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Horseback Riding in Chile:
Futaleufu Riding Week
Patagonia
Chile

This is a series of 6 spectacular one day horseback rides through ,rivers, old growth forests, mountain overlooks of the pristine and remote Futaleufu River Valley. Each day you are exposed to Patagonia nature in its wild splendor, pristine rivers and exotic forests and Condors. Each night you return to your comfortable cabin at eco-camp Tres Monjas or our luxury CondorNest ranch beautifully located in a mountain meadow in the Andes. Cocktails and meals are prepared. You have the choice of which rides you want to do and you will experience the Chilean equestrian culture in pristine nature without sacrificing comfort. Grab your Spanish phrase book and lets go!

Slide Show, Interactive Map, Video, 3-D Trip Tour

This cultural and natural experience can not be matched anywhere. The location of where you are staying is more than part of the fun. This trip is the REAL DEAL, a trip back in time. The valley contains lots of exciting history from the days the pioneers settled there and many are still alive. As your horseback riding vacation progresses you will realize that you are getting to understand this remote section of Patagonia and its amazing people.

Day by Day:

Day 1 Friday: Depart your home town:
Fly to Miami and connect on an over night flight to Buenos Aires Argentina. Welcome to the warmth of the Southern Hemisphere in summer.

Day 2 Saturday: Travel to Trevelin, Patagonia Argentina
Early morning arrival in Buenos Aires, change airports and catch another flight to Bariloche, or Esquel, Argentina. From Bariloche, a luxury bus will take you on a beautiful drive along the Patagonian lakes and mountains to Esquel. If you fly direct to Esquel, you can arrive in Trevelin with some time to enjoy the area. Trevelin, Argentina is a charming mountain village gateway just 45 minutes from Futaleufu River in Chile. Trevelin is serviced by ground transport (Bus or private taxi) from the Jet ports in Bariloche (4 hrs) or Esquel (40 min). Check into a hotel in this charming village and walk to one of several superb restaurants. Unwind, relax, and get a good nights sleep before the start of you trip 9:00 am the next morning.


Day 3 Sunday: Ride to Benedicto's Ranch on the Futaleufu

After a relaxing night's sleep at a hotel in the quaint Welch town of Trevelin deep in Patagnia Argentina, we begin this exciting trip with a quick shuttle across the Chilean/Argentinean border and into the Futaleufu Valley. Upon arrival in Futaleufu, we will walk to our local ranch for an introduction to the art of horseback riding in Patagonia and the Chilean Corralero horse. We will also introduce you to the Chilean saddles and tack make sure all fits well and that your mount is suitable. We begin the first ride by heading downstream through green rolling hills and ranch land. Within several miles we enter a deep black rock gorge. Our trail is cut into the side of the canyon, giving a bird's eye view of the restless, radiant turquoise Futaleufu River below. Several miles later the gorge opens into the remote Las Escalas Valley. We will ride across this enchanting valley and enter an old growth, temperate forest of Coigue trees. Coming out of the forest, The ride leads us to a 136-acre working ranch set deep in the forest, overlooking the river valley below. Apart from the spectacular views, this self sustainable ranch, without road access or electricity is a marvel in its own right. There, you will be greeted by our host at a rustic wood crafted ranch that functions completely off the grid. You will get the full tour around the ranch, before sitting down to a feast of traditional Chilean cuisine. After dinner you can watch the owner spin his own wool and browse through his hand made products, before settling into your comfortable sleeping quarters. Enjoy a warm night's sleep in comfortable, homemade beds as you look forward to a bountiful breakfast and your ride to camp the following morning.

Day 4 Monday: Riding down the Futaleufu - to Campo Tres Monjas
After a full breakfast, say goodbye to your Chilean hosts as we ready for the second part of our Futaleufu Valley riding week. The Futaleufu Valley trail continues downstream, rejoining the Futaleufu River. You will be able to ride to an overlook of the powerful Class V "Throne Room" rapid. This Class V + rapid is a whitewater power storm blasting through a narrowing in the canyon walls. After viewing this maelstrom from a cliff above, we will have lunch on a gravel beach on the side of a huge calm pool below with excellent fishing. The trail continues with beautiful green meadows and spectacular vistas of the rugged mountains. We arrive at perhaps the climax of beauty at the confluence of the Rio Azul and Rio Futaleufu. Here under the gaze of the Tres Monjas (Three Nuns) peak we will enjoy the beach before settling into the luxurious Condor Nest. White sand beaches welcome us after we cross the Azul in tandem canoes. We will have the option to enjoy the sauna, hot showers, masseuse and sit-down dining. Horseback riding in Chile doesn't get better than this!

