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Huella Andina Expeditions

Puerto Varas, Chile
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About Huella Andina Expeditions
An idea conceived by a childhood surrounded by lakes, woods and volcanoes. A goal being encouraged by seeing our parents and grandparents to work hard for what we love. Huella Andina is the result of over 15 years of Andean exploration. A family business offering a professional service for adventure travel. Jose Miguel, Sandra and Matias operate several trips in national parks and wilderness areas, specializing in guided mountain expeditions to the major volcanoes in southern Chile: Osorno, Calbuco, Puyehue and Casa Blanca.
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Steven B wrote a review Jun 2020
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Jose Miguel, Matias and family run an absolutely wonderful, safe, and experienced operation at Huella Andina. I met Jose and Matias in 2011 while climbing Osorno by myself. Someone had reported an illegal camper high on the mountain and Matias and I ran into each other while descending from the upper glacier. Matias convinced me to check in with the local ranger and meet his brother, Jose, the following morning to climb the peak. Jose and I climbed successfully, then broke camp and spent a few days relaxing in town. What ensued was a long friendship and climbing partnership between Jose Miguel and me. We climbed and scouted Ojos del Salado for the Tour de Volcanes trip in 2012 and later worked together in 2015. Working for Nat Geo Student Expeditions, I contracted with Huella Andina for 6 days of a 20 day expedition in Argentina and Chile for 18 high school students from the US. Huella Andina organized kayaking, hiking, and accommodations at the Teski Refuge. The trip was a massive success. In short, if you're looking for experienced, trustworthy climbing and adventure guides there is no one better than the Huella Andina team. Having accidentally met Huella Andina on the mountain, climbing "off the clock", and then working together in a professional sense, I hold them in the highest regard for quality, attentiveness, and just being downright "buena gente". When in Puerto Varas, call Huella Andina for an unforgettable experience.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reilly Strand wrote a review Mar 2019
Santiago, Chile5 contributions
My time with Huella Andina was fantastic. We were able to climb on both Calbuco and Osorno within a few days of each other and the effort was absolutely worth it. I wouldn't think twice about going on another trip with them if I had the chance. I can not recccomend them enough if you are in the area and want to doing something a bit different than the average tourist.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Jim K wrote a review Jan 2019
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
We spent 5 days in Puerto Varas and wanted to trek to the glacier on Orsono From the first initial email exchange the response was instant and informative Jose was flexible which allowed us to pick the perfect day to trek to the glacier I can not recommend them any higher for the service and attention to detail during our trip to the glacier
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Guru614 wrote a review Dec 2018
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Over the years, I feel blessed to have experienced many activities around the world. Hiking the Glaciers on Osorno will go down as one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. We are so glad we did the hike with our kids. Our group includes 4 kids aging 10 thru 14. While challenging at times, they all did incredibly well and our guides Jaun, Miguel, and Franko were very helpful in every aspect of our expedition. It indeed was an expedition! We were picked up by our guides at 5 AM from our hotel in Puerto Varas. After 75 minute car ride we arrived at a cabin at the base of the Osorno Volcano. We packed our gear and suited up and started hiking around 7 am. Initially on volcano rocks and then on ice and back on rocky steep path we arrived at a hut after 2 hours. We rested there for a while and ate a snack. The views as the sun rose were incredible..... on one side you see soaring Osorno and on the other you see the beautiful lake. After several steep climbs we arrived the glacier around 11 am. We were beyond impressed how well our kids do on the mountain!! We are our lunch near the bottom of the glacier. Views got even better...... We suited up with harness, helmets and crampons. Jaun, Miguel and Franko were super helpful in getting us ready. Then the most memorable part of the trip started with our hike up the Glacier. There are no words to describe the thrill as you hike up the steep glacier.... I was speechless. The glacier hike lasted an hour. Then we reached the a peak. We took some incredible pictures and enjoyed the views and started our descent. Hike down took little over 2 hours. We were back at the cabin by 2:30 pm. Climb down was hard. But our guides taught us some cool tricks of heel first and leaning on the walking poles. It helped a lot. One person in our group decided to take the sky lift down from 1/2 way point. Overall it was an experience of a life time for kids and adults alike. We highly recommend Huelle Andina Expeditions company. Their owner Jose is guide himself. And was very helpful in booking the trip and making sure all arrangements were made to make it a great experience our group including kids. If you decide to go, we highly recommend you follow their packing list including backpacks, water, sunscreen and sunglasses!!!
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Date of experience: December 2018
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DominiqueB01 wrote a review Dec 2018
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I had a really great time with José being my guide. You spend the night before in a hut with a great three course dinner, good showers and beds. At around 4am you wake up, have breakfast, get ready and start the ascent at 5am. Equipment can be rented and food is provided for the climb. The food contains some of the best energy bars I have ever tasted. During the climb you can learn around everything that you can see, other volcanos and mountains and anything else you're interested in. The climb itself is just fantastic, especially at the top. Compared to other climbs you might be as good as alone on the volcano. When we went, there were only two other climbers with a guide going up. No previous foot steps, everything fresh. It gets steeper and steeper and just before the top you get to climb tunnels between ice walls. The summit itself makes it worth all the effort and is breath taking. It is absolutely amazing and fun.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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