Patagonia Multisport – Argentina

In South America’s southern frontier, nature, long left to its own devices, grows wild, barren and beautiful. In Patagonia, spaces are large, as are the silences that fill them. For those who come here, an encounter with such emptiness can be as awesome as the sight of jagged peaks, pristine rivers and dusty backwater oases.

Based in northern Patagonia, this lodge-based multisport embeds all the elements Patagonia and the Bariloche region of Argentina has to offer: hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, river rafting and biking. There are also optional yoga and polo lessons, massage therapy, kite boarding, paragliding, climbing, fly fishing and pretty much any adventure activity you can imagine!

Strung out along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi, in the middle of the national park of the same name, Bariloche (formally San Carlos de Bariloche) has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable. Truly a year round adventure destination, the wealth of activities available nearby in the surrounding countryside, has helped it become the Lake District’s principal destination.

Peuma Hue is a retreat within the middle of this incredible bustling adventure domain. Our luxurious lodging lies at the foot of Mt. Catedral at the southern end of Gutierrez Lake and allows a plethora of adventure options. You can ride on horseback, bike, hike and climb within the 500 acres of the property or link to wonderful mountain trails (that also link to the National Park trail network). You can paddle kayaks or fly fish on the lake. Our horses are very well trained and our guides take you through different riding trail options. As for hiking trails, many options lead to different waterfalls and scenic points. You’ll raft a pristine river, bike on trails few ever visit and return each night to the incredible luxury of our full-service, lake view accommodations. The soaring peaks of Cerros Catedral, Lapez, Nireco and Shaihuenque (to name just a few) – all well over 2000m high – ring the town, giving picture-postcard views in nearly every direction.

Trip Length 6 Days
Dates
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Open Dates
February 4 - 9, 2018
February 11 - 16, 2018
February 18 - 23, 2018
February 25 - March 2, 2018
March 4 - 9, 2018
March 11 - 16, 2018
Price $3995 USD
Deposit $1500
Meeting Place Bariloche, Argentina
Gateway City Buenos Aires, Argentina
River Rating Moderate to Intermediate
Age Range 4 - 80
Itinerary at a Glance

    Hike in the national park

    Raft the Manso River (class II to IV, you choose)

    Sea kayak on a glacial lake

    Horseback ride on and off our lodge property

    Wine tasting

    Yoga

    Visit a chocolate museum

    Enjoy an authentic Argentine as asado

    Bike single track or scenic winding roads

    Try your hand at rock climbing

Optional massages or polo lessons

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Today is your arrival to the Bariloche de San Carlos airport, where your ROAM representative will be waiting for you. You will enjoy the majestic landscape on your way to the lodge, bordering the Nahuel Huapi and Gutierrez lakes. Arriving to the main lodge through ancient forests sets the tone for what you are about to experience all week. After checking into one of our spacious cabins, you will meet your guide and hosts. A delicious lunch will be served with homemade products from our organic vegetable garden along with excellent Argentine wines. In the afternoon, we’ll take a horseback lesson and ride to the Avalanche Waterfall, crossing through South American beech forest and bordering the lake. Later we meet for cocktails around the fireplace.

 Day 2

After waking up in this paradise, you’ll indulge in a buffet breakfast. Later we trek to a waterfall, crossing even more Nothofagus centenary forests, and soak in the superb views over the Gutierrez and Mascardi lakes. You will breathe in the power and energy of the Grand Waterfall and try its pure and crystal clear water. After lunch your guide will give you a sea kayaking lesson and we’ll be off for a tour along the lake, easily reaching the waterfalls that feed it. Upon your return, perhaps an optional massage may be in order to end a special day? Cocktails and dinner at the Main House.

Day 3

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll take a short shuttle to our river base. Guests will be able to choose between a class II-III or class III-IV whitewater rafting experience on the Manso River. The scenic drive bordering a number of different lakes in the midst of the Andes and beautiful valleys will fill your soul with the beauty of this well named “Lake District”. This is an exceptional day on the water and you will be treated to fun rapids, great scenery and a picnic lunch. We’ll return to the estancia in the afternoon with enough time for a siesta, a hike or casting a line for trout before another great dinner party.

