How the Mapuches knew what Mother Earth would be facing in 2020

Ruka mapuche traditional house

Lately, the world has been going through tough times. Either socially, financially or naturally. What could seem unpredictable for the majority of us, might not be for some other cultures with a strong connection with the planet Earth. As a result, the Mapuche culture and vision of the cosmos predicted the current global situation. In this article, you’ll find out how this indigenous community knew what we would be going through in 2020.

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Mapuche lady pouring a traditional mate yerba

Brief history & presentation of the Mapuches

As of today, the Mapuches is one of the most notorious native group of Southern Chile & Argentina. In Chile, it is the largest and the majority of the groups inhabits the southern regions & Santiago capital city. Throughout the beginning of their existence, they have mastered the ability to adapt in different types of climate. From the Andean mountains down to the coast, from warmer temperate climatic zones to cold rainy ones. They adapted to them, developing their culture in unique ways.

Historically, they are the most tenacious people. Indeed, neither the Incas or the Spanish settlers could defeat nor dominate them, despite their war efforts. Thus, in 1691, the Spanish King recognized the independence of the Mapuches.

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Photo Source: The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago de Chile.

In Mapudungun, their native language, the word “Mapuche” means “people of the land”. Their culture is based on the oral tradition. Indeed, the Admapu (set of ancient traditions, rights, laws and norms transmitted from generation to generation) governs the social and religious conduct.

Religion & cosmovision

The Mapuche Flag
The Mapuche Flag with the Meli witran mapu, representation of the Earth and the 4 cardinal points.

Religiously, the Mapuche beliefs are based on the existence of a world populated by Gods and Spirits. However, this polytheism is summed up under the existence of an Almighty Being. The “Pillán” (Volcano), or “Neguechén” (Supreme Being), who lived in the heavenly heights and had the power to grant life and death.

In addition, they associate manifestations of nature, such as thunder, fire, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes with their duality view of the world. In a few words, the religious beliefs are based on the union between the spiritual world and the concrete world. Moreover, they see the universe as a serie of superimposed platforms in space, all grouped in 3 zones:

  • Meli ñom wenu (the 4 places above), also weno mapu (the land above). It is the platform of good where live the Gods. From the highest platform, they are distributed hierarchically: the Spirits (Gods’ minor employees), then the ancestors; both authentic (the protectors and brokers of the lineage) and mythical (the common ethical counselors).
  • Anka wenu (half up), also miche mapu (the earth below) where inhabit evil beings that don’t have any relation with each other.
  • Mapu (Earth), the natural world summarizing the permanent conflict between the two prior zones.

According to the Mapuche, the harmonic relationship between all the elements of the Earth without the humane intervention is the base of their cosmovision. Thus, the respectful use of the natural resources is fundamental for the overall well-being of the community.

The Mapuche cosmic vision is dualistic and dialectical. The wenu mapu represents the good, whereas the anka wenu minche mapu represent only the evil. On Earth, both the good and evil coexist in a synthesis that does not imply fusion, but rather a dynamic juxtaposition. So, true polarity leads to union, and the conjunction of two opposing forces is a necessary condition to achieve a dualistic cosmic balance.

What happened in 2019 revealed the current global situation

As people of the land, the Mapuche are well-connected with planet Earth. Their deep knowledge of the native fauna & flora, along with the strong connection with the cosmos, enable them to read and interpret natural events.

In a recent post, we explained why a total solar eclipse means bad omen for the future. This extraordinary event happened recently in Chile on July 2 2019. A few months after, since October 14, social protests have been taking over the streets of big Chilean cities. As a result of this strong social and political crisis, the Chilean government had to cancel some important internacional events. Indeed, both the 2019 APEC and the UN Climate Change Conference were either cancelled or organized in another country.

This singular and natural event might seem a simple coincidence for us. But not for this wise indigenous community. As a matter of fact, another natural event took place but went unnoticed through the eyes of the common.

In the Mapuche culture, the Earth always delivers messages and warnings. There exists a belief about the Quila, which is a perennial bamboo growing in the humid temperate forests of Chile and Argentina. History has demonstrated that when the Quila comes into bloom (only every 70-90 years), and the Colihue gets dry after then, it is bad omen. According to the mapuche, the Earth tries to warn us about “great battles coming”, and with it famine and drought. But after that come new buds and “young land”.

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The quila, Chilean bamboo

Here’s a few historic examples demonstrating how the quila has been warning us without knowing:

  • When the Spanish conquerors arrived from the north of Mataquito, the quila came into bloom throughout the south of the Bío Bío Region.
  • When Cornelio Saavedra invaded Malleco, the quila blossomed from Villarrica to Boroa on the shores of the Toltén River.
  • Before the financial crisis of 1929, it blossomed in all its splendor.

In early November of 2019, it occurred once again. What has been happening globally was announced, but we failed to see it as the modern cultures turn a blind eye regarding the damages we are causing to Mother Earth and to ourselves.

With their millennial experience, the Mapuches have been able to accumulate rich knowledge in the different areas of life. Starting with its ancestral historical heritage, such as art, socio-political organization, health, the spirituality, religion, economy, culture, politics, philosophy, education, organization social, among other components.

 

Total solar eclipse in Pucón on December 14, 2020

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Where will the phenomenon take place?

Chile is the perfect place for star gazing. On December 14th 2020, the focus will not be on stars but on the total solar eclipse.

Pucón is going to be the center of attention during this special day. The solar event is going to last 2h 50min. The eclipse will start at 11:41am with a total darkness at 1:04pm.

This very special phenomenon occurs 884 years after a similar astronomic event in the area. The Araucanía región is the territory where mainly resides the indigenous Mapuche community.

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Foto credit: http://eclipseschile.gob.cl/index.html

Signification of a solar eclipse in the Mapuche cosmovision

 

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Señora Rosario, member of the Mapuche community
Foto credit: Jonatha Jünge

Many centuries before modern astronomy and its sophisticated telescopes, Mapuche people were already related to the cosmos. It was an important tool to predict the weather and influences on the land.

In Mapudungun, the Mapuche’s native language, a total solar eclipse is called “lai antü” or “lan antü”, which means “death of the sun”. This phenomenon is also known as “malonji ta antü” (they came to cover the sun or attack the sun) or “zumiñii antü” (the sun darkened).

This event is expected with respect, since the sun represents the way of understanding time. The „lai antü“has a strong content, so designating the death of the sun implies the suspension of time, a change of cycle for the star, a change in the process. Faced with this phenomenon of time suspension that affects nature.

A partial eclipse usually means a good year for the community. But a total eclipse is a bad omen for humanity, including the possible death of a dear and respected chieftain.

Despite the negative interpretation of the event by the Mapuches, in the occidental culture this natural phenomenon is a true once in a lifetime experience. In addition of being the capital of adventure tourism in Chile, Pucón will be the lucky host of the total solar eclipse 2020.

Safety recommendations during the eclipse

  • Do not look straight at the sun without proper eclipse glasses (certified ISO 12312-2)
  • Do not stair at the sun using your camera, telephone or binocular
  • Kids have to be supervised by an adult during the whole event

Pre and post travel options around Pucón

Do not miss your chance of getting to know the best travel options around Pucón. Take a look at our top travel experiences especially designed for active nature lovers.

Contact us for any group request or tailor made program.

Quetrupillan and Lanin Volcano
Quetrupillan and Lanin Volcano

A new year and a new zero waste challenge for Amity Tours

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As 2019 is coming to an end, Amity Tours has taken a new challenge towards becoming a zero waste company. These are the first steps we are currently taking.

 The current problem

Our current lifestyle generates each year billions of tons of waste. Most of them end up causing natural damages for our fragile environment. Likewise in Chile, more than 40% of all the generated waste ends up in landfills without a minimum of sanitary requirements. This means that the groundwater and the river streams are affected directly, as well as the Pacific Ocean.

In the travel industry, this issue is affecting us on a daily basis. As an inbound tour operator established in Chile since 2003, Amity Tours organizes active trips in wilderness and protected areas, where responsible practices are fundamental. Since the beginning of our operations, sustainability has always been an important aspect of our travel experiences. As of today, it has become a number one priority for us.

Our first steps

As a company offering responsible tourism in Chile for 16 years, we decided to take a new challenge towards becoming a zero waste company. As a result, we are implementing the following measures:

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Practice

  • Reduce: In order to prevent the production of waste, we have partnered up with local & organic food suppliers. This allows us to buy in bulk. Thus, it avoids the use of disposable plastics but also fuel the local economy.

 

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  • Reuse: We donate all of the remaining reusable water bottles after each operations’ season. In 2019, approximately 450 were donated to local sport clubs (Bagualitos Park, & TeamPucón). For 2020, we plan to give away another 500 more. In the future, we will work with our partners on finding a sustainable solution regarding this issue. Moreover, we highly encourage our clients to bring their own water bottles. This will reduce the amount of plastic generated by our tours.

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  • Recycle: At our main office we did install a recycling point where we separate Plastics, Cans, Glasses, Paper/Carton and of course all the organic waste generated at our office, the cabins and part of the waste generated during the trips. During the trips our guides and drivers set up an dismountable recycling point where clients and staff can dispose the residues to be collected at the hotels visiting during the voyage. In addition, we separate and collect the organic matter to be transform into compost. This compost will be used for our vegetables garden located at Amity Headquarter.
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Recycling Point Amity Tours

Coming soon

Even though our efforts towards becoming a zero waste company are already making a change, we still have a long road ahead. For 2020, we plan to measure all the waste and recycled materials generated during our tours from November 2019 to April 2020. Based on the collected information, we´ll make sure to reduce our waste production for the 2020/21 season.

In addition, we will keep integrating and handpicking new local suppliers that also apply sustainable practices in order to eliminate waste directly at the source. Moreover, we are integrating our selection of hotels / restaurants in our efforts, as they will receive part of the generated waste during the tours.

Last but not least, our friendly team will be the main protagonist in our challenge of becoming a zero-waste company. Indeed, they will share and implement on the field the company’s efforts, and hopefully create a huge impact on our guests’ minds.

Soon, we’ll keep you posted on the upcoming zero-waste solutions and share with you our progress.

Join us on this great adventure by sharing this article with your travel buddies. Let’s go for a greener travel industry!

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Top reasons to cycle the backroads of Chile’s Lake & Volcano District

Here’s a list of the top reasons to cycle the backroads of Southern’s Chile is a must-do if you are a cycling enthusiast.

Amity Tours, as a company, has been specializing since 2003 in active trips such as hiking, trekking, skiing and cycling. Our main ground operations are based in Pucón, located in the Lake and Volcano District.

Our main motivation to offer adventure experiences in this region is quite obvious. Along with being the best place for outdoor activities, we truly believe it is one the most beautiful regions of Chile. If not the most beautiful.

Below you will find out the top reasons why you should definitely come and cycle in Chile with Amity Tours.

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Scenic 7-Lake Route Ride – Lake & Volcano District, Chile

Discover the top regions in Chile

Lake and Volcano District (Southern Chile)

From Temuco to Puerto Varas, we take you to cycle the most scenic routes of the Region. Your cycling adventure will be filled with amazing landscapes composed of lakes, active volcanoes and the Andes mountain range. Moreover, you will observe some incredible endemic fauna and flora.

Cycling Chile’s southern backroads is the best way to explore this fascinating part of the country. In other words, you will pedal alongside the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks. In addition, you will visit local ethnic villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

The best ? You will be fully assisted by our team of professional and passionate guides/drivers.

During our bike programs, you’ll get to explore the following highlights of the region:

  • Kutralkura, Chile’s first Geopark in the Malalcahuello National Reserve, always with the Lonquimay Volcano watching you
  • The Andes Mountain Range at the Alto Biobio National Reserve
  • Pucón, Capital of adventure tourism and Villarrica Volcano, Chile’s most active volcano
  • The 7-Lake Route, Chile’s most scenic route
  • Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve
  • Puerto Varas with the Llanquihue Lake, Osorno Volcano and the Petrohue Waterfalls

The Atacama Desert (Northern Chile)

Also known as the driest desert in the world, the Atacama Desert is an excellent place for some bike adventures. Actually, this is the only place in the world where you will get the impression to ride on Mars Planet.

We will take you off the beaten path, into areas not accessible by vehicle and trodden only by local natives and their llama or goat herds. You will encounter small villages, geysers, altiplanic lagoons, valleys, archaeological ruins, Andean wildlife along with the most spectacular desert and mountain landscapes. And of course, always crowned by high dormant volcanoes.

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Cejar Lagoon, Atacama Desert

Professional service and safety measures

In Amity, we aim at providing the best travel experiences in Chile. This means for us that this comes with an excellent service, comfortable hotels and great local food, beer and wine. Secondly, you will really find true a friend in our experienced and professional guides/drivers. They will show the best of Chile. Along with them, you’ll get to meet local people at every destination. Finally, they’ll make sure you discover the best hidden places that will take your breath away.

As a responsible travel company, we make sure our bikers get the best experience possible. This is why we’ll make sure that safety always comes first. Here are our most important measures taken during our trips:

  • Our professional guides and drivers always have with them radio. Communication is the main element in our staff.
  • We use support vehicle to carry all the food, water, snacks and all the spare equipment needed for such activity. For those who can no longer ride, our vehicle is here to pick them up
  • The helmet while riding is mandatory
  • Van stops every 10 or 20 kilometers depending on group pace. Just to make sure everyone’s ok and enjoying the ride
  • For every 9 riders, 1 professional guide is in charge for support
  • At the beginning of our tours, we make sure a technical speech is given regarding road rules
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Safety and road assistance during bike rides

Mountain Bike & Road Cycling

Being the longest country in the world, Chile has a lot of biking trails to offer. You’ll absolutely get fascinated by the diversity of landscapes at the wheels of your bike.

In the Atacama Desert, we recently have developed our top mountain bike experience. As a result, this trip will allow you to fully appreciate the vastness of the driest desert in the world. You will ride on are a mix of asphalt and dirt roads, and mainly on a flat terrain. For such a trip, you don’t need to be a bike expert since the routes are very easy to ride on.

On the other hand, the Lake and Volcano District offers even more biking trails. If you are an adrenaline seeker, or an avid challenger, you will definitely be amazed by our tours.

Our 7-Day Mountain Bike Tour was especially designed by our top cyclist guide. He is the former national champion of  XC MTB in 2004 and winner of silver medal of the Pan-American Games of XC MTB. This program will take you to the best bike trails of the Lake and Volcano District, off the beaten path. You will absolutely love riding among endemic tree forests or descending the Villarrica Volcano.

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Villarrica National Reserve, Lake & Volcano District
Photo Credit: Jonathan Jünge

If you’re are more into paved road, don’t worry. Our famous road cycling experience will make you ride the most beautiful and scenic roads of Chile. Designed for intermediate and advanced road cyclists, this experience will surely challenge you. From the Malalcahuello National Reserve, through Pucón to Puerto Varas, this journey will never cease to surprise you.

Our last ride, in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, gives you the opportunity to push your limits. Indeed, you will get to climb the Osorno Volcano and one of the steepest climb of South America. If not Europe.

Want to mix hiking and biking ? Read more about our special travel experience!

Chilean Culture and Food

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Picnic with a view at Panguipulli Lake – Scenic Road

Not everything is about physical activity, adventure and amazing landscapes. We also make sure our bikers’ belly gets well treated with our delicious Chilean cuisine.

Food in Chile is great and healthy. Likewise, it is one of the highlights of our bike tours. Great wine, fresh and flavorsome produce, seafood and all kinds of meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb and wild boar) will be part of the daily menus. We are prepared to cater vegetarian, pescaterian, gluten free and dairy free food. However, if you are vegan or eat kosher food you may have to be flexible because in this part of Chile we have very limited vegan options and kosher food is not available.

And to make it memorable, you will experience an indigenous encounter with the Mapuche community. You will have the privilege to share a typical dinner, drink some Maté and learn more about their ancient culture.

