A Signature Ride Crossing Mountain Passes through the Avellano Valley in Aysén


This signature horseback adventure offers everything you’d imagine in Northern Patagonia and is one of the most historical & traditional routes in this area. In the heart of the beautiful region of Aysén with its rich gaucho culture, ride along old horse and ox paths across mountain passes to the iconic Las Torres del Avellano through the remarkable Avellano Valley. Explore lush forests and the beautiful Andes from a true pioneer perspective. Spend your evenings in authentic puestos while enjoying traditional Patagonian asados – slow roasted lamb cooked over an open-fire. Explore the abandoned mining town of Puerto Cristal -a now declared national monument- along a historical tour of this quiet ghost town. This is an adventure that experienced horse riders will not want to miss!

• Slow Ride Along Historic Horse Trails
• Visit the Iconic Towers of Avellano
• Ride Alongside Chile´s Largest Lake
• Meet Local Gauchos – the True Pioneers of Patagonia!
• Experience Lush Forests with Stunning Valleys
• Visit Puerto Cristal – An Old Mining Town & Declared National Monument
• Enjoy Pristine Scenery, Wildlife, Flora & Fauna
• Visit the Marble Caves – 1 of Chile’s Top 10 Destinations to Visit
• Explore the Beautiful Region of Aysén Patagonia



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Day 0

Welcome Briefing at Hotel – Gear Review

After your national flight from Santiago to Balmaceda Airport, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Coyhaique to give you a briefing on the ride as well as time to organize your luggage and gear.

We’ll advise you how to pack for the trip and make sure there isn’t anything you have left behind!

Day 1

Transfer from Villa Cerro Castillo to Lake Alto – One Way Ride to Puesto Rabanal

  • 2 Hour Private Transfer
  • 6 Hours Slow Riding
  • Night Camping at Puesto Rabanal (BL-D)

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take a two hour car ride in to the mountains of Cerro Castillo to a farm near Lake Alto.

From here, your guides will introduce you to your horse and will prepare the pack horses for a late morning departure.

This ride begins on old ox and horse paths until the road becomes only a trail through a small mountain pass in the upper valley where few families live.

After a slow ride through the valley with unforgettable views, we arrive to Puesto Rabanal where we will make our first camp for the evening.

Dinner is shared around a campfire where we rest after a nice first day’s ride.

Day 2

Round-Trip Ride & Hike to Las Torres del Avellano

  • 2 Hour Slow Ride
  • 3 Hour Hike, 5 km / 3.1 mi
  • Night Camping at Puesto Rabanal (B-BL-BBQ)

Today we’ll pack up our horses for the day as we ride a few hours to the glacial lake and base of the Avellano Torres.

As the magnificent peaks come in to view, you’ll be amazed at the landscape and colors of the valley.

We’ll tie up the horses for lunch and hike up to the iconic lookout which rewards us with a 360 view of the mountains and surrounding lakes.

After lunch and hiking back down to the horses, we’ll hop back on for a ride back to our base camp where we enjoy an evening with our guide and gauchos as they prepare a delicious lamb asado!

Day 3

One-Way Ride through Avellano Valley

  • 7 Hours Slow Riding
  • Night at Private Family Farm(B-BL-BBQ)

Today is a long but beautiful ride, descending down from the mountain pass as we make our way through the iconic Avellano Valley.

We’ll ride through beautiful canyons and virgin forests, crossing rivers and making our way towards General Carrera Lake, the largest lake in Chile.

Our destination is a private family farm where we’ll set up our camp to rest and reflect on today’s sights and experience riding in the heart of Aysén.

Together we will prepare dinner before a well-deserved night of rest.

Day 4

One-Way Ride to General Carrera Lake

  • 5-6 Hours Slow Riding
  • Night Camping at lakeside farm (B-BL-D)

After a delicious breakfast, today we head out towards General Carrera Lake. Our first glimpse of Chile’s largest lake will be jaw dropping as we emerge from the forest to look out over the cliffs into the deep cobalt blue water.

We’ll ride along the coastal cliffs, and there may be sections where riders will dismount to allow the horses and riders safer passage through slippery slopes or narrow trails.

Our guides will help through any difficult terrain and are very knowledgeable and dependable.

We’ll finally descend from the cliffs and arrive at an abandoned lake side farm with a pristine place for camping.

Depending on the weather and terrain conditions, we can expect today’s ride to last 5-6 hours.

Day 5

One-Way Ride to Puerto Cristal

  • 3.5 Hours Slow Riding
  • Night at Puerto Cristal Guest Home (B-BL-D)

Today is one of our shorter days, riding along the coast of the lake until arriving at the old mining town of Puerto Cristal.

This ghost town was first established in 1945 and it’s mine was one of the main economic drives for the region and lake basin.

A town with a population of 850, it consisted of not only miners and company employees, but more than half were woman and children.

In 1997 the mine closed, and with that the town was abandoned.

The town is now a national monument and upon arrival, you’ll have a private tour of the remaining facilities and enjoy a delicious dinner and night’s stay at Puerto Cristal’s renovated private guest house.

Day 6

One-Way Ride to Puerto Sanchez

  • 3 Hours Slow Riding
  • Night in Puerto Tranquilo Cabin (B-BL-D)

After a wonderful night’s rest, enjoy a scenic ride down an old horse trail until arriving at the coastal town of Puerto Sanchez.

Also an old mining town, the village has continued to survive because of its connection by gravel road to the Carretera Austral and recent interest in tourism.

In the afternoon, take a boat tour on the lake to the marble caverns, one of the top 10 places to visit in Chile.

We’ll then take a drive to Puerto Rio Tranquilo to spend the night.

