Soft trekking through the Andean lakes

Deep in the ancient alerce forest you will find an exclusive cozy lodge and cabins on almost 5000 acres of Patagonian property far from the cares of civilization. Spend a few days here exploring the surrounding mountains and forests, waterfalls and springs, by hiking, climbing, or horseback riding with special mountain guides. Follow paths in Los Alerces de Lenca Pard that thread through different species of the 4000 year old native Alerces. Until 1994 this property was being exploited for lumber, primarily the Andean Larch, now protected by local laws. The Garcia-Vander Stelts family, bought the property and Nelson Garcia, the owner and manager, decided to build the lodge to help preserve the natural beauty and variety of unique flora and fauna and offer nature, lovers a comfortable base to explore the area. The architecture and materials were selected to harmonize with the environment, and the Lodge opened its doors at the end of 1997.

Day 1 PUERTO MONTT - ALERCE MOUNTAIN LODGE
You will be meeting at the airport or your hotel in Puerto Montt and transferred to Alerce Mountain Lodge. Follow the Carretera Austral (Southern Highway) south alongside the Reloncavi Estuary for 23 miles, then begin the ascent to the lodge on a road constructed of alerce logs. You will make a small detour to see "El Tata", one of the oldest alerce trees in this area, around 4000 years old. A short while later, you will reach Laguna Reflejos (Reflections Lake) and board a small hand drawn ferry for the last leg of the journey to Alerce Mountain Lodge. You will be welcomed to the lodge and get an introduction to the history of the lodge and the alerce tree. Afternoon Hike to Oro Verde Mayor (Moderate 3 hour trek) Oro verde or "green gold" is the majestic colors of the Valdivian forest. After a relatively easy walk you will reach El Condor Lookout, where you can see down into the glacial valley formed millions of years ago. Continuing you walk, you will observe alerce trees up to 3000 years old. A highlight will be the Fountain of Hope, where crystal clear water running from the mountains forms an enchanting waterfall and pool. Return to the lodge along a path known as Igor. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 TREKKING THE ALERZALES-HORSEBACK RIDING
Trail through the Patagonian Andes (soft to moderate 5 hour trek). After an early buffet breakfast, start your ascent to the Gran Nevado (1500 meters/4900 feet above sea level). From the top you will have magnificent views of volcanoes such as Puntiagudo, Osorno, Calbuco, Yates, Apagado and Corcovado as well as mighty Tronador. You can also see Lake Llanquihue and the Reloncavi Sound. After a short break to appreciate these spectacular views and to have a bite to eat, continue walking following the mountain path up to El Condor Lookout, before returning to the lodge. Enjoy lunch in the Lodge. In the afternoon you will have free time to relax and enjoy the lodge facilities, such as the spa and sauna. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 HORSEBACKRIDING PAMPICHUELAS
Discover the Pampichuelas (Moderate 5 hour trek). After breakfast, we start towards the stables to begin the ascent to the Pampichuelas (approximately 950 meters/3000 feet above sea level). These are moss and fungus formations growing over once existing lakes in the area. The walk to the Pampichuelas takes you along paths under a dense canopy of coigues, quilantos and tepas, all native species of the Valdivian forest. After a short break at the Pampichuelas you will continue walking to El Rodado, where shingle makers continue their trade using the techniques of their grandfathers. The horses will be waiting for you here for the return trip to the lodge. After lunch at the lodge, you are free to relax. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 ALERCE MOUNTAIN LODGE-PUERTO MONTT
After your buffet breakfast, spend your morning at leisure enjoying the lodge and its surroundings. Transfer to Puerto Montt after lunch.
DEPARTURES DATES AT REQUEST.
 
2004-2005 COST PER PERSON
Based on Single room
US$ 785
Based on Double room
US$ 680
Based on Triple room
US$ 635
Cabin min 4 people
US$ 605
 

INCLUDED :

  • Round trip airport transfers from Puerto Montt to the Lodge.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • All meals (American buffet breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner).
  • Aperitif and a half bottle of wine per person in lunches and dinners.
  • 3 nights lodging in Alerce Mountain Lodge.
  • All the activities mentioned in the program.
  • Use of all the facilities in the Hotel.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Air local tickets Santiago-Puerto Montt-Santiago.
  • other drinks or wines, and extras in Hotel like laundry or telephone calls.
  • Tips.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Any type of Insurance.
  • Anything that is not shown in the program.
 
WHAT TO BRING?
Comfortable warm clothes - Rain and wind protection - Good trekking shoes - Photographic camera - Solar protector, jockey - Little back pack for trips - Personal medicines.


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