(Optional Easter Island Visit)
- Scenic boat rides on Lago Plomo and Lago Bertrand
- Wonderfully equipped ranch and guesthouse facilities
- Hike to Cordon Contreras Mountain Range with visit to glacier ice fields
- Fly fishing in pristine streams and rivers
- Horseback riding to the glacial ice of the Northern Patagonia Ice Fields
- Glacier ice walks and witness glacial ice falls
- Camping along the Soler and Cacho Rivers
- Whitewater rafting on Rio Baker
- Traditional Asado Parado (Traditional Chilean Barbeque)
- Optional non-technical ascent
- Optional Easter Island Visit
Set in some of the most amazing, pristine scenery found anywhere on earth, this exclusive trip is based at a privately owned ranch in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region. We arrive at the ranch by boat across Lago General Carrera, Chile's largest lake (and South America's second largest lake).
If you like hiking, horseback riding, river rafting, fishing, conversation around a campfire and exploring mysterious south pacific islands, then this trip is for you. With our flexible itineraries, we're able to make sure you spend your time participating in those activities you enjoy the most.
This trip is a wonderful blend of exploring, exercise and relaxation. For that wilderness explorer in all of us, we have included some camping allowing us to get to some even more remote areas while completing that true Patagonia experience sleeping under the stars. You'll be hiking and riding horseback through enchanted forests, along mountain ridges, rivers and lakes. We will travel to the glaciers of the Northern Patagonia Icefields. You'll have the choice of fishing for some of the largest rainbow trout (and other fish) that you've ever seen, hiking, or taking advantage of the experienced team at the ranch for some additional riding instruction.
You have the option of expanding your trip to travel across the distant waters of the south pacific to the mysterious Easter Island. Located approximately 2,360 miles off the coast of Chile, Easter Island has been the source of many puzzling questions about its' ancient settlers, where they came from and the gigantic stone statues spread around the island. We will explore this remote island gazing in amazement at the hundreds of statues found all over the island. We will even enjoy a wonderful picnic on the beach. Open to outside visitors for only the last 30 years, this is a wonderful way to complete your South American journey before heading home.
Days 1-2 Fly to Santiago and Balmaceda Chile, overnight in Puerto Rio Tranquilo
Days 3-4 Travel To Bertrand, Boat ride to ranch across Lago General Carrera. Horseback ride to terminal moraine and boat ride back to the ranch
Days 5-7 Alpine Trek, Camping, Glacier walks, optional non-technical ascent
Day 8 Rest day with optional hiking, fishing, horseback riding and other activities around the ranch
Days 9-11 Horseback to Soler and Cacho River valleys. Continue on to Northern Patagonia Icefields. Walks on the glacial ice. Return to ranch for traditional Chilean barbeque
Day 12 Rest day with optional hiking, fishing, horseback riding and other activities around the ranch
Days 13-14 River Rafting on the Rio Baker, picnic lunch, visit Grand Salton. Fishing, Day hike, Traditional Asado Parado
Days 15-16 Journey home begins with boat ride back across Lago General Carrera returning you to Balmaceda Airport
Note: Participants in the optional journey to Easter Island will depart from the ranch on Day 12
Days 12-13 Depart Ranch for Balmaceda, Santiago and Easter Island. Overnight in Santiago and arrive Easter Island mid-day. Island overview and tour Moai sites
Days 14-15 Visit Moai, quarry and archeological sites. Picnic on the beach at Hanga Oteo
Days 16-17 Depart Easter Island for Santiago and Journey home