Sharing maté during a special encounter with the Mapuche indigenous community.

During the bike rides, you will have all the necessary snacks to refill energy. For lunch, you will either get to eat the typical Chilean food in our selected restaurants. Or get to have a buffet picnic, prepared with love by our drivers on the perfect scenic spot.

In Southern Chile, tap water is not only safe, it tastes great too!

Check out our top 8-Day Road Cycling Tour in Chile’s Lake & Volcano District, group departure dates available until April 2020.

Climbing the Villarrica, Chile’s most active volcano

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to climb Chile’s most active volcano ? Find out why this experience is truly unique and a must-do excursion if you plan to visit Pucón!

Without a doubt, you’ve definitely heard about the incredible diversity of landscape inside the Chilean territory. If you like going on adventures in nature, Chile should appear on your next travel destinations list. Thirsty for thrilling and unique excursions ? Then climbing the Villarrica, Chile’s most active volcano, is for you!

Description and last eruption

The Villarrica Volcano (2.847 meters), or Ruka Pillañ in Mapundungún, is a Chilean stratovolcano located in the southern section of the Western Andes. It is situated at the limit of the Araucanía Region and Los Ríos Region, between the Villarrica and Calafquén Lakes. The slopes of the volcano are divided between the cities of Villarrica (North-West), Pucón (North-East) and Coñaripe (South). Finally, it is one of the most beautiful volcanoes of Chile because of it is perfectly cone-shaped, in addition to have a snow-coated summit all year long.

Currently, it is administered by the CONAF (Corporación Nacional Forestal or National Forest Corporation). The volcano and surroundings form the Villarrica National Park which is a protected area.

With an open crater of 200-meter of diameter, where at the bottom lies a permanent magma lake with a varying depth of 50 and 100 meters. The level of the lava constantly goes up or down. This lake always presents an intense fumerole, frequently accompanied by a weak eruptive activity.

Since 1558, there have been at least 90 volcanic eruptions registered. The most recent happened on March 3rd of 2015 at about 3:00 am. The most energetic phase lasted approximately 55 minutes, characterized by an eruptive column that reached between six and eight kilometers in height. Vertically from the crater,  the emission of lava reached up to 1,5-kilometer high.

Following the eruption, the Villarrica National Park around the volcano was closed until the end of the year. As of today, the ski center opens for the ski season every year, along with the organized excursions to the top.

 

 

The Villarrica Volcano or Ruka Pillañ in the Mapuche’s cosmovision

In the Mapuche’s native language, Mapudungun, the Villarrica Volcano is named Ruka Pillañ, which means “House of the ancients’ spirits”. For them, the volcano is inhabited by the main spirit of nature who owns it. It is a kind of spirit from of the hills and volcanoes. Alongside this tutelary presence, there would inhabit some other minor spirits in relation to nature, but extremely powerful.

In other words, the Villarrica and its inhabitants take a very special place in the Mapuche’s cosmovision. The simbolism is clear: associated with the good, in opposition with the Llaima volcano that they associate with the bad. As a result, the propitious Rucapillan inspires beneficial dreams and “good weather”, whereas the Llaima transmits bad omens.

Finally, the Villarrica is symbolically related to a group of other elements associated with the positive. For example the colors violet and green, the Moon, the stars in general, the South and the East.

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The Mapuches are the people of the land.

Ascent to Villarrica Volcano’s open crater

 

Open crater with a view

 

If your next travel destination is Chile, you definitely have to add the visit of Pucón and the excursion to the top of Villarrica Volcano. Not only the amazing 360° panoramic view will blow your mind, but you will feel the unique sensation to step on Chile’s most active volcano.

As this activity requires optimal conditions, the hike mostly depends on the weather. A clear sky and a minimum wind are the required conditions for the hike to be safe. During this excursion, 3 professional mountain guides and assistant will accompany the ascent, along with a mountain gear. This includes: gloves, helmets, snow pants, mountain boots, crampons, ice axe, and mountain bag.

The ascent is available almost all year long, but the level of difficulty mostly depends on the season. In summer, the hike is easier for the snow only covers the crater, thus making the climb accessible to every hiker. In winter, the snow fully covers the Villarrica volcano and the hike gets more difficult. It usually requires a good physical health since hiking on snow during 6 hours can be exhausting, but definitely worth the effort.

Excursion

 

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Villarrica volcano ascent

 

Usually in Amity, we set the departing hour early in the morning. At 6:30, we gather with our mountain guides and leave towards the ski center. Once arrived, we put on our mountain gear, and then the ascent begins.

In summer, we use the ski lift, in order to gain approximately 1 hour of walking. Then begins the hike, which lasts roughly 4 to 6 hours depending on the group’s walking pace. All along the climb, the view is mind blowing as the summit gets closer. Before reaching the open crater, we’ll take a pause to enjoy the view, relax, and get to refill energy with a picnic lunch.

At around 1 pm, we reach the summit which is the ultimate reward of the hike. A stunning view over 8 different volcanoes, 6 lakes and the valley surrounding the volcano awaits you. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to observe some lava flows depending on the magma lake’s level.

After then, we begin the descent. It basically consists in sliding down the volcano. In winter, enjoy skiing down the slopes of the volcano which is truly an incredible to live for every ski lover!

 

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Open crater with fumerole

 

If you’re interested in climbing the Villarrica volcano, we highly suggest you to take a look at our hiking tours.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want a tailor-made trip in the Lake and Volcano including the climbing of Chile’s most active volcano!

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8 places to visit in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile

The driest desert in the world offers a great variety of places to visit. With beautiful landscape composed of salt flats, natural hot springs and geysers, the Atacama Desert has a lot to explore.

This is why we wrote this interesting articles of the the 8 places to visit in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile

Geysers del Tatio

The Tatio is a geothermal field located in the Andes mountain range at 4280 meters above sea level. At the foothills of Tatio and Linzor volcanoes, 90 kilometers from San Pedro, it is the world’s third largest geyser field.

It was named El Tatio after “Tata iu”, which means in Quechua “The Crying Elder”. It is a reference to the geysers and the mountain shaped like a lying man. The site has approximately 80 active geysers, making it South America largest geyser field. It is also surrounded by hills reaching up to 5900 meters above sea level.

In the early morning hours, the fumaroles activity takes its toll due to the craters’ high temperatures. They can reach up to 85°C. They erupt with pressure from the earth with heights ranging from 7 to 8 meters. The air temperature fluctuates between 15°C / 22.5°F during the day and 2°C / 3°F at night.

During the ride, it is also possible to observe local fauna and flora. You will be able to spot vicuñas, llamas, ñandues and vizcacha. Giant cactus, llaretas and coirón will be part of the flora.

The highlight of the geyser field is the thermal pool in which you can bath. You’ll absolutely be amazed by the snow-covered mountain peaks around while relaxing in the water filled with minerals.

With its spectacular scenery, the Tatio geysers are clearly Chile’s one of the most impressive attractions. Check out our 5-Day Hiking Tour in the Atacama Desert

Laguna Chaxa (Chaxa Lagoon)

The Chaxa Lagoon, central point of the Atacama Desert, is located 7 kilometers from Toconao. And less than 50 kilometers from San Pedro. It belongs to Los Flamencos National Reserve, and is under the CONAF protection system of the wilderness areas. It is probably one of the best places in Chile for flamingos sighting.

The Chaxa Lagoon is an altiplanic lagoon and has no great depths. It allows the proliferation of microscopic life forms and micro invertebrates. They constitute the basic food of the flamingos and other birds living in Chaxa. You can observe up to 3 different types of flamingos: Parina Grande,  Parina Chica and Flamenco Chileno.

Because of the intense heat, difference of temperatures between day and night and the high quantity of salt, there is not much flora and fauna surrounding Chaxa. Only some herbs and grass at the edge of the lagoon.

The reason why the Chaxa Lagoon is highly protected is because of its birdlife existence. The unit protecting the area aims at the conservation of the local biodiversity and the protection the birds’ food chain habitat.

Enjoy a soothing bath at the Tatio Geysers

Lagunas Altiplánicas (Highlands Lagoons)

The Highlands Lagoons, or Lagunas Altiplanicas, are located 115 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama. The ride goes through Toconao and Socaire small towns and runs along the side of the Atacama Salt Flat.

Intense blue waters and and whites shores welcoming great variety of birds, the Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons are a gift from nature. They are located inside the Los Flamencos National Reserve, at over 4000 meters above sea level. Both lagoons constitute a magical contrast with the surroundings snow-capped hills.

Mixture of desert, mountain and ice, it is the perfect place for bird watching and photography activities.  The geological formations of the hills and terrains around demonstrate Ojos del Salar volcano eruption activity of the past years. The last eruption ocurred in 1956.

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Highlands Lagoon, Atacama Desert

Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley)

It is one the most visited places around San Pedro de Atacama. It is located 17 kilometers / 25 miles from the village, in the heart of the Salt Mountain Range. The area, mainly composed of rock and sand formations, is mainly famous for its lunar aspect.

From the great dunes, you can observe the astonishing and surprising surroundings. During full moon, the valley also features an indescribable aspect filled with majesty and silence, coldly beautiful and imposing.

It is possible to visit the “Tres Marías” rock formations, and the “Duna Mayor” offers an excellent spot to observe the sunset. You can also hike this natural wonder through the diverse trails available.

Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley)

Also known as Mars Valley, the Death Valley is in the middle of the Salt Mountain Range and located 2 kilometers / 3 miles from San Pedro.

In the past, those who dared to cross the Valley would die trying. Reason is why we call it Death Valley.  Moreover, this is the perfect example showing how dry can be the Atacama Desert. Indeed, there’s any plant or insect living in the area.

The Death Valley is categorized at the most inhospitable place of the world. However, it is the perfect spot if you want to hike or practice sandboard.

Laguna Cejar & Tebinquinche

Cejar Lagoon

The Cejar Lagoon is located 5 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama, in the Atacama Salt Flat. The Lagoon is known for the high amount of salt condensed. You can enjoy swimming and floating very easily. Also, the beautiful turquoise color will amaze your eyes.

The landscape is one the most stunning of the Atacama Desert. Indeed, it is a mix of the blue color of the sky, the white color of the salt, the turquoise color of the water and finally the pink color of the flamingos.

It is highly recommend the visit of Cejar Lagoon during the afternoon. And end up visiting Tebinquinche Lagoon for an incredible sunset filled with stunning colors.

Star-gazing Experience

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Astronomic Tour, Atacama Desert

San Pedro de Atacama is a privileged place for star-gazing. In fact, the Atacama Desert has very little luminous pollution and humidity in the air.

The experience usually begins with a basic introduction speech of astronomy, followed by an open terrain guided tour. There you’ll be able to observe objects such as the craters of the moon, the rings of Saturn, the galaxies and others wonders of the universe.

During full moons and the Bolivian Winter (January and February), this activity is very compromised because it relies 100% of the weather conditions. The clouded skies and the light of the moon don’t allow observing properly the stars.

Star-gazing is usually available from end of March to November.

Valle del Arcoiris (Rainbow Valley)

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Colored Hills of the Rainbow Valley, Atacama Desert

The Rainbow Valley, or Valle del Arcoiris, is an area composed of various hills of green, black, purple and blue color. It is located 90 kilometers / 135 miles from San Pedro de Atacama, 3.500 meters above sea level. The area belongs to the Domeyko mountain range.

While there, you can also visit the Yerbas Buenas sector. It is an archeological site with ancient rupestrian art. In additional, you can also observe very important petroglyphs of the region.


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The best hikes in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District

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Pichillancahue Glacier Trail – Villarrica National Park

Discover the best hikes in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District.

If you are an avid hiker, nature lover or fellow traveler looking for some amazing landscapes, here’s a list of the best hikes you can find in Chile’s Lake & Volcano District!

Kutralkura Geopark – Christmas Crater Hike

The Christmas Crater is a pyroclastic cone of the Lonquimay Volcano located in the Malalcahuello National Reserve. It was formed during the volcanic eruption on December 25 of 1988, and reaches a height of 190 meters from its base.

The hike to the crater is not technical; but you’ll do require mountain gear to climb it in winter as it is covered in snow. However, in summer (from November to Early April), the trekking doesn’t require any gear.

Regarding difficulty, it is relatively short, and takes approx. 2 to 4 hours back and forth depending on your walking pace. It is ideal for families with young children, or people with not a lot of hiking experience.

From the top, you can enjoy a panoramic view over the foothills of the Lonquimay Volcano. In addition to the lava field, extended araucarias tree forests, along with view over the Tolhuaca and the Callaqui Volcanoes.

Kutralküra Geopark & Lonquimay Volcano – Lake and Volcano District

Coloradito trail hike – Malalcahuello National Reserve

The Coloradito trail, located at the Malalcahuello National Reserve, is a place shaped by tectonic and volcanic processes with an interesting and endemic fauna and flora.

This trail is a good alternative featuring typical landscapes of the Andes mountain range under the watchful eye of the Lonquimay Volcano.

All along the way, you’ll pass through forests of endemic trees such as the araucaria and the lenga tree surrounded by the ground vegetation with a predominance of michay, quila and viola trees.

Called “El Coloradito”, it is unique access to the Lonquimay Volcano that ending near the Coloradito River. The landscape is dominated by the presence of the Lonquimay Volcano and the Sierra del Colorado. During the hike, you can observe the Llaima Volcano and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Cerro Coloradito Trail – Malalcahuello National Reserve

Sierra Nevada hike – National Park Conguillio

The Conguillio National Park is one of the most outstandings places Chile has to offer. With the stunning Llaima Volcano, Sierra Nevada, lagoons everywhere, araucarias tree forests, endemic fauna and flora, it is a must-see for everyone who wants to visit Southern Chile.

The national park has a wide variety of trails, but without a doubt, the Sierra Nevada hike is the most accessible and offers a wider range of landscape, enough to get a good idea of the natural richness existing in the region.

The Sierra Nevada trail begins from one of the most beautiful beaches of the Conguillio Lake, passes through a spectacular endemic forest with several viewpoints facing the lake along the way. After 3 hours, the trail reaches a clear and an out-of-the woods viewpoint facing the Llaima Volcano and the Conguillío Lake.

The hike is not technical, but does require a minimum of good health as the path can sometimes be steep. In winter, the trail is covered in snow, requiring mountain gear and good hiking experience.

This 10-kilometer long hike is recommended for active people.

Sierra Nevada Trail – Conguillio National Park

Andean Lagoons hike – Villarrica National Park

Close to the Argentinean Border, and located at the foothills of the Lanín Volcano, this trail called “Lagos Andinos” is a must-see of the Villarrica National Park. During this amazing hike, suited for families, you’ll visit 3 lagoons in a large endemic forest with Coihues and Araucarias trees and end up in a volcanic landscape dominated by the majestic Lanín Volcano.

The hike begins at the shores of the Quillelhue Lagoon at 1200 meters above sea level. After 40 minutes of hiking on a flat terrain, you’ll arrive at the Huinfiuca Lagoon, the perfect spot for picnic.

Andean Lagoons Trail – Villarrica National Park

While you visit the park you will witness how the Lanin volcano has permanently shaped the landscape of the area with its eruptions and you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to see and walk on the lava flows that once came from the heart of the earth. You’ll also visit the pristine lakes Quillelhue, Escondido (Hidden) and Huinfiuca with its clear waters that reflect stunning colors.

That is to say, the hike is not technical and only requires a minimum of good health.

Huerquehue National Park

The Huerquehue National Park is located at the foothills of the Andes, 35 km (22 miles) from Pucón. The park covers 12.500 hectares (30.890 acres) with various lagoons, dense vegetation and gigantic trees that are the habitat of several endemic birds.

The hike, called “Sendero Los Lagos” starts easy but after a short distance the trail becomes rougher and sometimes steeper, but is still considered a relatively easy hiking level.

