From my 10 days in Chile, the day with Bufo Travesias was the ultimate best!
I took the tour "Between Fire and the Northern Giants". From the start, Maria provided all the information about the trip and I knew what to expect. They picked me up from my stay location in Valparaiso and drove through scenic valley to the local family ranch. The ranch is owned by local humble people, very friendly and welcoming, who take pride of their land. The group consisted of mostly Chileans and me, a Russian immigrant living in CA. We were given the safety accessories and explained how to communicate with the horses. We rode through stunning terrain and views: valleys with dry vegetation, hills with big cactuses and stone rivers.The ride was at perfect pace, slow and easy, and I always felt being looked after. We arrived into a forested area where we let the horses rest and those who wanted went up hiking with Jose Louis to look for endemic frogs in the small water pools. We found a couple of species and I was absolutely thrilled to help Jose Lois to sample the frogs' saliva for DNA testing!!! After we came back to the horses and rode back to the ranch where a delicious meal was waiting for us. I was the only vegetarian and one vegetarian dish was made specially for me (just make sure you tell about your preferences to Maria in advance). Overall, I had the great time with great people in great setting!
If you are into nature and active adventures - the trip with Bufo Travesias is an absolute MUST on your Chilean itinerary!
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