The beauty and rustic elegance of this breathtaking location goes beyond your imagination. You are invited to come live in this enchanted world of privacy, isolation in an incredible setting of Patagonia beauty. Staying at the CondorNest is an experience in itself. This is an escape from the non-stop hustle and bustle of everyday life. Experience living off the grid in the heart of the Andes mountains of Patagonia surrounded with everything you need.
The CondorNest is not for everyone, but for those that are looking for an experience that is defined by more than the size of your room and big screen TV this is truly something special. Think of it as a graceful mountain version of the "Little House on the Prairie" The Tres Monjas peaks guard the ranch from above, while the Rio Azul, Las Cruces Creek, and Rio Futaleufu converge at your private beach below. CondorNest will be your own private base and getaway. Ideally situated in a grass mountain meadow overlooking the unparalleled, spectacular Futaleufu River Valley.
The CondorNest Ranch has limited weekly capacity thus reserves need to be made in advance. The ranch can accommodate one couple exclusively, or two couples in separate private cabins yet dining together. It is also ideal for a family of four and up to six. Enjoy the exclusivity of the CondorNest at meals with your own private chef. Your chef and guides walk in and out every day at the hour of your request, leaving you with the maximum flexibility and privacy when you want it. You can joining and socializing during the day with one of our scheduled trips. You can also customize your activities by talking to our Adventure Consultants creating your own private trip. A network of trails takes you to miles of horseback riding, trekking or Mtn biking with world-class fly fishing from the banks of the Rio Futaleufu just outside your front door. The river is available for rafting and fly fishing from rafts. These paths can also be utilized for trekking, jogging, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
The humble yet comfy cabins themselves are constructed almost entirely from native woods found on the property. The artists and craftsmen who handcrafted the ranch houses paid great attention to detail. There are hardwood floors, immense windows to enjoy the amazing view of the surrounding valley, wood powered heating and cooking, hot running water, and solar powered electricity. The river rock floor of the kitchen, outside porch, organic greenhouse with fresh vegetables, sweet mountain spring water, a dual-headed shower in the hollow of a giant tree, or a shower in- between giant rocks, flush toilets that look out over the majestical Andean vistas.
Access to this secret wonder from the nearest road is a 15 minute uphill trail walk in a mini gorge up to a mountain meadow (300 ft verticle rise). In the morning you can walk down the trail and go fishing, rafting, kayaking or any of our numerous adventure activities. Supplies and baggage are brought in from the end of the road by ox cart. Two-way radios provide communication with our main camp on the other side of the Futaleufu river.
Sample Multisport Rafting Day by Day: Other Options available
Day 1 Friday: Depart your home town:
Fly to Miami and connect on an over night flight to Buenos Aires Argentina. Welcome to the warmth of the southern Hemisphere in summer.
Day 2 Saturday: Travel to Trevelin, Patagonia Argentina
Early morning arrival in Buenos Aires. Change airports with a taxi or shuttle bus and catch another flight to Esquel Argentina. Trevelin Argentina is a charming mountain village gateway just 45 minutes from the Esquel aiport and 45 minutes from the Futaleufu River in Chile. Check into the Casa de Piedra hotel and walk to one of several Argentine restaurants with the Chilean Andes in view. Unwind, relax, and get a good nights sleep before the start of your trip the next morning.
Day 3 Sunday: Your trip starts. Raft from the near the Border to Campo Tres Monjas
After a relaxing night's sleep at a hotel in the quaint Welch town of Trevelin deep in Patagnia Argentina, we begin this exciting trip with a quick shuttle across the Chilean/Argentinean border and into the Futaleufu Valley. After clearing customs we go direct to the Futaleufu put in where we will meet your guides and rafts. After changing into our river gear, your luggage will be whisked away and magically show up at your tent or cabin at our river eco-camp before you arrive. After the introduction of whitewater and paddling skills we encounter a section of mild class II water flowing through the Las Escalas valley. A couple of hours later the river shows its wild side and we encounter "Zeta" and "Throne Room", two of the most challenging (Class V+) rapids on the Futaleufu. We study and will portage both. After the portages, we get into our first action, the section called "The Wild Mile" which contains Tres Islas (III), Roller Coaster (III), Honorable Mention (IV minus), Wild Mile (IV minus) and the climatic Thing. Here you will walk up to the CorndorNest with its stunning views.
Lunch on the River/Dinner at Condor/Night at CondorNest
Day 4 Monday: Triple Crown of Rafting: Terminator Section, the Heart of the Futaleufu, and Casa de Piedra Section. (Multisport Custom options available)
This has to be the most fun and action packed day of rafting, anywhere on earth. We take off from our sand beach at camp and head downstream to a couple of warm up rapids before the river takes on an extremely powerful nature, with the longest rapid on the Futa, the "Terminator" (Class V). After a careful scout and plan we will run this rapid. Just below, we'll have to negotiate the hole filled "Khyber Pass" (Class IV+) and the Himalayas (Class IV), with perhaps the biggest standing waves in the hemisphere with a huge pool below. After Lunch we run another complete section called the the Heart of the Futaleufu. This section, from the Zapata swinging bridge to the Puente Futaleufu, includes five miles of Class IV+ rafting action. Rapids such as "Entrada", "Pillow", "Tiburon", and "Mundaca" with its must-see explosion hole, will keep you on your toes. Though drop pool the pools are short and the action non stop. As we begin our final section of river today we will thread through the well named Maso Manos rapid getting ready for the magical and daunting rapid Casa de Piedra. Casa, as commonly called by our expert guides, is a long class V rapid appropriately named for the house size rock that must be navigated before flying past the helicopter eddy and down through a maze of truck size holes and waves. The take out is at a spectacular cliff wall with towering glaciers in the distance. After the trip we return to our Camp and take advantage of our sauna and massuse and work out any sore muscles you might have after a big day of paddling.
