front of the frontier Chile-Argentina.

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