Las Bandurrias Island: A Patagonian Border Crossing
Patagonia may be one of the wildest fantasy destinations of all, but who said visiting it has to be extreme? This dreamy itinerary combines easy to medium level hikes with boat trips and horseback rides through the cobalt blue and emerald green landscapes stretching between Puerto Varas, Chile and Bariloche, Argentina. Contemplate the lofty stature of the ancient trees populating the cold-climate rainforests. Go for a swim in the calm expanse of a Patagonian lake. And enjoy exquisite food, drink and hospitality on a pearl of an island far from the worries of the outside world.
Please note: Price valid through September 30, 2017.
Set out from Puerto Varas and adjust to the sweeping vistas of Patagonia with a picnic lunch and ferry ride across Lake Tagua Tagua. Continue the scenic journey by foot and motorboat until you reach Las Bandurrias Island on Lake Las Rocas just in time for afternoon tea and cookies.
Trek to the crystalline Azul Lake surrounded by majestic peaks and cold-climate rainforests of alerce, coihue and other indigenous trees towering overhead. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lake’s shore before heading back for a quiet evening on the island.
Get comfortable in the saddle and head ride out past small, self-sufficient farms nestled among the mountains, deep Andean forests and plunging waterfalls. Discover the remarkable hanging bridge across the turquoise-hued Rio Puelo.
Hike up to the Chilean Mountain Police Station for the official border crossing and follow an old pioneer trail around the edge of the Inferior Lake. Once in Argentina, continue on by boat and bus to the town of Bariloche.