On your way to the lakes, you’ll get to see the Nido de Aguilas (nest of eagles) waterfall before the terrain gets steeper, surrounded by gigantic coigües (Nothofagus dombeyi) and mañíos (Podocarpus nubigena).

The first lookout point is where you’ll get to appreciate the views of Villarrica Volcano (2.847 m / 9.349 feet) and Tinquilco Lake which are absolutely stunning; here you’ll find great photo opportunities as well as chance to reenergize with a snack.

If you’re lucky, you can spot some birds that live in the forests of Nothofagus, such as chucao tapaculo (Selorchilis rubecula), black-throated huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii) and the magellan woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus) among others.

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Los Lagos Trail, Huerquehue NP

Once you pass the Trufulco falls, the hike gets a little more demanding. Once you’re over 1000 meters above sea level, you’ll see the first araucarias trees. You’ll then walk through a mixed forest before arriving at the first lake called Lago Chico. It is characterized by its clear waters reflecting the image of hundreds of araucarias, and the snow-capped peaks around.

After visiting the different lakes, you can then start to turn around and walk back to the entrance of the park.

El Cañi Reserve

El Cañi Reserve is located approximately 21 kilometers from Pucón. This 500-acre private reserve committed to the preservation of the Araucaria Araucania tree species.

This hike, although not technical, does require an overall good physical condition since you’d be constantly walking on a steep terrain until arrival to the final viewpoint. It starts with approx. 1,5 kilometer of flat terrain, and from there you’ll start the stiff climb for 3 more kilometers.

You’ll then arrive at Aserradero Refuge (1000 meters above sea level). It is the entrance of the reserve, with the first panoramic views over the valley and flora. You’ll pass through the Las Totoras Lagoon, Negra Lagoon surrounded by the thousands-year-old Araucaria, Lengua and Coihue trees.

The final path climbs until you arrive at the final viewpoint, your reward. You’ll have a 360° panoramic view over 4 volcanoes, two lakes and the valleys around the Reserve.

Moreover, you can walk around a small path that starts at Laguna negra and takes you to 6 mores lagoons.

El Cañi Sanctuary

Villarrica Volcano Ascent

Without a doubt, the Villarrica Volcano (2800 meters) ascent is a must-do activities if you plan to visit Pucón. As of today, it is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. The climb to its open crater is definitely a one of a lifetime experience.

The adventure starts at approx. 6 am, when the van takes you to the ski center located at 1.300 meters. After putting on your mountain gear, the hike begins with 2 options: use the chairlift, or start walking immediately.

Depending on your walking pace, it will take you approx. 4-5 hours to reach the open crater. From there, you’ll get to have an incredible 360° panoramic view over volcanoes, lakes, mountains and valleys around.

The descent consists in sliding down until the base of the Volcano (approx. 2 hours) where the van awaits you before taking you back to Pucón for a well-deserved rest.

Villarrica Volcano Climb

Pichillancahue Glacier hike – Villarrica National Park

The hike to Pichillancahue is not very famous but will surely take your breath away for its landscape. This is a hike suitable for everyone who seeks connection with nature, from children to elder adults.

This Glacier is located at the Villarrica National Park, Coñaripe side. Youll get to see several majestic snow-capped volcanoes such as Quetrupillan and Rucapillan. The vegetation changes from raulí and hualle forests to araucarias as you ascend to Chinay. The highest point of the day at 1.250 meters / 4.101 feet altitude.

After approximately 1.5 hour of hiking, you’ll arrive at the Pichillancahue Glacier trail. A good spot to relax and eat a good snack to refill energy if needed. The rest of the trail (3.5 hours round trip) leads to a phenomenal glacier covered by black volcanic ashes. Once again, you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning views of four volcanoes.

This hike is not technical and does not require any mountain gear. The best hiking time is during summer season.

Pichillancahue Glacier – Villarrica National Park

Visiting Chile’s Lake and Volcano District is definitely a must-do for every hiker & nature lovers.

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The National Parks of Chile’s Lake and Volcano District

The Lake and Volcano District is located in Southern Chile covering the area from Temuco to Puerto Varas. Considered a true paradise on earth for every hiking lover. you will fall in love with the incredible national parks. If you are a true lover, you will fall in love with the hiking surrounded by endemic loval & flaura.

As a result, we made you a list of the best national parks to add on your travel bucket list.

Nahuelbuta

Founded in 1941, the Nahuelbuta national park is located on the highest zone of the Nahuelbuta Cordillera, in the Araucanía Region. One of the last strongholds where lives the Araucaría Araucana, it has beautiful hiking trails and natural lookout points.

The park covers an area of 6832 hectares, characterized by big forests of araucaria trees, most of them are thousands-year-old. Actually, it was founded in order to protect the Araucaria tree that is native of the Andes mountain range.

You can hike 2 main walking trails in the Nahuelbuta national park. The first one is Piedra El Águila located 1.460 meters above sea level. There, you can find a lookout point with a spectacular view over the Andes mountain range, the valley, the Pacific coast and ocean. Second, the Cerro Anay (1.450 m.s.n.m) offers a 5-kilometer hiking trail with stunning panoramic views over Los Nevados de Chillán, and the Villarrica volcano.

Lookout point in Nahuebuta national park

Conguillío

The Conguillío national park is located 148 kilometers north-east of the city of Temuco. It covers a total area of 60.832 hectares. In Mapundungun, it’s “ko-nquillio” which means “pine nuts in the water”. The name is based upon the abundance of the araucaria trees and the surrounding lakes shaping the landscape of the park.

With an average of 100.000 visitors per year, the Conguillio national park receives an average of 100.000 visitors a year, making it one of the most visited parks of Chile. Recently, it was designated by the BBC as one of the last places on earth protecting the landscape where once lived the dinosaurs.

The famous hiking trail is the Sierra Nevada with amazing views over the Conguillío Lake, Blanco River and the Llaima Volcano. With an area covering approximately 60.883 hectares, the park is also part of the Araucaria Biosphere Reserve.

Villarrica National Reserve

Located in The Andes mountain range, the Villarrica national park is a protected wildlife area. The impressive volcanoes, stunning endemic tree forests, rivers and lake are the top components of the landscape. The Villarrica Volcano (2.847 m.) is the main touristic attraction.

In addition, you can also appreciate the Quetrupillan (2.382 m.) and Lanín (3.776 m.) volcanoes. During winter, it is possible to ski the Villarrica volcano. The ascent to the top is also available all year long, depending on the weather conditions. At the foothills, there are various hiking trails leading to amazing lookout points.

Finally, The park boasts a total of 63.000 hectares of endemic tree forests such as araucaria, raulí, lenga, etc. The forested areas allow the existence of a diverse fauna like puma, chilla fox, pudu deer, and the small native marsupial monito del monte, among others.

View over the Lanín Volcano – The Andean Lagoons Trail in the Villarrica national park

Huerquehue

The huerquehue national park is located in the foothills of the Andes mountain range, in the Araucanía Region of Chile. It has a an area of 12.500 hectares composed of hills and moutains surrounding small lakes and lagoons of cristaline water.

In Mapundungun, the Mapuche’s native language, it means “place of messengers”. This park was created in 1967 with terrains unoccupied by the colons.

There are 2 main hiking trails available in the Huerquehue. First, los Lagos Trail, is an easy 12-kilometer long in which you can visit waterfalls, lagoons along with stunning views over the Caburgua Lake and the Villarrica volcano. The second, is the San Sebastian Trail, of an intermediate level of difficulty. The hiking trail is approximately 13-kilometer long. The final reward of the hike is the panoramic views over the surrounding volcanoes (Lanín, Villarrica, Quetrupillan, Llaima) and the Tinquilco and Caburgua Lakes.

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Los Lagos Trail, Huerquehue NP

Best time to visit the national parks in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District

If you consider visiting this amazing district during your trip in Chile, we highly suggest you to come in spring/summer. The main reason is the weather. During winter (June to September), it rains and snows in the region, covering all of the hiking trails with snow, making the use of raquets mandatory. In Spring and summer (october to March), it is the ideal time as the weather offers the perfect hiking conditions, and the trails are all cleared.

In fall (April to May), it is a true spectacle of colors. The leaves of the endemic trees lose their green color and slowly switches to yellow and red colors.

If you loved this article and are interested in visiting one of the best parts of Chile, contact us and we will give all the information regarding our hiking tours available

What to do around Pucón

Villarrica Volcano

Elected Capital Destination of adventure tourism, Pucón has so much to offer and lots of outdoor activities to do. Find out why you have to discover this beautiful lake city!

Pucón, the dream town of southern Chile, is located at the shores of the Villarrica Lake and at the foot of the Villarrica volcano. 700 kilometers south from Santiago de Chile, it belongs to the Araucania Region.

Lately, this lake city has been recognized world-wide for its ski center, water sports and hiking trails, among many other outdoor activities. Beaches, forests, valleys and the generous nature of Pucón also invite you to dive into the natural hot springs of the area. Between more than 30 excursions you can do around Pucón, you can also access Argentina through the border crossing Mamuil Malal. Thus, it connects the Araucania Region with the Lanín national Park of the Argentinean Republic.

In this post, you will discover what to do in Pucón, and realize why every nature lover and aventurous travelers should add this destination in their bucket list.

The Villarrica Volcano ascent

The Villarrica Volcano (2.847 meters) is Chile’s most active volcano, and one of the most actives in South America. The idea of climbing it might sound surreal, but is definitely possible to do. It does require a certain level of fitness, but the hike is not technical at all.

You don’t need to bring with you all the mountain gear needed for such activity, since this excursion includes the full equipment. Also, it is very important to know that the weather is very weather-dependent. Indeed, in order to reach the summit, the weather conditions must be optimal: minimal wind and clear sky.

The route of ascent, starting at the foothills of the volcano, allows the most adventurers to reach the open crater. After approximately 4 to 5 hours of hiking, the final reward is the surrounding landscape made of lakes, volcanoes and valleys. If you’re lucky enough, you will get to see some lava flows.

It is worth noting that it is absolutely a hike you cannot miss in Pucón. It is possible to do it all year long, however it is easier to reach the top during spring and summer. In winter, the volcano is totally covered in snow, making the excursion of difficult level.

If you want to climb Chile’s most active volcano, read more about our hiking program around Pucón!

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Villarrica Volcano Climb

Geométricas Hot Springs

The Geométricas hot springs are a thermal center, composed of 20 stone pools from 35°C to 45°C. Moreover, they are immersed in the amazing landscapes of native forests of Villarrica Volcano National Park located near Coñaripe.

In addition to enjoying the thermal water and contemplating the landscape, the design is truly unique. Indeed, the facilities were designed by the distinguished national architect Germán del Sol, who subtly intervened the environment, through walkways made of red coigüe wood that connect the different swimming pools.

In Amity, we love to have a good physical activity and then dive in the hot springs! Learn more about our hike to the Pichillancahue Glacier that ends up with the visit of the Geometricas hot springs.

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Waterfall at Geometricas hot springs

Rafting

Lower Section

This outing holds no great dangers and is perfect if you are after a less extreme adventure. It could be a family day-out, a beginner’s introduction to rafting, or a warm-up for the upper river rafting trip. Although it is still exciting and fun!

We invite you to glide through calm stretches of water, admiring the beautiful nature around Pucón.

The rafts drop-off point is only a 30-minute drive from Pucón and the road goes through a countryside landscape surrounded by the Andes. Once we arrive at the river, you receive and put on the rafting gear. Your guides will be giving out all necessary safety instructions concerning correct rowing techniques and the “way the river works”. Once on the Trancura River, you will experience the full flowing effects of the raft passing over class 3 rapids, along with the sound of the rushing waters with waves crashing against the raft.

After approximately 1½ hours of excitement we will reach the end of the descent and head back to Pucón.

Upper Section

This exciting trip is suitable for the ages of 14 to adult and for those looking for lots of excitement without great dangers. Be prepared for 2 hours of pure adrenaline, tackling Class 4 rapids with several drops. The rapids’ names speak for themselves: Last Laugh, Devil’s Throat and Rapid of Fear. There are spectacular views of Villarrica Volcano and smaller Quetrupillán Volcano up the valley.

The rafts drop-off point is only a 30-minute drive from Pucón and the road goes through a countryside landscape surrounded by the Andes. Once we arrive at the river, you receive and put on the rafting gear. Your guides will be giving out all necessary safety instructions concerning correct rowing techniques and the “way the river works”.

Once on the Trancura River you will experience straight away the full flowing effects of class IV & V rapids along with the booming sound of the rushing waters with waves crashing against the raft. Here you will need to row hard to pass over the torrents.

After approximately 1½ hours of excitement we will reach the end of the descent and head back to Pucón.

Huerquehue National Park

The Huerquehue national park is located in the foothills of Los Andes mountain range. 35 km (22 miles) from Pucón. The park covers 12.500 hectares (30.890 acres) with various lagoons, dense vegetation and gigantic trees that are the habitat of several endemic birds.

The best way to explore the park is by foot. Indeed, you can choose between various hiking trails crossing the whole territory in which you can observe the local fauna and flora.

The easiest hike is Los Lagos Trail. It is the most popular of the park. The main attraction are the forests of ancient monkey puzzle tree surrounding the lakes on the high area. Observing them might be an overwhelming experience as they make you think about how small and ephemeral the human being can be in front of nature.

In summer, the bravest hikers can swim into the cold water of the lakes. Moreover, you will be able to observe a huge variety of birds like ducks. if you’re lucky, and patient, you might be able to spot the woodpecker and its impressive red head.

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Los Lagos Trail, Huerquehue NP

Villarrica National Reserve

Located in The Andes mountain range, the Villarrica national park is a protected wildlife area. The impressive volcanoes, stunning endemic tree forests, rivers and lake are the top components of the landscape.

Dominating the scene, the Villarrica Volcano (2.847 m.) is the main touristic attraction. In addition, you can also appreciate the Quetrupillan (2.382 m.) and Lanín (3.776 m.) volcanoes. During winter, it is possible to ski the Villarrica volcano. The ascent to the top is also available all year long, depending on the weather conditions. In the foothills, there are various hiking trails leading to amazing lookout points.

The park boasts a total of 63.000 hectares of endemic tree forests such as araucaria, raulí, lenga, etc. The forested areas allow the existence of a diverse fauna like puma, chilla fox, pudu deer, and the small native marsupial monito del monte, among others.

If you are looking for some wild adventures when visiting Chile, Pucón is the place for you to be! 

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The different climates of Chile and the best time to hike

In this article, you will get to know more about the different climates of Chile, along with the best time to hike

In this post, we will explain to you in details the variety of climates prevailing in Chile, and when the best time is to come and hike in Chile.

Chile is a very narrow and very long country. It measures approximately 4.600 kilometers (6.900 miles) from North to South, and only 300-kilometer wide. In other words, this means that the territory is variously affected by different types of climates, making generalizations almost impossible.

In the North of Chile, like the Atacama Desert and the northern coast, the climate is a desert-like type and semi-arid. Then, there is the Mediterranean climate in Central Chile along with the alpine tundra in the East and South-East. Finally, you will find an oceanic climate in Southern Chile, and the subtropical climate of the Eastern Island.

The seasons are opposite to Europe or North-America. Indeed, summer season starts in December and ends in March; Autumn is from March to May, Winter season from June to August and finally Spring from September to November.

Generally, the climate of Chile is strongly influenced by the cold Humboldt oceanic current, but also by the presence of the Andes Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean. In addition, there are 4 different climate z0nes : Northern Chile, Central Chile, Southern Chile and Austral Chile.

In this post, we will explain to you in details the variety of climates prevailing in Chile, and when the best time is to come and hike in Chile.

Northern Chile

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Cejar Lagoon, Atacama Desert

This is the most arid region of the country mainly due to the cold Humboldt oceanic current. All along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, there is always a constant fog, but the rains are scarce. The inside territory is formed by the Atacama Desert, one of the most arid of the planet Earth.

