Northern Patagonia Explorer

Northern Patagonia Explorer Puma

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ACTIVE 3 - 4
  • ACTIVE 1

    What's The Rush?

    I’m not a triathlete, but I’m in decent shape and I’m not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I’m happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.

  • ACTIVE 2

    Leg Stretcher

    Sure, I own some hiking boots, they’re even worn in, but they don’t go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

  • ACTIVE 3

    Earn Your Lunch

    I stay active on vacation so that I can eat and drink what I like without feeling guilty. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

  • ACTIVE 4

    Challenge Accepted

    I’ll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it’ll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

  • ACTIVE 5

    The Ultimate

    I’ve put in the hard yards and now I get to reap the rewards. I’m a seasoned adventurer, not afraid to get my boots wet.

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  • 14 Days - US$5999
  • 8 Days - US$4699

Trip Introduction

Like its southern counterpart, Northern Patagonia is rich in wild landscapes, where nature rules the roost. Exploring Northern Patagonia, you'll develop a new-found respect for the pioneers, who found passages over the immense Andes Mountains, across fiords and through huge temperate rainforests. Luckily, these days, nestled in the renownded parks and reserves, there's comfortable lodgings - making for the perfect combination of adventure by day and relaxation by night. For the ultimate Patagonia experience, combine this trip with our 14-day 'Condor' (10 and 8-day options available).


  • Explore the land of volcanoes, “Ring of Fire”
  • Hike Cerro Llao Llao & Playa Tacul
  • Hike Cerro Falkner, Colorado & Bella Vista
  • Hike Lanin & Osorno Volcanoes
  • Explore Huilo Huilo Reserve
  • Discover Parque Pumalín
  • Sea kayak Reloncavi Fiord
  • Experience the “Cruce Andino” route
  • Visit 4 National Parks
  • Soak in countless hot springs

What's included on our Puma trip?

  • All guiding services
    - You’ll have an experienced trip leader with you for the entire duration, as well as specialist local guides in select locations.
  • All accommodations
    - Charming hotels in the towns and cities.
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner, except on your free day
  • All activities
    - Hiking & kayaking.
    - Scenic cruises.
  • All domestic transport
    - Comfortable air-conditioned van travel.
    - Departure airport transfer.
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Interactive Trip Map


Day 1 — Arrive, explore San Carlos de Bariloche

Our trip begins in Bariloche, a fantastic little town set on the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi and the National Park of the same name (the oldest National Park in Argentina). You’ll have the afternoon to explore the town centre with its log and stone buildings, quaint shops and endless views across the lake to stunning Andean peaks. A town and setting this perfect might make you think it’s all too good to be true, but there’s really no catch here – it’s the perfect starting point for an adventure into one of the world’s most stunning regions. Before dinner this evening your trip leader will go through the plan for your adventure in plenty of detail, building the excitement for the days to come - then we’ll experience a typical Patagonian evening meal together.
Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (Dinner)

Day 2 — Hike Cerro Llao Llao and Playa Tacul

Our first outing on foot in this region is a hike to Cerro Llao Llao. After breakfast Patagonian style, we’ll take a short ride along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi to the trail head of Cerro Llao Llao. The trail weaves through spectacular forest and zig-zags its way up to the rocky outcrops that dot the ridge line, overlooking three different lakes as well as the peaks of Cerro Lopez and Cerro Capilla. Not a bad place for a morning tea break! After soaking in the spectacular views we’ll descend to lake level and walk the shoreline to the pristine lake beach Playa Tacul. Patagonian rivers and lakes are pure, clean and refreshing – we’ll have time to take a dip in the crisp lake waters and soak in the views before heading back to Bariloche.
Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (All meals)

Day 3 — Hike Cerro Bella Vista or free time in Bariloche

After breakfast this morning, we’ll head a short distance out of Bariloche and begin our hike to the Cerro Bella Vista, which literally means “beautiful view”. No surprises as to what’s in store for us today then! It’s a heart pumping hike as we head above the treeline of the Cerro Bella Vista peak, but the views are well worth the effort as we’ll take in 360 degree views of the myriad lakes and crowded horizon line of huge peaks. If you’d prefer to spend the day with some down time or with other activities, the day is yours to explore Bariloche and its surroundings.
Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (All meals)