Day 5 Tuesday: Riding - To the Terminator Rapid
Today you can choose how far you want to ride. You will ride downstream through open meadows looking down on the Futaleufu River. Our destination is the Terminator Rapid where we can enjoy lunch on spot worn smooth by rapids from the river. Here you will get to see one of the best waves for surfing on the river, and perhaps even have a demonstration from a passing kayaker. The power and beauty of this river will awaken your primal energies and put you in the mood for more adventures. After a relaxing picnic, we will head back to Campo Tres Monjas for another fantastic meal.

Day 6 Wednesday: Horseback - Ride to behind the Tres Monjas Spires

Wake up for early morning ride with a crossing of the Futaleufu River on a swinging bridge. Prepare for a strong uphill ride towards a high ranch with spellbinding views of the Azul and Futaleufu River Valleys below. Arriving at the ranch you will be reminded of the story book fantasy, Heidi, complete with the massive Tres Monjas Spires in the background. We cross a stream and an enter old growth forests and into a valley with a stunning view of the Tres Monjas peak from the backside. We can see the border with Argentina on a nearby ridge line. We can return to our Eco-camp in time to enjoy some free time on the beach, or continue slightly higher.



Day 7 Thursday: Ride to an overlook of the Rio Azul Valley
Today we'll head out this morning after saddling up to a great overlook Tonight, we are pulling out all the stops with a huge asado or open spit gill. We'll enjoy a fantastic last night at the camp with drinks, dinner on the beach (weather permitting) and outstanding company.

Day 8 Friday: Ride to Lago Lanconao/Border to Trevelin, Argentina
Awake this morning and enjoy the last breakfast in Futaleufu! Today we'll get all of our luggage packed up before the trip's last ride. We horseback ride toward the backside of Lago Lonconao through the spectacular glacier ringed Rio Azul Valley, arguably the climax of beauty in the valley. Here we will ride down along the Rio Azul towards the backside of Lago Loncanao. This ride is spectacular; beautiful vistas and no inhabitants...everything you imagine when picturing Patagonia! Our vehicles will be waiting at the end of today's trek. Our luggage will join us as we make our way toward the border on our way to Trevelin. Check into your hotel, take a shower and change clothes before enjoying your last night in Patagonia. There are a handful of outstanding and reasonably priced restaurants in Trevelin that we can recommend. Relax, recover and look back on the exciting week of trekking before heading back the following morning.


Day 9 Saturday: Return to Capital City
Depending on your connections, you are now are in Argentina ready for an early departure in a cab from your hotel to the bus station in Esquel for the trip to Bariloche and your flight back to Beunos Aires. A private transfer can be arranged direct from your hotel to the airport in Bariloche. If you have a flight from Esquel you have the morning to enjoy and buy gifts in Trevelin before your 2 pm flight to Buenos Aires and the connection back to your home country.


Day 10 Sunday: Return home

Accomodations:

Eco Camp Campo Tres Monjas

CondorNest

Price per Person: $2295.00 USD - At Tres Monjas Eco Camp
Price per Person: $3495.00 USD - At Private CondorNest Ranch /With Private Chef

Special Flexibilities: Exchile will be flexible to make your trip a total success. The actual program for your custom trip mayl vary according to the desires and skill level of your group, weather, or other factors. Patagonia has constantly changing weather patterns that might affect what day is best for a certain activity. If a certain part of your trip is not possible due to danger risks and weather extremes, our experienced guide staff will work with you to figure out the best possible option to substitute for the weather complications. If you have any concerns, please feel free to ask us more about the situations and what is guaranteed on the trip.

Included:Your described trip, guiding, instruction, activity equipment, local transportation, shuttles, all meals, wine with dinner, accommodations at our eco-camps, cabins, ranches or lodges, from your trip pick up point to your trip drop off point. See the packing list of your activity, for the specific clothing that is required.

Not Included: En-route transportation, lodging, and food from your home town to the border with Chile and Argentina or other trip pick-up point. Laundry services, massage, additional alcohol are available but not included. You can reserve on our web page a pre-trip and post-trip hotel in Trevelin that includes the shared transfer to and from the border.

You can also ask our travel agent to prepay private ground transports between airport and from the airport to Trevelin, for an additional charge. Expediciones Chile is not financially responsible for your travel complications getting to your trip pick up point and from the drop off point, HOWEVER, we will be relentless allies in offering our services to help solve any issues that you may encounter.