Usually, the average precipitation of the Antofagasta Region is only 1 millimeter of rain per year. In summer (December to February), the minimum temperature is approximately 17°C / 62°F and the maximum is 24°C /75°F. Whereas in winter (June to September), the maximum temperature is 17°C / 62°F and the minimum is 11°C / 52°F.

Central Chile

Colchagua Valley – Central Chile

The climate of Central Chile is a Mediterranean-type, characterized by well distinct seasons. Indeed, winters are cold and cloudy. In spring, the weather is nice and temperatures begin to raise. However, some rain might occur. In summer, the temperature reaches its maximum degree, with complete clear sky. During fall, prevails the nice weather.

In this part of Chile, the rainy season is between May and August. During summer, the Santiago area has an average temperature of 19°C / 66°F. The maximum being 29°C / 82°F, and the minimum 12°C / 54°F. During winter, the average temperature is 7°C / 45°F, the minimum being 3°C / 37°F and the maximum is 14°C / 57°F.

Southern Chile

Lanín Volcano – Lake and Volcano District

This region is characterized by an oceanic climate, humid and windy with low temperatures. In the Valdivia Region, the climate is temperate-oceanic. regarding temperature, in summer it can reach a maximum of 23°C / 73°F and a minimum of 11°C / 52°F. During winter, the maximum is 11°C / 52°F and the minimum is 4°C / 39°F.

From April to September, it is a rainy season. The average annual rainfall is quite high, with approximately 2.700 millimeters. Usually, the rainiest month is June, with an average of 550 millimeters.

Austral Chile

Mountain biking in Patagonia

In the Northern part of Austral Chile, the precipitations are abundant and it rains almost all year long. For example, the town of Puerto Aisén has an average annual rainfall of 3.000 millimeters well distributed in every month of the year.

In sumer, the average maximum temperature is 14°C / 57°C and the minimum is 4°C / 39°F. In the Southern tip of Chile, the typical weather is usually cold and dry, where the average annual rainfall reaches approximately 500 millimeters.

The Eastern Island

Moai statues – Rapa Nui Island

Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is classified as a tropical rainforest climate that borders on a humid subtropical climate. The temperatures are mild and suffer minimal seasonal variations. The lowest temperatures are recorded in July and August (18 °C or 64 °F) and the highest in February (maximum temperature 28 °C or 82 °F), the summer season in the southern hemisphere. Winters are relatively mild.

The rainiest month is May, though the island experiences year-round rainfall. Easter Island’s isolated location exposes it to winds which help to keep the temperature fairly cool. Precipitation averages 1,100 mm or 44 inches per year. Occasionally, heavy rainfall and rainstorms strike the island. These occur mostly in the winter months (June–August).

The driest months are between October and February. The temperature of the sea is for the whole year above 20ºC , its varies between 25ºC in the months of February and March and 20ºC in the months between July and October. Since it is close to the South Pacific High and outside the range of the intertropical convergence zone, cyclones and hurricanes do not occur around Easter island.

Hiking in Chile

Chile is one of the most versatile, safe and unique places to hike in the World. The fact that Chile is located in the southern hemisphere, it allows hikers from the North Hemisphere to enjoy a taste of summer during the off-season. Moreover, it provides great reasons for a trip to check it out.

The vast National Parks and Land trusts of Chile will provide the traveling hiking enthusiast just about anything they could ever desire. From the driest Desert of the world, to the Lake and Volcano District, through mystical Islands, and Patagonia, and of course the adventurous roads to get to the wilderness areas.

Hiking season

Most hiking lovers head to Chile during South America’s spring and summer months, which stretches from October to March.

During October and November, it is springtime. Especially from South Santiago to Puerto Varas, there are plenty of hiking trails to discover. The weather is generally nice, making for a great road trip. Some of the main trails farther south in Patagonia, such as the famous Torres del Paine W trek, offer the best conditions between December and February.

As March progresses, the weather usually turns cool and wet, but with less people on the trails. The season for hiking in the Atacama Desert runs from mid June through mid January, and Eastern Island with its subtropical weather is great for hiking between March and December.

Here is a general description for the main hiking areas in Chile.

Atacama Desert

Cacti Valley, San Pedro de Atacama

The Atacama Desert is commonly known as the driest place in the world. Although the almost total lack of precipitation is the most prominent characteristic of the Atacama Desert, exceptions may occur. The Invierno Boliviano (Altiplano Winter) is a phenomenon which can produce a little rain and abundant electrical storms. It occurs in January and February.

Per year, it rains about 15 mm. (0.59 inch). Moreover, some weather stations in the Atacama have never received rain. It is so arid, that many mountains higher than 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) are completely free of glaciers. Indeed, only the highest peaks have some permanent snow coverage.

In San Pedro de Atacama, the local climate is extremely dry and mild. In summer, the daytime temperatures are between 25ºC to 30ºC  (77ºF–86ºF). In winter, between 18ºC to 25 °C (64 to 77 °F). Night time temperatures routinely drop below 0 °C (32 °F), and can reach as low as −10 °C (14 °F) in the winter.

Click here if you’re interested in the best hiking program in the Atacama Desert. If you are an adrenaline-seeker, you will definitely want to know more about our 6-Day MTB tour.

The Lake and Volcano District, Cochamo Valley and Chiloe Island

Conguillio National Park

Generally, the weather in this area is very similar to Northern California, especially on the coast side. Late October and November (spring time in the South Hemisphere) present milder temperatures 10ºC to 25ºC (50°F to 77°F) with some scattered rain. Likewise during fall (March and April).

During December you can start feeling the beginning of the summer with temperatures around 10ºC to 27ºC (50°F to 81°F). In January and February, temperatures range between 15ºC and 35ºC (60°F / 95°F).

Remember that you are visiting the Lake & Volcano district, so always expect some rain!

Check out our hiking experiences in Southern Chile!

Torres del Paine in Patagonia

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, the influence from the strong marine currents and Southern Patagonian Ice field make the weather hard to predict.

In Torres del Paine, in spring or early summer, fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to march) you should come prepared to find cold, strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min). Rest assured, however, that just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become pleasantly warm! Night-time temperatures will most likely range from –1°C to -5°C (30s and 40s F) depending on the weather.

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Travel experiences in Chile with Amity Tours

In this article, you will find out why Amity Tours is the leading tour operator in Chile’s Lake & Volcano District. Moreover you will understand why our core values will make travel to Chile an unforgettable experience!

Amity Tours is a Travel Company based in Pucón. Since 2003, we specialize in travel experiences in Chile such as hiking, trekking, skiing and cycling. More than just a simple trip to Chile, we make the best of it when visiting this amazing and fascinating country.

ADVENTURE

As an adventure travel company we understand “adventure” as and experience where culture and nature are the main pillars. Adventure is a key concept when defining and creating our trips in Chile and Argentina..

Active explorations in remote areas surrounded by nature will free our visitors to become part of the place. Adventure trips by Amity Tours will unfold meaningful experiences. We will enable our guests to discover and explore hidden corners, meet local communities and immerse themselves in the local culture.

Imagine yourself cycling Chile’s southern backroads, or discover a beautiful Geopark with pristine lakes and rivers. In addition to share with local indigenous communities while learning about their ancestral knowledge.

Moreover, you will envision yourself discovering Chile’s most impressive sights. Throughout the territory, the variety of landscape is fascinating. Mainly composed by ancient forests, glaciers, fjords, rivers, old shepherd trails, huge dunes, salt flats, lakes, etc. Not to mention the impressively surprising loca fauna & flora.. With species like flamingos, vicuñas, condors, foxes, guanacos, pumas and endemic birds inhabiting the forests.

Finally if you love skiing or snowboarding, visualize yourself slowing down and speeding up at will, controlling your descent on ice, knowing how to cope with fresh snow, handling uncrowded slopes and narrow paths in the most beautiful ski centers of Chile and Argentina.

We believe that experiencing adventures trips will enhance your attachment to nature and enhance your world view. Travel actively with Amity Tours will make you experience a fun cultural exchange.

PEOPLE

Lady Rosario, member of the Mapuche community, sharing the mapuche cosmovision

You’ll find a true friend in our experienced and professional team of guides and drivers. They will show you the best of Chile and Argentina. You’ll get to know our country and meet local people at every destination.

A commitment made to our travelers, it is also a conservation mission for us to help the local and indigenous communities present in the Chilean territory. We believe encounterings with local communities can be life changing as a travel experience.

Our travelers enjoying a game of Palín, the traditional game in the Mapuche culture.

NATURE

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Majestic Lanín Volcano (3,747 m.a.s.l), the tallste in the Lake & Volcano District.

The best part is how grateful we are to be in a country with amazing nature. We’ll make sure you see the best of it exploring the breathtaking hidden corners.

Nature, as a concept, has been socially constructed as an object and a subject providing people with meaningful experiences. Accordingly, leisure activities in nature enhance the interaction between people and natural environment. Thus, increasing their attachment to it.

People will become more conscious about conservating the protected areas and become more sustainable as travelers.

Concept in our experiences

Each of our trips has been planned with the idea of providing tranquility and spiritual well-being. We love to provide invaluable memories by hiking through a native forest, kayaking on pristine lakes and rivers, or biking through rolling hills and skiing in active volcanoes…

We operate our most popular tours occur in Chile’s Lake & Volcano district. Recently labeled as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. it is home of stunning National Parks such as Conguillio, Villarrica, Huerquehue, …

Thousand-years-old endemic trees in the Villarrica National Reserve

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7 top reasons to ski in Chile with Amity Tours

Find out why Amity Tours will make your ski experience in Chile a once-in-a-lifetime trip you won’t regret!

Backcountry skiing on Chochuenco Volcano

Chile, has a great variety of outdoor activities to do all along the territory. During winter in the Southern Hemisphere, ski is the best activity to do in Chile. Thanks to the proximity with the Andes mountain range, and the presence of the many volcanoes, this country counts on many ski resorts. They can be all appreciated by skiers of every level.

Find out why Amity Tours, as a Travel Company, will make you have an amazing ski experience in Southern Chile and Argentina!

Expertise

In Amity Tours, all of our team members are passionate skiers. This means we perfectly know what an excellent ski holiday has to be made of. As a tour operator providing ski trips since 2003, we make sure your needs are well taken care of. After these many years of experience, we know what our travellers expect of a ski tour.

All of our ski experiences were designed to take you to the best snow Chile and Argentina have to offer. In addition to the best powder, we provide the best prices and great offers for our clients in our ski packages. As a result, we’ve come to be the leading Tour Operator in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District.

 Professional and all-inclusive service

We are aware that a great adventure can sometimes come with a little bit of risk. Skiing is “the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at a great personal risk”. However, in our company, we’ll always make sure your safety comes first no matter what.

Our English-speaking guides, besides being excellent skiers, are professional and expert in the field. In addition, they are experienced mountain guides & Wilderness First Responders. Finally, they always carry on with them radios, in case of any emergency.

In other words, our professional team will always provide a safe, friendly and professional service. If you want to get to know more about our guides, check out our staff page here!

On the other hand, we’ve designed our ski experiences in a way that you won’t worry about anything to make the most of your holiday. From luxury hotels & SPAs, good food in selective restaurants and great snow, you’ll surely enjoy each day of your ski trip.

Ski on Southern Chile’s active volcanoes

Villarrica Volcano’s open crater

Skiing is the best winter sport in the world, and we absolutely love the feeling when skiing down the slopes. But imagine yourself skiing on an active volcano, with incredible panoramic views over other volcanoes around…

In Amity, we make this dream come true. During our ski experience, you’ll feel the adrenaline of sliding down the most active volcanoes in South America, such as Llaima, Lonquimay or Villarrica Volcanoes.

The best of it ? We take advantage of the unique volcanic activity of the region. How ? We combine the ski activity with the most natural hot springs of the Lake and Volcano District. As a result, we provide the perfect combination of an active day and a deserved relaxing evening.

Uncrowded Ski Resorts

Daily view in Caviahue, Argentina

Worldwide, the most known ski spots in South America are located around Santiago de Chile, such as Farellones, Colorado Valley & La Parva. With Amity, you’ll have a unique ski experience in the usually unknown and uncrowded ski resorts of Southern Chile & Argentina.

Indeed, as our company is based in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District, we have plenty of slopes to ski down on active volcanoes. Moreover, the proximity of the border with Argentina makes it easy for us to cross it and head towards excellent ski resorts.

During our 10-Day Ski Tour in Chile & Argentina, you will get to know the best of the ski resorts located in small mountain towns of Argentina and Chile.

Summer skiing

For many of us ski lovers, the snow season is always and all too short. In Chile, located in the Southern Hemisphere, we give you the opportunity to enjoy snow during summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

In fact, in Chile and Argentina, the snow usually starts falling at the end of June, making the ski slopes ready to ski on at the end of June. It is only until the end of September, with the arrival of Spring season that the ski resorts are closing.

What a great excuse to travel to Chile during winter!

Skiing in Pucón

Ski for any level of experience

Cerro Catedral Ski Resort, Argentina

If you are a beginner, intermediate or an expert skier, it doesn’t matter. Although most of our tours are designed for intermediate skiers, we make sure to design a tailor-made trip according to your level of experience. Indeed, our professional mountain guides will be your ideal teachers with great ski lessons if you want to give it a try as a beginner.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for any information you might need for your next ski trip in South America.

Group or Private Tours

We are perfectly aware that skiing is not the cheapest sport to practice in the world. This is why we offer both private tour and both departure dates for group tours.

If you are a group and want to have a private tour, we’ll get the best deals with excellent service. The most important, you get to decide your travel dates, and we make sure you choose the ideal travel dates to enjoy the best snow available.

You are a solo traveller, or you simply want to join a group to make the best of your trip ? Please ask us about our group departure dates available from July to September.

Ski in Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve

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Don’t wait any longer and start planning the best ski experience South America has to offer!

5 cultural celebrations in Chile

Here’s a list of 5 cultural celebrations happening in Chile every year !

This special post will help you learn more about the top cultural celebrations taking place every year throughout Chile.

The main traditional festivals are associated with natural and productive cycles. Whereas others are usually a mix of indigenous feasts with the Christian tradition imposed since the colonial times. Indeed, it is very surprising the amount of festivals celebrated throughout the country. Either religious or popular, they combine typical dances, music, traditional songs and rituals of diverse origins.

In Northern Chile, a great part of the traditional festivals usually occur in the altiplanic towns. Meanwhile, Central Chile is strongly influenced by the heritage of the Spanish conquerors, but also by the old farming traditions.

Finally, in Southern Chile, the traditional celebrations are highly influenced by the Mapuche culture & cosmovision.

Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day or National Holiday)

The most popular celebrations in Chile happen in September. Commonly called “El Dieciocho” (“the 18th”),  it is a direct reference to the First National Governing Broad occured in 1810. Most of the celebrations occur around the days 18 and 19, and can last up to one full week.

The great majority of the Chileans celebrate this day enjoying barbecues, eating traditional food like empanada and drinking Chicha. They also usually go to the “fondas”. Fondas take place in towns and cities all over Chile and often include various aspects of Chilean folkloric culture, such as traditional music, a traditional dance called the Cueca, and a Chilean rodeo, which takes place in an arena called the ¨Media Luna¨.

It is common to see people dressed as Huasos, with a straw hat and poncho. Traditional foods and drinks include Mote con huesillo, anticuchos (a meat skewer), and terremotos (earthquake), a drink made of pipeño wine, grenadine, and pineapple ice cream.

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La Tirana

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La Tirana is Northern Chile’s most popular and religious celebration. It is also the one that most attracts visitors. Every July 16, the Virgen del Carmen (considered as the Patroness of Chile) is comemorated.

In reality, the celebration has an Andean origin and is highly related with the Pachamama cult, which is the Mother Earth for the Aymará and Quechua ethnic groups. In other words, La Tirana celebration is a clear demonstration of the fusion between the Native American and European cultures.