Day 4 — Journey through “Ruta de los Siete Lagos”, hike Cerro Falkner

We’ll leave Bariloche this morning and head through the renowned “Road of the Seven Lakes”, a journey of extraordinary beauty. We’ll wind through lush forests, skirt crystal clear lakes and pass dramatic waterfalls. A stop for a swim is certainly an option if you’re keen! At the northern end of Lago Nahuel Huapi, the base of Cerro Falkner rises up above the shore, the starting point for our hike. A heart pumping trek up through ñire (reed) and coihue trees leads us to the open sky views of the entire Seven Lakes area, with a variety of magnificent peaks, all staking their claim to be the most dramatic – it’s a mesmerising sight. We’ll make our way down to lake level and drive a short distance to San Martin de Los Andes, a beautiful little town on the shore of Lago Lácar that proudly enjoys a laid back pace of life and some of the best mountain views anywhere in the world. For our evening meal, we’ll be treated to views overlooking Lago Lácar, a perfect closing to a wonderful day.

La casa de Eugenia Hotel, San Martin (All meals)

Day 5 — Hike Lanin Volcano

As well as being famous for dramatic granite peaks and lakes, Northern Patagonia and the lakes district is equally renowned for its perfectly conical volcanic peaks. Dominating the landscape in this area, is the immense cone of Volcán Lanin, the centrepiece of the National Park of the same name. Today we’ll hike the south face of the volcano, taking in the enchanting forests that flank its slopes. Unique species such as the Puehén tree (or often called the “monkey puzzle” tree) add to the otherworldly nature of the landscape, all leading up to the snow line of the volcano, where we’ll soak in the views southward to Lago Huechulafquen and other incredible peaks such as Volcán Achen Niyeu. We’ll return to the trailhead later and head back to San Martin with time to relax before dinner.

La casa de Eugenia Hotel, San Martin (All meals)

Day 6 — Kayak and hike Lacar Lake, ferry to Huilo Huilo Reserve

This morning we’ll hop into kayaks and explore Lacar Lake; our kayak guide will share insights about the surrounding landscape and we’ll take a relaxing paddle to the start of our hike near “La Islita” (“the little island”). Our hike crosses land belonging to the Mapuche people of this region, skirting around the base of Cerro Curru-Huinca hill, and after a couple of hours or so, leading us to the road where our transport will be waiting. We’ll take a stunning drive through the Parque Nacional Lanin to the Chilean border crossing. With another stamp in the passport we’ll board a ferry on the shores of Lago Pirihueico (can you keep up with all these lakes?!), and head across to the Huilo Huilo Reserve. This is a 600 km2 private biological reserve in the heart of Chilean temperate rainforest with a high amount of precipitation and relatively warm temperatures during summer. Nature lovers will find themselves in paradise here, with 81 known bird species, and even the elusive puma living here. Today is a day full of highlights, and there’s one more to come – our home for the evening – the Reino Funghi Hotel. Shaped like a mushroom, paying homage to the fungi found in the surrounding forest, this hotel is a feat of architecture and unlike anything you’ll have ever stayed in! Settle in this evening with an onsite brewed beer and views to die for!
Reino Funghi Hotel, Huilo Huilo (All meals)

Day 7 — Hike Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

This morning you’ll wake up feeling like you’re part of a fairy tale, as you stare out at the forest and volcano. Whoever thought a mushroom-shaped hotel could be so cosy? Today  we’re lucky to have an extraordinary hiking trail right on our doorstep! Stretching along the banks of the Fuy River, which originates from the glacial run off on the slopes of the Mocho-Choshuenco Volcano, a stunning trail weaves its way through lush Valdivian forest with abundant birdlife, crystal clear tributary streams and picture perfect waterfalls. Of course, if you’d prefer to kick back and soak in the hot pools at our lodgings, or soak in the lakeside views with a coffee or hot chocolate, there’s no better place to do it! Later today, we’ll head south to yet another picture perfect settlement - Puerto Varas, nestled on the shoreline of Lago Llanquihue, the second largest lake in Chile.
Hotel Cabaña del lago, Puerto Varas (All meals)

Day 8 — Free day in Puerto Varas

Looming large across the shores of Lago Llanquihue, are the conical peaks of Volcán Osorno and Volcán Calbuco. The views of these imposing peaks are a great indicator of the array of options available to you here in Puerto Varas. The day is yours to explore this incredible adventure playground. Take a boat trip across the lake, walk the plethora of trails just outside town, work on your biking skills on the Osorno Volcano pump track, enjoy the view of four volcanoes whilst rafting the rapids of the Petrohué River - the options are endless. If you’re unsure what to do today, don’t worry, your guides will help you with planning (including best places to eat), and there’s always another approach – simply soak
in the Patagonia vibe whilst relaxing by the lake, just as the locals do.

