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Trekking Chile:
Ruta de los Arrieros Trekking Week

Follow the "Trail of the Neighbors " by trekking Chile's famous Futaleufu River Valley. Our expedition trip departs from near the little town of Futaleufu and takes you to our Eco Camp Tres Monjas located at the confluence of the Futaleufu and Azul rivers. This is a circumnavigation of the Teta peak along side the Espolon lake. You will experience deep immersion of the Patagonia culture at a few remote ranches where we stay.


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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 8:00 am the next morning.

Day 3 Sunday: Three lakes trek to Lago Las Rosas
After crossing the border into Chile and arriving in the alpine village of Futaleufu, we'll begin our trek from town. We set off on a beautiful trail nestled between two Mountains headed towards two remote lakes. The first section of this hike is uphill, leading us to outrageously beautiful vistas from which we'll have the opportunity to snap some pictures and fully enjoy our pristine surroundings. Upon reaching the lakes, we'll have a rare and fantastic view of Cerro Teta, one of the highest peaks in the Futaleufu Valley. Nearing the end of the today's trek, we will reach the Lago Las Rosas to a small off the grid ranch, a true Patagonia experience. This is much more spectacular than anything available in the National Parks as this area is rarely visited by travelers. This is going back in time. You can only get here by horse, boat, or by foot. We will check into our accommodations and have a tour of the humble Patagonian ranch. Your visit here will be like peeking into life from another era. Enjoy the Patagonian culture as few ever do. This is classic Chile horseback riding that few ever experience!

Day 4: Monday: Trek Las Rosas to Settlement of Espolon
We have a late breakfast and we start our trek to the Ranch of the Grandmother of our hosts on Lago Las Rosas. They reside in the small settlement of Espolon. We cross a stream of pristine pure water coming off a remote mountain that defines the border of Chile and Argentina just a few kilometers away as the crow flies. We then climb through a thick forest to an overview of the Lago Espolon Valley we drop down into the espolon valley.

Day 5: Tuesday: Trek to Irmas Ranch along the upper Espolon
After waking up in a true Patagonian remote ranch we will have breakfast and begin our day of trekking by crossing a pristine mountain stream that flows directly from the surrounding high mountain peaks. This high alpine stream defines the border between Chile and Argentina. Our day will take us through a protected Coyhue forest as we build elevation on our way over a mountain pass that overlooks the Lago Espolon drainage. We will work our way over the pass and down towards Lago Espolon to our next remote ranch to be greeted by our host Seniora Irma Gallardo. After a long day of riding through the Patagonian back country we will have some time to relax and unwind before having a traditional Chilean dinner.

Day 6: Wednesday: Trek to Nestor's Cabin
Today we wake early and depart on a beautiful trek to the Espolon Village. Part of what makes today special is waking up on Lago Las Rosas and trekking to Lago Espolon. This journey will take us lade side through enchanted forests and dramatic landscapes. We take our time today to really enjoy the remote water front beaches and pristine back country before arriving at one of the nicest traditional ranches on Lago Espolon. Nestor's Ranch is a comfortable, traditional Patagonia working ranch. He will welcome us with Chilean hospitality and spectacular food. After a day on the trail you will have the evening to relax and surely enjoy yourself as a true Patagonian Hauso.

Day 7: Thursday: Trek/Climb up the Cerro Teta Climb return to our lodging on our lake
The trail up Cerro Teta is not for the faint hearted, this is a rugged trail with an extraordinary reward. The time of the year will determine how high we can get on the peak. Incredible views of the Patagonian Andes. For those that want to rest we have a rest day in an incredible location at the lakeside cabin.

Day 8: Friday: Day Trek to Devil's Throat Cascade Drive to Trevelin
We will depart early in the morning for our trek along the far side of the lake with more unbelievable views of Cerro Teta. Today's trek takes us to the end of the lake, where the Espolon drains through a narrow, boulder-choked canyon with extreme force. The charging, violent cascade formed is called "The Devil's Throat" or "La Garganta del Diablo." Here we will be picked up and transferred to Trevelin Argentina.

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 you hotel to the bus station in Esquel for the trip to Bariloche and your flight back to Beunos Aires. A private transfer can be arranaged 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

Remote Ranches

Price per Person: $2195.00 USD
 

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: November to May
Experience Needed: Ease with different kinds of weather helpful
Physical Challenge: Moderate
Cultural Experience: High
Nature Experience: Maximum
Comfort Rating: High
Max Trip Size: 16
Min Trip Size: 2
Region Visited: Futaleufu River Valley Lakes and Rivers
Lakes, Rivers, Sites Visited: Rio Espolon, Lago Espolon, Lago Loncanao, Rio Azul, Futaleufu, Escalas Valley, Futaleufu Village.
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Ruta de los Arrieros - Lite

A shortened version of our Futaleufu Valley week. This trip coincides with the Futaleufu Valley trekking trip.