Day 4

Today we’ll let you sleep in a little longer before plying you with breakfast treats like home-made pastries and jams, fresh berry tarts from our organic orchard or whatever you like best at breakfast time. Early risers may take in some yoga or tai chi or try your hand at fishing. Options range from kayaking, hiking, riding or trying a stand up paddle board. Whatever the case may be, this afternoon we will head into the city of Bariloche for an afternoon of exploration. Often dubbed, “The Switzerland of Latin America”, the town site itself is spectacular and features all manner of restaurants, shops and even a Chocolate Museum! Tonight we will dine in one of Barlioche’s finest eateries and then make our way back to our peaceful paradise.

 Day 5

After breakfast, we’ll go back to our magical forest. Once again, breathe in the very special energy of this unique spot on Earth. This time, to the Dagostini Waterfall, and we’ll snack at a beautiful scenic point on a giant rock overlooking the Continental Divide. The trail will lead you then to another powerful place by a series of waterfalls. Condor watching is quite often in this area and the energy unique. In the afternoon, rest and read by the lake or join our trail guide for a horseback ride up to Mt Pontoneros. With wonderful views over the Andes, the lake and lodge below, you’ll feel like the condors you saw soaring earlier in the day. 

For those wanting a bigger challenge, we have a full day hike that will bring you in touch with peaks of the Andean Range as we explore the Frey Valley. A location sought by climbers from all over the world, you will quickly witness its majesty. The diversity of this one-day trek is unbelievable. Expansive lake views, lush valleys, granite spires, snow-covered peaks and radical rock formations are just a few of the superlatives we will see. At the day’s end we will hike down the Van Titter Valley to the Gutierrez Lake. Once back at the shores, we’ll get picked up by a zodiac speedboat and brought back to the lodge or you can choose to continue hiking along the lake. After this full day of adventure, you can enjoy another healing massage or just rest before cocktails and dinner. Tonight we celebrate with a delicious Patagonian “asado” (barbecue) and enjoy excellent regional wines.  It will be a fitting end to an unforgettable stay.  

Day 6

There should be time to take in a morning activity and enjoy the last views and beauty of the Nahuel Huapi National Park before transferring to the airport . Fly to Buenos Aires.

Accommodations

Peuma Hue is our base for adventure.  This private 500 acre estancia, is situated at the south end of the Gutierraz Lake and has commanding views of the mountains and waterfront.

 

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About the Region

In South America’s southern frontier, nature, long left to its own devices, grows wild, barren and beautiful. In Patagonia, spaces are large, as are the silences that fill them. For those who come here, an encounter with such emptiness can be as awesome as the sight of jagged peaks, pristine rivers and dusty backwater oases.

 

Strung out along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi, in the middle of the national park of the same name, Bariloche (formally San Carlos de Bariloche) has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable. Truly a year round adventure destination, the wealth of activities available nearby in the surrounding countryside, has helped it become the Lake District’s principal destination.

 

The soaring peaks of Cerros Catedral, Lopez, Nireco and Shaihuenque (to name just a few) – all well over 2000m high – ring the town, giving picture-postcard views in nearly every direction. These mountains aren’t just for gazing, though – excellent snow coverage (sometimes exceeding 2m at the end of the season) makes this a winter wonderland, and a magnet for skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. In summertime the nature buffs take over, hitting the hills to climb, hike trails, fish for trout and ride mountain bikes and horses. And if all this wasn’t enough, Bariloche is also Argentina’s chocolate capital.

 

Officially founded in 1902, the city really began to attract visitors after the southern branch of the Ferrocarril Roca train line arrived in 1934 and architect Ezequiel Bustillo adapted Central European styles into a tasteful urban plan. Bariloche is now known for its alpine architecture, which is given a Patagonian twist through the use of local hardwoods and unique stone construction, as seen in the buildings of Bustillo’s civic center. The first European settlers were Swiss, German and Italian origin, which gives Bariloche its alpine atmosphere. However, something tells you that you are not in Europe as few boats are seen on the lakes, the roads are swallowed up by wilderness as soon as they leave town and at night there are no lights on the opposite side of the lake.