Hotel Cabaña del lago, Puerto Varas (Breakfast only)

Day 9 — Hot Springs, hike Hornopirén National Park & boat trip to Llanquahue Island

This morning we’ll continue our journey south along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, until we reach our second mode of transport for the day, a ferry ride that will take us across the Reloncavi Fiord. Once on the other side we’ll make our way to the remarkable Pichicolo hot springs, a good chance to stretch our legs and take a quick soak in naturally heated waters, surrounded by lush ferns, mosses and untouched forest. Feeling refreshed, we’ll head for Hornopirén, a village that gets its name from the nearby volcano and which means “Snow Oven” in Mapudungun the Mapuche language. There are amazing views here, between the glacier of the volcano and the Andes that fall into Chilean fiords. We’ll grab lunch at the local market – we highly recommend a fresh catch of Merluza or Congrio (Southern Hake and Conger Eel). With our bellies full, we’ll take a hike in the Hornopiren National Park, renowned for its mountains, glaciers and volcanoes all packed into a relatively small area, along with a wide variety of fauna residing in the untouched temperate rainforest – a dreamlike setting! Later, we’ll take a quick boat ride alongside the Isla Pelada and across to Llancahué Island, our home for the evening. After another meal of delicious local fare, we’ll yet again sit in hot pools and stare at the vast night sky.
Llancahué Hotel, Llancahué Island (All meals)

Day 10 — Boat journey to Quintupeu Cahuelmo Fiords in Parque Pumalín

Today we’ll find ourselves in the heart of Parque Pumalín, created by the late American entrepreneur, philanthropist and ecologist Douglas Tompkins. Tompkins founded The North Face in the 60’s and later the clothing company Esprit. One of the things that makes this park so unique is the way in which the local economy thrives alongside conservation. Within the park you’ll find small organic farms with activities such as animal husbandry, cheese making, ecotourism, wool handicrafts, and honey production. We’ll start by taking a short boat ride deep into the heart of one of the world’s most dramatic fiords, Quintupeu, home to incredible waterfalls and granite peaks. The deep blue waters of the fiord are met with the steep green forested walls of the Andes, rising over 2,400 metres (7,875 feet) above the water. After, we’ll be treated to neighbouring Cahuelmo Fiord where we’ll be able to soak yet again in hot springs that lie under the temperate rainforest. Depending on the tides, we’ll fit in a spectacular short hike to Laguna Abascal before continuing south to reach Porcelana’s hot springs, a great spot to enjoy a picnic lunch and a stroll. We’ll spend the evening back on the island and reflect on a day full of mesmerising landscapes.

Llancahué Hotel, Llancahué Island (All meals)

Day 11 — Sea kayak Reloncavi Fiord

After an early breakfast, those who’ve not yet had their fill of springs may have time for a quick dip before we head back to Hornopiren village and along the shores of Reloncavi Fiord to Cochamo. We’ll grab a hearty snack before hitting the water on tandem sea kayaks for a paddle in the calm waters of this fiord. Here the clear waters of the Petrohué River meet the salt waters of the Gulf, passing snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls and oftentimes the occasional visitor in the form of a sea lion or dolphin! Lunch today is a highlight, as we’ll stop at a small, locally owned farm for a traditional asado (lamb barbecue). This is a great opportunity to spend time with the Yolanda family, who’ve been living on the banks of this fiord for three generations. After our paddle, we’ll head through the wilderness to our lodging for the evening, the stunning and homely Petrohué Lodge. This beautiful place sits on the very edge of the Lago Todos Los Santos and the mouth of the Petrohué River. With the Osorno Volcano in the background, it’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and soak in the views of both the lake and the volcano.

Petrohue Lodge, Petrohue (All meals)

Day 12 — Hike Osorno Volcano

Petrohué Lodge has its very own pioneer’s museum, which you’ll likely have discovered the night before. When you awake today, you’ll feel like a pioneer as you stare over the lake and imagine what Swiss visionary Don Ricardo Roth imagined when he set out to transform the lodge from a failing transport company to a charming wilderness lodge.  In those days travellers would undertake an arduous multi-day journey to get to the lodge, a strategic resting point on the way to Peulla. These days, it’s the perfect base to enjoy Volcán Osorno, standing tall on the edge of Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. We’ll begin our hike through the barren, tortured volcanic landscape that gradually transforms into lush woodland and finally reveals an astonishing view of Lago Todos Los Santos, when we reach the high point of the hike – Desolation Pass. It’s a breath-taking sight! We’ll return to Petrohué Lodge for the evening and celebrate the days hike with a hearty home cooked meal, a glass of red wine and an open fire. As if that’s not enough, there are wonderful wood-fired hot tubs dotted around the hotel ready for an evening soak.
Petrohue Lodge, Petrohue (All meals)

