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RINCON BONITO (5 DAYS)

A Unique & Remote Adventure in the Extreme North of Chilean Patagonia

Overview

Rincón Bonito is a remote countryside of the Ventisquero Valley in the Puelo River basin of Cochamó located in the extreme north of Chilean Patagonia. Visiting this pristine area is for those who consider that real luxury is visiting authentic, natural places with a rich history and important connection to its community. This truly once-in-a-lifetime 5 day, 4 night program is an unbelievable adventure that you have to experience to believe! Enjoy a scenic charter flight over the Alerce Andino, Hornopirén, & Pumalín National Parks – a real highlight along this adventure! Stay in a self-sufficient casa de montaña, hike to the Ventisquero & Universe Valley lookout points, horseback ride through the Ventisquero Valley, meet local residents, pack raft the Puelo River, and finish your visit in a surreal thermal bath house. This unique trip connects travelers with the region’s culture and wonderful environment. 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
• Scenic Charter Flight over 3 National Parks
• Stay in a Secluded, Self-Sufficient Mountain Home
• Hike to the Ventisquero Valley Lookout Point
• Meet Local Gauchos – the True Pioneers of Patagonia!
• Experience Lush Native Forests & an Abundance of Local History
• See Local Wildlife, Flora, Fungi, & Fauna
• Pack Raft Down the Ventisquero & Puelo River
• Relax in the Surreal Termas de Sol Thermal Pools
• Enjoy the Lakes Region and Puerto Varas

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Trip length

5 DAYS

Trip Level

3
MODERATE

From USD

$3.295 per person

Start / End

Puerto Varas/Puerto Varas

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

October
November
December
January
February
March
April

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Day 1

Scenic Charter Flight to Rincón Bonito – Circuit Hike of the Ventisquero River

  • 40 Minute Private Transfer
  • 45 Minute Private Flight
  • 3 Hour Hike,  7 km / 4.3 mi
  • Night in Rincón Bonito Casa de Montaña (L-D)

In the morning, around 9AM – your private transfer will pick you up from your hotel or accommodation in Puerto Varas. By 10AM, you’ll arrive at the Paloma Aerodrome Hangar to begin preparation for the private charter flight to Rincón Bonito. We’ll meet our pilot, Jorge Montero, an experienced pilot with more than 110 flights to Rincón Bonito and hundreds of flights to Llanada Grande. Our plane will be a Bimotor Islander plane for 9 passengers (1,650 lbs. or 750 kg).

As we take flight, we’ll admire the surroundings below as we slowly approach the Alerce Andino, Hornopirén, and Pumalín National Parks which offer jaw-dropping, impressive views of fjords, mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, mountain lagoons, rivers and forests below us.

Upon our landing in Rincón Bonito, we will be warmly greeted by Verónica Cuevas & Juan Cortes – a young couple of locals who work with the Rincón Bonito project. Juan & Veronica will be our hosts during our stay to assist with any needs while we stay in our cozy secluded casa de montaña (mountain home) for the next 3 nights.

A delicious lunch will be prepared for us upon our arrival as we settle in to our quaint and quiet accommodation – a private, self-sufficient lodge style home with private & shared rooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, and breathtaking views of the Ventisquero Valley and its surrounding landscapes.

Following our lunch, we’ll enjoy a gentle 3-hour circuit hike of the Ventisquero River which offers beautiful views of the mountains and forests of the Pumalín and Hornopirén National Parks. This trail cuts through the lush forest filled with native species and an abundance of local history. Our guide will tell us of the importance of this precious and pristine place, as we prepare for a more challenging hike the following day.

Once we are back to the mountain house, we’ll enjoy an exquisite dinner as we watch the sun set behind the valley and tuck in for a good night’s rest in preparation for tomorrow.

Day 2

Round Trip Trek to the Ventisquero Valley

  • 6 Hour Hike, 10 km / 6.2 mi
  • Night in Rincón Bonito Casa de Montaña (B-BL-BBQ)

We awake early in the morning for a delicious and nourishing breakfast before we head out on today’s round-trip hike to the Valley Ventisquero Lookout. The trail follows an old path of muleteers that will take us along the tree lines and ridge which opens to wonderful views of the distant glaciers and immense valley. We continue through ancient forests of Lenga, which grow in the high parts of the mountain range in this area of Northern Patagonia. The path has several viewpoints at different heights which offers spectualar views from the birth of the Ventisquero River to the west, and the confluence of the Puelo River to the east. If we are lucky, we can see the condor’s flight soaring above us as we admire their elegance.

We’ll stop to enjoy our box lunch at a quiet lookout point before returning back along the same path.

Tonight we celebrate a long and rewarding ride with a traditional Patagonian lamb asado (BBQ) prepared just for us to share together.

Day 3

Round Trip Horseback Ride to the End of the Ventisquero Valley

  • 5 Hour Slow Ride, Walking and Trotting, 22 km /  13.6 mi
  • Night in Rincón Bonito Casa de Montaña (B-BL-D)

This morning we begin with an early hot breakfast to prepare us for today’s adventure – a 22 km (13.6 mi) round trip horseback ride into the Ventisquero Valley. This gentle ride is suitable for beginner riders as we walk and trot slowly following the river through the bottom of the valley.

On the way, we’ll cross the Universe River, Ventisquero River, and Raquelita River on several occasions. We will visit ancient muleteers, walk to a spectacular waterfall, and visit ancient surroundings of alerces as we enjoy the spectacular views of the glaciers that surround us. After lunch and a good break, we will begin our return ride back to Rincón Bonito.

