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Ride the Pioneer Trail on horseback
Ride from one rustic lodge to another on a trail through an impressive river valley.
The spectacular pass known as the Cochamó Trail winds its way over the Andes, across fast-flowing rivers, through dense Valdivian rainforest and past waterfalls cascading into aquamarine pools. This is a wilderness landscape to stir the soul, and we think the best way to appreciate it is on horseback.
Setting off from the rustic Riverside Lodge, you’ll ride along the river valley passing alerce forests and wild flower meadows. On arrival at another small and cosy lodge in the tiny hamlet of La Junta, you’ll be met by the irresistible aroma of a sizzling asado barbeque, prepared for you over an open fire by the local huasos.
The next day there’s time to explore La Junta’s nature trails, swish down a natural waterslide and swim in rock pools, or just relax at the lodge before riding back.
Activity Rating: moderate
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Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.