Day 13 — Cross Lago Todos Los Santos and journey over the Andes

This morning’s journey will take us on the pioneering lakes route (also known as ‘Cruce Andino’) that you’ll have heard so much about whilst staying at Petrohué Lodge. We’ll board a catamaran for a cruise across Lago Todo Los Santos to Peulla where we’ll stop for lunch. Then, after a dramatic crossing of the Andes into Argentina, it’s a short boat trip across Lago Frías to Puerto Alegre, and a bus to Puerto Blest. A catamaran departs from Puerto Blest for a beautiful one-hour trip along Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo, from there the final stretch takes us back on terra firma to Bariloche. This is an outstandingly beautiful trip that’ll immerse you in the landscapes that Patagonia is so well-known for! We’ll arrive back in the relative hustle and bustle of Bariloche, in time to enjoy a farewell dinner celebrating our discovery of Patagonia’s natural wilderness.

Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (All meals)

Day 14 — Depart for home

Today is the final day of your trip exploring the incredible diversity and beauty of Northern Patagonia. You’ll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and invigorated after exploring one of the most dramatically beautiful places on Earth. Your trip leader will arrange transport to the airport for you, if you’re flying out today, and if you’re staying on, we can help you arrange extra hotel accommodation. 


Trip Date Status    
Nov 10, 2019 – Nov 23, 2019 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Nov 24, 2019 – Dec 07, 2019 US$5999 Filling up Check Availability
Dec 08, 2019 – Dec 21, 2019 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Dec 22, 2019 – Jan 04, 2020 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Jan 05, 2020 – Jan 18, 2020 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Jan 19, 2020 – Feb 01, 2020 US$5999 Filling up Check Availability
Feb 02, 2020 – Feb 15, 2020 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Feb 16, 2020 – Feb 29, 2020 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Mar 01, 2020 – Mar 14, 2020 US$5999 Filling up Check Availability
Mar 15, 2020 – Mar 28, 2020 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Nov 08, 2020 – Nov 21, 2020 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Nov 22, 2020 – Dec 05, 2020 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Dec 06, 2020 – Dec 19, 2020 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Dec 20, 2020 – Jan 02, 2021 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Jan 03, 2021 – Jan 16, 2021 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Jan 17, 2021 – Jan 30, 2021 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Jan 31, 2021 – Feb 13, 2021 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Feb 14, 2021 – Feb 27, 2021 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Feb 28, 2021 – Mar 13, 2021 US$5999 Great Check Availability
Mar 14, 2021 – Mar 27, 2021 US$5999 Great Check Availability

Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee.

Trip start:

On the first day of this trip you’ll meet your Active Adventures South America trip leader and the rest of your group at the joining hotel in Bariloche, Argentina at 6pm.

Trip end:

On the last day of your trip we can drop you off at the Bariloche airport (BRC) for any flights departing any time after breakfast. If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, we’re happy to help out with extra hotel accommodation.

Recommended flights:

If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving at San Carlos de Bariloche airport (BRC), the main northern gateway town to Argentinian Patagonia, by about 4pm. On the last day of your trip, you can fly out from the same airport any time after breakfast. If you're considering an early morning flight please let us know so that we can make arrangements.


There are no overnight hikes on the 'Puma' trip, meaning no refugios or backcountry huts. Each evening you'll be staying in wonderfully appointed lodges in unique locations, each with their own personality and story. Remember to bring your bathers as hot springs are the order of the day here in Northern Patagonia! 


The 'Puma' trip is an active hiking and kayaking trip, and has options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. If you keep reasonably active and like to give things a go, you're likely to enjoy the trip much more. If you're used to pushing yourself, we'll keep you challenged as well. Typically, hikes on the 'Puma' trip range between three and six hours to complete. Please get in touch with us if you'd like to chat about this trip.