Trip Planner

Planning Your Trip

We have prepared this trip planner to help you get ready for the adventures ahead in this truly unspoiled part of the world. We have tried to anticipate questions you might have concerning travel arrangements, what to bring, and getting in shape. We are also providing some basic information about these diverse regions. If any of your questions remain unanswered, please don’t hesitate to call. We strive to fully prepare you for what to expect on your trip so you can spend your vacation hiking, exploring, indulging and relaxing rather than wondering whether or not you brought the right pair of shoes.

 

Getting in Shape

Our trips are designed for people who enjoy the out-of-doors, rather than for fitness fanatics. Still, they are active holidays. Age is unimportant when it comes to your ability to do the rafting, walking, and/or hiking-the more important consideration is your physical condition. If you haven’t attempted the kind of exercise levels required by our trips within the last couple of years, please be aware of the sort of trip you’re taking. It’s an active one, and you’ll enjoy it more if you’ve been doing some exercise before you go. No previous river experience is required.

Your guides will give you an orientation to expedition practices and teach you all the basic skills that you’ll require to enjoy the different aspects of the trip. Our prime consideration is to provide you with a trip that is as safe and comfortable as possible while still maintaining the integrity of a wilderness experience. Activities that involve aerobic conditioning, such as swimming, walking, jogging, squash, and tennis are great for overall physical conditioning. Keep in mind the relative topography of where you live compared to the region you will be visiting. If you live in flat country, for example, consider supplementing your training with artificial hill training on a treadmill or stair-master.

 

A Thumbnail Training Program

    Two-three months before the trip starts: try to do exercises that involve aerobic conditioning three times each week-swimming, walking, jogging, squash, cross-country skiing, tennis, biking.

    One month before the trip: go for a couple of longer walks each week.

    The week before your trip: try to go for three long walks.

    Be sure to stretch after exercising-it reduces the chances of injury, muscle pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

 

Expedition Equipment

On the lake we utilize both single and double sea kayaks. Rafting the Manso River is generally in paddle rafts unless water levels dictate otherwise. Wetsuits are provided along with PFD and helmets (for both rafting and biking). Our herd of horses are well trained and in exceptional condition.

 

Fishing

For the fisherman, this region is excellent. You can fish pristine clear waters for massive rainbow trout. Rods are provided at the lodge but if you plan on fishing a lot, you may want to bring your favorite 5- to 6-weight rod with case. An assortment of appropriate dry and wet flies are available at the lodge.

 

The Weather

The Futaleufu Valley is a mountain environment so variable weather is to be expected. Daytime highs can reach 85 F but the temperatures will drop quite a bit during the evenings. While we don’t expect rain, it is always a possibility so be sure to follow our recommended equipment list, as our experience suggests a multi-layering approach with a range of temperatures and conditions in mind.

 

What to Take

While we encourage you to travel light, you’ll also want to be sure you pack all the essentials and prepared for both land and water environs. The personal equipment list will address what you will need to wear in conjunction with our gear. At the same time, weight and volume restrictions come into play so please follow our recommendations closely.

 

Equipment Notes

The personal equipment list we provide you with has been developed through years of practical experience. It is important that the clothing you bring will withstand the rigors of the trip. Your personal equipment should not weigh more than 40 pounds and all clothing should be quick drying and be made of synthetics or wool. Warmth and comfort are the main objectives with this outline. Weather conditions can vary considerably so it’s important to dress in layers so that you can maintain a comfortable body temperature no matter what Mother Nature may have in store. The inner layer should move perspiration outside, where it can evaporate. The intermediate layer should insulate while the outside layer should act as a barrier to wind and rain.

 

Personal Equipment List

    Footwear

    * 1 pair of hiking boots with appropriate number of socks

    * Casual shoes for town and lodge

    * 1 pair river sandals (Tevas)

    * 5-7 pairs wool hiking socks

     

    Upper Body

    * 2 T-shirts

    * 1-2 collared shirts for lodge nights

    * 2 long underwear tops (synthetic or wool)

    * 1 pile or fleece jacket (100-200 weight)

    * 1 high quality waterproof rain jacket

     

    Lower Body

    * 1-2 pairs long underwear bottoms (synthetic or wool)

    * 2 pairs of light shorts (quick-drying)

    * 1-2 pairs of quick-dry pants

    * Casual slacks for lodge nights

    * 1 pair high quality waterproof rain pants

    * Undergarments (ideally 1-2 of them synthetic)

    * 1 swimsuit

     

    Head & Hands

    * 1 sun hat or visor

    * Fleece hat (for early or late departures)

    * 1 pair lightweight fleece gloves

     

    Some Extras

    * Binoculars: Many people like to have a pair for those great vistas or for bird or animal watching.