The event happens in the town of the same name, located 90 kilometers from Iquique. The festivity, usually lasts one week, and is composed of a serie of rituals,  songs and dances with Altiplanic costums. The most famous typical dance is the “Diablada”. The dancers wear colorful and demoniac masks and confront the forces of good lead by the Archangel Miguel. In addition, all along the week, the celebration is always accompanied by music made with tambors and bronze instruments without stopping.

As of result, visitors from whole Chile and even from Peru and Bolivia attend the celebration, a clear unification of the Andean countries.

Virgen de Guadalupe

The Virgen de Guadalupe celebration takes place in the Atacama Desert, most specifically in Ayquina town (80 kilometers from Calama). This is the most important celebration in the Antofagasta Region.

As of today, the Ayquina religious and cultural event occurs to worship La Virgen de Guadalupe. It takes place every year and usually lasts one week. The main celebration days are September 7 and 8. During these days, thousands of worshipers get together and perform a lot of typical pagan-religious dances. For example the Diablada, Tinku or Caporal-type dances.

On September 7, they all gather to wait for the 8th. At midnight, the sky illuminates with spectacular fireworks which welcome the comemmoration of the “Patroness of Ayquina”. On September 8, thousands of pilgrims arrive at Ayquina town. they participate in religious dances all day long to thank La Virgen.

Every pilgrim has their particular way to thank La Virgen de Guadalupe for her miracles. Some of them do it dancing, other through Christian services. And finally there are also those who walk the whole 74 kilometers separating Calama and Ayquina during almost 24 hours.

Devil’s Head at Ayquina, Atacama Desert

The Mapuche We Tripantu Celebration

Lady Rosario sharing the Mapuche cosmovision & culture

For those living in the Southern Hemisphere, June 21st is the shorter day of the year. Moreover, it is the longest night and the beginning of winter. The solstice marks the greater distance between the Earth and the Sun.

For the Mapuche, it means the end of the harvest season, and the beginning of the planting season. From their cyclic vision, the sun is the main driving force of life. As of result, they believe that this special day marks the beginning of winter season. Spring season is young, summer is adult and autumn is old. This is when the tree leaves fall and the animals change their skin.

“We Xipantun”, in Mapundungun (their native language), it means New Year or the release of the new sun. It is an important celebration coinciding with the Inca ceremony called Inti Raimy. During the Mapuche New Year, the members perform a Nguillatún, during which they expressed special thanks to the sun. Considered as source of wisdom and renewal, they intend to pay homage to the sun.

On the night of June 23rd, the rituals held by the different families belonging to the Mapuche community begin. Around the bonfire, they share and eat typical food and the elderly tell their tales.

During the early morning of June 24, all the members of the gathering leave the heat of the bonfire. They do so be in contact with the cold water of the closest rivers. Before the new sun coinciding with the new year comes out, they purify their body and spirit in the river streams.

As part of the ceremony, they pray with music and songs of traditional instruments. Some communities include popular games, execute baptism and rituals to assert their beliefs and strenghten bonds.

If you liked this article and are eager to know more about the Chilean culture, check our travel experiences!

We’ll explain to you in details all of our travel experiences that will make you fully discover the traditions of this amazing country!

Why you should travel to Chile in 2019

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Below you will find the 5 main reasons why Chile should be in your travel plans for this year 2019!

In this article, we made you a list of the reasons why you should definitely travel to Chile.

Chile is a wonderful country full of contrasts and outstanding extremes. It is the largest and narrowest of South America. 4329 kilometers in length and 177 kilometers wide. Viewed from the map, it looks like a thin line drawn between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain range; the longest and second highest of the planet.

In other words, you will find a huge diversity of climate within Chile as well as breathtaking landscape. Thanks to this, it allows the worldwide travelers to visit it all year long, and explore the amazing natural wonders Chile has to offer.

Santiago de Chile

The Chilean capital city is full of natural charms and easily enjoyed by travelers from all over the world. Thus, you will find a perfect mix of the both Latino-American and the European culture, through the arquitecture, vibes and historical monuments.

In some neighborhoods, such as Lastarría or Bellavista, are important cultural centers, libraries, galleries, coffees and restaurants. All of them with both innovating and interesting concepts. Of course, the city center concentrates some of Chile’s most important historical monuments and museums.

Moreover, Santiago has ample and diverting green spaces. Biking around the various parks of the city is an excellent eco way to get to know the Chilean capital.

Around the city, you can easily connect with nature if you are an avid hiker, or a nature lover. Indeed, located 80 kilometers South-East Santiago, the Cajón Del Maipo is the best place to explore. This canyon offers various types of outdoor activities such as trekking, horseback riding, rafting and even natural thermals.

Central Valley of Chile

Internationally, Chile is considered one of the world’s main producers of wine. Mainly because of the rich grapes produced in the Central Valley and the sunny weather all year long. These elements allow the existence of excellent wineries located in the different valleys: Maipo Valley, Casablanca Valley, Aconcagua Valley, Colchagua Valley and San Antonio Valley.

If you are a wine lover, you will definitely enjoy the tastings in some prestigious and world-class wineries located in the different Valleys. Definitely an unique experience not to be missed. Moreover, where you’ll understand why the Chilean wines have earned such many prices. As well as earning a great worldwide reputation.

Also a bike lover ? Ask us for the bike tours available in the region!

Casablanca Valley

Valparaíso

The colorful coastal city of Valparaíso, is very well appreciated by Chileans and international travelers.

The incredible street art movement has made the city famous. Wandering around the various streets filled with incredible graffiti is definitely a must-do. You can observe the art of many local artists, writers and international musicians who have been adding their work to the hills of Valparaíso.

The hills are precisely one of the reasons why the city is unique and amazing. Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre are the most incredible and famous hills. From there, you’ll be able to enjoy a 360° panoramic view over the bay. In order to make easier walking these steep streets, you can use funiculars around the city. Since 2013, they are part of the Historic Quarters of the Seaport City of Valparaíso in the World Heritage Site.

Along with the street wonders, you’ll find one of the best boutique hotels in Chile. Valparaíso has maintained a small town charm seducing every visitor. The small hotels are located in the heart of the colored hills with stunning views over the bay.

The Lake and Volcano District

Villarrica Volcano – Pucón

This district is also well-known for being the hikers’ paradise. Indeed, it is filled with National Parks and natural wonders. You’ll enjoy hiking among endemic tree forests between volcanoes and lakes composing the main landscape. Along with the local and diverse flora, you’ll also be able to spot an incredible flora.

Pucón, the Lake and Volcano District’s capital of adventure travel, will surely give you a lot to explore. You’ll find a diverse offer of outdoor activities to do such as hiking, biking, skiing, horseback riding, rafting and kayaking. Among much more!

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the exceptional volcanic activity of the region. Around Pucón, there exists one the best hot springs of Chile. The Geometricas Hot Springs are the most natural of Chile, and it is the perfect spot after an active day. They are naturally heated by the Villarrica Volcano’s lava; and the water contains all the minerals the body needs to relax.

Read more about our hiking, mountain bike and road cycling tours in the Lake and Volcano District.

The Atacama Desert

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Tebinquinche Lagoon – The Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert extends from Northern Coquimbo Region, up to Arica and Parinacota Region. It covers an area of 105.000 km2 and it is one of the best known places in Chile. Accordingly, it is also considered one of the biggest deserts in the world. Not to mention that it is the driest.

In addition, the Atacama Desert is very rich in minerals. You might have heard about the famous Atacama Salt Flats around San Pedro de Atacama. In effect, copper, iron, gold and silver are one of the many minerals composing the Andean salt flats.

In addition, from San de Pedro de Atacama, you can visit some incredible natural attractions that will take your breath away.

For the astronomy lovers, the Atacama Desert is the perfect place for star-gazing. The reason why is the geographic situation. First, there’s almost no humidity in the air and the sky is completely clear. Second, the light pollution is non-existent. All these elements make the Atacama Desert the perfect spot to observe the sky.

On the other hand, you will find stunning landscape in the Atacama Desert. Because of the geographic situation and chemical composition, the formed scenery gives the impression to be from a completely different world. The Moon Valley and the Death Valley will definitely fascinate your eyes and will make you feel like you’re on Mars planet.

Check out our active trips available in the Atacama Desert. Don’t miss your chance to explore San Pedro and surroundings!

If you are still wondering if Chile is going to be your chosen destination for this year 2019, send us a mail and we’ll make sure you get the best advices!

Randonnée au Parc National Conguillío Chili

Randonnée au Parc National Conguillío Chili

Envie de vous balader en plein milieu de forets d’arbres millénaires avec vue spectaculaire sur un des volcans les plus actifs du Chili ? L’équipe d’Amity Tours a fait de cette idée une excursion spectaculaire, avec une randonnée dans le parc national Conguillío.

Au départ de Pucón dans la matinée, nous sommes dirigés avec notre guide local en direction du Parc National Conguillío, a environ 2h15 de route au Nord. Avant d’arriver au fameux parc, nous sommes passés par des villages chiliens, dont l’un d’eux s’appelle Villa García, connu pour son architecture suisse fruit de la colonisation.

En arrivant au Parc Conguillío, je me rends compte vite de l’imposant Volcan Llaima qui domine le paysage avec ses 3125 mètres de haut. Nous arrivons au bureau de la CONAF, administration actuelle des parcs nationaux du Chili afin de nous enregistrer et faire un petit détour par un petit circuit appelé « El Cañadon del truful ». Ce sentier offre de superbes vues sur les formations rocheuses dues aux nombreuses éruptions des 13000 dernières années, une belle expérience géologique qui nous fait toucher le temps en plein cœur du Canyon.

Ensuite, nous avons repris la repris la route pendant environ 20 minutes en direction du secteur Playa linda, d’où débute le circuit principal « Sierra Nevada ». Nous faisons un bref arrêt afin de voir le lac Arcoiris, d’eau de couleurs turquoise et cristalline qui nous permet de voir des troncs d’arbres millénaires jonchés au fond.

Commence enfin la randonnée, et nous nous enfonçons de plus en plus dans la foret constituée de Coihue, Raulí, Araucarias, arbres millénaires endémiques de la région chilienne. La neige, toujours présente en cette période de l’année, recouvre complétement le chemin jusqu’aux genoux, rendant encore plus puissant le silence d’or qu’offre la nature. Au fur et à mesure que nous nous approchons du mirador, la neige commence à tomber, rendant plus intense cette excursion avec un vent léger. Une fois arrivés au mirador, situé plus haut que le point de départ du circuit, nous pouvons admirer le Lac Conguillío, bordé par le Complexe Volcanique Sierra Nevada. La vue est spectaculaire, les nuages et la brume hivernaux la rendent mystique et sur cette dernière sensation nous rebroussons chemin, bloqués par la neige abondante.

L’aventure touche sa fin, et je reste avec l’envie de revenir au parc afin de le connaitre sous toutes les couleurs des saisons…

Thermes naturelles Geometricas au Chili

Thermes naturelles Geometricas au Chili

Les Thermes naturelles Geometricas au Chili

Les thermes naturelles Geométricas au Chili sont un enchantement naturel. Elles se situent aux pieds du Volcan Villarrica à 96 kilomètres de Pucón dans la région des lacs et des volcans.

De ce fait, le trajet dure entre 1h40 et 2h. Une fois sur place, une seule envie : s’immerger dans ce paradis thermal.

Les “Termas Geométricas” se situe au bord de l’estuaire d’Aihua. L’eau est chauffée naturellement, grâce à la lave du Volcan actif Villarrica. Puis, émerge directement dans les gorges d’Aihua à une température de 80°C.

Passage oblige par le restaurant rustique, de bois couleur rouge. Quelques metres plus loin, vous trouverez une passerelle principale. De 450 mètres de long, elle relie les bassins.

La température va de 30°C à 45°C. A chaque bassin, vous disposez de toilettes, vestiaires et casiers pour garder vos affaires.

Pour la baignade, vous avez le choix car le centre possède de 17 à 20 bassins de différentes températures.

Et bien sûr, l’eau contient tous les minéraux indispensables que le corps a besoin pour se détendre, garantissant une expérience relaxante physique et mentale.

Au fur et à mesure du canyon, entouré de végétation naturelle, vous rencontrerez des cascades d’eau froide. Pratique pour varier entre température chaude et froide.

Ce changement est nécessaire pour profiter au maximum des thermes. Le clou du spectacle, est sans aucun doute la cascade d’eau géante, située au fond des thermes au bout de la passerelle.

Seuls les plus téméraires oseront se mettre dessous…

L’eau vous donne faim ? Pas de problème. En effet, le « quincho », restaurant rustique vous servira une nourriture délicieuse faite maison : pizza, sandwich, soupe, tartes, …

Et vous pourrez déguster votre repas autour d’un feu. De l’eau avec citron et concombre est à disposition et gratuite en cas de soif.

Les thermes ont l’avantage de pouvoir nous faire profiter de son enchantement à chaque saison de l’année.

L’été, il n’y fait ni trop chaud, ni trop froid. L’hiver, la neige et la pluie donne à ce lieu une atmosphère mystique.

La visite des thermes Géométricas est une expérience à ne pas manquer. Lors de votre passage a Pucón, elle sera une excellente option pour se détendre. Idéal apres une randonnée dans le parc national Villarrica.

A Amity Tours, vous pourrez profiter de cet enchantement naturel durant nos circuits randonnée dans la région des lacs et des volcans. Si vous êtes amoureux de la randonnée et de la nature, je vous le recommande définitivement!!

Testing Epic Pacific Coast Trek in Chile

Epic Pacific Coast Trek in Chile

For the last 9 months, Amity Tours has been working with local communities in Mapu Lahual Reserve, developing a new trekking tour.

Epic Pacific Coast Trek in Chile

 

 

We’ve been focusing on creating a different trekking option to Torres del Paine, that is completely overcrowded during our Summer.

The Epic Pacific Coast trek passes through Larch ancient forests as well Temperate Rainforests, fishing coves and pristine beaches. It is a hut to hut trekking staying with local Mapuche families and learning about ancient traditions and cosmovision. We are guided by local guides and is a really good example of community based tourism.

 

Epic Pacific Coast Trek in Chile

Highlights: This amazing trekking experience includes trekking hut to hut by the Pacific Coast, an area very difficult to access. Scuba diving with the local fishermen. 2 nights stay with local fishermen families, eating seafood & fish for lunch and dinner. Chilean dolphins, sea-lions, and sea-otters watching (permanent residents). River crossings by foot and boat. Trekking among ancient Larch tree forest (Fitzroya cupressoides). uncrowded off-the-beaten-path trails. Host community belongs to the Williche indigenous ethnic group.

The final test will be from February 5th 2018 till February 10th 2018th, including national and international tour operators.

Our team lead by the product manager Stef Carmody is developing the final itinerary and we will have it live on our website soon.

Epic Pacific Coast Trek in Chile

Best Photo of Spring Summer Season 2016 2017

Best Photo of Spring Summer Season 2016 2017

At Amity Tours, every year we encourage our local staff to take the best photos of each tour, so our guests can have great memories of their trip in South America with Amity Tours.

Bike tours, hiking tours, skiing tours and conservation tours where the occasion in which both guides and drivers were on the hunt for great action photos.

And the Winner for this Spring & Summer 2016 2017 Season is….

Orlando Gonzalez, one of our best drivers and tour leaders.

We thank all our Facebook friends who voted for the best photo.

Congratulations to Orlando for capturing this fantastic photo. You are the best example of what PEOPLE means to Amity Tours, and we are happy for you. Here is your prize!!

Hiking in Chile with Amity Tours in 2017 and 2018

Hiking Tours in Chile 2017 2018

Hiking in Chile with Amity Tours in 2017 and 2018.

