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CHILEAN LAKE DISTRICT & VOLCANOES

US$ 550 / 4 days

Summary

● Day 1: Arrival in Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas
● Day 2: Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Falls
● Day 3: Chiloé Island: Penguins Colony
● Day 4: Frutillar and Puerto Octay

Overview

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.


Itinerary Details

DAY 1
PUERTO MONTT - PUERTO VARAS

Private Transfer

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.

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.

Meals: None

Overnight: Mero Gaucho Boutique Hotel

DAY 2
PUERTO VARAS

Shared Full Day Tour: Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Falls

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.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Mero Gaucho Boutique Hotel

DAY 3
PUERTO VARAS

Shared Full Day Tour: Chiloe Island

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.

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’s 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.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Mero Gaucho Boutique Hotel

DAY 4
PUERTO VARAS - PUERTO MONTT

Shared Half Day Tour: Frutillar and Puerto Octay

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Mero Gaucho Boutique Hotel

Land Portion Pricing

High Season (Jan and Feb):

Price per person: USD 810

Shoulder Season (Sep – Dec – Mar – May):

Price per person >> USD 550

(Rates based on double occupancy)

* Please note that international and domestic flights are not included in this price.


Why is this trip sustainable?

  • The food provided is locally prepared with regional products.
  • You will travel Plastic-Free throughout your trip! We use reusable or glass bottles, and recyclable containers.
  • Our top recommended hotels include sustainability policies as part of their mission and operations.
  • We work in collaboration with local suppliers and communities in each location.
  • We make sure our tour groups are small, both to improve the experience for you and to reduce the impact on the places we visit.
  • We respect and value the lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions of the local communities we visit.

Our Health and Safety Promise:

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that travelers, while eager to get back out there and explore the world, also want to be careful and only travel where and when it’s safe to do so. Just as you take your health and safety seriously, as well as the health and safety of the overall group and the communities we visit, so do we. That’s why, in compliance with national and international health and safety regulations and recommendations, we’ve optimized our operations and tour itineraries to provide you with the safest itinerary possible in a post-pandemic world.

This tour was specifically designed with social distancing in mind, avoiding overly crowded places without sacrificing the experience of discovering the destination. We only partner with hotels and tour operators that are similarly committed to putting their clients’ health first, with the use of cleaning and sanitizing services and only offering tours and excursions when it’s fully safe to do so. All this and more are just some of the ways we’re innovating travel itineraries for the healthier future.

CHILEAN LAKE DISTRICT & VOLCANOES

Duration: 4 days

Price: US$ 550 / person

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