    * Compass: A fun thing to have for the avid map-reader. We carry a full set of topographical maps on the trip.

     

    Additional Gear

    * 1 day pack (20-35 litres)

    * 2 1-litre water bottles (or camelback) with securing strap

    * Toiletry kit (personal medications)

    * Sunscreen, lip salve, insect repellent

    * Sunglasses with safety strap and extra prescription glasses (if necessary)

    * Small flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries

    * Notebook, journal, reading material

    * Camera (don’t forget to bring lots of film/memory and store gear properly)

Please pack your gear into soft duffle bags (NO SUITCASES). The gear you’re should weigh less than 40 pounds in total. The airline may charge you for excess baggage or even, in rare circumstances, refuse your bags.

 

Getting Insured -Trip Cancellation Insurance

R.O.A.M. strongly recommends that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You risk forfeiture of all monies paid, if you cancel your trip. You have the option of purchasing an insurance policy that meets the specific needs of our travellers. http://www.travelinsure.com/what/imedhigh.htm?32931.

Please make sure you understand what the insurance will and will not cover. Please consult the policy for exact coverage, details of other risks insured, and for other benefits and limitations of the insurance.

 

Making Your Travel Plans

The following may help you get to the start of your R.O.A.M. trip with a few pleasant adventures along the way. Your trip starts and ends in Bariloche, Argentina.

 

Flight Arrangements

Since most international flights arrive in Buenos Aires, this will most likely be your point of arrival, unless you have pre-trip plans elsewhere in Argentina. Your flight reservations should be made as far ahead of time as possible. As with all popular destinations, space on flights can be limited at peak times, and fares tend to increase as you near the departure date. If you are planning to use a frequent flyer program or other discounted fare, please take extra precautions to make your plans in advance, as airlines allocate a limited number of seats for this type of travel, and may impose restrictions or extra costs on changing travel arrangements.

There are three airports in Buenos Aires. They are the J. Newbery Aeropark Airport, the Comandante Espora Aerostation Airport and the Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport. Ezeiza International Airport is located at a distance of 34 kilometers from the city. Be sure to give yourself 3 hours for a “legal connection” to Bariloche or other domestic destinations as it may take up to 1 hour to taxi between airports.

 

Buenos Aires

One of the most spectacular cities in South America, and you should plan to spend some time here, either before or after your trip. There are many ways to get downtown from the airport. The easiest way is by taxi, which takes about 30 minutes and costs between $50-70 depending on traffic. There is also a regularly scheduled airport shuttle that goes to all major hotels and costs less. It is less expensive to arrange pick up through the hotel you are staying with.

 

Recommended Hotels in Buenos Aires

    ROAM has special pricing on a few great hotels in Buenos Aires if booked through our office. Here are some other options to consider. Prices do not include 21% tax


Art Hotel

    Street Address: Azcuenaga 1268, (between Beruti and Arenales)
Barrio Norte/Recoleta, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54-11) 48-21-47-44 
Website: http://www.arthotel.com.ar


    Hotel La Cayetana

    (in the Montserrat neighbourhood of Buenos Aires)
Street Address: Mexico 1330, Montserrat, Capital Federal, Argentina
Telephone: (54-11) 43-83-22-30
E-mail: info@lacayetanahotel.com.ar
Website: http://www.lacayetanahotel.com.ar


    Moreno Hotel

    (In the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires)
Street Address: Moreno 376, San Telmo, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54-11) 60-91-20-00
E-mail: info@morenobuenosaires.com
Website: http://www.morenobuenosaires.com


    Krista Hotel Boutique

    (In the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood of Buenos Aires)
Street Address: Bonpland 1665, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54-11) 47-71-46-97
E-mail: info@kristahotel.com.ar
Website: http://www.kristahotel.com.ar



