Estancia "La Maipu"
CHALTEN-ESTANCIA LA MAIPÚ TRAVERSE (4 días)
1: we leave in vehicle from Chaltén to the Cristina ranch,
20 km from town. We start from here the ascent through the Barrancas valley,
a very interesting place due to its geological characteristics. This is
a good spot to see Condors, because there are sheep that attract them
when they look for food. We keep going up till there source, to an altitude
of 1000m. We go to the gate and start descending to the Portones Valley,
following guanacos trails, the place chosen for our first camp.
Breakfast. Today we'll ascend the Portones River through a wide valley
with a big number of hidden marine fossils. The isolation and the small
number of people that transit this area make this valley the perfect place
to see wild life. Later on, arriving to the Portones Pass we'll have a
wonderful surprise: in front of us the San Martín lake with its
peninsulas and arms, The Maipú Ranch, the Astillado mountain, and
an infininite number of mountains on the Argentinean an Chilean sides.
Our descent will take us to the beginning of the Elena's River and to
arrive to camp we'll follow the forest direction.
Breakfast. We begin the descent through a leafy forests to "La Maipú"
Ranch hut. This is an easier day; we'll cross green fields and meadows
with beautiful views near the main house. Early in the afternoon we'll
arrive to the hut, and after a short rest we'll be ready to visit the
"Livelly Museum", first settler of this land.
Breakfast. Today we'll have the option to enjoy a horse ride in the area.
We'll visit the shear shed to understand how patagonian ranches work.
Depending the time of the year we'll be able to see a shearer in action.
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