Hiking Tours in Chile 2017 2018

Hiking Tours in Chile 2017 2018.

Chile is a great and diverse country that offers incredible places for hiking. From the Atacama Desert to Patagonia, we have designed the most fascinating hiking tours in order to provide you with an unforgettable experience. On our tours, you will be surrounded by the driest desert in the world, active volcanoes, ancient glaciers, pristine lakes and the Pacific Ocean. More over you will be able to learn about ancestral cultures, history and astronomy, as well as the captivating Chilean endemic flora and fauna.

This 2017, imagine hiking in the Atacama Desert through old shepherd trails. It is possible to see petroglyphs while you are hiking in a ravine following a salty river and admiring huge ancient cacti. We can also take you, your family and friends to hike through amazing National Parks in the Lake & Volcano District. Here you will hike through ancient Araucaria and Nothofagus forests, discovering beautiful bodies of water such as lakes, waterfalls and rivers. Another interesting hiking option is a trip in Patagonia, specifically to Torres del Paine National Park. This protected area is home of the world’s most epic trekking routes. It encompasses ancient forest, glaciers, fjords, lakes and rivers.

Furthermore, during 2017 and 2018 we offer you the chance to climb active and non active volcanoes from north to south. You will experience being at the top of the world, listening to the silence and the wind and connecting your soul with the spirit of the Andes. Don’t miss the chance to discover these amazing natural areas. You can also combine two or more destinations. We can help you to design a memorable experience that you will keep forever. Take a look to the most popular tours for 2017 and 2018:

Hiking National Parks in the Lake & Volcano District 12 days

Hiking in the Atacama Desert 6 days.

Patagonia Experience in Torres del Paine 6 days.

Family Activities in Valdivia Family Adventure Trips

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family activities in valdivia family adventure trips
River Market – Feria Fluvial in Valdivia City

Family Activities in Valdivia, Family Adventure trips.

Amity Tours has designed a Family Trip in the Valdivian Jungle located in The Lake and Volcano District. Most of the activities have been planned in national parks, and private reserves, all of them wilderness protected areas. However there are some fun activities that we chose within the city. Valdivia was crowned the capital of Chile´s newest 14th Region of Los Ríos. It is the most important university town in southern Chile and, as such, offers a wide variety of venues and activities related to the arts, cafes, restaurants and bars. It also boasts of having Chile´s best craft beer culture and a refreshing dose of youthful energy and German effervescence.

River Market in Valdivia

One of the experiences we will offer is a visit to the River Market or “Feria Fluvial”. After a ride in a solar water taxi along the Calle Calle River, we will arrive at the Feria Fluvial. This is a lively riverside market located to the south of the Valdivia Bridge, where vendors sell fresh fish and seafood, fruits, veggies and local products. Waterfront sea lions have discovered the Promised Land here, as they float around all day, eating as fish mongers throw them scraps from the daily catch.

Carpa de la Ciencia in Valdivia

Another activity we have chosen for our clients is to visit the “Carpa de la Ciencia”. In this place there are always exhibits regarding different scientific areas. For example there have been exhibits about the evolution of communications in the past century and every year it has been used as the meeting point for participants of the Valdivian International Film Festival. The place was built in 2010 with the idea to bring science closer to the community, providing a good opportunity for families to learn and experience new things.

Chocolate and Marzipan Factory in Valdivia

Finally we would like to bring our guest families to the Entrelagos chocolate factory. This is a traditional place located in one of the main corners of the city center.  It was created in 1976 and since then the owners have been working to develop the best artisan chocolates and marzipan in the south of Chile. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy this beautiful city with your family and Amity Tours. We are launching this tour and more tours throughout Chile on our website in September 2016.

You can find similar tours in our Conservation Tours section. One of the most popular tours is called Valdivian Jungle Ecotourism, a 4 day tour that visit this fantastic area in the Pacific Coast.

For further information and details check out our website www.amity-tours.com.

Tour Operator of the Year 2016 Luxury Travel Guide

Tour Operator of the Year 2016 Luxury Travel Guide

Tour Operator of the Year 2016 Luxury Travel Guide

We are very proud to announce that Amity Tours has been awarded Tour Operator of the Year for Pucón, Chile in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards.

The Luxury Travel Awards recognize and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry in Europe, The Americas, Asia & Australasia, and Africa & Middle East .

Their team of experts have scoured the globe and traveled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable tourism service companies.

According to Mr. Benjamin Pugh, LTG Awards Coordinator, the Awards Program selects winners based on their achievements and strengths in the travel industry.

All winners of the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards were subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by the Luxury Travel Guide Award experienced in-house professionals as well as a number of celebrity guest judges.

This ensures that only the most deserving teams, businesses and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades. The Luxury Travel Guide Award represent the pinnacle of achievement, championing the best in their respective fields, therefore to come out as a clear winner is an achievement to be proud of.

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Ladies Trekking Club goes Hiking in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District 2016

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Hiking Chile Huilo Huilo

We are happy to announce our first group of hikers coming from Estonia and the first group from the Ladies Trekking Club.

Heli, Neeme and Tom jumped on an airplane from Estonia with the plan to get to Chile to hike through ancient forests and volcanoes. They have been preparing for this trip for a while and their expectations were high. They didn’t know that they would be able to explore one of the most fascinating parts of Chile, dominated by clear water lakes and live volcanoes. They arrived to Temuco on the 29th of March, 2016. At the airport they met Patrick (professional guide) and Orlando (professional driver) and started their fabulous adventure towards Malalcahuello, a little village part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Araucarias”.

In the following days they hiked the trails of the Andes mountain range with friendly locals. They have reached Cerro Coloradito, visited the Truful Truful canyon and the pristine Arcoiris Lagoon with its clear water that reflects stunning colors at Congullio National Park. Furthermore, they were able to spot endemic birds such as the chucao tapaculo and the noisy slender-billed parakeet. In Pucon, the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District, our new Estonian friends had another great experience. They hiked towards ancient Araucaria and Nothofagus forests at the Villarrica National Park. Moreover, they reached the Pichillancahue Glacier and the Andean lakes also located at the afore named protected area. Then Heli, Neeme and Tom relaxed in soothing natural hot springs. Towards the coast, our visitors went to temperate rain forests at the Valdivian Jungle at Pilonkura and Curiñanco Indigenous Reserves and the Valdivian Coastal Reserve,  a conservation project developed by the American NGO -the Nature Conservancy. Finally, our guests were able to enjoy the Huilo Huilo biological reserve and all its amazing surroundings.

We feel that this first encounter with Heli, Neeme and Tom from Estonia is the first of many other gatherings to come. They enjoyed hiking around the Lake and Volcano District, and we were able to feel how happy they were within the landscape, lakes, trails and volcanoes. We look forward to meet our new friends again, hiking in Easter Island,  Atacama Desert or southern Patagonia. We wish them a safe trip back home!!!!

Check out our Hiking Tours in Chile. Season October 2016 – April 2017

Hiking Tours in Chile – Season 2016 2017

Amity Tours supports Torres del Paine Legacy Fund

Hiking Tour Patagonia Experience Torres del Paine Chile

Amity Tours is proud to announce that we are supporting the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund.

Torres del Paine Legacy Fund and Amity Tours

Since our first year of operations in 2003, our commitment has always been to contribute to the sustainable development of our country through the practice of “Responsible Tourism”. This is one of our most important values.

Amity Tours is fully committed to the people of Chile and the World in order to conserve the ecosystems that are present within the Chilean territory. One of the most spectacular destinations in Chile is Patagonia, the region where you can explore and discover Torres del Paine National Park.

However and without a doubt, tourism in Torres del Paine National Park is growing. Increased traveler visitation is directly correlated to positive economic benefits for the region and provides a strong opportunity for community development. To ensure the long-term sustainability of this growth investments are needed for the responsible management of the destination’s unique cultural and environmental assets. The park has suffered three major man-made forest fires since 1985, and the increasing foot traffic from the growing number of travelers along the iconic W and Circuit treks has put the trails in need of repair.

The Legacy Fund believes that each new traveler to Torres del Paine represents a new opportunity to give back, and seeks to transform each arrival into a reason for hope and action. In partnership with public and private entities that cater to travelers in the region, the Legacy Fund works to promote social and conservation issues before, during, and after stays while also investing both financial and human resources into action projects that promote solutions for long-term destination growth.

Amity Tours’ commitment with this cause is to allow every traveler going to Torres del Paine to support the conservation actions in Torres del Paine National Park.  This can be done by donating money or your time and work, if you can, to participate in some of the conservation actions.

The Legacy Fund Mission is to work with travelers, businesses and local residents to prioritize sustainable development concerns and solicit resources to invest in the long-term health of Torres del Paine National Park.

The Legacy Fund Vision is for Torres del Paine National Park to be seen as a world-class destination where visitors work in parallel with residents to promote conservation through travel and tourism.

Legacy Fund Objectives:

  • Repair the ecosystem and minimize visitor impacts
  • Update and improve tourism infrastructure
  • Support community development
  • Enhance recreation opportunities and tourism product

Bike Tours Chile December 2015 and February 2016

Confirmed Departures – Chile 12 days Bike Tour, December 2015 and February 2016

Discover the Lake & Volcano District cycling Chile’s southern back roads and the brand new Lake & Volcano Scenic Way. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks. You’ll also go hiking surrounded by ancient monkey puzzle trees, visit local ethnic villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Click here to access the detailed itinerary: Bike Tour Chile 12 Days

Highlights

During 12 days you will visit the following places:

  • Chile’s first Geopark Kütralkura and the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve
  • Bike alongside Lonquimay Volcano, Malalcahuello and Altos de Bio-bio National Reserves
  • Climb The Andes Mountains on a brand new road bike, Cannondale
  • Enjoy Chile’s Adventure Travel capital: Pucon city; Lake Caburgua and Huife Hot Springs
  • Hike in Huerquehue National Park, Pucon’s most popular hiking trails.
  • Spend New Years’ Eve in Pucon and party with a great fireworks show
  • Bike alongside Chile’s Seven Lake Route
  • Hike in the awarded Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve and support its conservation
  • Bike around Llanquihue Lake and climb the road up Volcano Osorno … if you can!!!

 

  • Price per person USD $4,950 based in double occupancy.
  • Single supplement USD $1,200
  • Bike rental USD $350 for the whole tour, Cannodale CAAD-8 105
  • Confirmed Departure Dates: December 28th 2015 to January 08th 2016; February 21st to March 3rd

Frutillar - Lake Llanquihue
Frutillar – Lake Llanquihue

Schon bestätigt: Rennradtouren in Chiles Vulkan- und Seengebiet, Winter 2015/16

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Dem Winter in Deutschland entfliehen und einen einzigartigen Urlaub verbringen geht ganz einfach: und zwar mit unseren Rennradreisen in einer der schönsten Regionen Chiles, dem Vulkan- und Seengebiet.

Entdecken Sie das Vulkan- und Seengebiet Chiles auf die bestmögliche Art und Weise – auf einem Cannondale Rennrad. Unsere einzigartigen Touren führen Sie zu den schönsten Orten im grünen Süden Chiles. Auf Strecken von durchschnittlich 50-80 km am Tag fahren Sie entlang glitzernder Seen und Flüsse und haben dabei einen atemberaubenden Blick auf die gewaltigen Anden. Und werden außerdem schnell merken, dass an jeder Ecke ein aktiver Vulkan darauf wartet von Ihnen bestaunt zu werden! Diese einmaligen Touren werden Ihnen noch lange in Erinnerung bleiben.

Folgende Termine sind bereits bestätigt:

 

Diese Highlights warten auf Sie:

  • Unterbringung in 3-, 4- und 5-Sterne-Hotels
  • Professioneller Guide, der die gesamte Zeit an Ihrer Seite ist
  • Begleitfahrzeug bei allen Fahrten
  • Die Fahrten können individuell erweitert werden
  • Typische Mahlzeiten in familiengeführten Restaurants, immer begleitet von exzellenten chilenischen Weinen
  • Fahrt entlang der 7-Seen-Route und

 

Und zusätzlich auf der 12-tägigen Tour:

  • Besuch des Huilo Huilo Naturreservats
  • Silvester-Special: Menü und Feuerwerk in Pucón

 

Buchen Sie jetzt und erleben Sie einen einzigartigen Urlaub mit uns!

 

3 Amazing Ski Resorts of Chile Lake and Volcano District

Corralco Mountain Resort (Lonquimay Volcano)

Corralco is one of Chile’s newest ski centers but in just a few years, it has become a very popular place for skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. All of our ski tours in Chile include a couple of days in this wonderful ski center. From beginners ski tours to backcountry skiing around active volcanoes, this ski center is one place we don’t leave out the itinerary. Not to mention, this place has the best powder snow in the south of Chile.

If you are here on our Chile Luxury Tour, we spend a couple of days skiing and backcountry skiing assisted by snowmobiles.

 

Araucarias Ski Resort (Llaima Volcano)

This beautiful Ski center is inside the Conguillio National Park. This national park is surrounded by Araucarias, Chile’s famous tree. The name says it all, you will be skiing in a forest of these unique umbrella-like trees that only grow on high altitudes.

This ski center is on the slopes of the Llaima Volcano, one of the most active volcano in Chile.

Here you can count on having a good time skiing whether you are taking lessons for the first time or if you’re back in Chile for your second or third ski tour.

 

Bosque Nevado Mountain Resort (Mocho-Choshuenco Volcanoes and Huilo Huilo)

This magical mountain center located in the middle of Patagonia offers you the best back country skiing in the south of Chile.  If you want to do some off-piste skiing, there are snowmobiles available too.  These snowmobiles can also take you to the glacier of the Mocho and Choshuenco Volcanoes. Because of this ski resort exceptional beauty, whether you are backcountry skiing or just taking a ride on the snowmobiles, you will feel the mesmerizing beauty of its surroundings all over you.

10 Reasons why you should ski with Amity in Chile and Argentina

  1. We provide the best prices, good deals and great offers to our clients. We are a local tour operator!
  2. Amity Tours specializes in ski tours around Chile and Argentina, recognized as the lider in The Lake and Volcano District.
  3. After 13 years of experience, we know our Clients, so we take care of every need and wish our clients expect of a ski tour in Chile and Argentina.
  4. Our tailor-made tours can be designed as you wish.
  5. All of our Ski Tours 2015 in Chile and Argentina were designed to take you to the best snow both countries have to offer.
  6. Our guides provide a friendly, professional service not to mention great ski lessons if you are here as a beginner.
  7. We make sure you stay at some of Chile´s best hotels and SPAs to make sure you feel taken care of at all times
  8. A ski tour with Amity simply means: the best powder snow you could find!
  9. We are visiting new hotels and Spas, restaurants owned by locals! Can’t get better quality than that.
  10. A ski tour with Amity is more than just great snow, luxury hotels and good food; we make sure you go back home saying ¨Wow!”.

 

Visit us here at the end of the planet.  Ski Season 2015 in Chile and Argentina is waiting for you and all your friends!

6 Days Tour Bike and Wine in Colchagua Wine Valley 2015-2016

Colchagua Valley is one of the most up raising wine valleys worldwide. Amity Tours Bike and Wine tour will take you to ride the Apalta Area, the area towards Peralillo, Lolol, Pichilemu and Bucalemu villages on the Pacific coast.

Our tour is very exclusive, so we invite you to contact us for private departures and cycle the Colchagua Wine Valley.

with very little hassle for us and everything was perfect on the honeymoon, we cant thank him enough for what he did.

