Equipment List for Manso-Cochamo Horseback Riding
Manso - Cochamo Horseback Riding Tour

The following equipment list covers all of the adventure travel activities for the Manso Cochamo Horseback Tour: white water rafting, horseback riding, hiking and fly fishing. It is only necessary to bring the items for sports that you would like to participate in. Because each day requires some travel between camps, one must at least be prepared for the adventure of hiking and/or horseback trail riding. Keep in mind that your clothes will most likely get dirty.

Loading up the raft for Day 4's horseback riding and hiking adventure.©Augusto Dominguez
ATAC - Manso Cochamo Equipment List, The Team
Adjusting the packhorses at a rest spot on Day 6 in Patagonia, Chile.©Augusto Dominguez
Loading up to begin our first Adventure Tour. Pucon, Chile.©Michael Martin

Items supplied by ATAC

- Waterproof personal bag -
A pproximately twice the size of a paper grocery bag. When packed, dimensions are about 20"x 15"x 12" (3600 cubic inches). Any gear that you do not carry with you during the day will need to fit into this bag.
NOTE: Once you pack this waterproof bag in the morning, it is inaccessible until camp that evening. These bags are carried by the horses.
- Communal waterproof day bag -
This bag is small and reserved for warm clothes only. Each white water raft carries one for access during the day.
- Tent -
Adventure Tours Argentina Chile (ATAC) suplies 2-3 person 4 season free standing tents with vestibules. If you intend to bring your own tent, please let us know prior to the tour. Tents are stored in a community tent bag.
- River clothing -
White water river rafting clothing - farmer john wetsuit and spray jacket for white water rafting.

- Life jacket and helmet -
You are required to wear these while rafting.
- Eating utensils -
Knife, fork, spoon, plate.
- Community emergency first aid kit -
Our kit is thorough including epi-pens, ibuprofen, athletic tape etc.
-Toilet paper-


Items required to bring

- Passport and plane tickets!!! -
- Shoes -
You will need shoes for horseback riding / hiking and white water rafting. We recommend bringing two pairs. See "Footwear Tips" below for more details.
- Water bottle /canteen -
1 qt. recommended.

To keep warm and dry:
- Rain gear -
A void ponchos and plastic. Look for sealed seams and fitted wrist and leg cuffs. Rain gear is used for protection from wind and rain showers. A rain jacket is essential; rain pants are important.
- Long underwear -
Polypropylene, capilene or fleece keeps you warm when wet.
- Fleece sweaters -
One mid-weight capilene to wear under your paddling top while on the water. Another sweater for camp.
- Socks -
Thick wool or synthetic blend socks for camp and hiking / horseback riding. Polypropylene or wool worn with recreational sandals protect your feet and keep them warm while white water rafting. Some people prefer an additional thin polypropylene layer under thicker socks while hiking.
- Warm hat -
M made of either fleece or wool.
Note: You will get wet, either from the rapids or the rain! Air temperatures can be extremely hot or surprisingly cold. Be prepared for all extremes!
- Shorts -
Loose, nylon or fast drying material (i.e. synthetics- NOT COTTON) that allows freedom of movement and does not chafe.

- Bathing suit -
To swim in and to wear underneath the wetsuit.
- Oversized, loose, soft clothing -
We recommend nylon pants and shirts for hiking and camp. They are quick drying, lightweight and pack small.
- Hat or baseball cap -
Large brim, good quality with strap to keep from losing it in the wind or rapids. Baseball caps conveniently fit under the helmet used for rafting.
- Sunglasses -
With retainer to prevent from losing them in the rapids while white water rafting. Glasses rated for 100% UV protection and neutral shades are recommended. Keep in mind that your clothes will get dirty and possibly stained.