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 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: Village of Futaleufu to Remote Lago Las Rosas
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 meet your guides and gear up for an exciting cultural adventure in the remote Patagonian wilderness. We will head out of the village along the Rio Espolon, soon  a tributary comes in the Noreste. Here we start up the Noreste valley as we climb up a steep incline to a high valley with a series of pristine turquoise lakes. You will experience incredible views with the peak Cerra Teta in the background. We arrive at a small off the grid ranch on Lago las Rosas. You will be spending a night in a rustic Patagonia ranch house on the lake. It is off the grid and it is  a cultural opportunity that could well be a highlight of your trip to Patagonia. Enjoy the Patagonian culture as few ever do.

Day 4 Monday: Lago Las Rosas to the Upper Espolon river
We will depart early in the morning for our trek near from the ranch and cross a pure crystal clear creek coming from the high Andes that defines the border with Argentina. After the stream we ride uphill through a old growth forrest up to a pass that gives us a stunning view of the mountains and lakes. We descend in to the upper Espolon valley and stop at hour host Irma whose ranch house we spend the  night.  Behind the ranch house is the upper Espolon river which is good for fishing.

Day 5 Tuesday: Trek the forest along  the shore of Lago Espolon
Today we trek pass the small settlement of Espolon visiting an the off the grid school and a small church surrounded by remote ranches. We soon arrive at the Espolon lake which we will see through the woods occasionally as we ride. At the end of the day we stop at a beautiful homestead half way down the lake. Here we will stay in our cushest  accommodations of the trip, log lake side cabins next to a gravel beach.  The view across the lake is to the high snow capped mountains in a complete wilderness area that is rarely accessed by humans.

Day 6 Wednesday: Trek from the cabins to the end of the Lake and the waterfall.
From Nestors we have a five hour trek to the end of the lake. Where we can visit the powerfall waterfalls that define the exit of the lake. The Espolon river as it depart the lake rips down the mountain to a lower valley. We then trek back to the village of Futaleufu along the Espolon river. We arrive in the late afternoon around 6 pm. Our vehicles will be waiting to take you to the border and where you will meet your taxi for a ride to Trevelin.  Check into your hotel, take a shower and change clothes before enjoying your last night in ting week of horseback riding.

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:

Remote Ranches

Eco Camp Campo Tres Monjas Tents

Price per Person: $1595.00 USD
 

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 trip, guiding, instruction, activity equipment, local transportation, shuttles, all meals, wine with dinner, acomodations at our eco-camps, cabins, ranches or lodges, while on your trip. We offer a free pick up on Sunday mornings at 9 am in Trevelin at your hotel, and drop off to your hotel in Trevelin, Argentina on Fridays at 9 pm. See the packing list of your activity, for the specific clothing that is required.

Not Included: Transportation to and from your home town, and your accommodations and meals in Trevelin Argentina or alternate trip pick up point. You can reserve and prepay on the web your transport from your final air destination, to and from your pick up-drop off point before and after your trip, or you can direct us to charge your visa card and do it for you. We higly recommended having exchile make hotel reserves in Trevelin. (room capacity in this small village is limited). 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: November to May
Experience Needed: Familiarity with camping helpful
Physical Challenge: Moderate
Cultural Experience: High
Nature Experience: Maximum
Comfort Rating:  High
Max Trip Size: 16
Min Trip Size: 2
Region Visited: Futaleufu River Valley, Patagonia Chile
Lakes, Rivers, Sites Visited: Pacific Ocean, Chaiten, Rio Espolon, Futaleufu, Escalas Valley, Futaleufu Village
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Other Trekking Chile options include: Trekking Patagonia in the Futaleufu Valley Lodge , Trekking Chile's Route of the Cowboys, Torres del Paine Trekking Tours , FitzRoy Trekking Vacations . We also offer two weeklong Futaleufu, Cerro FitzRoy and Torres del Paine combination trips: Trekking in Patagonia: Torres del Paine and Futaleufu Combo , Chile Trekking: Trekking FitzRoy & Futaleufu Combo , Patagonia Trekking: Trekking in Torres del Paine & FitzRoy. For further information see our Trekking in Chile FAQs

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