Trekking Amphiteather Cochamo
|Trekking start in la Junta heading south west . Skirting the Cochamo river . We will cross the river in a log that serves as a natural bridge enter the green forest . During the first stage of this trekking we see waterfalls and enter the deep forest of Coihues , Canelos , Mañios , Alerces, Quilas and Lengas . After 3 hours of hike we leave behind the woods and
appears the magnificent amphitheater a circular vertical granite wall of 700 meters high.Here starts the most demanding part of the hike where we lose the trail and start following the bed of a stream sorting big rocks crossing the stream in some sections passing by roots and fallen trees. The rewarding end of the hike offers an astounding view in the base of the massive granite wall .After an epic lunch in the base , the helicopter will pick us up to fly back passing by the iconic peaks of Trinidad and The Monster
DISTANCE : 4,8 Kilometres one way .
VERTICAL METERS ASCENT: 800 Meters.
DIFFICULTY : Medium – High.
EQUIPMENT : We recommend the use of hiking poles .
|Departing in the morning from our helipad with all mountain gear: crampons, cords harness probes to walk in the southern glacier of the active Yates volcano. Guides & Chef ready. Our flight heads west, we fly close to the rapid el salto in Puelo river . We continue ascending the eastern slope of Yates volcano full of crevasses and sulphur smoke.
Weather permitting we land at the base of the south glacier where we start ascending guided and roped.View north the Estuario Reloncavi and south Volcan Hornopiren and Canal
To our east the snowed peaks of Puntiagudo,Osorno and Tronador. To our west the majestic Pacific Ocean . Walking up a mild slope and admiring the astounding views to
The flight back is descent flight by the east side of the volcano and then the Puelo Valley to arrive back in the lodge where the warm fire in our living rooms will embrace our bodies.
|We start from the lodge our own trek within our property. It goes from our backyard ascending to the east almost getting to the Mea de la yegua waterfall ,the ancient native forest with coihues, ulms, arrayanes, palo Santo ,luma ,avellanos y maitenes will embrace us with colors and scents . We pass by some streams to the point where we will start climbing uphill by a natural path crossing the several quila canes along the trail . Man made stairs of wood , with bridges and gateways will permit us continue our ascent to reach the mañios a tree that has the two genders which makes them very special.
In our way we might see the black woodpecker ,and the huete huete similar to the chucao bird singing by. We can taste the chicharron del bosque a very wetty mushroom ;with luck we can see a Pudu a very small chilean deer typical of this forest.
The trek is always in deep tall trees until we get to the ancient larches where we find some trunks that are barely embraced by 5 trekkers. The trail has three different sections each with different kinds of trees and landscape.The first section immediately after departing from the lodge has native forest abundant in species from sea level till the 600 meters asl.The second section steeper terrain reaching the mañios at about 900 meters above sea level. The third section from 900 meters to 1,200 meters asl is where the enormous larches are and the steep part of the trail finishes ,the terrain turns flatter and we walk towards the lagoon surrounded by ñirres and lengas that can endure snow and hail at high altitudes.In winter the lagoon freezes thick enough to ice skate. In autumn the colors of the ñirres and lengas arriving at the end of the trail with the sight of the morreine near the snowed peaks is astounding.
After maybe four and a half hours of steep climbing we arrive to the lagoon surrounded by morraine & snowed peaks .It is a difficult trek of 6 kilometers and 1.200 meters high starting Atte lodge level of 65 meters asl . The more fit and with strong knees might be able to walk down with the guide ,but we usually use the helicopter for a 7’ minute flight down to our helipad. A well deserved hot tub is waiting and the quincho prepared for a typical Chilote meal .
|The Tagua Tagua park is located in a portion of the Patagonian Andes where the forest, water and mountains interact as part of an endless life cycle. Its geographical characteristics have allowed this valley to remain virgin over the years, where its natural barriers, the Tagua Tagua Lake in its lower part, and the granite peaks on the other, have protected this beautiful place from the intervention of man.
The Tagua-Tagua park has a network of trails, which covers a total of 18 kilometers. Its layout was designed in order to minimize the impact of visitors. This park has 3000 hectares of native forest dedicated to conservation. There are two refuges in this park: the Alerces refuge and the Quetrus refuge. To access the Alerces refuge, you must walk 6.5 km in approximately 4 hrs, reaching a height of 535 meters above sea level. Special mention deserves his sight to a forest of sunken larches, that simply captivates to those who enjoy it. To reach the Quetrus refuge you must walk for about 5.5 hours, covering a total of 10 kilometers. This refuge has a beautiful view of the granite mountains, all surrounded by beautiful larches.
For your trekking, you have different options:
Option 1:Trekking Tagua Tagua park: In/out in boat , We arrive at Tagua Tagua park in a boat. We can walk until we reach the Alerce refuge or the Quetrus refuge. Then we hike back to the park entrance where we come back to the lodge in boat.
Option 2: Trekking Tagua Tagua Park In/Out by helicopter from Quetrus Camp .
Option 3:Trekking Tagua Tagua Park: helo In or Out from Quetrus camp ; In or Out in boat . We arrive in boat to the park and the helicopter will wait us in Quetrus heliport, to take us back to the lodge. We arrive in helicopter to Quetrus heliport and we hike to the park entrance, until Tagua Tagua lake, where the boat is waiting us to take us back to the lodge.