fbpx BOOK NOW

AVELLANO VALLEY HORSEBACK RIDE (7 DAYS)

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

Overview

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!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
• 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

Trip length

7 DAYS

Trip Level

4

MODERATE

From USD

$New Season Pricing to Come!

Start / End

Coyhaique

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

October
November
December
January
February
March
April

Share this Trip

Itinerary

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/ 5KM

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.

INCLUDED

  • 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
  • 1 Night Hotel Accommodation in Coyhaique
  • 4 Season Tents (double occupancy)
  • 3 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

NOT INCLUDED

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

Trip length

7 DAYS

Trip Level

4

MODERATE

From USD

$New Season Pricing to Come!

Start / End

Coyhaique

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

October
November
December
January
February
March
April

Lodgings

Puesto Rabanal Camping

Nestled in the beautiful lush forest over a mountain pass in the upper Avellano Valley lies a perfect place to make camp. Guests will stay in a 4 season tent where the guides and gauchos prepare the warm meals.

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 2021/2022: (valid until April 2022)

2-3Guests Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!
4-5 Guests Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!
6-7 Guests Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!
8 Guests Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!

DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST!

FAQ's

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

PRIVATE DEPARTURES AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONTACT A TRIP SPECIALIST TO PLAN YOUR TREK! 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

Reviews

Book

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Reviews

    Chile Nativo Travel
    5.0
    Based on 32 reviews
    powered by Facebook
    Sashi Perera
    Sashi Perera
    2020-03-26T03:03:07+0000
    The staff at Chile Nativo were so helpful with our pre trip enquiries. The plan and briefing we received for our 5 day... Independent W Trek were so useful, we enjoyed every moment of our trek. Big thanks to the team for a very memorable experience.read more
    Katie Kow
    Katie Kow
    2020-03-17T15:59:20+0000
    Seamlessly communicated and executed trip! Would recommend for sure!
    Fionna Tod
    Fionna Tod
    2020-02-26T15:41:33+0000
    Chile Nativo organised our self-guided 4 day trek in Torres del Paine and it was amazing. They arranged all the... transport, food and accommodation so all we needed to do was enjoy the hiking- which we certainly did! I would definitely use them again for similar adventures in the future.read more
    Fernanda Lela
    Fernanda Lela
    2020-01-19T04:47:14+0000
    Melhor empresa de turismo do Chile
    Mary Schmitz
    Mary Schmitz
    2019-08-25T14:00:18+0000
    I had the most amazing trip of my life with these guys - trekking around the Big O circuit. Incredible! Our guide,... Mauricio Vargas Delgado, knew every detail of the route. Getting the trip set up was easy - the staff is very responsive to any questions during planning and booking.read more
    Edric Subur
    Edric Subur
    2019-08-14T12:15:49+0000
    I am very happy with the service Chile Nativo provided. First of all, the experience during the trip itself was... amazing, the accommodation was more than I could ask for, the snack was delicious and our guide was not only very friendly but also extremely intelligent - he could answer all kind of questions we threw him about the park, animals, and geography! But the best part of Chile Nativo came up when a crisis hit. I got on the wrong bus the day before the tour started which prevented me from getting to the tour in time as a result. Daniella and Johana from the team were incredibly resourceful and kind to help me out of this situation. They worked after hours to help me find a private car that was willing to drive me from El Calafate to Puerto Natales in Chile. Johana even came to the office early morning to greet me and attend to me. I was beyond grateful for their professional service that really goes the extra mile in making sure I get to make to my trip and enjoy it thoroughly. Highly recommend Chille Nativo to everyone visiting Patagonia!read more
    Peter Noorani
    Peter Noorani
    2019-05-21T01:53:34+0000
