THE CONDOR

PATH

Come to enjoy one of the best hikes in the world. We are going to cross from Altos de Lircay Reserve to 7 Tazas National Park through the mountains assisted by packhorses. You will be immersed in an amazing variety of landscapes, from the nice Nothofagus Chilean forest to lava fields and lava sand, river crossings, gorgeous forest, and amazing lava fields by foothills of volcanoes. Prepare yourself for breath taking wild hot springs in the middle of the mountain and the best hiking experience you will ever have had.

Highlights: amazing variety of landscapes / volcanoes /hot springs / lava fields / gorgeous forest / water falls / assisted by pack horses / private transport

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Location

Chile / Vilches, Maule (VII región)


Difficulty

Demanding. Is not technically difficult but you must be able to walk long distances (without weight). Longest day is a 16.5 km / 11 miles


Duration of the tour

Day 1: 4,5 hrs / Day 2: 4,5 hrs / Day 3: 5 hrs (hiking) / Day 4: 5 hrs (hiking) / Day 5: 5 hrs (hiking) / Day 6: 5 hrs (hiking)


Transportation time

4 hour of transportation on the car from Santiago to the starting point.


Technical data

Miles covered each day: Day 1: 10 km / 6.5 miles (pack horse) / Day 2: 14 km / 9 miles (pack horse) / Day 3: 10.5 km / 7 miles (pack horse) / Day 4: 16.5 km / 11 miles (pack horse) / Day 5: 16 km / 10 miles (pack horse) / Day 6: 16.5 km / 11 miles (pack horse)


Season

November to April


Requirements

Age of participants must be between 14 to 65 years old. Physical and medical condition must be compatible with activity (When in doubt, please ask).  

Available alternatives: 5 & 6 days

Pick up time will be delivered through the booking process.

Day 1: Among nothofagus forest 

Santiago - Altos de Lircay - Enladrillado Camp

Transport from Santiago to "Altos de Lircay Reserve". From the beginning of the path we will be immersed in wide nothofagus variety of trees. In fall we will be amazed by the red color of the oaks. We will walk by forest of 500 years. Enjoy this peaceful day walking easy inside the gorgeous forest.

Day 2: Volcanoes, rivers and water falls

Enladrillado Camp - El venado Camp

In the morning you will witness the breath taking view of the huge Volcano Descabezado Grande surrounded by lava fields and forest. In 1933 the Volcano made a huge explosion, the ashes crossed the Atlantic Ocean and reached South Africa. You will be able to see old "Cypress of the Mountain" forest and the gorgeous Despalmado Waterfall and test your adventure spirit in the river crossing.

Day 3: Lava fields and Hotsprings

El Venado Camp - Blanquillo Hot Spirngs

From our camp, the landscapes will change dramatically. We will leave behind the forest and start walking over dry lava fields. Amazing lagoons surrounded by rock walls will amazed us. At the end of the day we will reach to Blanquillo Hot Springs where you can relax your body in the natural ponds with amazing views of the volcano and valley.

Day 4: Lava dunes, oasis and hot springs

Blanquillo Hotsprings - Azufre Hotsprings

Prepare for crossing amazing lava dunes at 25000 meters, some of them are crossed by streams between the dunes, creating oasis with flowers and grass lands (depending on the season). In beginning of spring the dunes could be covered by snow in some parts of the path.

We'll finish our day in the waters of Azufre Hot Springs

Día 5: Impresionantes paisajes de montañas y lagunas

Termas El Azufre  - Laguna Las Animas

Este día podrás disfrutar de increibles vistas de las montañas cubiertas de glaciares, oasis y las dunas de arena blanca mientras descendemos a la laguna donde haremos nuestro próximo sitio de camping.

Día 6: Cascadas: Las 7 tazas

Las Animas - Campamento Inglés - Transporte a Santiago

Continuaremos nuestro descenso, adentrándonos en el Parque Nacional 7 Tazas donde volveremos a penetrar los maravillosos bosques de nothofagus.  Increibles vistas de montañas y una serie de cascadas y saltos de agua están esperando por nosotros.Terrific mountain view and a series of water falls along the way, are waiting for us.

Warning: 

  • This activity could include, driving by land roads, sudden changes of weather, hiking under strong sun. 
  • Schedule may change due to unexpected weather conditions.
  • Guides have the last call in critical decisions and required cooperation of every client.
  • Hiking times are estimates based on the average passengers and will depend on the strength of the group and the climate conditions.
  • Guides are at your service, but cooperation will be needed in group tasks such as camp building and cooking 

What's included

Includes all, except your personal gear: clothes, sleeping bag and sleeping pad (rent available)

  • Guides
  • Private transportation from your hotel or meeting point.
  • Camping gear: tents, cooking staff, meal staff for every passenger
  • Every breakfast, snack and meal needed during the trip.
  • Packhorses
  • Hotspring and camp fees.
  • First aid kit
  • VHF Radio and Satelital Phone

What's not included

  • Personal Clothing (Please check "Gear")
  • Personal Insurance
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad (rental available)
  • duffel bag
  • small backpack (rent available)

What to bring:

Recommended personal gear list: Check list equipment Condor Circuit. Rental available in sleeping bag, sleeping pad and some other items.

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