- 4 Days
Off the beaten tourist paths, but only three hours away from the capital Santiago, the region of Maule is awaiting you with incomparable natural beauty. In Talca -the capital of the region- you will find busy shopping streets, a beautiful square in the centre and a lot of old colonial buildings. The area that surrounds Talca is home of the Huasos, the Chilean cowboys. And there are a lot of sleepy haciendas from colonial times...
Due to the Mediterranean climate, long and warm summers from November to April are virtually guaranteed. There are lots of vineyards to visit; the Pacific Ocean coast can be reached in a slow train; virgin forests cover the majestic mountains of the Andes... all this combines to create the recreational oasis of this region. Being the transitional zone between desert and rainforest the region has an extremely varied flora and fauna: rainforest, enormous sandhills, cactus, elegant black-necked swans and cute penguins, and finally the proud king of the Andes: the condor.
Day 1: Arrival to Casa Chueca.
Day 2: Altos de Lircay National Park (Vilches) and Vineyards. Located in the midst of Southern Beech forest, this park offers several easy hiking trails for nature lovers. You can hike through a majestic Coihue forest to the viewpoint Mirador Venado (3 h approx.), or to moor Majadilla on a mountain ridge with a nice view (2 hrs.). For mountain lovers, a side trip to the outlook Peine (2,448 m, 6-7 hrs.) is a treat. Leaded by several local arrieros (muleteer) you can enjoy the nature reserve on horseback. After a short hike you still have time to visit one of the vineyards on the way back to the Casa Chueca.
Day 3: Train to Constitucion and a Hike in the Dunes of Putu.
The tracks between Talca and the coastal city of Constitución are some of the last ones in Chile to still see passenger trains run. The laid-back convoy consisting of an engine and a wagon keeps following Maule River and sometimes stops in the middle of a field to let people get off and on. It reaches Constitución two times a day after 2.5 hours, where you can walk on the black lava beach with its high rock cliffs, or eat fresh fish in one of the small restaurants along the boardwalk.
The Sand Dunes of Putu.
About 25 km north of Constitución, a widely unknown geographical rarity runs along the coast: the Putu dunes, a vast area of Sahara-like dunes. Five kilometers after the last intersection towards Putú town, a track turns off to the left. After few minutes, you will reach the edge of the dunes, which seem to run north and south all the way towards the horizon -a great tour.
Day 4: Departure
Prices per person
single...........395€....(with horse 445€)
double.........320€....(with horse 370€)
dorm............295€....(with horse 345€)
Additional Days: Begin with the classic tour, and add additional activities depending on your interests! Or if you are more interested in these tours, we can adapt the classic tour to reflect your desires!
- Included: accommodation, breakfast, lunch box, dinner, transfers, entrance fees, guide on riding tour..
- All prices for 4 persons up p.p. Less than 4 PAX, please ask for price
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