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4-Day Lakes District: Andean Crossing from Puerto Varas to Bariloche

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Day 1 : Transfer from Puerto Varas to Isla Bandurrias

Visiting: Isla Bandurrias

The trip starts when your private transfer picks you up from your hotel in Puerto Varas. The transfer will take you to the east where there will be some beautiful views of the Reloncaví fjord and the traditional little town of Cochamó with its wood church. We will have a delicious picnic lunch at the shore of the Tagua Tagua lake and then sail the lake for 45 minutes. After the ferry, the road will slow down inside the Puelo Valley, to amaze and delight you. Once you arrive to La Colina Farm, pack horses will be waiting to carry the luggage. We will walk for about 40 minutes on easy terrain until we reach Las Rocas Lake. After a short motorboat ride, you will arrive at Las Bandurrias Island. Here you will enjoy tea time with homemade cakes and cookies. You can also walk around the island or go for a swim. Timing: 4-hour private transfer (several stops to take some pictures) / 40-minute walk / 10-minute motorboat to Las Bandurrias Island

  • Meals: LD
  • Luxury Lodging: Isla Bandurrias Cabin

Day 2 : Full Day Trekking near Azul Lake

Visiting: Isla Bandurrias

This morning we will enjoy visiting the Azul Lake with its crystal-clear waters and abundant fish life. The majestic peaks and stunning landscapes will not escape your attention! Our trek follows deep and straight passes into the forest along the mountains, which will take us to the south part of this lake. We will pass through the typical cold jungle, Valdivian-type rainforest with its ancient “Alerce” trees as well as other local “giants” such as the “Coihue” and “Arrayanes” (the cold tree). After a picnic lunch on the lake’s shore in the afternoon, we will return back to the Island to enjoy the rest of the evening there. Timing: 30-minute motorboat Las Rocas Lake / 2 hour walk up to Lake Azul / 2 hours back to take the boat that will take us to the Island in 30 minutes

  • Meals: BLD
  • Luxury Lodging: Isla Bandurrias Cabin

Day 3 : Full Day Horseback Riding through Río Puelo

Visiting: Isla Bandurrias

This morning we will set off, once you feel comfortable in your saddle, on horseback toward Río Puelo. The path crosses along self-suff icient farms surrounded by big mountains. We will have the possibility of enjoy different sceneries, from clean agricultural farms to trails insight t he deep Andes forest with ancient trees, fast rivers, waterfalls and wilderness. About two hours later we will arrive at the amazing Río Puelo hanging bridge which brings locals the possibility of connecting isolated valleys with the main towns. The river has a unique turquoise color and draw incredible canyons and open beaches in its way down to the Pacific Ocean. We will continue to Ventisqueros Valley where we will make a stop to enjoy our lunch. In the afternoon, we will head back to Bandurrias Island. Timing:20-minute motorboat ride (round-trip) / 6 hours horseback riding

  • Meals: BLD
  • Luxury Lodging: Isla Bandurrias Cabin

Day 4 : Trekking / Transfer from Isla Bandurrias to Bariloche (border crossing)

Visiting: Bariloche

After breakfast, we have a half-hour hike to the Chilean Mountain Police Station to cross the border officially. The Station is located on a hill from which we will be able to see the Inferior Lake and the beginning of the Puelo River. Our hike continues along the Inferior Lake, on the same path once used by the pioneers on their way to Argentina. After about four more hours we will reach Argentina, where a jet boat will be waiting to take us to Lago Puelo National Park’s dock. From there, a minibus will take us to the city of Bariloche, stopping only for lunch in the town of El Bolsón. Timing: 4 hours of trekking / 30 minutes on jet boat / ½ hour private transfer from Lago Puelo to El Bolsón

  • Meals: BL

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