Five days trekking circuit among amazing geological formations where central and southern Chilean forests converge, passing by lakes, hot springs and a great diversity of Andean landscapes.

There are 50 miles of trail in which we will be assisted by packhorses to relieve the hike, that added the excellent service that characterizes us, you can appreciate and enjoy the best possible way the hidden wonders of the Andes landscapes. Countless rivers and streams will satiate our thirst at the right times, as well as the opportunity to relax the body thanks to thermal springs that bloom on the banks of the “Quebrada el Volcán” and the “Blanquillo” sector.

Venturing to live a unique experience in the Andes range involves an opening way to a direct feeling of admiration of the resources and attractions that expose the same landscapes. The Condors Circuit essentially forms a space for the redefinition by the visitor that become protagonist of the space that recreates, leaving the mountain reveals its majesty and matchless beauty.

Day 0: Meeting

We will arrange a reunion two days before the expedition so we can know each other beforehand, clear out every doubt and check our equipment. The venue will be at the customer’s hotel.

Day 1: Radal 7 Tazas National Reserve - Ánimas Lagoon

At 4:00am in the morning we will pick up the passengers at their hotel in Santiago and head south to Radal 7 Tazas National Reserve, for an estimated 5 hours car ride. This protected area since 1981 is located in the Maule Region. Its main attraction is the course of the Claro River, with waterfalls and peculiar natural pools.

The arrival at the reserve is scheduled at 9:00am. At the administracion we will be received by porters and their horses from where we distribute the equipment and start the journey towards a fairly friendly path through the Claro Valley, passing by native forest and a peculiar rock formation known as the “Colmillo del Diablo” (Devil’s Fang). Here the group can enjoy the landscape with the Devil´s Fang as a postcard of the place. There are 6 miles (9.7km) to this point and about 3 more miles (4.8km) along a demanding slope with an average height of 1,640ft (500m) to finish the day at the Ánimas Lagoon, who will receive us with tents set up on its shoreline, an excellent spot for camping. The team bundle up and gets comfortable while waiting for dinner. End of the day.

Day 2: Ánimas Lagoon - El Volcan Ravine

At 7:00 am. Breakfast. Day rations for the hike are distributed.  Hikers should pack their towels and swimsuits for the hot springs of “El Volcán”.  The first section consist to hike on a steep slope of 1,7 miles (2.7km) before get to the hill pass of “Las Cruces” (8.202 feets above the sea level).  After a short break we continue by a path of pumice rock along a hillside of northeastern exposure before entering into the Volcán Ravine and arrive to the hot springs. On that place we will take a bath, relax the muscles and recharge energies before hike the last section of the day.

After a refreshing swim we will continues to advance through these ravine to reach the camp site. The group get comfortable while dinner is prepared.  Evaluation of that day and the next.  End of the day.

Day 3: El Volcán Hill path - El Blanquillo

This day is almost only downhill. The first stage consists of a hike through a corridor called “La Calle (The Street)”. A beautiful natural corredor highlighting the Manantial Pelado mountain -Impressive, majestic and colorful-.  After a steady decline and having hiked about 8 miles (12.8km), we will arrive to the hot springs of “El Blanquillo”. This place is the base camp for those who come to climb the “Descabezado Volcano” and an excellent spot to take a nice and refreshing bath in transparent pools with temperatures ranging from 20 to 22 degrees.  After a comfortable bath, the group prepares for dinner. Evaluation of that day and the next one. End of the day.

Day 4: El Blanquillo - The Beach

On this day we return to the main trail to take south direction following the course of the Blanquillo River, which will lead us to “Altos de Lircay National Reserve”. Having left behind the Blanquillo valley and after passing the Escorial -last important downhill-, we are going to enter to an old forest of nothofagus, representative of the subantarctic climate. In these ecosystems it is possible to see the Chilean lizard and the Woodpecker, one of the many birds that we might observe in this environment.

There are approx 6 miles (9.6km) before arrive at the site of “El Venado (The dear)”.  Here, we could stop to rest and have lunch before making the final leg of the journey that will lead us to “La Playa (The Beach)”, a place on the banks of a river course where we will camp. The group gets confortable and prepare for dinner.  We make the relevant assessment of that day and the last before going to rest.  End of the day.

Day 5: The Beach - Entrance Altos de Lircay National Reserve

The group rises up, take breakfast, snacks are distributed as we prepare for one of the toughest section of the five days. It consist of climbing a hillside of eastern exposure, about 1.800 vertical feets to the viewpoint of “El Venado”. There are about 2.5 hours with significant slopes before reach this lookout.  Here we can rest and admire the landscape that provides us with the view of the “Descabezado Volcano” that towers over the Andean scene.

From here we will continue hiking on a more friendly trail to the entrance of the reserve. As we descend, we will be delving deeper into a forest that converges sclerophyllous species, typical of the Mediterranean climate and nothofagus trees represented by Coigüe (nothofagus bombeyi) and Lenga (Nothofagus pumilio).

From the Deer there are less than 6 miles (10km.) to finish the journey at the administration of Altos de Lircay Reserve -Vilches Alto Sector-.  Here you will be recibe by the driver with a “surprise lunch” and afterwards the returning to Santiago. The estimated time for arrival at the Chilean capital will be at 20:00.

Summary

  • Activity: Trek
  • Tour length: Five days
  • Total distance: 50 miles (80km)
  • Distance per day: 
    -Day 1: 9,8 miles (15,7km)
    -Day 2: 10,2 miles (16,4km)
    -Day 3: 8,2 miles (13,2km)
    -Day 4: 8,8 miles (14,2km)
    -Day 5: 8,6 miles (13,9km)
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Season: From November to April

Price Per Person

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Include

  • Bilingual guide ESP-ING
  • Transfer
  • National Reserves entrance fees
  • Packhorses
  • First aid kit
  • Trekking poles
  • Radio
  • Leggings
  • Headlamps
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pad
  • Tent four seasons
  • Topographic map
  • Utensiles
  • Box lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Not include:

  • Personal clothing
  • personal bagpack

Recommendations

  • Warm and windproof clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunblock
  • Hiking shoes
  • Thermal shirt (long sleeves if possible)

Winter:

  • Sunglasses (important)
  • Winter hat
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Parka or waterproof jacket
  • Gloves

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Pictures taken in summer, feb 2015.