TREKKING / CAMPING
Get lost in the serenity of the Araucania while finding the revitalization that you seek in nature. You can hike through ancient stands of Coighue, Roble, and centuries-old Araucaria trees exploring waterfalls in calm Jurassic valleys as you are sheltered from the wind. Or, you can ascend to volcanic summits on glacially striated ridges that were lifted from the sea bed to prominent heights before the last ice age. Whatever your taste, our routes will wow your senses while quenching your thirst for adventure to assure you'll be sharing stories of the experience until you return for more.
SPLITBOARD / RANDONÉE
Find your stride into the mystical mountains of the Araucania Andina, immersing yourself in the tranquility of rising through powder filled forests to freshly coated peaks before blasting first descents down virgin slopes of spines and chutes to open glory bowls. Or, choose our Introduction to Backcountry to get off on the right foot learning the basics of terrain management and guided rescue simulations that build confidence. Pristine powder has never been more accessible. From newbies to pros, we've got tours that will exceed your expectations, guaranteed!
Pioneer routes on volcanic, igneous and metamorphic boulders in seldom traveled corridors that we are just now opening up to the climbing world. You determine the setting and we'll lead the way. Hike up to isolated plateaus to play on iconic rocks above the tree-line while enjoying magnificent views of multiple volcanoes. Or, meander along a stream taking advantage of the abundant shade and fresh spring water to cool off between sends on a hot day. Either way, join us while there is still time to set a classic in South America with your name on it.
Travel. Discover. Rejoice.
Expand your world! APEX Backcountry Guides is the premier Adventure Guide company in the Araucania. We're here to share with you our breathtaking routes and guide your exploration through Jurassic landscapes in the Chilean Andes. Whether you’re looking for a private tour or would like to join an organized experience with other travelers, our intimate group outings will expose you to everything you're searching for with zero distractions. Whether you choose an all-inclusive package or just need the best guide to lead you to secret treasures you are sure to be astounded by our services and local knowledge. Leave the logistics to us and enjoy the ride!
WHAT MOVES US
As dedicated Adventure Enthusiasts since 1999, we have gained extensive knowledge and expertise in leading clients from around the world on tours of impeccable quality. We take great pride in the experiences we lead you through as they have left a lasting impact on who we are, they wouldn't be in the rotation otherwise! We have a wealth of great tips and hidden gems to share, so join a guided tour and get ready for an unforgettable experience. Designing your own private tour is also an option, and we are here to dial in the details of your dreams. Tap WhatsApp to begin your journey with APEX Backcountry Guides.
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If your idea of a perfect vacation includes an energizing hike up to a rarely visited viewpoint to sip wine, snack on local cuisine and watch the sunset behind volcanos, then look no further than this exclusive tour. We are here to take care of all the details--from planning the perfect itinerary to providing a unique and memorable vacation. Enjoy your time abroad, one destination and one day at a time.
Cañon Rio Blanco
When visiting a new destination, do you enjoy touring with a professional guide? Do you like hearing the local perspective on the wonders of our world? If so, then this tour is a great choice for you. APEX Backcountry Guides is ready to serve your every need. From planning the detailed itinerary, to providing transportation arrangements, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and let your mind explore.
"Everybody needs beauty... places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike." -JOHN MUIR
Get it while it's hot! Change is inevitable, rising prices are not! Our commitment to you, knowing that you will undoubtedly want to repeat an outing with us is that your original price is locked in, forever. Meaning, as the demand for services goes up typically so does the price but... you, my friend, won't be second-guessing against prices of the past. What you paid is what you will always pay. Our word is our bond.
Owners / Founders
Forrest Schmidt & Gabi Velasquez