 
Season: Nov 15 to April 15
Experience Needed: Familiarity with horses helps
Physical Challenge: Moderate
Cultural Experience: Moderate
Nature Experience: High
Comfort Rating:  High
Max Trip Size: 10
Min Trip Size: 2
Region Visited: Remote Patagonia Chile and Argentina
Lakes, Rivers, Sites Visited:Futaleufu river, Rio Azul, Rio Espolon, Lago Lonconao, Lago Esplon, Secret Lagoon, Campo Tres Monjas, Futaleufu Chile, Trevelin Argentina.
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Futaleufu Riding Week Lite (4 days)

This is a series of 4 spectacular one day horseback rides through ,rivers, old growth forests, mountain overlooks of the pristine and remote Futaleufu River Valley. Each day you are exposed to Patagonia nature in its wild splendor, pristine rivers and exotic forests and Condors. Each night you return to your comfortable cabin at eco-camp Tres Monjas or our luxury CondorNest ranch in a mountain meadow in the Andes. Cocktails and meals are prepared. You have the choice of which rides you want to do. You will experience the Chilean equestrian culture in pristine nature without sacrificing comfort. Grab your Spanish phrase book and get ready for the cultural adventure of a lifetime!

Slide Show, Interactive Map, Video, 3-D Trip Tour

This cultural and natural experience can not be matched anywhere. The location of where you are staying is more than part of the fun. This trip is the REAL DEAL, a trip back in time. The valley contains lots of exciting history from the days the pioneers settled there and many are still alive. As your horseback riding vacation progresses you will realize that you are getting to understand this remote section of Patagonia and its amazing people.

Day by Day:

Day 1 Friday: Depart your home town:
Fly on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires Argentina.  Welcome to the warmth of the Southern Hemisphere in summer.




Day 2 Saturday: Travel to Trevelin, Patagonia Argentina
Early morning arrival in Buenos Aires, change airports and connect with a flight to Esquel, Argentina.  Take a taxi (45 minutes) to Trevelin, Argentina, a charming mountain village gateway just 45 minutes from the border and the Futaleufu River in Chile.  Check into the hotel Casa de Piedra and walk to one of several superb restaurants. Unwind, relax, and get a good nights sleep.


Day 3 Sunday: Ride to Benedicto's Ranch

After a relaxing night's sleep at a hotel in the quaint Welch town of Trevelin deep in Patagnia Argentina, we begin this exciting trip with a quick shuttle across the Chilean/Argentinean border and into the Futaleufu Valley.  Upon arrival in Futaleufu, we will walk to our local ranch for an introduction to the art of horseback riding in Patagonia and the Chilean Corralero horse. We will also introduce you to the Chilean saddles and tack make sure all fits well and that your mount is suitable.  We begin the first ride by heading downstream through green rolling hills and ranch land. Within several miles we enter a deep black rock gorge. Our trail is cut into the side of the canyon, giving a bird’s eye view of the restless, radiant turquoise Futaleufu River below. Several miles later the gorge opens into the remote Las Escalas Valley. We will ride across this enchanting valley and enter an old growth, temperate forest of Coigue trees.  Coming out of the forest, The ride leads us to a 136-acre working ranch set deep in the forest, overlooking the river valley below. Apart from the spectacular views, this self sustainable ranch, without road access or electricity is a marvel in its own right. There, you will be greeted by our host at a rustic wood crafted ranch that functions completely off the grid.  You will get the full tour around the ranch, before sitting down to a feast of traditional Chilean cuisine. After dinner you can watch the owner spin his own wool and browse through his hand made products, before settling into your comfortable sleeping quarters.

Day 4 Monday: Ride to Huemul National Reserve to the Tres Monjas Eco-Camp
After a full breakfast, say goodbye to your Chilean hosts as we ready for the next part of our Futaleufu Valley riding week.  This Patagonia riding day takes us upstream to a charming valley that contains the endangered Huemul; a small deer like animal that resembles the fabled jackelope of the American intermountain west. This animal is rarer that any species will encounter while trekking in Torres del Paine. In order to protect its dwindling numbers, the Republic of Chile has created a National Reserve in this spectacular valley. The Futaleufu National Reserve, managed by CONAF, boasts a surface area of 12,065 hectares (28,956 acres). It was created to protect the Chilean cedar tree species (Austrocedrus chilensis) and the Huemul (Hipocalemus bisulcus). The reserve is completely undeveloped except for the signs announcing your entry into the protected area. It is a rare treat to spot one of these endangered animals. After a full day of riding we finish at the Tres Monjas Eco-Camp to enjoy a warm night's sleep in comfortable, homemade beds as you look forward to a bountiful breakfast and your ride to camp the following morning.