    Working with Chile Nativo was a very positive experience. They were able to accommodate our dates with no issues,... despite the dates being offset from their usual schedule. Everyone we worked with was communicative and helpful, and we felt well prepared given the information (e.g. packing list) they provided. The most important benefit of traveling with Chile Nativo was our access to one of their guides, Fernando.I cannot give enough positive feedback for Fernando. While everything you'd expect from a good guide was present, Fernando delivers so far above and beyond what's expected. Any question we had about a tree, for example, Fernando could answer, and then provide several layers more detail and information. I’ve never been hugely into geology, but Fernando’s knowledge of the rock formations in the park added a fascinating element to our hike; everything around us became even more interesting. By the afternoon of the first day, it felt as though we were hiking with a good friend who happened to know everything about the park. We were genuinely sad to leave once the trip was complete. The entire time, I felt that we were getting the very most out of our hike, and that Fernando knew the tips and tricks to avoiding crowds and getting the best views. A huge plus is his photography skills, too! Fernando was recommended to us by a friend, and we’ve been insistent to all our friends who’ve asked about our trip that they should also use Chile Nativo and ask for Fernando.read more
    Eline Lonchay
    Eline Lonchay
    2019-03-29T18:51:04+0000
    I did the Fjord Trail with Chile Nativo and it was beautiful! The landscapes surpass what you can even imagine. We were... the only ones in nature for 3 days! The horses were nice, I had never done this before and I felt safe. I was never cold at night (make sure you rent your sleeping bag for this). We finished our tour with a boat trip on the Serrano River, back to Puerto Natales and we got to see the Balmacero Glacier and the Serrano Glacier (and walk around it). It is well organized and definitely a different way to travel and see nature in Patagonia !read more
    Nerile Rimiene
    Nerile Rimiene
    2019-02-21T17:53:11+0000
    We had W trek in Patagonia in February 2019. Everything was organized perfectly, thanx a lot! Enjoyed a lot! That was... the only company who managed to organize trek on our particular dates and everything went just smoothly.read more
    Joe Williams
    Joe Williams
    2019-01-30T14:57:50+0000
    Excellent trip to Torres Del Paine. Chile Nativo handled everything from front to back. Including bus rides to and from... airport and everything in between.read more
    Carter Sample
    Carter Sample
    2019-01-15T22:21:39+0000
    My wife and I just completed the O Circuit with Chile Nativo. Our guides Fernando and Ignacio were absolutely amazing!... Aside from the beautiful trip, we learned so much because of Chile Nativo Travel and our two guides. They were very accommodating of my wife's food allergies and were constantly upbeat and encouraging to us and our group. They even taped up ankles and sore joints when we expressed any sort of discomfort. A+ experience all around!read more
    Donna Murr
    Donna Murr
    2018-12-15T20:38:18+0000
    Our two fantastic, knowledgeable and fun guides (with very good English) helped to make our W hike an unforgettable... experience.read more
    Serena Clardie
    Serena Clardie
    2018-12-03T19:44:14+0000
    I can't recommend this company enough! The initial planning and email correspondence leading up to our trip was... professional and seamless. They even took care of adding on and planning an additional leg to our trip to Argentinean Patagonia with a reliable local company there. Most importantly though, our Fast Trek W trip with Chile Nativo was everything we hoped it would be and more. Our guides, Baru and Nacio, were THE BEST. I was sad to leave them at the end of our 3 days together. They were responsible, knowledgeable, kind and so much fun - and they kept us going when spirits might have been a little down after 2 straight days of pouring rain and relentless wind. :) The camp is fantastic - the domes were super comfortable and the dining hall dome was a great meeting place to eat (and stretch and drink wine and pisco and even dance!). The drivers were great, the chefs were impressive (thanks Alexis!! - the food was an unexpected treat because it was seriously good, not just camping good). We somehow also managed to get extra lucky and click with the rest of the people in our group and are already planning our next trip together, so thanks for that added bonus! It was a magical trip that we will never forget. Thanks Chile Nativo! ❤️read more
    Adrienna Bunti Robotham
    Adrienna Bunti Robotham
    2018-11-10T02:39:56+0000
