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Manso Multisport Rafting: Crossing the Andes
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Each night is spent at a different campsite in our adventure tour from Argentina through Chile, South America. Each day in Patagonia has travel options including white water rafting, horseback riding and/or hiking en route to the next camp (10 - 15 kms in distance). Fly-fishing is an option in the evenings and mornings at every camp.

Day 1 of tour

Arrive at the high mountain ski town of Bariloche, Argentina via Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile. An Adventure Tours Argentina Chile (ATAC) representative will meet you at the airport and take you to the Hotel Edelweiss. In the evening, dine at Alberto's in Bariloche with the entire group and leaders.
Itinerary Map, First Part.

Day 2 of tour

White water rafting and Inflatable Kayak Class II-III:
In the morning, meet Adventure Tour's trip leader and the expedition group for breakfast at the hotel and drive from Bariloche along the coast of the scenic Lago Nahuel Huapi and into the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

After an extensive water safety orientation, practice paddling techniques on a tranquil Manso tributary before entering the turquoise waters of the main Rio Manso. Descend class II-III rapids in rafts and/or inflatable kayaks with views of waterfalls and snow-capped rugged peaks to a remote Argentine customs outpost.

Enjoy a classic local morel mushroom pasta dish for lunch. Continue through class III rapids in a narrow basalt gorge and camp on the shore of the Rio El Leon. Pass through the Chile customs outpost in the evening. Feast on pollo al disco.
Itinerary map, Part 1.

Day 3 of tour

Option 1 (of 2): Horseback Riding or Hiking
Travel alongside the huasos and pilcheros, horseback riding or hiking along the river to the pueblo of El Leon. Continuing West, the dirt road becomes a well-traveled horseback riding and hiking trail that follows the river through thick diverse rainforest with views of the river's gorge and mountain peaks. Encounter scenic aspects of the trail including wooden bridges over small tributaries and rock outcroppings.

Option 2: White water rafting Class III-IV
Travel downriver through a basalt gorge, white water rafting through class III-IV rapids with 1-2 mandatory portages.

Both white water rafting and hiking / horseback riding groups camp on an open field with sweeping 360° views overlooking the valleys and confluence of the Rio Torrentoso and Rio Manso. Feast on bife de chorizo - tender filets of internationally acclaimed Argentina pampa-raised beef.

Day 4 of tour

Horseback Riding or Hiking:
Journey by hiking and / or horseback riding up the Rio Torrentoso Valley on an ancient trail once ridden by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Travel up the winding narrow valley passing pictographs on the canyon walls.

Lunch at the confluence of the Rio de Los Morros and the Torrentoso and continue up the valley into virgin temperate rainforest. Camp on the shore of the high mountain lake, Lago Vidal. Feast on Cazuela.

Day 5 of tour

Layover Day / Personal Day:
Though some may choose to spend a personal day relaxing and swimming, it is possible to do more than one of the following activities as well:

Day hike/ forest walk: Hike to Paso Cochamo. Walk through groves of ancient alerce, coigüe, lenga, ñire, mañiu and other native Chilean trees.

Fly fishing: Experience fly fishing from inflatable kayaks or along the shore of Lago Vidal. Click to see the Fly Fishing Page.

Peak Climb: Attempt an ascent of Mount Bodega (at the discretion of the guides).
Regroup in the evening and spend a second night in the camp alongside Lago Chico. Feast on the day's catch (angler permitting). Enjoy a riverside sauna.

Day 6 of tour

Horseback Riding or Hiking:
Travel by horseback and / or hiking through Torrentoso Valley back to the Manso drainage and downstream to a farm overlooking the river. Camp on a small plateau, surrounded by breathtaking bluffs, 300 feet above the river in view of some of the Manso's class V rapids to be descended by the white water rafting group the following day. Feast on pastel de papas. Itinerary map, Second Part.

Day 7 of tour

The Big Day

Option 1 (of 2): White water rafting Class V
(water level permitting) Raft a class V section of white water including the rapids, Super Pollo and Mellisa's Meltdown to the confluence of the Rio Manso with the Rio Steffen. Those who do not wish to paddle class V or who do not qualify, travel with the horseback riding and /or hiking groups. After lunch at Rio Steffen, paddle a class IV stretch including the rapids Cachai and Curva Peligrosa. The rapids become class I as the valley widens and views expad into the valley of the Rio Puelo.

Option 2: Horseback Riding or Hiking
Experience horseback riding and hiking with the huasos through the most technical portion of the trail. Dismount and lead your horse over the most difficult sections as the trail rises hundreds of feet over the canyon before dropping down to the river.

Horseback riding, hiking and white water rafting groups camp on a large sandy riverside beach near the confluence of the Rio Puelo. Celebrate our last night on the river in traditional Chilean style with pisco sour and an asado.

Day 8 - 9 of tour

In the morning, a launch ferries us across Lake Tagua-Tagua. Travel North on the Carretera Austral through the coastal fjords along the Pacific Ocean, Chile. The tall coigues and lengas alongside the road grant intermittent views of Volcano Osorno which towers over Todos Los Santos Lake and the small town of Puerto Varas. Fly out of Puerto Montt, Chile via Santiago of Chile. Return to the U.S.

We do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, however this itinerary is subject to change.

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About the Tour

Trip Notes
Equipment List
The Guides
Travel to Argentina & Chile
Map of Patagonia
Patagonia Flora & Fauna
Patagonia History

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Tour Dates

Jan 5 - 13, 2007
Jan 19 - 27, 2007
Feb 2 - 10, 2007
Feb 16 - 24, 2007
Mar 2 - 10, 2007
Mar 16 - 24, 2007

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