We are welcomed back at our mountain house with a generous dinner where we share great company together before enjoying a wonderful night’s rest.

Day 4

Pack Raft the Ventisquero & Puelo River to Puerto Urrutia

  • 6 Hour Pack Raft/ Class II+, 28 km / 17.4 mi
  • Night at Hostal Puelo Libre (B-BL-D)

Today we take part in a very unique adventure! After breakfast and our final goodbyes to our hosts and to Rincón Bonito, we’ll leave our luggage and personal belongings with the pilcheros – the horses who will carry our luggage to our final end point of the day. Once we are ready, we’ll take a short walk down to the river bank where we’ll participate in a short safety briefing with our rafting guide before getting onto our pack rafts.

We begin by paddling along the Ventisquero River enjoying the views, the crystal clear water, and diverse birdlife and waterfowl that accompany us along our rafting. We take our time paddling to enjoy this steady river with breathtaking views.

In the afternoon, we’ll stop at a bend in the river to enjoy our packed lunch that our guide will carry for us in a waterproof dry bag. If the conditions are right, we’ll continue all the way to the to the Puelo Libre Hostal & Pizzeria in the small, remote town of Puerto Urrutia, where we will spend the night at this cozy and eclectic hostal.

Once ashore at our accommodation, we’ll change into dry clothes and celebrate in the lounge area reminiscing on today’s adventure. In the evening, our delicious dinner is served as we sit together to enjoy out last dinner together as a group.

Following dinner, we can enjoy the communal area of the hostal which offers a quiet lounge, outdoor patio with riverside views and a peaceful, quiet forest setting.

Day 5

Private Transfer & Ferry to ‘Termas del Sol’ Thermal Pools – Return to Puerto Varas

  • 1 Hour Private Transfer
  • 20 Minute Ferry Crossing
  • 4 Hours at Thermal Pools
  • 4 Hour Private Transfer to Tepual Airport or Puerto Varas (B – L)

Today begins with a freshly prepared breakfast at 8:00AM in our hostal. By 9:00AM well be ready for our private transfer which will take us 1 hour to Lake Tagua Tagua where we will cross 20 minutes by boat to Puerto Canelo. Here another private transfer awaits to take us to the Termas del Sol where we relax in this incredible natural setting enjoying the various thermal pools and awe inspiring natural views of this Pristina location.

An onsite cafe is available for us to have our last day lunch. By 3PM we will depart in our private transfer back to the Tepual Airport for any scheduled flights out of Puerto Montt. If you are continuing your stay in Puerto Varas, you will be dropped off at your hotel or accommodation. Estimated arrival time to Puerto Varas is 18:30hrs & estimated arrival time to Tepual Airport is at 19:00hrs.

INCLUDED

  • All Private Transportation Indicated in Schedule
  • Private Charter Flight to Rincón Bonito
  • Access to All Trails in Rincón Bonito
  • Horses & Saddles for Horseback Ride
  • Pack Rafts, Paddles, Wet Suits, & Neoprene Shoes
  • Ferry Boat Ride to Puerto Canelo
  • Entrance to Termas del Sol Bath House
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Rincón Bonito Casa de Montaña (shared double or triple accommodations)
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Puelo Libre Hostal (shared double or triple accommodations)
  • All Bedding at Accommodations
  • Internet during stay at Rincón Bonito Casa de Montaña
  • Welcome Dinner on Night 1 in Puerto Varas
  • All Other Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: breakfast, L: lunch, BL: box lunch, D: dinner, BBQ: Patagonia Asado)
  • 1 Bottle of Wine for every 3 guests per night or 2 Craft Beers per person per day
  • Professional, Local Guide (English, Spanish speaking)
  • Certified Rafting Guide (English, Spanish speaking)
  • Gauchos & pack horses to assist with luggage logistics

NOT INCLUDED

  • Any Other Domestic or International Flights
  • Accommodations in Puerto Varas Prior to or After Trip
  • Dinner on Day 5
  • Medical Expenses
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional Nights Lodging
  • Gratuities for Guides/Driver

Trip length

5 DAYS

Trip Level

3
MODERATE

From USD

$3.295 per person

Start / End

Puerto Varas/Puerto Varas

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

October
November
December
January
February
March
April

Lodgings

Rincón Bonito Casa de Montaña

Totally self-sufficient, the home gets its energy from the sun and from the hydraulic force of the water. Hot water for relaxing showers comes from a thermo tank from the wood-burning stove and a solar thermal system that accumulates water heated by the sun. The home is heated with hot air, produced by solar panels and a dry wood stove perfect for sharing morning conversations. The sun, water, fire and air make this house a home. There are 4 bedrooms sleeping 12 guests total and 2 bathrooms.

Hostal Puelo Libre

A cozy wooden hostal with one of the best views of the Puelo Valley and River. On the first floor, enjoy the welcoming environment with comfortable areas to share and rest including a pizzeria and communal lounge. Upstairs you will find your choice of room with bathroom whether single, double, or standard to relax from the activities of the day, spend a great night, and have your own space.

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 Guests Total in Group: USD$ 4.595 per person

3 Guests Total in Group: USD$ 3.595 per person
4-8 Guests Total in Group: USD$ 3.295 per person

DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST!

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Reviews

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  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
SY Joyce Kan
SY Joyce Kan
2023-03-07
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
2023-03-02
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
2023-02-15
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)
2023-02-10
Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Kevin Jobst
Kevin Jobst
2023-01-27
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
2023-01-15
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
2023-01-09
Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
Lukas Winegarner
Lukas Winegarner
2022-11-28
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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