It is unusual for one region to contain such a variety of natural resources that, year after year, captivate travelers from all over the world. In the south of Chile, there is an assortment of landscapes steeped in history, framed in architecture influenced by German immigrants. There are interesting cultural events to be enjoyed and a range of activities such as white river rafting, kayak trips, trekking routes, volcano climbing, sailing, and others. This is a unique journey that joins the incredible landscapes of the south with the various native communities and resources, through the different adventure activities that make this such an unforgettable trip.
The Chilean Lake District is notable for the abundance of its natural resources, authentic culture, and spectacular landscapes that are today considered the door to Chilean Patagonia. It is a destination that stands out for its large protected wild areas, its lakes such as Llanquihue, Puyehue, Todos Los Santos, and Rupanco; a series of Andean rivers, native forests, volcanoes, and islands. The most famous of these islands is the archipelago of Chiloé, considered a land of myths and legends, with unique architecture and incredible gastronomy that is truly worth exploring.
*Please note that airport shuttles are private.
Once you arrive in Puerto Varas, you will be informed about the exact order and itinerary of the activities you will be undertaking.
Upon your arrival to Puerto Montt, a representative of Ecochile will be waiting for you right outside the baggage claim area to take you to your Hotel in Puerto Varas. The representative will have a sign with your first and/or last name on it. The approximate travel time is around 40 mins (depending on Hotel location and traffic / road conditions).
After your hotel check-in, you will have enough time to go out for a walk and discover the city of Puerto Varas. Your travel expert will provide you more information about the different activities/places to visit and restaurant options. (Lunch and Dinner are arranged by the customer)
Overnight in your selected hotel in Puerto Varas.
After breakfast, a van will pick you up to begin your tour to the beautiful Llanquihue Lake, one of the largest lakes in South America.
You will first head for the biggest and oldest National Park in Chile, Vicente Perez Rosales. Here, your first stop will be the “Saltos del Petrohué”, a waterfall created by the forces of nature, 19th-century volcanic eruptions, and glacier retreat. Next, you will go to “Todos Los Santos” Lake, famous for its emerald waters, volcanic stone beach and native trees. Then, you will go on to the Osorno Volcano, where you will go up to the viewpoint located at 3,000 meters above sea level. From there, you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the valley, Llanquihue Lake, Petrohué river, Calbuco volcano beautiful mountains around. Once the activity is complete, you will head back to the city of Puerto Varas.
You will return to your Hotel right on time for dinner.
After breakfast, you will head to the island of Chiloé. To get there, you will cross the Chacao channel by ferry – you have a good chance of seeing a Chilean dolphin on your way there, which is one of the world’s smallest.
Once you are on the island, your first stop will be Caulín Bay, where oysters are farmed and the main line of work is fishing and other sea-related work. This has an influence on the area’s traditional cuisine. You will also be able to spot several native species of animal and a colony of penguins living in Puñihuil, the only place on earth where Humboldt and Magellanic penguins nest alongside each other. During this tour, you will also see churches built after the Spanish conquest, when the native Huilliche people were converted to Catholicism. These buildings are a World Heritage Site.
*If it is not penguin viewing season, you will visit the towns of Ancud and Castro.
When you arrive on the island, you will start off towards the town of Castro – the island’s capital – noted for its buildings on multi-colored stilts and unique dwellings, built in order to withstand the high tide. You will also be able to explore the church and town square. Then, you will travel to the north of the island, to Ancud, where you can visit the Spanish fort, the local market, and Ancud Museum. This building has authentic architecture and preserves the area’s cultural and historical heritage. Next, you will stop off for lunch in a restaurant, ending your journey with your return to Puerto Varas.
You will return to your Hotel right on time for Dinner.
Departing at 9am from your Hotel, we are going to surround Llanquihue Lake heading up-north. Large old residences and gardens steeped in Chilean-German culture is one of the proposals offered by Frutillar, surrounded by its charm and music will be part of a perfect combination. We will start our tour visiting Llanquihue; city founded by German settlers, characterized by the production of cecinas and place that gives origin of the Maullín River, located on the shores of the Lake. We will continue our trip along the old Route of the Settlers, bordering the west bank of Lake Llanquihue we will arrive at the beautiful city of Frutillar; which stands out for its architecture, the care of its gardens, the imposing Teatro del Lago that annually offers us the famous “Musical Weeks of Frutillar” and an incomparable view of Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes. We will visit the German Colonial Museum and after that we will go to the city of Puerto Octay; picturesque town marked by the German colonization declared “Typical Zone” recently by the Council of National Monuments.
This regular tour only departs during the morning. Your flight must be booked during the afternoon in order to have enough time for the activity.
May-2019 until December-2020
*This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, accommodation availability and not counting special dates. ** Solo travelers or guests staying in single rooms must pay a single supplement. Otherwise, the rates would be readjusted upon request. *** If the mentioned hotel are not available, alternative hotels will be provided of a similar standard
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Duration: 4 days
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