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

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Overview

This staggering voyage takes you through the virgin region of the Patagonian Andes, crossing different landscapes, immersed in two countries along the mountain chain. Discover the Río Puelo valley. You will come across the enchanted Island of Las Bandurrias – a dream location During these four days; you will feel the sensation of remoteness, the warmth of the local traditions with exquisite meals. Come to explore the secret and pristine crossing between Argentina and Chile.

Of note:

--The minimum capacity is two (2) passengers, and the maximum is ten (10).

--This trip can be done starting in Bariloche, Argentina and ending in Puerto Varas, Chile.

--The trip starts in Puerto Varas, Chile the closest airport to Puerto Varas is the Puerto Montt (PMC) airport, located 30 minutes to the south. The PMC airport offers connections to the Santiago (SCL) airport.

--The trip ends in Bariloche, Argentina the closest airport to Bariloche is the Bariloche (BRC) airport, 20 minutes to the east. The BRC airport offers connections to the Buenos Aires (EZE or AEP) airport.

--The Isla Bandurrias Crossing: all guides are WFR (Wild First Responder)certified. Local “huasos” (Chilean cowboys) are there to help as well, especially for carrying luggage via horse.

--The qualified staff on Isla Bandurrias are provided with safety equipment including a portable radio with available connections to radio networks; in case of emergencies they have access to direct telephone lines through this 2-way radio.

--Life jackets are provided for river and lake crossings. International adventure tourism insurance is used but clients are obliged to have their own travel insurance that covers them for such activities.

--A valid passport document is needed for both Argentina and Chile. Australians and Canadians are required to pay a reciprocity fee before entering Argentina.

--Passengers cannot bring any type of rigid cases, such as a square suitcase, instead a good quality duffel bag with strong zips will do.

--Pack comfortable trousers, waterproof pants, fleece, jacket, hat, some warm pairs of sock, sun block, insect repellent, personal medicines, flashlight and good trekking shoes. Using plastic bags as waterproof storage for your items is a great way to keep things dry in the case of rain.

--From mid-December to late January, horseflies are abundant through the whole southern part of Chile and Argentina. They will not harm you but are a nuisance and are attracted to dark clothing.

WHEN TO GO: September-April

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Transfer from Puerto Varas to Isla Bandurrias
  • DAY 2: Full Day Trekking near Azul Lake
  • DAY 3: Full Day Horseback Riding through Río Puelo
  • DAY 4: Trekking / Transfer from Isla Bandurrias to Bariloche (border crossing)

Highlights

  • Trekking
  • Boating
  • Horseback riding
  • Chile + Argentina
  • Bariloche (A)
  • El Bolsón (A)
  • Isla Bandurrias (C)
  • Cochamó (C)
  • Puerto Varas (C)
  • Private Island
  • Patagonia
  • Lakes District

LOCATIONS: Lakes District, Argentina, Chile

ACTIVITIES: Easy Hiking

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