Highlights

During 6 days you will visit the following places:

  • Visit top wineries in Colchagua Valley: Viu Manent, Casa Lapostolle, Neyen, Montes, Laura Hartwig and La Playa.
  • Amazing cuisine paired with Colchagua Valley wines
  • Bike a hybrid bike on quite and small roads, next to vineyards; you can ride inside wineries too !
  • Biking from wine country to the Pacific Ocean and visit Pichilemu, Chile’s Surf paradise
  • Make your own wine and take it with you back home
  • End the bike tour with lunch and wine tasting at the most prestigious winery in Colchagua valley
  • Great Hotels next to vineyards
  • Support vehicle while biking and English speaking guides with great knowledge on Chilean wines

 

Here you can take a look at the ITINERARY

Book now and enjoy Chile’s best Wine Valley, we are looking forward to ride with you!

Chile 8 Days Bike and Hike Tour, October, November and December 2015

Discover the Lake & Volcano District hiking and cycling Chile’s southern backroads. From hot springs to rivers, lakes and volcanoes, this Bike & Hike Tour has a little bit of everything. The rides are amazing and with 50-90 km per day, you will experience nature in every ride. You will visit some of Chile´s most charming little villages

Highlights of our Bike and Hike Tour Chile

During 8 days you will visit the following places:

  • Pucon city; Lake Caburgua and Huife Hot Springs
  • Go hiking in Huerquehue and Villarrica National Parks, including Pichillancahue Glacier
  • Bike Chile’s Seven Lakes Route and across the Villarrica National Park

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Chile 6 days Bike and Hike in the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve Tour 2015 2016

Amity Tours invites you to discover the Lake & Volcano District hiking and cycling Chile’s southern backroads. Explore this fascinating part of Chile dominated by beautiful lakes and amazing live volcanoes. You will pedal alongside the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve, including the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks, visit villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Highlights of our Bike and Hike In the Araucarias Biosphere Tour, Chile.

During 6 days you will visit the following places:

  • Chile’s first Geopark Kütralkura and the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve
  • Bike alongside Lonquimay Volcano, Malalcahuello and Altos de Bio-bio National Reserves
  • Climb The Andes Mountains on a brand new road bike, Cannondale
  • Pucon city; Lake Caburgua and Huife Hot Springs

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Der Vulkan Villarrica bricht aus – und Pucón ist hellwach – 3. März 2015

Seit dem 6. Februar 2015 ist der Vulkan Villarrica wegen erhöhter Aktivität für Besteigungen gesperrt, am 2. März wurde er auf Alarmstufe orange gesetzt. Und in der Nacht zum 3. März ist er dann tatsächlich ausgebrochen! Das wichtigste zu Beginn: es geht allen gut, Pucón und seine Bewohner haben keinen Schaden genommen und so langsam findet alles zur Normalität zurück. Dennoch möchte ich euch kurz erzählen, wie alles abgelaufen ist:

Irgendwie hatte ich in dieser Nacht einen sehr leichten Schlaf. Völlig untypisch für mich, die sonst schläft wie ein Stein. Vorsichtshalber hatte ich außerdem das Fenster aufgelassen. Mein weiß ja nie; wenn der Vulkan tatsächlich ausbricht, wollte ich auf keinen Fall die Sirene verschlafen! Um 3 Uhr hörte ich dann den Hund heulen. Also habe ich aufmerksam gelauscht… Nichts, keine Sirene. Na gut, der Hund heult öfters mal, also kein Grund zur Panik.
10 Minuten später hörte ich mein Handy brummen – Anruf einer Freundin. Leider war ich im Dunkeln zu langsam mein Handy zu finden. Als ich es dann endlich hatte, war der Anruf bereits vorbei. Und als ich sah wer angerufen hatte, dachte ich mir „Achso, na, meine Freundin ist bestimmt feiern heute, schließlich ist es ihr letzter Abend in Pucón, vielleicht ruft sie nur deswegen an“. Also habe ich mir auch dann noch keine Sorgen gemacht. Als dann aber 5 Minuten später unsere Gastmutter nach oben kam und sagte „Chicas, levantanse, el volcán“, ja ,da wusste ich, dass nun tatsächlich das eingetreten war, was ich befürchtet hatte: der Ausbruch des Vulkan Villarrica.
Auch meine Mitbewohnerin hatte in dieser Nacht einen leichten Schlaf. Also waren wir ruck zuck hellwach, sind zum Fenster gesprungen und haben uns den Vulkan angeschaut. Das rote Leuchten und die in die Höhe schießenden Feuermassen haben dann das übrige dazu beigetragen, dass wir in Lichtgeschwindigkeit in unsere Kleidung gesprungen, Schal und Jacke geschnappt, Wasser abgefüllt und Kekse in den Rucksack geschmissen haben. In dem Moment standen dann auch schon Verwandte mit dem Auto vor der Tür um uns abzuholen und zur Peninsula, dem Evakuierungsgebiet von Pucón, zu fahren.
Im Zentrum angekommen hat sich mir ein ganz anderes Bild geboten als erwartet: kein Hauch von Panik oder Hysterie, alle sind zwar zügig, aber ruhig, zur Peninsula gestrebt, bewaffnet mit dicken Jacken, Decken, Rucksäcken oder teilweise sogar kleinen Koffern. Und natürlich dem wichtigsten Utensil: dem Handy. Jeder wollte sich versichern, dass es Familie und Freunden gutgeht und auch ich habe natürlich meine Freunde vor Ort angerufen, um zu horchen, ob alle in Sicherheit sind.
Hier vom Zentrum aus hatten wir einen guten Blick auf den nur 16 km entfernten Vulkan Villarrica und haben das ganze Geschehen beobachtet. Vor der Eruption wurde mir immer gesagt „Die Lava fließt so langsam, da kann man nebenher spazieren“. Was wir dort oben nun allerdings sehen konnten, sah ziemlich schnell aus! Ein bisschen mulmig wurde mir da schon zumute. Nach einiger Zeit wurden die Lavaausstöße weniger, der Vulkan schien sich zu beruhigen. Und uns allen war mittlerweile auch schon ziemlich kalt. Unsere Gastmutter hat dann schließlich gesagt, wir fahren zurück zum Haus. Mir blieb nichts anderes übrig als ihr zu vertrauen, schließlich hat sie schon 5 Eruptionen erlebt und weiß daher, wovon sie spricht. Zurück im Haus gab es zunächst einmal heißen Tee und Kaffee sowie Kekse und Brot für alle. Ein bisschen beunruhigt war ich noch, denn offiziell wurde die Warnung noch nicht aufgehoben. Mit dem Tagesanbruch legte sich die Aufregung dann aber schließlich. Meine Freunde waren mittlerweile auch wieder alle in ihre Unterkünfte zurückgekehrt, sodass ich mich innerlich entspannen konnte.
Für 7:30 Uhr wurden Aufklärungsflüge mit Helikoptern angekündigt, um bei Tageslicht das ganze Ausmaß betrachten zu können. Um 9 Uhr gab es die offiziellen Nachrichten, dass zwar noch Alarmstufe rot besteht, man aber in die Häuser zurückkehren könnte.

Nun, im Nachhinein, bin ich unendlich froh, dass der Sommer hier so heiß und die Schneedecke auf dem Villarrica so dünn war. Sonst hätten die schmelzenden Schnee- und Gletschermassen viel verheerende Folgen haben können. Auch froh bin ich darüber, dass die Eruption nicht schon vor 2-3 Wochen stattgefunden hat, als Hochsaison in Pucón und geschätzt 10 Mal so viele Menschen hier waren. Wer weiß was dann für eine Panik unter den Touristen ausgebrochen wäre. Die Einwohner Pucóns nämlich, die kennen das ganze Prozedere, und konnten dadurch die nötige Ruhe verbreiten.

Quetrupillan – die schlechte Alternative zum Vulkan Villarrica? Auf keinen Fall! – Februar 2015

Aufgrund von erhöhter Aktivität ist der Vulkan Villarrica seit dem 6. Februar 2015 gesperrt. So werden viele Touristen, die grade wegen der Besteigung dieses Vulkans nach Pucón kommen, enttäuscht. Doch an dieser Stelle möchte ich daran erinnern, dass wir uns in der Vulkan- und Seenregion Chiles befinden in der es – allein dem Namen nach zu urteilen – mehr Vulkane als nur den Villarrica gibt. Und diese stehen bisher zwar im Schatten des berühmten Bruders Villarrica, in Schönheit stehen sie ihm allerdings in nichts nach.

Als eine Alternative durfte ich den Stratovulkan Quetrupillan besteigen. Dieser liegt etwa eine Stunde Fahrtzeit von Pucon entfernt. Dass der Quetrupillan als „schlafend“ bezeichnet wird hat mich zuerst schon etwas enttäuscht. Doch die Enttäuschung war schnell vorüber, nachdem ich diesen erblickt habe.

Ich meldete mich am Tag vorher zu dem Aufstieg auf den Vulkan an. Dort wurde zunächst meine Ausrüstung angepasst (Schuhe, Helm, softshell Jacke und Hose und Garmaschen) und ich wurde darüber aufgeklärt, wie der folgende Tag ablaufen würde, was ich noch mitzubringen hätte und wie ich mich und meinen Körper am besten auf den Aufstieg vorbereiten sollte.

Am nächsten Morgen kam ich nach einem üppigen Frühstück, mit ausreichend Sonnencreme, Wasser und Verpflegung ausgestattet um 6.30 Uhr in der Agentur an. Dort packten wir die letzten Sachen ein, besprachen noch einmal die Tour und dann ging es im firmeneigenen Van auch schon los Richtung Quetrupillan.

Nach etwa einer Stunde Autofahrt über die mehr oder minder guten Straßen Chiles, kamen wir gut durchgeschüttelt und dadurch auch nicht mehr müde am Fuße des Vulkanes an. Dort gab es nochmal die Möglichkeit eine richtige Toilette aufzusuchen. Was für mich ungemein wichtig war, da ich eine ca. achtstündige Wanderrung als einzige Frau unter Männer vor mir hatte.

Gut vorbereitet machten wir uns also auf den Weg. Das erste Stück der Wanderung führte über eine Wiese mit Arraucaria Bäumen, die sehr selten und besonders für die Seen- und Vulkanregion sind. Auf der anderen Seite konnten einen Blick auf einen Berg werfen, der völlig durch einen Waldbrand ausgebrannt war und nur noch die Baumskelette erhalten waren. Das war sehr eindrucksvoll. Nach kurzer Zeit erreichten wir den Wald. Die Sonne war noch nicht über den Berg gekommen, sodass der gesamte Wald noch in einem stillem Morgenlicht lag. Es war etwas kalt, doch als wir die ersten kleineren Anstiege überwunden haben wurde einem schnell warm. Wir stiegen über Bäume und durchs Dickicht. Die gesamte Zeit mit den wundervollen Eindrücken des subtropischen Regenwalds. Man konnte Salamander mit ihren fantastischen Farben überall herum laufen sehen, und es gab wunderschöne Bäume und Blumen. Nachdem die Sonne durch das Blätterdickicht sickerte, war alles in ein warmes Licht getaucht. Bald mussten wir die erste Schicht unsere Kleidung ablegen.
Wir machten zwischendurch kurz Pause um Wasser zu trinken, gingen dann aber ziemlich zügig weiter.
Es war eine wunderschöne Wanderung, da wir im Wald nur auf zwei andere Wanderer trafen und dadurch die Natur gänzlich genießen konnten.
Als wir fast die Baumgrenze erreichten, begegneten wir einer Herde von Kühen. Das war sehr eindrucksvoll für mich, weil ich vorher noch nie wilden Rindern begegnet war. Unsere Guides mussten Sie vom Weg verscheuchen, damit ein durchkommen möglich war. Ein Bild was ich wohl nie wieder vergessen werde – Rinder im subtropischen Regenwald.
Nach etwa zwei Stunden erreichten wir dann die Baumgrenze und konnten schon den breiten Gipfel des Vulkanes erblicken.
Wir wanderten noch ein Stück weiter und machten dann unsere erste große Pause, bei der wir uns an unsere Verpflegung machten, nochmal Sonnencreme auftrugen und einfach etwas Energie für den weiteren Aufstieg tankten.
Nach 15 Minuten rasten ging es dann weiter. Ich war schon sehr optimistisch, denn bis zum Gipfel sah es gar nicht mehr weit aus. Nach persönlicher Abschätzung vielleicht noch so 45 Minuten…. Nach einer Stunde weiterer Wanderung musste ich aber einsehen, dass ich mich wohl ziemlich verschätzt habe. Der Anstieg war nicht sehr steil und so war es nicht so sehr Kräfte raubend aufzusteigen, jedoch zog sich der Weg etwas.
Doch seit wir die Baumgrenze hinter uns gelassen hatten, wurden wir in jedem Moment mit einem wunderschönen Rundumblick auf die umliegende Natur belohnt. Man konnte die Vulkane Llaima und Villlarrica sehen, die umliegenden Wälder und den See Villarrica.
Mit dieser Landschaft im Rücken wurde der Ehrgeiz nochmal vollstens entfacht. Man hatte nur noch im Kopf, wie das alles wohl vom höchsten Punkt aussehen würde.
So machten wir uns weiter Vulkan aufwärts, über zunehmend steiniges Gelände und über einige kleine Eisfelder auf dem Weg zum Ziel.
Hinter einer großen Steinkette machten wir unsere finale Pause, um uns nochmal für die letzte halbe Stunde etwas fordernderen Aufstiegs über sehr steiniges Gelände zu wappnen.
Mit einem weiterem Sandwich, Banane und etwas Schokolade, sowie neuer Schicht Sonnencreme, machten wir uns daran, die letzten Meter zu erklimmen.
Nach einer halben Stunde kamen wir dann auch tatsächlich oben an. Dort erwartete uns ein riesiger Gletscher, der den ehemaligen Vulkanschlot überdeckte – ein eindrucksvolles Bild. Um den wirklichen Höhepunkt zu erreichen, mussten wir noch ein kleines Stückchen weiter über die Steine klettern.
Als wir dort ankamen, fiel sich die gesamte Gruppe in die Arme und beglückwünschte sich. Wir machten Fotos und schlugen dann ein kleines Lager, durch die Steine vor dem Wind geschützt, auf.

Dort rasteten wir ca. eine Stunde, erzählten uns Geschichten aus den verschiedenen Leben und die verschiedenen Eigenheiten der Nationen, genossen den wunderschönen Ausblick auf die 3 Vulkane um uns herum und die atemberaubende Natur. Der Himmel war blau und die Sonne schien – wunderbar!