Personal Items

- Sleeping bag -
Rated to at least freezing temperatures with either synthetic or down insulation. Though it most likely won't snow, it can freeze at night.
- Sleeping pad -
A'thermarest' or lightweight thin foam.
- Towel -
Small pack towel for washing.
- Day pack or fanny pack -
For use while hiking and horseback riding if needed. (The waterproof day bag on the rafts does not go with the horses.)
- Camera equipment -
It is advisable to purchase a waterproof camera bag or hard shell case for expensive photography equipment. If you are going to bring a hardshell case or large format equipment, please call for size approval. Waterproof disposable cameras work well.
- Headlamp or flashlight -
We recommend the smaller LED styles.
- Eye glasses or contact lenses -
Lens cleaner for contacts and an extra pair of prescription glasses are recommended.
- Garbage bag and zip lock -
For convenient storage and waterproof protection for your gear.
- Biodegradable soap and shampoo -
Small containers are recommended.
- Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, and other personal items -
- Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm -
SPF 15 or higher.
- Medications -
A double prescription is recommended; one to be given to the trip leader for safe keeping. Diabetics should bring a glucose monitoring kit. If you have allergies, bring your own allergy medicine.
- Epi-Pen or Ana-kit -
Individuals at risk for severe allergic reactions to insect bites or food must bring at least one. Though we carry these items, we encourage a back-up.
- Book, journal, and pen -

How much is enough or too much?
Pack for your personal needs. You should be prepared for the temperature extremes of Patagonia. It is difficult for us to advise you of exact quantities (i.e. 2 shorts, 3 shirts, etc.), as everyone has different needs. Our guests are frequently amazed at how much they can do without. On the other hand, if yours is the one trip a year with rain everyday, you'll be glad you were prepared. Due to space limitations and the number of packhorses, please do not bring any more than can fit into your waterproof bag. Remember, you will have to haul everything you bring back and forth to camp everyday.

Click to see what Zach is bringing.


Other things to bring

Fly fishing Gear: If you already fly-fish, or plan to fly fish every day, it is recommended that you bring your own rod, waders, boots and vest. We recommend a six weight rod. Keep in mind, we have extra fly fishing rods and equipment. If you have questions regarding fly fishing equipment and purchases, please contact us.

Valuables: Leave them at home! We recommend that you put essential items (wallet, credit cards, traveler's checks) in small waterproof baggies (Ziplocks) and store them in the bottom of your personal waterproof bag with your clothing. Store exposed film and medications in small waterproof baggies (Ziplocks) and roll in your clothing - then pack in your personal waterproof bag. You may want some cash on you for emergencies or gratuities.

Beverages: Alcoholic beverages are supplied (beer, wine and pisco) though if you would like to bring a hard alcohol treat, please bring it in a plastic container - NOT GLASS.

Items to keep in your fanny pack / day pack while hiking or horseback riding:
Water Bottle.
Rain Gear.
Mid-weight capilene sweater and long underwear.

Footwear tips
It is best to purchase your shoes well in advance to allow proper break-in time. Tastes, opinions and fit vary with each person; therefore, it is difficult for us to recommend one specific shoe over another. Remember, the trails can be very muddy and slippery.

Hiking and Horseback Riding: Depending on the trail and weather conditions, plan for up to 6 hours of travel on uneven muddy terrain with loose footing and exposure to the elements. Hikes are on non-maintained wilderness trails that cross streams and pools of water. Plan for your shoes to get wet. We recommend a well-built hiking shoe with good arch support and substantial traction. If you prefer more ankle support, then bring lightweight synthetic or leather hiking boots. Shoes providing ankle support are required for horseback riding.

White water rafting: Footwear must be worn on the boats at all times. Neoprene booties with tread work well. Neoprene socks with tennis shoes are another option. Recreational sport sandals work well on the boats as well as in camp. They allow your feet to dry quickly and provide warmth when used with polypropylene or wool socks. Choose your shoe according to your personal preference. Aqua socks are NOT recommended.

Fly-fishing: Boots and waders are ideal for fly fishing, though neoprene booties and a wetsuit normally used for white water rafting also work well.

When purchasing a sport sandal pay particular attention to the fit, how much support it offers, the quality of the fastenings and how well the straps are secured to the sole. Sand and water tends to work against velcro closures. Cheaper sport sandals commonly fall apart. Be sure to allow proper break-in time.

Note: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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