Tours and expeditions in Santiago’s surroundings

ALTOS DE CANTILLANA:

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© Altos de Cantillana

Destinalo.com and Altos de Cantillana are now working together! If you want to book any of the experiences you see bellow, just send us an email to booking@destinalo.com, and we’ll take care of everything for you!

Our company was born from a deep passion for natural, cultural, tangible, and intangible heritage that we can find in the Aculeo Valley and Altos de Cantillana as in any locality that maintains and manifests characteristic features of its historical identity.

It is that passion that motivates us to address the growing deterioration of the natural environment and the process of globalization and cultural homogenization, to seek ways to rescue the heritage and help recognize its value so that from its essence and the appreciationof the visitors, resources can be generated to allow its preservation and perpetuation through time, strengthening the identity of the area.

It is from this premise that Altos de Cantillana Expeditions was established, as a way to generate local development, always based on the preservation of our heritage. That’s why Environmental and Cultural Education is a cornerstone of all our activities and programs.

Alongside our company and sharing the same goals, we created together with other young professionals the Cultural and Patrimonial Development Corporation of Aculeo(ACULEUFU), which focuses on the application of projects that contribute to the conservation and development of natural and cultural heritage (www.aculeufu.org).

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TREKKING:

With each step you will discover all the biodiversity and landscapes offered by the valley and mountains. Between rainforests and highland and mountain shrubs, which at different heights offer very different worlds, you’ll also appreciate varied species of insects and animals also linked to the different altitudes and plant associations. You will be surprised by the intimacy of the Patagual Forest or the wide balcony over the surrounding valley and the Andes.

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La Olivera, discover a new world (4,5 hours): trekking for all ages that takes you during 4,5 hours through humid Woods, learning about flora, fauna and local history while enjoying a panoramic view over the Aculeo Valley and Altos del Cantillana (prices, requirements and more).

Adventure in the Aculeo Valley – Trekking+bicycle+kayak (8 hours): a full day ride combining different experiences like trekking, kayak and bicycle which will allow you to enjoy a lovely day through country side and nature (prices, requirements and more).

Discovering the natural pools of Cantillana (8 hours): full day trekking that allows you to go deep into the valley, travelling across woods and arriving to wonderfully refreshing natural pools (prices, requirements and more).

Towards the lost traces of the Inca (2 days): explore the natural landscapes of the Altos de Cantillana Reserve and marvel at the oak forest, the panoramic views towards the Aculeo Lagoon, and the Andes Mountains. It’s an adventure to get to know the history of our ancestors and the mysteries that the area holds (prices, requirements and more).

Cantillana. Natural refuge of the central Andes (3 days): excursion that invites you to get to know a great variety of settings of the reserve, arriving finally at the plateau, an esplanade of gentle hills sheltered by ancient oak forests that not only contributes to a great diversity of wildlife, but also to the marvelous views of the Andes Mountains to the east, the coast to the west, and the same chain of hills in different directions (prices, requirements and more).

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HORSEBACK RIDING:

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Portezuelo da Fineza (4 hours): the route starts in the Los Hornos sector, a place full of history and natural attractions that put you in close contact with nature. From this point, you will cross an area of xerophyte shrubs to reach a denser ancient forest of pataguas, lingues, and bellotos trees, which grow around the Las Cabras Estuary and will accompany you along your journey (prices, requirements and more).

Discovering the pools of Cantillana (8 hours): the route starts in the Los Hornos sector, and from this point, you will reach a denser ancient forest of pataguas, lingues, and bellotos trees, which grow around the Las Cabras Estuary (prices, requirements and more).

Towards the lost traces of the Inca (2 days): excursion that invites you to explore the natural landscapes of the Altos de Cantillana Reserve and marvel at the oak forest, the panoramic views towards the Aculeo Lagoon, and the Andes Mountains. But above all, it’s an adventure to get to know the history of our ancestors and the mysteries the area holds (prices, requirements and more).

Cantillana. Natural refuge of the central Andes (3 days): excursion that invites you to get to know a great variety of settings of the reserve, arriving finally at the plateau, an esplanade of gentle hills sheltered by ancient oak forests that not only contributes to a great diversity of wildlife, but also to the marvelous views of the Andes Mountains to the east, the coast to the west, and the same chain of hills in different directions (prices, requirements and more).

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RURAL TOURISM:

You will discover various local rural activities such as the production of olive oil, planting of watermelons, dried flowers, local solar gastronomy, production of snails, etc., and other types of work of the local community.

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Aculeo from the roots – van (9 hours): the day begins in the reserve, where we’ll visit a small plot of land dedicated to family farming, which still maintains a traditional rural lifestyle. We will begin around the lagoon, crossing several stations that demonstrate characteristics of the Creole culture and show you artistic and productive activities developed by locals (prices, requirements and more).

Aculeo from the roots – Bicycle (9 hours): the day begins in the reserve, where we’ll visit a small plot of land dedicated to family farming, which still maintains a traditional rural lifestyle. We will begin around the lagoon, crossing several stations that demonstrate characteristics of the creole culture and show you artistic and productive activities developed by locals. (prices, requirements and more).