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Excursions from Mallin Colorado Ecolodge

Family oriented attentiveness and isolation combine to make this a perfect place to meet the wild and untouched natural surroundings head on. Choose from a variety of activities, all of which are accompanied by an expert guide. Mallín Colorado is the headquarters for exploring the local paradise that is Patagonia. Appreciate the profound natural beauty of Patagonia by covering its essentially unexplored territories.

Horseback riding on private horses and with a guide through a forest of native trees such as coigue, ñirre and lenga. It offers different views to lake General Carrera and glaciers of the Northern Ice Fields, also to Mallin Colorado Lagoon and finally arrives to a wide open view over lake Bertrand and lake Plomo. See abundant wild vegetation and some local birds. No previous experience required.

The excursion begins one hour north of the lodge. A boat trip takes you through the Puerto Tranquilo area of Lake General Carrera where you can enjoy the famous rock formations of the Marble Cathedral on the calypso waters of the lake. See how the stone has been eroded by the movement of the water and the wind during millions of years building this incredible formations on the shore of the lake. Return back to the lodge for lunch, unless combining with Exploradores Glacier.

Driving 35 km south along Chile´s Austral Highway with wonderful views arrive at Puerto Bertrand, a small town located in a picturesque area near the source of the Baker River, which is the river with the largest-volume flow in Chile. Make a short stop to visit the birthplace of river Baker. 12 kms southern of Puerto Bertrand start a short walk to the point where river Baker meets river Neff in an impressive salto. The scenery is overwhelming, the strong flow of both rivers is surrounded by high and imposing mountains covered by abundant native vegetation. You will have great opportunities to take photos and observe the mountain range.

The trip starts in Mallín Colorado on to Puerto Tranquilo and continues 50 km to the west on a newly constructed road to Bahia Exploradores, through a narrow valley with huge mountains and diverse glaciers. Walk about ten minutes then climb a rock mountain towards the extraordinary Explorers Glacier, which descends directly from San Valentín Hill (which, at 4000 meters above sea level, is the highest mountain in Patagonia). Arrive to a viewpoint in a high place to see the glacier. This is a spectacular opportunity to take photos and film.

Start by driving 70 km south on the Austral Highway to the town of Cochrane, population 3,000. Continue to the Tamango National Reserve, the only area where you can observe the huemul (a protected species here). After a hike through the park´s abundant vegetation and fauna, on the shores of beautiful river Cochrane, enjoy a satisfying lunch in these spectacular surroundings. On the way back to Mallin Colorado, visit the Chacabuco Valley area, a landscape very similar to the Patagonian pampas of Argentina. Here observe guanacos, condors, sheep, cattle and diverse bird species.

A journey to Chile Chico, 122 km along the southern coast of Lake General Carrera, with spectacular views of the lake and the Northern Ice Fields from high cliffs. Chile Chico is a small town with 3.000 inhabitants, it has one of the most visited international passes in the region. Notice the changes in climate and terrain as you approach the wide and arid Argentine pampa. Lunch will be served in Chile Chico, surrounded by farms; you´ll find that the mild and sunny climate here is very similar to that of Central Chile.

Raft down river Baker rapids, the most powerful river in Chile, now threatened by the building of mega dams. Easy rafting, unique calipso color and exotic vegetation around. Half day excursion, it starts in Puerto Bertrand, includes coffee snack,special waterproof suits and brief explanation before starting.

After a 20 km trip by truck hike in an old-growth lenga forest for two hours, until you arrive at your destination: above the tree-line, there is very rich soil with a high quantity of marine fossils and mountain wildflowers. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Lake General Carrera and the Northern Ice Field. Lunch will be served at the destination, followed by a rest, and then return to the lodge.

Drive to the Leones River, from which walk for about 2 hours through native forests and amazing mountains, crossing little cascades to the grey waters of Lake Leones. At the end of the lake, appreciate the incredible glacier falling on the lake. From there have lunch and and enjoy the view to Leones Glacier, which is the entrance to the Northern Ice Field. Walking back to the departing point, then drive back to the Lodge for dinner.

After driving to Puerto Bertrand, take a boat in direction to Lake Plomo, viewing the different colors of its waters coming from glacier Soler. The boat reaches a point to view the huge glacier at the end of the lake. Wonderful moment to take pictures and enjoy the calypso-colored waters of this hidden lake.

Four hours (ascent from 300 to 670 meters above sea level). A medium-length hike through a native-growth forest of lengas and coigues, with lot of opportunities to see exotic birds and abundant native plants. Experience an amazing view of glaciers, as well as Lakes General Carrera, Plomo, and Bertrand.

A medium length walk through a native forest of coigue and lengas, through a well done track from the cabins in direction La Pasarela, cross the bridge where lake General Carrera waters flow on lake Bertrand. From the hill have one of the most beautiful and wide views on Patagonia. Return back to the lodge via vehicle for lunch.

Mallín Colorado has its own beach on lake General Carrera, which can be seen from the cabins. To stay in a private beach on a warm summer day and have the chance to bath on this pretty cold waters could be an unforgettable experience. Just 30 minutes walking down to the beach on a beautiful arranged track among exotic plants enjoy perhaps one of the peaceful days in your life. Coming back up the hill to the cabins takes about 45 minutes.

A long walk through native forest in direction to the south. Leaving from the lodge arrive at a private beach on Lake Bertrand after three hours walking up and down, near cliffs, and seeing wonderful views. Enjoy a lamb barbecue and return to the lodge via boat and vehicle.