  • Puma Feb. 17, 2019

    “The trip was great to see South America for the first time with Active Adventures. There was a good variety of activities and plenty of allowance for varying abilities. Loved seeing the different terrains - from steppe to rainforest to fiords. ”
    Roberta Roll – New York, United States March 2019
  • Great trip

    “This was a great trip and Mayra was an excellent guide. We saw many things that we would not have seen otherwise. Very beautiful scenery.”
    Amy Rosen – Massachusetts, United States March 2019
  • Love the Lakes District

    “Had a great time in the Lakes District of Argentina / Chile. ”
    Pamela Albin – Minnesota, United States February 2019
  • Best Trip to Patagonia

    “This was my third visit to Patagonia. I was in the Lakes area 4 years ago to do a marathon and other visiting. This was an excellent combination of pretty vigorous activity (for me) and seeing natures’s grandeur in the lakes, fjords and volcanoes. I’m still having dreams about the trip 6 days after coming home.”
    Mary Croft – Arizona, United States February 2019
  • One of the Most Beautiful Trips Ever!

    “This trip explores one of the most beautiful regions of the world. Each day we were surrounded by snow capped mountains, lakes or fiords. I really enjoyed the variety of landscapes and the and the varied activities we used to explore them. And as always our guides were excellent.”
    Alan Moore – Nova Scotia, Canada December 2018
  • Patagonia Adventure/ Puma

    “The Puma trip exceeded my expectation with regards to the variety of hikes in different locations, landscapes and vegetations. There was a good mixture of strenuous and more relaxed hikes. Although I only have done sea kayaking once before it was very enjoyable. I felt well looked after by the local kayaking guides Active used. Indeed, all the local guides Active used in Argentina and Chile were outstanding. Each had specialized knowledge about the history of the region and local flora & fauna. I am unable to name a favourite as each location had its own unique charm and beauty. All the restaurant we ate in and all hotels we stayed were first class including the accommodation in the most remote area on a peninsula in Chile. Our tour guide Mayra was a master of organization and expert in individualised customer service. She had a solution to any request that was made and beyond. This is my third time travelling with Active and I have never been disappointed.
    Ines Muller / Switzerland

    Ines Muller – Dublin, Ireland (Republic of) December 2018
  • Northern Patagonia with Active Adventures is a Must-Do

    “Our trip to New Zealand (South Island) with Active Adventures a couple of years ago was great, and our recent trip to Northern Patagonia with them was quite different and equally great. They know how to do it, both for groups of 14 or so (as we were in New Zealand) and for groups of just 5 (as we were in Patagonia). The right level of activity/adventure and great variety - we had the opportunity to be pushed if that is what we wanted on a particular day (like a hike with more elevation gain than we had done before) or, and this is critical, the individual freedom to ratchet that back at any time, with no pressure either way. As they say, "no worries". Our all-trip guide (Mayra) was great beyond words - knowledgeable, engaging, flexible (necessary, because the always unpredictable weather there can force itinerary changes), able to solve any problem - and always fun. And the local guides who joined us for hikes, kayaking, rafting, etc. were all terrific as well. We had experiences, many of them (some of which developed spur of the moment), that we will treasure forever.”
    Bruce Maximov – California, United States April 2018
  • Excellence at its Best!

    “What more can I say?! The itinerary, natural and architectural beauty, guides, activities, transportation, hotels, food, all truly incredible. Mayra is a gem and it was like having a caring, highly competent family member with us all the way. I have traveled throughout much of the world and this is one place you do not want to miss!”
    Rita Carole – California, United States April 2018
  • Like Travelling with Really Interesting Friends

    “I enjoyed everything about this trip. I'm 67 and it was the right amount of activity (hiking, rafting, kayaking) and the right amount of down time. Traveling with Mayra and the other guides was like traveling with really interesting friends.”
    Susan Albert – California, United States March 2018
  • Puma Trip Review

    “We were thrilled to have Mayra as our guide for this fantastic trip. She and the additional local guides were truly fantastic. There was an excellent balance of travel time, hiking, kayaking, relaxing and good food. Truly magical in every way.”
    David Sherman – Michigan, United States March 2018
  • Puma

    “I loved this trip - the scenery is amazing! The guide in each location were great, and we learned a lot from them as they shared their appreciation for the local landscape and life. Learning about the many diverse ecosystems on the hikes, nature reserve guided walks, and kayaking was a highlight. The hikes are great, with both steep climbs and easier parts, and stunning views the whole way! Especially loved kayaking the fjord and trying out the very HOT springs! The variety of nature, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls is fantastic. Truly, a most special introduction to northern Patagonia! Thanks for everything!”
    Carey Sherman – Michigan, United States February 2018
  • Puma Adventure in Northern Patagonia

    “All round excellent trip - packed with activities, loads of jaw dropping scenery and very well arranged. High-end restaurants exceeded my expectations and were exactly what was needed, especially after some of those long days of strenuous hiking.”
    Richard Wohl – Ontario, Canada January 2018

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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