Riding expedition across Villarrica Mountain Range
The Nevados de Villarrica are foothills of the active volcano of same name which are covered with
lava and ashes, and often with snow fields. They are inside the National Park Villarrica.
2 days, 1 nights
We start our horses about 10 in the morning, dropping down into the Palguín valley.
Right off we visit 3 spectacular waterfalls ( El Leon, La China, Palguín )
which are dropping like us in free fall about 80 m off a thick layer of lava.
Next we cross the crystal clear Rio Palguín on a very high primitive wooden bridge, and continue
on a steep winding path up the side of the always smoking cone of Villarrica. Traversing the mountain
the narrow path is winding through the brush under the ancient Coihue trees. Suddenly the view
opens to the Pucon valley below, with Lago Villarrica and Lago Caburgua sparking below snow capped mountains.
Up there, after riding for 5 hours we set up our tents in a beautiful place nearby a Chilean farmhouse.
Around the campfire we will be served a rich dinner.
Our horses take us up higher on the mountain, through grotesque lava formations to ever higher
and better views. At our back is the towering cone and caldera with boiling magma of the maintain.
After 5 hours we follow the path downward into an ancient forest of Araucarias. This is the home of
these trees of our modern conifers. For 3 hours we are crossing many creeks, meadows and forest
until we arrive at the Ranch where a cool beer and meal is waiting.
Duration: 2 days
Difficulty: medium - difficult
Cost: 170 US$
All meals, camping equipment, 1 overnight stays in tent, two guides (spanish,english,german spoken)
Sleeping bags, alcoholic drinks, raincoats