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WONDERS OF PUERTO VARAS & TORRES DEL PAINE

USD 3,100 / 8 days

Summary

● Day 1: Puerto Varas
● Day 2: Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls
● Day 3: Chiloé Island
● Day 4: Puerto Octay & Frutillar
● Day 5: Magdalena Penguin Island
● Day 6: Base Torres Trekking
● Day 7: Torres del Paine highlights
● Day 8: Punta Arenas

Overview

Over the course of eight thrilling and awe-inspiring days, you’ll be immersed in the best that Patagonia has to offer, from pristine wilderness to cultural institutions. Starting in the Lakes District, you’ll be introduced to the area’s German-influenced architecture, cuisine, and traditions, as well as some of its eponymous lakes, lofty volcanoes, and verdant forests. You’ll then move to Punta Arenas, the capital of Chile’s Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica region and the jumping-off point to exploring Patagonia, where you can learn more about the nautical and explorer history of this part of the country, as well as visit native wildlife like penguins and sea lions. Then you’ll travel to Torres del Paine, the eighth wonder of the world, full of spectacular mountains, turquoise lakes, and wildlife, which you’ll discover and fall in love with with the aid of experienced guides.


Itinerary Details

DAY 1
PUERTO MONTT - PUERTO VARAS

Private Transfer

After arriving in Puerto Montt and meeting up with our representative, you’ll be transferred approximately twenty minutes to the town of Puerto Varas, a quaint town of German-esque buildings on the shores of Lake Llanquihue; on the far side of the lake, you can see the snow-capped Osorno Volcano.

After dropping off your luggage at the Hotel, perched on a hill beside the lake with lovely views, you’ll have a free day to explore the town. Walk around the historic district to view the many original German buildings, marvel at the stately Church of the Sacred Heart, stroll along the scenic lakefront, or try traditional Germanic foods and local craft brews at the town’s many fine eateries and breweries.

Meals: None

Overnight: Mero Gaucho Hotel

 

DAY 2
PUERTO VARAS

Private Full Day Tour: Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls

After a hearty breakfast, prepare for a full day of outdoor adventure and marveling at the natural wonders of the Lakes District. You’ll be picked up at the hotel and driven roughly an hour to the far side of Lake Llanquihue to Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Inside the park, you’ll spend the day visiting the park’s best sights, including the spectacular Petrohue waterfalls, the Osorno Volcano, and Todos Los Santos (All Saints) Lake. After a long day exploring the park, you’ll return to Puerto Varas for a restful evening and delicious dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Mero Gaucho Hotel

DAY 3
PUERTO VARAS

Private Full Day Tour Chiloe Island: Ancud, Castro & Dalcahue

Today we’ll visit one of the most enchanting places in the whole of Chile: Chiloé. This archipelago is located off the coast near Puerto Montt and is home to temperate rainforests, rolling paddocks, charming architecture like palafito houses (waterside stilt houses) and a culture that developed separately from the mainland.

We’ll be driven around the island to visit its top attractions in towns like Ancud, Castro (the capital), and Dalcahue. Along the way, we can appreciate the tranquil island scenery, and your guide will educate you on the island’s history and culture, such as its special mythology (the archipelago is supposedly home to magical creatures like warlocks, trolls, mermaids, and a ghost ship). At the end of the day, we’ll return to Puerto Varas.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: Mero Gaucho Hotel

DAY 4
PUERTO VARAS - PUNTA ARENAS

Private Half Day Tour: Puerto Octay & Frutillar

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred along Lake Llanquihue to visit nearby towns like Frutillar and Puerto Octay, where you can appreciate lovely vistas of the lake and Osorno Volcano, as well as beautiful German architecture. In Frutillar, you will also visit the famous dock and see the Teatro del Lago Theater, a magnificent theater that hosts a famous music festival. You’ll then be privately transferred  back to Puerto Montt where you’ll board your flight to Punta Arenas. A representative will drive you to your hotel in Punta Arenas.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Yegua Loca Hotel

DAY 5
PUNTA ARENAS - TORRES DEL PAINE

Private Half Day Tour & Transfer: Magdalena Penguin Island 

After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the Punta Arenas jetty, where you’ll board a boat for your main activity of the day: sailing to nearby Magdalena Island to visit the colony of Magellanic penguins that live there! Part of the Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, Magdalena Island is home to approximately 120,000 Magellanic penguins and is considered one of the largest and most important penguin colonies in Chile.

After visiting the nesting sites, you’ll take the boat back to the mainland and then be transferred to Torres del Paine National Park, the crown jewel of Chile’s national park system. Along the way, you’ll pass through Patagonian pampas (steppe grasslands) where you can see native wildlife like guanacos, Darwin’s Rhea, flamingos, condors, and more.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Overnight: Patagonia Camp Hotel

DAY 6
TORRES DEL PAINE

Shared Full Day Tour: Base Torres Hike

Today you’ll be doing the most popular hike in Torres del Paine: hiking to the base of the three granite Torres (towers) for which the park is named. You’ll start the hike, which climbs up the outside of the Paine Massif into the Ascencio Valley and then winds along the valley floor through forests to the base of a glacial moraine rockslide. Climbing to the top, you’ll be treated to arguably the best view in the whole park: the three Torres rising majestically over a turquoise-blue glacial lagoon.

Here, we can rest, admire the view, and eat lunch before we starts hiking back.

Meals: Breakfast – Box Lunch – Dinner

Overnight: Patagonia Camp Hotel

DAY 8
TORRES DEL PAINE

Shared Full Day Tour: Wonders of Torres del Paine

After breakfast, you’ll be treated to a full day exploring the wonders of Torres del Paine. We’ll drive into the park to popular viewpoints, like the Salto Grande waterfall and the beaches of Grey Lake, where you can see icebergs that have detached from the Grey Glacier at the far end of the lake; from certain viewpoints, you can even see the glacier itself, which forms part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s second-largest extrapolar ice field. Driving around, keep your eyes peeled: there’s a good chance you’ll catch glimpses of wildlife like herds of guanacos and even pumas. At the end of a long day surrounded by Patagonia’s natural majesty, you’ll head back to the Hotel for the night.

Meals: Breakfast – Box Lunch – Dinner

Overnight: Patagonia Camp Hotel

DAY 8
PUNTA ARENAS

Shared Transfer 

After breakfast, you’ll check out of your stay and then leave on a shared transfer back to Punta Arenas for your departure flight. Along the way, you can sit back and watch the beautiful Patagonian scenery go by and may be lucky enough to see more local wildlife. After arriving at the airport, it’s goodbye to Patagonia (for now!).

Meals: Breakfast

Land Portion Pricing

High Season (November to March):

Price per person >> USD 3,900

Shoulder Season (September/October and April/May):

Price per person >> USD 3,100

(Rates based on double occupancy)

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

** The catamaran boat trip costs an additional $50 USD per person approx. This excursion is subject to the itinerary of the Lake Pehoe boat crossing. Available from November 1st to March 31st.


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.

WONDERS OF PUERTO VARAS & TORRES DEL PAINE

Duration: 8 days

Price: USD 3,100 / person

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