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Todos Los Santos Lake & the Cayutué Lagoon Trail

Program duration: 7 hours
Total trail length: 12.6 km.
Total elevation gain: 413 m.
Total elevation decrease: 259 m.
Maximum altitude: 479 m.a.s.l.
Minimum altitude: 180 m.a.s.l.
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail time: 4–5 hours
Includes: Transportation – Private boat – Snack – Lunch –
Hiking poles – Binoculars – WFR-certified bilingual guide.
What to bring: Hiking shoes – waterproof jacket – fleece –
base layer – warm hat – water bottle – sun glasses

We begin this excursion by boating across the beautiful Todos los Santos Lake with its intense emerald-green color produced by fine glacial sediments from Mt. Tronador in the water. 

The boat heads through the Cayutué Bay to the southernmost point on the lake to the Cayutué Cove (ensenada). We will hike along an old trail known as the Route of the Jesuits and cross the valley that divides the Sierra de Santo Domingo in half. We will hike southward on an easy trail surrounded by Valdivian forest to the beautiful Cayutué Lagoon in the middle of the valley, where we will stop for lunch while enjoying the beautiful view of the Puntiagudo Volcano. 

We will then continue south, where the trail becomes the first section of the Vuriloche Pass, a historic route used by the indigenous Huilliche people on the Chilean side and the Poyas on the Argentine side, who engaged in constant exchange of species and products. Spanish expeditions later used the same path on their search for the mythical City of the Caesars that they thought they would find in this zone of the southern Andes. 

There is evidence that the people of Monte Verde may have been the first to travel this trail, which would make it the oldest in all of the Americas.

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