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Chile - Argentina

4 nights, 5 days for 565,000 pesos (~US$940) per person

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difficulty:   moderate
length:   4 nights, 5 days
highlights:   breath-taking Yosemite-like valley, mountain lakes including the huge Lago Vidal, 2000-year-old alerce trees

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This is an icredible way to cross - in either direction - the Argentine-Chilean border by horse or/and supported by packhorses. Once you pass throught valleys and mountan passes, you can catch a transfer to Bariloche or El Bolson. During five days you will also experience the 200-year old history of this old international crossing, learning its history and living some of its traditions.

 
step by step

1°:

 

Cochamó - La Junta

 

After an introduction on the ride and our horses, we leave Cochamo following the sea and the Cochamo 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. We'll have dinner and sleep in an incredible lodge.
 

2°:

 

La Junta - El Arco

 

After the breakfast, when the horses are saddled, we cross the Cochamo 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.
 

3°:

 

El Arco - Lago Vidal

 

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.
 

4°:

 

Vidal - Torrentoso : Direction Torrentoso

 

Reaching our destination, we will hang out with local cowboys and then 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.
 

5°:

 

Torrentoso - Paso el León, Argentina

 

To arrive to the village of el Leï¿Â½n, 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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