Day 5 Tuesday: Riding - To the Terminator Rapid
Today you can choose how far you want to ride. You will ride downstream through open meadows looking down on the Futaleufu River. Our destination is the Terminator Rapid where we can enjoy lunch on spot made smooth rapids by the river. Here you will get to see one of the best waves for surfing on the river, and perhaps even have a demonstration from a passing kayaker. The power and beauty of this river is will awaken your primal energies and put you in the mood for more adventures. After a relaxing picnic, we will head back to Campo Tres Monjas another fantastic meal.

Day 6 Wednesday: Ride to Lago Lonconao/Border to Trevelin, Argentina

Awake this morning and enjoy the last breakfast in Futaleufu!  Today we'll get all of our luggage packed up before the trip's last ride. We horseback ride toward the backside of Lago Lonconao through the spectacular glacier ringed Rio Azul Valley, arguably the climax of beauty in the valley. Here we will ride down along the Rio Azul towards the backside of Lago Loncanao.  This ride is spectacular; beautiful vistas, all but no inhabitants...everything you imagine when picturing Patagonia! Our vehicles will be waiting at the end of today's trek.  Our luggage will join us as we make our way toward the border on our way to Trevelin.  Check into your hotel, take a shower and change clothes before enjoying your last night in Patagonia.  There are a handful of outstanding and reasonably priced restaurants in Trevelin that we can recommend.  Relax, recover and look back on the exciting week of horseback riding before heading back the following morning.



Day 7 Thursday: Return to Capital City
You wake up in Argentina, there is plenty of time for breakfast and relaxation before you take taxi from you hotel to the airport in Esquel.  back to Beunos Aires and connect on to an international flight to your home country.  If you are departing to Bariloche you can pick up a morning bus from Esquel or arrange a private transfer direct from your hotel.

Day 8 Friday: Return home

Accomodations:

Eco Camp Campo Tres Monjas

CondorNest Ranch

Price per Person : $1530.00 USD Eco-Campo Tres Monjas
Single Supplement: $2299.00 USD Private CondorNest Ranch/Private Chef
   

Special Flexibilities: Exchile will be flexible to make your trip a total success. The actual program for your custom trip will vary according to the desires and skill level of your group, weather, or other factors. Patagonia has constantly changing weather patterns that might affect what day is best for a certain activity. If a certain part of your trip is not possible due to danger risks and weather extremes, our experienced guide staff will work with you to figure out the best possible option to substitute for the weather complications. If you have any concerns, please feel free to ask us more about the situations and what is guaranteed on the trip.

Included: Your described itinerary activities, guiding, instruction, activity equipment, transportation and shuttles for all scheduled activities, all meals, wine with dinner, all accommodations as described in your itinerary from your trip pick up point and through to your drop off point after the trip. See the packing list of your activity, for the specific clothing that is required for you to bring.

Not Included:
All en-route transportation, food, pre-trip hotel(s) from your home town to your trip pick up point.
All en-route transportation, food, lodging, post-trip hotel(s) from your trip drop off point back to your home town.

On your trip you should have no extra expenses unless you are desiring, laundry services, massage, or additional alcohol beyond what is included. If you want to add activities that are not options on your itinerary we are flexible however, these add on or extra activities may be subject to an additional charge if not previously listed or scheduled.

How to organize your En-route in one step: We can have Gilda (G & G Travel and Tours) our recommended travel agent arrange all en-route transportation, pre and post trip hotels for your exchile trip or trips. Give her a call and compare prices. She often beats internet fares.

Expediciones Chile and G & G Travel and Tours are not financially responsible for your travel complications getting to your trip pick up point and from the trip drop off point, HOWEVER, we will be relentless allies 24/7 in offering our influence to help solve any issues that you may encounter in route. This is our part of the world and we are well connected. Our clients provide significant business for the transportation services we recommended, they work with us and they know that we aggressively represent our guests in finding solutions while they are in route to exchile trips. We recommend purchasing travel insurance.

 
Season: Nov 15 to April 15
Experience Needed: None Familiarity helpful
Physical Challenge: Moderate high
Cultural Experience: Maximum
Nature Experience: Maximum
Comfort Rating:  High
Max Trip Size: 6
Min Trip Size: 2
Region Visited: Remote Patagonia Chile and Argentina
Lakes, Rivers, Sites Visited: Futaleufu river, Rio Azul, Rio Espolon, Lago Lonconao, Lago Esplon, Secret Lagoon, Campo Tres Monjas, Futaleufu Chile, Trevelin Argentina.
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