Day 7

Drop-Off in Coyhaique or Departure from Balmaceda

Today a private transfer will take guests to the Balmaceda Airport for their departing flight in the afternoon or Coyhaique if guests will be continuing their travels onward from here.


  • All Private Transportation Indicated in Schedule
  • All Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner, BBQ: Patagonia Asado)
  • All horses, saddles and pack horses
  • Helmets, leather chaps, leather gloves, saddle bags
  • 4 Season Tents (double occupancy)
  • 4 Nights Backcountry Camping
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Puerto Cristal Guest House
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Puerto Tranquilo Cabin
  • Professional, Local Guide (English, Spanish speaking)
  • Gauchos from the area to assist along the rides


  • Domestic or International Flights
  • Medical Expenses
  • Personal Expenses
  • Sleeping Bag or Sleeping Mat
  • Additional Nights Lodging (Coyhaique)
  • Gratuities for Guides/Driver

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Puerto Cristal Guest Home

This charming renovated guest house was built in the early 1950s and was designed to serve a single purpose, to serve and host the outstanding guests who visited Puerto Cristal! This is how this house received European and Japanese geologists, authorities, and engineers in its early days. Located at the top of Puerto Cristal, the guest house provides an unsurpassed view of General Carrera Lake. Its construction is based on stone & wood, with large windows and wide spaces. No internet or television is available allowing guests to truly rest and disconnect.

Dates & Prices

Program prices are determined on the final number of confirmed guests in a group. The per person price lowers as more guests join the group. Chile Nativo operates with a maximum of 8 guests per departure which allows for a high level of individualized service and an unforgettable personalized experience.

PRICES FOR SEASON 2023/2024: (valid until April 2024)

2-3 Guests Total in Group: USD $5.995
4-5 Guests Total in Group:
USD $4.695
6-7 Guests Total in Group: USD $4.195
8 Guests Total in Group: USD $3.995



Q: What Should I Bring on this trip?
A: Upon booking, we send a detailed packing list to help you plan accordingly. You’ll ride with guides and gauchos from the area, and our company has strict risk management plans in the event something should occur while in the backcountry. This trip is all-inclusive, meaning all equipment and food is provided. Guests are required to bring their own sleeping bag and sleeping pad and personal clothing, all packable and in compression sacks so the pack horses can accommodate the gear.

Q: What riding level is required for this trip?
A: Since some days of this trip are technical rides passing along sections of trails where riders must dismount to allow the horses and riders safer passage through slippery slopes or narrow trails, this trip is ideal for experienced and adventurous riders.

Add-Ons & Upgrades


OPTIONAL SERVICES: (must be booked in advance)
– Visit to Laguna San Rafael + 1 Additional Night in Puerto Rio Tranquilo: Ask A Trip Specialist!
– Glacier hike on the Exploradores Glacier + 1 Night in Puerto Rio Tranquilo: Ask A Trip Specialist



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SY Joyce Kan
SY Joyce Kan
Amazing trip! We joined the Torres Del Paine 7 day O trek tour - note that this tour is not a complete O Trek but skipping the part from Camp Frances to Las Torres, which worked in our favour as our holiday is limited and we won’t miss much. Our guide, Debbie was knowledgeable and amicable, and very passionate about hiking. Unfortunately I fell sick during the hike and wished to leave a day earlier than planned. Debbie and Chile Nativo quickly rearranged transportation for us and was very helpful. Throughout the whole process Chile Nativo was very responsive. We had a memorable journey and I would highly recommend Chile Nativo.
Jim Garvin
Jim Garvin
Fantastic experience! We were booked with Chile Nativo via Swoop and had a wonderful experience. Our guides, Tim & Lucile, were awesome. We really enjoyed their company. They were very knowledgeable about the region (the history, animals, landscape, etc). Highly recommend.
Olivia Evans
Olivia Evans
I booked the independent, self-guided Torres Del Paine trek with Chile Nativo’s help and was so glad I did. When I looked to book on my own, everything was all reserved in Torres Del Paine and Chile Nativo was the only agency that could help me find a spot still. To still be able to go on the trip when I wanted to go, to not have to spend so much time planning all the logistics, to get a local’s recommendations on the best way to do the trek…but STILL get to do the trek on my own was amazing and worth every penny. In particular Paolina at the agency was incredibly helpful. I would recommend this agency to anyone looking to hike in Torres del Paine.
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Kevin Jobst
Kevin Jobst
Hiking in Torres with Pepa is like walking with your smartest and wisest friend. She has an incredible depth of knowledge in everything from mycology to government, from geology to history. She is fiercely passionate about conservation and our planet and has dedicated her life to making our world a better place. Our two porters Filipe and Bastian were both incredibly strong and highly professional. Always in the know on where to set up the tent, they picked the best spot in every site we were at. Also, they were an absolute blast to hang out with after the long days hiking. I cannot recommend this particular team highly enough and if you are passionate about the environment, making the world a better place, learning everything there is to know about glaciers, mushrooms, Patagonia, the history of Chile, magma intrusions and edible berries request them by name. Thank you to all three of you for making our experience so special and I hope our paths cross again.
Brad Smith
Brad Smith
Our Torres Del Paine Plus trip was fantastic! A great crew of newly-made friends, guided by Izabella “La Professora”, on a journey beyond expectations. What a great time, a balance of hiking and touring. DO NOT miss the pumas!!! I will definitely go with the Chile Nativo team again, and thanks to Nestor & Juan too!
Senga Simpson
Senga Simpson
Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
Lukas Winegarner
Lukas Winegarner
Camilo is ledged! Chile Nativo is extremely experienced and knowledgeable - I would highly recommend booking directly through them. We were a group of 8 doing the O 7 day hike and everything was great! Thanks to Camilo & Tomas and all of our porters!


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