Explore a pristine and unknown part of wild Patagonia where nature’s domain is greatest and our human hand is least, and remains reverent.
Come fill your lungs with fresh, clean air while listening to the natural rhythm of lake waves hitting rocky shores, and the soft thumping of horse hooves connecting with the earth. Partake in the local custom of sharing mate, a local tea. Enjoy a deliciously prepared meal in community with others. Share a glass of wine and stories around a campfire. Pick out the Southern Cross amongst the night’s sparkling stars. Cup your hands in pure, frigid water and enjoy the sweet taste of a mountain brook.
The Gaucho Way is our signature route. It follows traditional paths used by the Gauchos, Chilean cowboys who are friends and neighbors. Horseback, they herd cattle to market and return to their homesteads with flour, sugar, yerba mate and other sundries. The Gaucho Way connotes both their passage through the mountain landscape and their distinctive, gracious culture.
Sample Itineraries * Each trip's length, activity types, and difficulty are readily adapted to meet a party's goals and wishes.
- The Gaucho Way - 9 Day Supported Trek
- The Gaucho Way - 9 Day Horse Ride
- The Gaucho Way - 12 Day Supported Trek or Horse Ride
- The Gaucho Way - 14 Day Supported Trek or Horse Ride
- The Gaucho Way - 15 Day Fly Fishing and Supported Trek or Horse Ride
- Terms and Conditions
Our wilderness home is located in the Solér Valley along the water’s edge of Lago Plomo in the Aysén Region of Patagonia, Chile. The waters of Lago Plomo are the furthest western extension of South America’s second largest lake, Lago General Carrera. Our ranches are situated in the center of an immense, wild terrain of crystalline lakes, deep blue rivers, clean mountain streams, broad valleys, ancient forests and spectacular, glaciated peaks. They are sentinel to nearly 2,000 square kilometers of navigable lake waters and the private gateway to a vast mountain topography encompassing surrounding national parks, the Northern Patagonia Icefield and the numerous adjacent ranges.
We offer a variety of fully supported walking treks from our private ranch in Patagonia, Chile and internationally. Our horseback program includes outings ranging from simple trail rides to multi-day horse packing trips and cattle round-ups that traverse valleys, cross rivers, and camp at the edge of glaciers. Our fly-fishing trips provide a well-rounded exciting mix of daily outings for brown and rainbow trout in a wide variety of local waters. We also provide in-depth training in all phases of mountaineering and expedition travel.
Our educational programs work with high schools, universities, and other organizations providing logistics and risk management oversight for an institutions established program, and/or offering our own outdoor educationand leadership curriculum.
Any of our itineraries can combine any of the above activities with a selection of additional choices such as whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, and agritourism opportunities. Whichever trip you select there will be opportunities for cross-cultural sharing with our Chilean friends and neighbors who live and work frontier homesteads throughout the area.
While we hope that the website and our sample itineraries give you a good idea of what we offer, in the end each of our trips is best crafted by working together with our guests and clients. Whether you choose an established itinerary or create one of your own, our commitment is to accommodating your interests and providing you with a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Ultimately, we look at a successful trip as requiring collaboration to come up with the best components.
Even after living here for more than 30 years this place still thrills us and we love sharing it with others. Our connection with the natural world, and who we share this with, is part of what we value most in life.We look forward to hearing from you.
Take a trip with us! Please contact us for more detailed itineraries of our trips.