    We had a once in a lifetime experience with Chile Nativo and Felipe which we will never forget. We enjoyed the 5D/4N... Torres del Paine Winter Multisport Adventure in early September. It was fantastic to be there in the “fringe” season, the weather was beautiful and we felt like we had the place to ourselves! We were very fortunate to have Felipe all to ourselves as well, giving us flexibility around our capabilities and the weather. Felipe was incredibly knowledgeable about the area, the fauna, flora and even the geology (which impressed me as I’m a geologist!!). Felipe’s English is perfect, his cooking was delicious, and we felt very much at home during our trip. Our kayaking was cancelled due to very extreme weather, and Felipe not only found an alternative for the day for us, but also arranged for a generous refund.There was an issue with our international bank payment (through no fault of Chile Nativo’s) and the entire team continued to communicate with us and chase the payment at their end for weeks. We really appreciated this!Cannot recommend Chile Nativo, Felipe and Torres del Paine enough!read more
    Jorge Orellana Benado
    Jorge Orellana Benado
    2018-04-17T20:53:04+0000
    Beatriz Ahumada
    Beatriz Ahumada
    2018-04-04T22:25:47+0000
    Extraordinario..... excelente calidad y profesionalismo de los guías y todos los que colaboran en el campamento... .....y además que el paisaje de las torres del Paine es maravilloso.. pero la gente de chile nativo hacen que uno lo disfrute y viva al máximo.... gracias por todo...read more
    Edgardo Songer
    Edgardo Songer
    2018-04-04T22:10:45+0000
    Fue un viaje que superó las espectativas la calidad de el staff la calidad de los equipos todo perfecto
    Pamela Farias Valenzuela
    Pamela Farias Valenzuela
    2018-04-04T22:01:21+0000
    Excelente grupo Profesional, Guías con conocimientos, puntuales en los Tours. Variedad de alternativas para recorrer... la Patagonia. Los Campamentos con Domos son muy cómodos y las comidas están muy bien equilibradas. Se ve que conocen muy bien el lugar y su clima y que les gusta lo que hacen. Recomendable 100%read more
    Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
    Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
    2018-04-04T21:00:43+0000
    Excelente logistica, guias con conocimientos en todas las areas(de lo q preguntabas tenuas una respuesta ), campamento... base, un lujo los domos en rio serrano; comidas, transporte y excursiones a otro nivel, mas que recomendableread more
    Darko Beovic P.
    Darko Beovic P.
    2018-04-04T19:36:42+0000
    Ambreen Shah
    Ambreen Shah
    2017-12-21T00:25:13+0000
    Amazing experience . Loved our guides Hym and Palin . They are very hard working and want us to have best experience
    Kim Tonka
    Kim Tonka
    2017-11-26T14:15:38+0000
    Cyril Keiffer
    Cyril Keiffer
    2017-08-09T17:46:02+0000
    Charlie and I had the most wonderful experience working with Isadora at Chile Nativo to plan our Patagonia trip. She... was a great communicator and organized everything for us based upon a great dialog between us with her. Our guide, Felipe Zuniga could not have been more wonderful. He was flexible and brought an amazing knowledge and experience to our trip that could not be equaled. Our memories of our honeymoon in Patagonia will always bring a smile and great memories! Hopefully we get the opportunity to return!read more
    Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
    Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
    2017-07-17T02:08:36+0000
    Maria Paulina Fuentes Gandolfo
    Maria Paulina Fuentes Gandolfo
    2017-07-17T00:09:25+0000
    Gonzalo Fuenzalida
    Gonzalo Fuenzalida
    2017-05-21T00:47:17+0000
    Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
    Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
    2017-05-20T18:29:22+0000
    Marcela Hernandez Doepking
    Marcela Hernandez Doepking
    2017-05-20T15:32:30+0000
    Matias Fuenzalida Santos
    Matias Fuenzalida Santos
    2017-03-22T14:01:33+0000
    Fernando Hidalgo
    Fernando Hidalgo
    2017-03-22T13:19:10+0000
    Pablo Rivera A
    Pablo Rivera A
    2016-10-28T17:17:18+0000
    Conocer y experimentar la Naturaleza en todo su esplendor con un equipo profesional, con conocimientos que enriquecen... la experiencia y la transforman en una vivencia inolvidable!read more
    Mei Val
    Mei Val
    2015-08-29T11:17:55+0000
    Marcia Andrea Chacon
    Marcia Andrea Chacon
    2015-04-20T22:54:07+0000
    Next Reviews

OPERATION OFFICE

Monday – Friday
9 am to 1 pm / 3 pm to 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm

+56 61 2411835

SALES OFFICE

Monday to Friday
9 am to 2 pm / 3 pm to 7 pm

🇺🇸  +1 800 6498776
🇨🇱  +56 61 2691391

 

NEWSLETTER


TIME IN CHILE 18:51
EN
ES EN