Hotel 562 Nogaro

    (in the Capital Federal neighborhood of Buenos Aires near Plaza de Mayo)
Street Address: Avenida Julio A. Roca 562, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires

    Website: http://www.epoquehotels.com/h.php/buenos-aires-hotels/boutique-hotel/h/nogaro/l/en/


    Melia Recoleta Plaza Boutique Hotel 
(in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires)
Street Address: Posadas 1557, Recoleta, Buenos Aires 
Telephone: (54-11) 53-53-40-00
E-mail: melia.recoleta.plaza@solmelia.com
Website:http://www.solmelia.com/solNew/hoteles/jsp/C_Hotel_Description.jsp?codigoHotel=5951

Rendezvous

Your trip starts in Bariloche, Argentina. A ROAM representative will meet you at the airport. If you are looking to extend your days in Bariloche, additional room nights can be booked by contacting the ROAM office at 888 639 1114 or email info@iroamtheworld.com

 After Your Trip

After your trip, you will be dropped off in Bariloche at the airport.

 Currency

The monetary unit is the Argentine Peso which is approximately 13.5 to 1 US dollar. Credit cards are not as widely accepted as they are in North America (especially AMEX). Traveller’s checks, where accepted, are exchanged at rates that thieves envy. Cash is king – so use a money belt. When converting American to pesos, you’ll get the most favourable rates at stores. Banks are open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Friday. ATMs are everywhere but often only allow $300 AR Pesos per day.

 

Carrying Valuables

Argentina is very safe for travelling, but still there is no point in carrying lots of valuables when travelling. Regrettably, tourists are among the most easily targeted, so please exercise some caution. We also recommend that you check your personal insurance policy before travelling to ensure that you are covered for theft and loss while travelling. As a safety precaution, do not travel with excessive amounts of cash or jewelry if it is not necessary.

 

Language

Argentina is officially Spanish speaking. A bilingual ROAM guide will be with the group from start to finish – unless you are traveling with Brian (he generally butchers the Spanish language but will keep you safe and well liquored).

 

Travel Documents

Please make sure your travel documents and passport are in your carry-on luggage. Do not check them with your bags. Americans and Canadians do not require a visa to enter Argentina, however, there is a reciprocity fee that seems to come and go.  At this time, while writing, the $160 fee has been waived by an executive order. The fee, when in effect was good for 10 years.  

 

Etiquette

On our trip we’ll be travelling through some environmentally and historically sensitive areas. Our excursions are designed to promote an understanding of the delicate ecosystems while preserving their fundamental integrity. We ask participants to share our concern for the environment by practicing low-impact touring in this sensitive area.

R.O.A.M. operates on a “leave-no-trace” policy as we believe the survival of the natural environment and the wildlife it supports depends on establishing an economy beyond simple resource harvesting. Our goal is to immerse our clients in vast natural beauty, which, in turn, supports eco-tourism as a viable, economic choice.

 

Emergency Phone

Our trip leader carries a cell phone and satellite phone for emergency purposes. Should you need a phone at your disposal, you should make arrangements for your own communication. Cellular phones work at the lodge but not in all of our remote day trip locations.

 

R.O.A.M. Guides

Our guides are as impressive as the scenery; passionate about their work, they are delighted to pass on their knowledge and skills. They have an intimate knowledge of a region’s wildlife, natural history, culture and folklore. Trained in wilderness first aid and professionally certified, our guides are eager to please and will ensure you have a memorable experience.

 

Tips and Tipping

    * Tipping is common in Argentina. Of course, there are some exceptions, which we have noted.

    * Taxis – 5% is appropriate for good service and 10% is generous.

    * Porters – $2 per bag.

    * Restaurants – It is appropriate to leave 15% before tax.

 

The tipping of R.O.A.M. guides is entirely discretionary, and we feel strongly that gratuities should not be offered to them if they lead anything less than a great trip. However, we expect that our guides will do a great job in making your trip memorable and, when they do, it is not uncommon for our travellers to offer a gratuity. The guides very much appreciate it. We are often asked what is appropriate. In general, we have found that when our travellers offer a gratuity, it is in the range of a “thank you” to 15% of the trip cost per person. But again, tipping is entirely at your discretion.