Horseback-trekking trip into the Andean wilderness, non-riders and riders
This personalized Nature trail hike in a small team traces the legendary "Cochamó Road" once frequented by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when they drove their cattle from Argentina to Chile. Today it is still used by "gauchos" and "huasos" (Argentinean and Chilean cowboys) and their herds and the pioneer atmosphere has not changed. This adventure trip is for Nature lovers, who want a pure nature experience.
The journey begins at the Río Cochamó near the Pacific Coast and follows the Gaucho Trail up through the pristine wilderness to the Andean valley of La Junta, often called the "Yosemite of Chile". Amidst the granite mountain peaks are stands of 3,000 year-old Alerce trees and an amazing variety of wildlife - condors, pumas and songbirds. The Andean rainforest has changed little over the millennia.
Everyone who joins this trip must have an average level of fitness. You have to be prepared to work in a team and have a positive attitude. Guides are well prepared to offer you safety and a professional service.
Reception at Puerto Montt's airport either Puerto Varas. Afternoon departure via Ensenada towards Cochamó Riverside Lodge. Welcoming drink on the back of the Cochamó River. Time for a nature walk. Dinner in the natural surroundings and overnight in cabins.
Breakfast. Time to test horses. After packing we will ready for our five-hours ride along the Cochamó River through a "Gaucho" trail into the Andes, passing different types of native forests before to reach in the lush valley of La Junta at 700m. High. Picnic in the rainforest. Sights our outdoors lodge La Junta, a conformable rustic mountain wooden lodge within a corral of snow-capped Andean peaks. At the evening "asado" (Chilean barbecue), lamb or fish barbecue prepared over an open fire. Overnight.
Breakfast on the balcony of our rustic lodge. Options today: Hike the six km. nature-trail into the Andean rainforest (trail is well-market and some 50 different plants and trees are identified). Hikers carry trail-books and packed lunches. Among this wildlife you will be surprised by "condors" the symbolic Chilean bird; or hike to a nearby lagoon in the ancient forest, where some of the trees are 1000 years old; or just hang out, enjoying the spectacular La Junta valley. A hearty meal cooked on our wood-burning stove will be served. Overnight.
Breakfast. On horseback we descend through the rainforest. Keep you cameras handy and be on the lookout for puma tracks on the ground and condors overhead. Mid-day picnic. We are back with enough time to take a shower and having a cup of tea with homemade cake before leaving the Riverside Lodge. Transfer out at 5 p.m. for Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas.
LOCATION: a 120 kilometers distance from Puerto Montt Airport and a 97 kilometers distance from Puerto Varas. From the nearby Village of Cochamó our camp is just 3 km down the road to Río Cochamó.
Tour Capacity: 1 to 9 persons (no minimum)
Note: This program can be requested without private transfers Puerto Montt-Cochamó-Puerto Montt, see the cost below and please ask for the regular buses with daily departures.
HBK017 A 2004-2005 COST PER PERSON
Based on double or more occupancy
Min. 2 persons
US$ 410
Starting and ending in Cochamó, using your own car or regular transportation from Puerto Montt available 3 times daily:
HBK017 B 2004-2005 COST PER PERSON
Based on double or more occupancy
Min. 2 persons
US$ 349
Additional night in a comfortable Puerto Varas's hostal (breakfast & airport transfer out next day):
Note: Optional day tours available from Puerto Varas or extension trips like Sea kayaking through the Andean Fjords or Chiloe Archipelago. Please ask for more information.


  • All land transportation, depending on booking code
  • All meals according to the itinerary (vegetarian meals on demand)
  • 1 night in Riverside Lodge + 2 nights in Mountain Lodge (in 1 cabin for 5 people and 2 cabins for 2 people each one)
  • Specialized bilingual guide (English, German, French or Spanish)
  • Full personal equipment: horse and saddle, sleeping bag with hygienic inlets, waterproof pack sack for gear and waterproof camera bag, rain poncho, safety helmet, first aid kid.


  • Air local flights Santiago/Puerto Montt/Santiago
  • Extra meals and alcoholic drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and extra expenses as laundry
  • Medical Expenses.
WHAT TO BRING: Important for your comfort are waterproofed trekking overpants and parka. A rainproof hat e.g. a cowboy type hat is advisable for universal protection from sun, rain and branches. On the trip, normal pants, T-shirts and pullovers are comfortable. Consider a second pullover as a spare. Underwear of wool and synthetic mixture e.g. ski underwear is ideal for sleeping. Fleece trekking socks are very comfortable. Fleece is superior to wool clothing as it is lighter and dries faster. Long sleeved shirts that are strongly woven act as protection during rides or treks along bush trails. Waterproofed trekking boots and a pair of sneakers.
NOTE: With our emphasis on sustained tourism we try to use local products wherever possible.
All meat, fish, cheese, bread etc. comes from the local markets or from mountain farms. If you have any special requests or preferences (vegetarian?) please let us know in advance.
CLIMATE: The Southern Hemisphere summer starts in December and ends in Mid-March. The average daily temperature is 25 °C and at night 10 °C. October, November and Mid-March to April are mild and weather conditions are generally more stable than during the summer months. Inclement weather is always possible.

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