Our multi-day tours lead us directly, without having to ride on roads, to the National Park Villarrica East. In this part of the national park, the volcano Quetrupillan (2360m) lies in between the volcano Lanin on the Argentine border in the east and the volcano Villarrica in the west. He has numerous side craters and in the actual crater there is a glacier
On our way there we pass all types of vegetation zones, from the valdivian rainforest with its lichen-covered old trees with bamboo undergrowth, to the araucaria forest, through the crippled lenga forest up to the treeless meadows at the foot of the volcano. Up there we are welcomed by sandy plateaus, lava labyrinths, snow-covered passes and mountain lakes, which show themselves in different colors and provide us with a fascinating and impressive landscape.
Arrival at the ranch is, if possible, the evening before the tour. Overnight stay, dinner and breakfast are included in the price.
Tour to the foot of the volcano Quetrupillan, 2 days
Day 1: After breakfast, we ride uphill with our packed horses, with a view of the surrounding volcanoes. It continues through a fairy-tale southern beech forest (Coihues), which is covered with lichens, particularly characterized by its silence, through the forest of monkey puzzle trees to reach our destination, the rugged mountain landscape of the volcano. From there we ride over scree and lava fields to a small group of monkey puzzle trees, where we pitch our camp and the horses can enjoy their well-deserved rest grazing. In the evening, we cook the food on the campfire.
Day 2: The next morning we have breakfast together by the fire and enjoy the mountain panorama once more. After we have packed the tents, we ride back to the ranch, where a cold beer is waiting for us.
Duration: 2 days, 2 nights (1 night in cabin, 1 night in tent)
Price: 250 Euro
Laguna azul, 3 days
The, "Laguna azul" is located at an altitude of 1800 m in the altiplano of the volcano Quetrupillan. It is located in the middle of volcanic terrain and fills with its water a crater. In these 3 days we experience the nature of the southern Andes in all its facets: from primeval forest to high mountain mosses, from rolling hills to rugged rocky landscape, from dried volcanic fields to source areas, the south of Chile presents itself to us.
Day 1: After breakfast, the ride begins with a climb through a beautiful ancient Monkey-Puzzle forest and leads quite quickly into the National Park. We ride higher and higher over a pass whose end finally leads us over the tree line and to the foot of the volcano Quetrupillan. From there it goes over scree and lava fields to a small group of Monkey-Puzzle Trees, which provides shelter for the first night in the mountains. Here we set up the tents for the first time, cook the food taken in the saddlebags and watch the horses grazing in front of the impressive mountain scenery.
Day 2: In the morning, we have breakfast together by the fire. After packing the tents, we continue from the grove to the Laguna Blanca. Although it is called "white lagoon", but depending on the amount of light and amount of melt water, she likes to change her colour in café or even pink. This is also the kingdom of the Condors, and if we're lucky, they're majestically circling above our heads. Our next camp will be pitched at Laguna Azul. With enough time and good weather, you can jump into the clear deep water of the mountain lake, before warming up at night by the fire.
Day 3: As the sun slowly sends its rays over the Laguna Azul, we pack our camp and continue along the west side of Mocho, the volcano Quetrupillan. With a great view of the snow-covered volcano Villarrica, we slowly start our way home. We cross small canyons and our horses have to climb one last time before we reach the ranch. There is a cold beer waiting for us.
Duration : 3 days, 3 nights (1xcabin, 2xtent)
Category: medium - difficult
Price: 400 Euro
Around the volcano Quetrupillan, 4 days
(over the pass towards volcano Villarrica)
Day 1: After breakfast, the ride begins with a climb through a beautiful ancient Monkey-Puzzle forest and leads quite quickly into the National Park. We ride higher and higher over a pass whose end finally leads us over the tree line and to the foot of the volcano Quetrupillan. From there it goes over scree and lava fields to a small group Monkey-Puzzle-Trees, which provides shelter for the first night in the mountains. Here we set up the tents for the first time, cook the food taken in the saddlebags and watch the horses grazing in front of the impressive mountain scenery
Day 2: : From the group of trees we continue to the Laguna Blanca. Although it is called "white lagoon”, but depending on the amount of light and amount of melt water she likes to change her colour in café or even pink. This is also the kingdom of the Condors, and if we're lucky, they're majestically circling above our heads. Our next camp will be pitched at Laguna Azul. With enough time and good weather, you can jump into the clear deep water of the mountain lake, before warming up at night by the fire.
Day 3: The third day leads us over a pass with a beautiful view of the valley and the mighty Mocho – (that means "the beheaded" and is the Mapuche name for the volcano Quetrupillan) - towards the volcano Villarrica. Up and down, through Araucaria forests and back over the tree line, we will have a breath-taking view of 5 volcanoes at the same time, as well as the path of the last days in the far distance. Last night, a small shrunken, magical grove makes a home for us.
Day 4: The next morning, we ride steeply down the mountain, through bamboo bushes and bright flowers out of the national park. The last end gravel road (by the way, the only piece of road along the way) then leads past isolated farms and makes you want to feel at home. Then, at the ranch, a cold beer is waiting for you.
Duration: 4 days, 4 nights (1xcabin, 3xtent)
Price: 550 Euro
Lagoon trail, 4 days
(with Laguna blanca, Laguna Avurtada, Laguna azul)
Day 1: The ride starts after a nice breakfast with the climb up through the stunning ancient araucaria forest and soon leads into the area of the National Park. The horses carry us higher and higher along a mountain pass. At its end, we finally pass the tree line and reach the foot of the Volcano Quetrupillan. From here we ride over scree and lava fields up to a small group of araucarias which are providing us shelter for the first night in the mountains. Now we pitch the tents, cook the food and enjoy the view of the horses grazing in this beautiful scenery.
Day 2: Like every day from now on we have breakfast together around the campfire – the cold feet from the night are soon forgotten after a hot cup of coffee close to the fire. After we pack up the tents and stow everything away in our saddlebags we take off to the Laguna Blanca. Even though she is called the white lagoon is the colour varying from café to white or even pinkish. This is also the territory of the Condor and with some luck we can spot some majestic animals circling above our heads. The path now leads us towards the Laguna Avurtada – a mountain lake who this time doesn’t attract attention through the changing colours but through the rich flora and fauna surrounding it. This oasis in the middle of the rough lava fields will be our camp for tonight.
Day 3: We continue over the hills of the majestic Mocho – which means ‚the ‘beheaded ‘and is the Mapuche Name for the Volcano Quetrupillan – in direction of the Volcano Villarrica. We’ll set our next camp at the Laguna Azul. If the weather and time is right, we get the chance to take a bath in the clear deep water of the mountain lake before we warm up in front of the fire.
Day 4: On the last day, the Mocho will present its east side and with a stunning view at the snow covered Volcano Villarrica we begin our way back. We ride through small canyons and the forest and our brave horses have to master the last ascent until we reach the Rancho again.
Duration: 4 days, 4 nights (1x cabin, 3x tent)
Category: medium - difficult
Price: 550 Euro