This day hike is offered to people that enjoy walking in the forest while not really needing to make a big effort to reach beautiful places. These trails were used in the old days to smuggle cattle between Chile and Argentina and is one of the most important trails used by the locals who live in the Valley. The hole trek lasts for about 6 hours depending on the people’s pace. It is a chance to see the wonderful mountains surrounding the river, incredible flora, fungus, lichens, and to enjoy the fresh air, silence and relaxed pace. Lunch by the river. Drive back to your hotel. Arrive at 19:00 hrs approx.
Starts: 9 am Puerto Varas or Pto Montt.
Location: Cochamo Valley. Lake District, South of Chile.
Duration: 6 hours to 8 hours. 1 to 2 hour drive from Pto Varas. Walk: 6 or 7 hours.
Difficulty level: Medium Terrain – Trails with muddy and slippery sections. In the shade of unforgettable forest with sunny sections. Mostly flat but some uphills too.
Transportation: Private vehicle.
Equipment to bring: Water bottle, warm clothes according to weather and time of the year. Trekking poles, shoes, rain jacket, sun and skin protection (sunglasses, hat).
Guide: English, Italian and Spanish is spoken, with WFR first aid certificate (http://www.ecomed.org.ar) and expert in native flora and fauna.
Safety: Emergency equipment and first aid kit. Need to cross a hanging narrow bridge. Not suitable for people with vertigo. Ask for alternatives in case the river is low enough.
Included: Entrance fee to the parking, box lunch, private transportation.
Your adventure awaits!
Traveling at your own pace, Patagonia is a slow motion scenery, the steppes invite you to feel the wind on your face, and soul. Drive and find your time to trek or just take photographs.