Rutas

CENTRAL CHILE

GLACIERS HERITAGE

  • DESCRIPCIÓN

    5 DAYS – CENTRAL ANDES.

    A long time ago, the Central Andes were covered by eternal snow, glaciers of enormous magnitude. With the transition from a glacier into an interglacial period, geological formations, lagoons, and particular vegetation were visible.

    We will ride through small steep mountain valleys in the Andes mountain range where we will be moving from latitudinally along the “Mesa Seca” range, which provides an excellent panoramic view of the Andes and the hidden treasures there are.

  • ITINERARIO
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    We will do everything possible to follow the indicated itinerary, although spot changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location, and difficulty of the terrain. In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, we ask you flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!!

    DAY 1 Hotel – Vegas del Chano

    We will pick you up at your hotel and then move to Río Blanco, a town that is located about 1,250 m.a.s.l. in the Andes. Riding through an old dirt road we will gain slowly altitude until we take a trail that will lead us through some forests of Quillayes and Maitenes. The journey will take us along a path of low Andean vegetation. The sensation of height will be impressive from the moment we will gain altitude and it gets wide open. Slowly the vegetation will be left behind and the spectacular Andes mountain range will emerge. After 5 hours of riding, we will have arrived at Las Vegas del Chano, located at 2,600 m.a.s.l.In this beautiful green grassland, we will raise our camp.

    Night in a tent, barbecue, and a campfire.


    DAY 2: Vegas del Chano – Andean Lagoons

    After a rewarding breakfast, we will start our great ride since today a day of great action and beauty awaits us. We will ascend through the Las Vegas del Chano creek. It is a narrow drawer with 3 steps with their respective breaks. The view from these heights is formidable. Once we reach the upper portezuelo we have an unbeatable view of the Los Angeles Drawer and the entire Andean mountain range. The descent of the slope begins where we will see some beautiful lagoons that reflect the Cerro Alto de Los Leones of 5,400, Nevado Juncal 6100 and other great mountains of the Cajón de Río Blanco. After a short break, we will restart a new ascent towards El Valle de Flores. To do this we will overcome a steep path that leads to a narrow gate located at 4,200 meters high. Once the step is over, we will begin the descent towards the beautiful Valley of Las Flores where a series of beautiful lagoons will appear that we will see from the top of the valley. After 6 hours of riding, we will descend again towards the lagoons.

    The camp awaits us and a well-deserved snack awaiting dinner.


    DAY 3: Valle de Flores (Active resting day)

    Breakfast this time will be later than usual since today is an active rest day. After breakfast, we will freely start a tour of the lagoons of the surrounding sectors where we can make interesting Geomorphological and birdlife observations present in these sensitive ecosystems. Surely they will be part of the landscape among others El Piuquen (Chloephaga malenoptera); The Dormilona friar (Muscisaxicola flavinucha) or the magnificent king of the Andes … The Condor (Vultur gryphus). In the middle of these lagoons, it will be interesting to travel and recognize a large area of rocks, worn with a slight inclination and a typical own brightness and scratches that denotes the passage of glaciers. This whole area is a formidable outdoor study area that tells us about the last vestiges of glaciers and that inevitably transports us to the great theme of climate change.

    The camp awaits us and a well-deserved snack awaiting dinner.


    DAY 4: Andean Lagoons – Vegas del Chano.

    After breakfast, we will begin the ascent towards the port of Valle de Flores and thus return to Las Vegas del Chano. The landscapes this time will change despite the fact that we will travel along the same outbound tracks. The perspective, however, will be different and will not cease to amaze us continuously.

    The camp awaits us and a well-deserved snack awaiting dinner.


    DAY 5: Vegas del Chano – Hotel

    After a blunt breakfast, we will fix our equipment, the mules will be loaded to start the return at 11 am. The landscapes this time will change despite the fact that we will travel along the same outbound tracks.

    Return to Río Blanco 4 in the afternoon.

    Santiago or Valparaíso / Viña del Mar will arrive at 7:00 p.m.


  • SERVICES
    INCLUDED
    • – All meals in basecamp. (Break Fast: D2/D3/D4/D5 – Box Lunch: D1/D2/D3/D4/D5 – Dinner: D1/D2/D3/D4).
    • – Transfers in/out (Hotel – Rio Blanco – Hotel).
    • – 4 Nights in Base camp.
    • – Guide, Arrieros and camp staff.
    • – Horses, saddles and saddlebags.
    • – Mules for carrying the equipment.
    • – Full camping gear, except for personal sleeping bag and mattress.
    • – Tents (All accommodations cited per person based on sharing a double tent. Individual supplement rates US150).
    • – Satelital Phone.

    NOT INCLUDED
    • – Alcoholic or Soft drinks and/or special foods, laundry, extras in hotels, other items of personal nature, additional expenses of a trip due to the weather, sickness, failure of transportation or other causes beyond our reasonable control.
    • – Any type of insurance and medical costs.
    • – Personal clothing and equipment.
    • – Gratuities (Optional).

  • INFORMACIÓN
    DATES A LA CARTE*

    SEPTEMBER to APRIL

    *You choose the date that suits you best, and we confirm the availability.


    PRICE (per person)

    2-3 passengers

    USD $2205

    4-8 passengers

    USD $1533

    RATES 2020


    PRACTICAL INFORMATION

    ▪ Riding level: Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse. The pace is walking.
    ▪ The riding: 5 days on horseback, riding an average of 5 hours per day in the saddle.
    ▪ Weight: riders weight limit: 100 Kg
    ▪ Age: The minimum age is 14 years, only allowed if accompanied by an adult.
    ▪ Group size: groups comprise a minimum of 2 riders and a maximum of 8 riders.
    ▪ Horses: Chilean Criollo.
    ▪ Saddles: Comfortable Huaso saddles.
    ▪ Guides: Professional and bilingual guides.
    ▪ Comfort: basic during the camping.
    ▪ International Passport: Required for most foreigners
    ▪ Visa: most European and Latin American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Chile.
    Contact the Chilian Embassy in your country for more info.
    ▪ Vaccinations: not required


    TRAVEL GEAR

    ▪ Valid international passport
    ▪ Travel Insurance.
    ▪ Pocket money (you can change EUR/£/USD in the airport)
    ▪ A warm sweater.
    ▪ A warm jacket.
    ▪ 1 or 2 T-shirts and a minimum of 2 shirts with long sleeves.
    ▪ Jodhpurs or jeans to ride with.
    ▪ Riding shoes or boots/riding shoes with mini-chaps or long chaps.
    ▪ A second pair of shoes for the evening.
    ▪ Comfortable clothing + a Hat.
    ▪Water canteen
    ▪Sleeping bag comfortable to sleep at a range between -5 C° and -10 C°.
    ▪Sleeping mattress (Thermarest is the best option).
    ▪Camera.
    ▪Flashlight
    * Bring your medicines.
    * We have saddlebags available for you.
    * It is recommended to put your luggage in a travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. (Thanks!)

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