Breakfast at Condor/Lunch on the river /Cocktails and Dinner at CondorNest/Night at CondorNest.
Day 5 Tuesday: Mountain Bike or horseback/to Benidictos. (Multisport Custom options available)
Today is an Multisport day with pre-arranged options available. Today we explore the Futaleufu Valley on Mountain Bikes or horseback riding upstream along the Wild Mile section of the river. Soft pastures juxtaposed with towering glaciers will, surely, remind you of scenes from the Sound of Music or Heidi. A short walk carrying your bike while your trail is cut into a black rock cliff takes you to an a giant river pool. Within a mile the trail turns inland from the river and enters a native Coihue forest. Here you will climb some 400 verticle feet over two miles and arrive into a clearing at Benedictos remote Ranch. A massive lunch will be waiting and a tour of this off the grid ranch. Just allow enough time for the downhill ride back to the CondorNest ranch, where a dinner awaits. Breakfast at Condor/Lunch at Benedicto/Cocktails and Dinner at CondorNest/Night at CondorNest
Day 6 Wednesday: Rafting Infierno to Campo. (Multisport Custom options available)
This is the most demanding, committing, and hazardous section of the Futaleufu, the highlight of our Patagonia rafting program! It is also optional. If you feel that you have had enough with the previous sections a multisport activity can be scheduled. To raft this section safely, the river levels must be correct, you must have rafted the "Heart" section with us and met all of our safety requirements. We put in at the Río Espolon bridge and raft to the the confluence with the Futaleufu River. At the "Gates of Infierno", we enter the "Infierno Canyon" with several consequential and continuous Class V drops. After an exciting morning of rafting in the Inferno canyon, the river widens with spectacular views of Las Escalas Valley. After a section of mild class II water, the river returns to its wild side and we encounter "Zeta" and "Throne Room", two of the most challenging (Class V+) rapids on the Futaleufu. We will portage both and have an opportunity to watch a safety kayaker run them. After the portages, we get into an action packed section called "The Wild Mile", which contains a continuous stretch of Class III and IV rapids. Futaleufu river rafting does not get any better than the whitewater we have just experienced! After the Wild Mile we arrive at the Río Azul under the sentinel of the Tres Monjas peaks. Tonight, weather permitting we set up the dinning tables on the beach. Breakfast at Campo/ Lunch River/Dinner at Condor or Dinner with rafters at Campo/Night at CondorNest
Day 7 Thursday: Trekking around Tres Monjas. (Multisport Custom options available)
Today is an Multisport day with pre-arranged options available. A trek is planned around the Tres Monjas peak. One trek takes us around the backside of the Tres Monjas peak crossing creeks and through Coyhue forests (4 hours). The most challenging choice is the all day climb (12 hours) up the the Monjas and through the enchanted forest of rare Lenga trees that have adapted to the thin soil high on the mountain. Their fight for survival coupled with their vulnerability contribute to a fascinating environment and an exciting hike! You can experience an incredible view of the area just beneath the dramatic spires. If you just want a day at Condor to yourself to relax, swim, read or just take in the natural beauty...take the day off and do whatever. Breakfast at Campo/Lunch on the trail/Dinner at Condor/Night at CondorNest
Day 8 Friday: Sit on Top Kayak or learn to roll a kayak. Upper Rio Espolon. (Multisport Custom options available)
Today is an Multisport day with pre-arranged options available. The upper Rio Espolon is a clear Class II river lined with sand beaches. A perfect learn to kayak environment. Three rocks rapid and Rosi’s wall are class 2 rapids that can be descended by first timers after a few hours of instruction to build your confidence. It is amazing how such small rapids can be so exciting when you are in your own little kayak. If you are more cautious a sit on kayak is for you. If you ever wanted to learn to whitewater kayak this is the place to take a lesson learning how to roll and see if this sport could be for you. We will practice the ferrying technique, crossing the Espolon several times, as well as strengthen our ability to identify river features such as tongues, waves, holes, and eddies. As the finale of the day we meet your first real rapid, Three Rocks class 2+. The take out is just after this rapid. After we finish this section our vehicles will be waiting at the take out as we make our way toward the border on our way to Trevelin after changing into dry clothes. Check into your hotel, take a shower and change clothes before enjoying your last night in Patagonia. There are a handful of outstanding and reasonably priced restaurants in Trevelin that we can recommend. Relax, recover and look back on the exciting week of rafting before heading home the following morning.