Need horses to carry your packs or you? Professional guides and their horses are available for hire to go in and out of the valley. (Go to the horseback section under activities for info on riding into the valley.) Here's what you shoulk know about packhorses and packing:
Reserve ahead of arrival. Since horses and their guides are limited, especially during high season, it's recommended to reserve horses in advance. Horses furthermore need time to be readied - shoed, properly fed and moved.
65 kilos max. Each packhorse holds up to 65 kilos - depending on the horse - and is mainly divided into two even loads. These two larger, evenly weighted loads (like big backpacks or bags) are tied on to the upper sides of the horses flanks and are exposed, thus they should not have fragile items. One smaller yet lighter load that rests high and between the larger loads, allows for carrying fragile items. If your larger loads are uneven, items must be moved around to balance them.
Care for the delicate items. Items tend to get smashed, so fragile items should be carried apart or well protected.
All horses are accompanied by a guide.
Choose responsibly. There are many horse guides in Cochamó. So, select carefully from those who have a reputation of caring well for their horses and working responsably as guides. Choosing only based on the lowest price may only support horses' inhumane treatment.
Below, we recommend the most responsible and professional packhorse guides in the area:
Specializing in horseback, packhorses and horse-trekking combos
Cochamó locals Favian Sandoval, his sister Tatiana and father Pelluco run an excellent horse guiding, pack horse and hiking outfit through the Cochamó Valley. He and his team have earned their reputation as the best and most responsible local guides and trips. As family they work towards every detail through their multi-day excursions into some of Patagonia's best gems.