Kunterbunt und glücklich – der Color Run in Pucón – Februar 2015

Gelb, rot, grün, lila, pink, blau. Ein wahres Farbspektakel.
Am 15. Februar 2015 fand das weltweite kunterbunte Lauf-Event „THE COLOR RUN“ in Pucón statt. „Die wohl verrücktesten und buntesten 5 Kilometer deines Lebens!“, heißt es im Internet. Und so war es dann auch.
Schon seit einer Woche bin ich immer mal wieder an den Ständen vorbeigeschlichen, bei denen man sein Starter Kit erwerben kann. So ganz entschließen konnte ich mich aber nicht. Schließlich sind es 5 Kilometer die gelaufen werden sollten! Und in Pucon ist grade bestes, also heißes, Sommerwetter. Mit der richtigen Truppe als Motivationshilfe habe ich mich dann aber doch noch spontan, am vorherigen Abend nämlich, entschieden mitzumachen. Und ich kann euch sagen: diese 5 km waren einfach klasse!
Das Starter Kit enthielt das Eintrittsband, ein weißes T-Shirt, einen Farbbeutel und einen Müsliriegel. Mit diesen Utensilien habe ich mich dann am Morgen auf den Weg zu unserem Treffpunkt gemacht. Um 9 Uhr sollte es losgehen. Aber naja, wir sind in Chile, also sind wir gegen 9:40 Uhr an der großen Bühne angekommen, wo schon etliche Teilnehmer fleißig am Warm Up Programm teilgenommen haben. Warm Up hieß in diesem Fall, dass allerbeste Partymusik gespielt wurde, auf der Bühne eine Aerobic Trainerin einige Übungen vorgemacht und vor der Bühne einfach alle gefeiert haben. Es hat mehr den Anschein erweckt ich befände mich auf einem riesigen Open Air Festival abends um 22 Uhr und nicht morgens um 9:40 Uhr in dem kleinen Ort Pucon.
Diez, nueve, ocho, siete, seis, cinco, cuatro, tres, dos, uno …… START!! Um 10:15 Uhr fiel der Startschuss für die erste Gruppe. Denn aufgrund der großen Teilnehmerzahl (etwa 9.000 wie ich später erfahren habe) konnten nicht alle Läufer gleichzeitig an den Start gehen. Ich befand mich in der letzten Gruppe die starten durfte. Was aber gar nicht schlimm war, denn hier ging es ja gar nicht darum der schnellste zu sein, sondern auf den 5 Kilometern möglichst viel Spaß zu haben und kunterbunt ins Ziel zu laufen. Nachdem ich meine Laufgruppe in dem Gewühle ab und an verloren und dann doch wiedergefunden habe, sind wir alle gemeinsam bereits leicht angefärbt ins Ziel eingelaufen. Doch die eigentliche Farbexplosion sollte erst noch kommen!
Wo vor dem Lauf noch das Warm Up stattgefunden hat, war nun wieder Party angesagt. Diesmal aber haben alle nicht auf den Startschuss, sondern die Explosion der riesigen Farbbomben gewartet. Und kurz nachdem wir auf dem Gelände angekommen sind war es dann auch schon so weit: Wieder wurde ein Countdown gezählt und schon bei „uno“ konnte ich so gut wie nichts mehr sehen, denn innerhalb von Sekunden hat sich die gesamte Umgebung in ein Meer aus Farbstaub verwandelt. Diese erste Farbexplosion hat mich so überrumpelt, dass ich gar keine Zeit gehabt hatte meinen eigenen Farbbeutel herauszuholen. Aber die zweite Explosion, die gehörte dann mir! Wie verrückt hat die ganze Menge getanzt, ist gesprungen, hat gerufen und jede Menge Spaß gehabt! Und man muss sich immer noch vor Augen führen: es war 12 Uhr morgens, heißes Sommerwetter und kein Alkohol im Spiel. Aber durch die gesamte Atmosphäre wurden alle in so eine ausgelassene Stimmung versetzt, dass alles andere gar keine Rolle gespielt hat.
Als ich dann so mit Farben bedeckt war dass es sich fast so angefühlt hat, als hätte ich eine Schlammpackung auf dem Gesicht, habe ich das Festivalgelände verlassen und mich auf den Weg zur Arbeit gemacht. Jaja, die Pflicht ruft.
Vorher habe ich natürlich ausgiebig geduscht, gefühlte 30 Minuten mit 10 Mal waschen. Als ich dann auf der Arbeit ankam wurde ich trotzdem ein wenig ausgelacht, denn mein Gesicht war immer noch rosa und meine Füße etwas blau. Nun gut, damit konnte ich leben. Und als ich abends meine Laufgruppe wiedergetroffen habe, habe ich auch gesehen: ich bin nicht die einzige mit Farbe in den Haaren oder im Gesicht. Aber das ist nun wohl einfach das Anzeichen dafür, dass wir alle einen grandiosen Tag verlebt haben!!!

Unter einem verstaubten Gesicht, findet man ein ganz breites Lächeln – Buggy Tour zum Vulkan Villarrica – Februar 2015

Heute Morgen um 10.00 Uhr ging meine erste Buggy Tour los. Ein Buggy ist eine Art allradbetriebenes, kleines, offenes Auto mit Platz für bis zu 2 Personen. Ich bin vorher schon mal Quad und Kart gefahren und hatte noch gar nicht so die Vorstellung, wie sich das anfühlen würde in einem Buggy zu sitzen.
Wir sind mit 3 Buggys a 2 Personen gestartet.

Der erste Teil der Tour, der durch Pucon und aus Pucon hinaus führte, gab den Fahrern die Möglichkeit, sich an die Fahrweise und den Umgang mit dem Buggy zu gewöhnen. Der Mitfahrer hatte die Möglichkeit, die Umgebung von Pucon nochmal aus einem ganz anderen Winkel zu betrachten und damit Seiten an der Stadt zu finden, die ihm vorher noch nicht bewusst waren. So habe ich zum Beispiel einige Orte gesehen, von denen ich gar nicht wusste, dass sie existieren.
Nach einigen Minuten führte uns unser Weg aus der Stadt heraus und wir machten uns zunächst noch auf befestigter Straße auf den Weg zum Vulkan Villarrica, was es uns ermöglichte, die Schnelligkeit des Buggy’s zu erproben. Ich liebe es mit schnellen Autos zu fahren und die Beschleunigung zu spüren. Wem es auch so geht, der sollte auf jeden Fall einmal die Fahrt mit einem Buggy ausprobieren!
Die Fahrzeuge fahren zwar nicht so schnell wie es wohl der eine oder andere BMW tut, aber durch die Nähe zur Straße, die offene Fahrerkabine und die fehlende Windschutzscheibe bekommt man einen ganz anderen Bezug zur Geschwindigkeit.
Nach einiger Zeit auf der Straße kamen wir dann am Nationalpark Villarrica an. Mit der Ankunft dort hörte auch die befestigte Straße auf und damit fing der Spaß erst richtig an!
Durch Schlaglöcher, unebenes Gelände und kurvenreiche steile Aufstiege, auf einem Sandweg machten wir uns daran, den Vulkan zu erklimmen.
Besonders Spaß hatte ich in den Teilen der Strecke, an denen der Buggy richtig Schräglage bekam und dort, wo die Räder nicht richtig griffen weil der Untergrund sandig und rutschig war – herrlich!
Nach etwa anderthalb Stunden erreichten wir dann den Zielpunkt, die 2. Skibasis, hinter der man nur noch Wandern kann, weil jegliche Befestigung aufhört. Dort machten wir eine kurze Pause.
Es ist ein wunderschöner Ort um Fotos zu machen, da im Hintergrund der Vulkan empor ragt und man sich aber gleichzeitig so hoch befindet (1.400m), dass man die wunderschöne Landschaft rund um Pucon mit dem See Villarrica und den zahlreichen Bäumen überblicken kann.
Nach ca. 10 Minuten Pause sind wir dann doch noch etwas weiter auf den Vulkan hinauf gefahren, damit alle die Allrad Funktionen des Buggys austesten konnten – das war ein Spaß! Rauf und runter im Gelände über große und kleine Hindernisse, so dass man nur so von einer Staubwolke eingehüllt war.
Dann ging es wieder hinunter – die Abfahrt war noch besser als das Aufsteigen, man konnte nun richtig an Geschwindigkeit zunehmen und die Handbremse nutzen um die Kurven zu passieren – Adrenalin pur!
Ich dachte schon es soll gleich wieder nach Pucon gehen – aber nein, hinter dem Nationalpark nahmen wir noch eine andere Abzweigung, wieder ein Stück hinauf, auf diesem Stück gab es nochmal die Möglichkeit die Geländefähigkeit des Buggys auf die Probe zu stellen.
Der Weg dort war nochmal etwas natürlicher und damit hatte ich nochmal etwas mehr Spaß. Am Ende dieses Weges war nochmal ein Punkt, an dem man einen wunderschönen Blick auf den Villarrica Vulkan und die Bergketten hatte. Nach noch einem kleinen Stück 4×4 ging es aber dann doch wieder zurück nach Pucon.
Auf dem Rückweg konnte man noch mal den Fahrtwind auf seiner Haut genießen und die Umgebung auf sich wirken lassen, die die Straße durch den Wald zu bieten hatte.
Nach drei Stunden kamen wir dann wieder, mit einem neuen tollen Erlebnis bereichert, in Pucon an.

Der Vulkan Villarrica – atem(be)raubend – Januar 2015

Hast du schon einmal einen Vulkan bestiegen? Nein? Ich bisher auch nicht.

Hier in Pucon mit Amity Tours hat sich mir die einmalige Gelegenheit geboten. Die ich mir natürlich nicht entgehen lassen wollte. Ein bisschen gezweifelt habe ich zunächst schon, schließlich ist der gewaltige, 2.847 Meter hohe Vulkan Villarrica mit seiner schneebedeckten Spitze bereits von Pucón aus zu sehen und gehört mit zu den aktivsten Vulkanen Südamerikas. Und ich kam grade aus einem 3,5 wöchigen Kuba-Urlaub, in dem ich nicht wirklich viel Sport gemacht und auch keine Berge erklommen habe. Dennoch habe ich diese Herausforderung angenommen. Und es hat sich gelohnt kann ich euch sagen!!!
Die Vorbereitungen für die Vulkanbesteigung beginnen schon einen Tag zuvor. In der Agentur wird jedem Teilnehmer eine wind- und wasserdichte Überziehhose sowie eine Jacke und Schuhe zur Verfügung gestellt. Die galt es anzuprobieren, damit am Tag des Ausflugs kein unnötiger Stress mehr entsteht. Außerdem wurde mir von Suzi noch ein Merkzettel mit auf den Weg gegeben, ein Alkoholverbot für den Abend ausgesprochen und Pasta als Abendessen empfohlen. Schließlich sollen alle fit und gut gestärkt am nächsten Morgen auf den Vulkan steigen können. Und Energie braucht man!

Am Morgen des Aufstiegs habe ich gegen 6:00 Uhr mein Reiseproviant gepackt (Wasser, Sandwich, Schokolade, Obst. Hauptsache Nahrung mit viel Energie) und mich auf den Weg gemacht. Für 6:30 Uhr war das Treffen angesetzt. Unsere Ausrüstung stand schon individuell für jeden Teilnehmer zusammengestellt in Boxen bereit. Insgesamt bestand sie aus festen Wanderschuhen, Gamaschen, einer wetterfesten Überziehhose sowie Jacke, Eispickel, Steigeisen, Handschuhen, Tellerschlitten und einem Rucksack. Schuhe und Gamaschen haben wir bereits vor Ort angezogen, alle weiteren Utensilien sowie Proviant haben wir in den Rucksäcken verstaut. Und los ging‘s im Van zur Talstation des Villarrica Vulkans. Dort angekommen sind wir mit einem Sessellift chilenischer Bauart (sehr interessant wenn man sonst nur die modernen Skilifte aus Österreich kennt) etwa 400m höher zur Schneegrenze gefahren, wodurch uns eine weitere Stunde Aufstieg erspart wurde. „Wir“, das sind übrigens 12 Teilnehmer begleitet von 4 erfahrenen und vor Energie sprühenden Tourguides.

Auf einer Höhe von etwa 1.800 Metern begann nun unser Aufstieg auf den Villarica Vulkan. Und 4 Stunden später werde ich völlig erschöpft aber überglücklich 1.000 Höhenmeter überwunden haben und auf der Spitze des Vulkans stehen. Aber zu dieser Zeit weiß ich das noch nicht.

Bei der Endstation des Sessellifts haben wir mit Hilfe unserer 4 Guides die restliche Ausrüstung angelegt und – ganz wichtig – das Gesicht noch einmal ordentlich mit Sonnencreme eingecremt. Die ersten Schritte im Schnee mit den Steigeisen an den Füßen und dem Eispickel in der Hand waren noch etwas ungewohnt, aber dank der guten Erklärungen hat sich das bald gelegt. Nach etwa 30 Minuten Aufstieg haben wir die erste Pause eingelegt, in der getrunken, gegessen und wiederholt das Gesicht eingecremt wurde. Das sollte die Routine jeder Pause werden. Von diesem Punkt aus konnte ich bereits etwas sehen, das aussah wie ein Gipfel. Leider war das weit gefehlt. Dieser „Gipfel“ war ein Plateau und der Ort für unsere zweite Pause. Von dort aus hatte man einen einmaligen Blick ins Tal und auf den See Villarrica und unser Bergführer Claudio hat uns erklärt, was wir alles sehen können.

Nach dem immer gleichen Verfahren essen, trinken, Sonnencreme, ging der Aufstieg weiter. Mein Atem ging zu diesem Zeitpunkt schon schneller, die ersten Ermüdungserscheinungen stellten sich ein. Nicht so bei unseren Guides. Die sind neben uns den Berg hochgelaufen (wirklich gelaufen!), wieder runter, nach rechts, nachgefragt wie es uns geht, gesungen. Unglaublich! Diese Energie und gute Laune hat uns glaube ich allen geholfen weiterzugehen. Denn spätestens nach der dritten Pause war bei mir nicht mehr an singen zu denken. Ich war froh wenn ich in einheitlichem Tempo und mit kleinen Schritten den anderen hinterhertrotten konnte. Dieser Abschnitt zwischen Pause 3 und 4 war für mich der anstrengendste, denn wir waren schon seit einer gefühlten Ewigkeit unterwegs und noch immer nicht am Ziel. Dann hat allerdings der Ehrgeiz zugepackt, schließlich wollte ich unbedingt den Gipfel erreichen! Hier, im letzten Abschnitt des Berges, war alles nur eine Sache des Kopfes.

Und dann, nach etwa 4 Stunden Wanderung, standen wir oben. Was für ein Gefühl! Ich stand neben dem Krater eines aktiven Vulkans auf einer Höhe von 2.847 Metern und habe den ganzen Weg allein zurückgelegt! (ja, ich weiß, rational gesehen war es nicht der ganze Weg, zu dem Zeitpunkt war mir das aber egal). Wir haben sogar versucht einen Blick in den Krater zu werfen, die Schwefeldämpfe machten das Atmen dort aber so gut wie unmöglich. Und wie Claudio uns erklärte kann man die Lava schon seit etwa 4 Jahren nicht mehr sehen. Was man allerdings super sehen konnte war ein Teil der Region Araucanía, mit dem See Villarrica und Pucón zu unseren Füßen und weiteren Bergen und Vulkanen in der Ferne.

Nach einer ausgiebigen Pause und der immer gleichen Routine essen, trinken, Sonnencreme, haben wir uns an den Abstieg gemacht. Der „Abstieg“ war allerdings eher ein „Abrutschen“, denn wir haben uns einfach auf den Hintern gesetzt und sind in einer Art Fahrrinnen den Vulkan hinuntergerutscht. Das war wirklich die mit Abstand längste Rutschpartie, die ich je gemacht habe! Die Ausgelassenheit der Gruppe zu dieser Zeit war kaum zu überhören!

An der Schneegrenze angekommen mussten wir doch noch ein Stück zu Fuß zurücklegen, bis wir dann alle erschöpft aber überglücklich am Van angekommen sind.

Zurück in der Agentur gab es ein wenig Saft und Obst zur Stärkung und ich bin mir zu diesem Zeitpunkt sicher: wenn ich noch einmal die Gelegenheit bekomme den Vulkan zu besteigen, dann tue ich das! Vielleicht nicht direkt morgen, ein bisschen Entspannung muss ich meinen Muskeln doch gönnen, aber zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt sicherlich! Vielen Dank an Amity Tours und Claudio & sein Team!

 

Und wenn ihr nun auch Lust bekommen habt: dann sichert euch jetzt euer einmaliges Abenteuer!

Parasailing – hoch über dem See Villarrica, 2015

Welch ein wunderschönes und friedliches Gefühl einen überkommt, wenn man hoch oben in der Luft über dem in der Sonne glitzernden See Villarrica schwebt und das Panorama Pucóns genießen kann – einfach herrlich. Ein Parasailing-Flug ist ein durch und durch entspannendes Erlebnis. Klar, ein bisschen Aufregung ist immer dabei. Denn man fliegt ja nicht alle Tage mit einem Schirm in etwa 200m Höhe, der nur durch ein Seil mit einem Boot verbunden ist. Aber sobald man in der Luft ist legt sich das Gefühl der Aufregung und weicht dem der Freude. Zur Vorbereitung auf den Flug bekommt bereits jeder noch auf dem Festland eine Art Gurt um Hüften und Beine angelegt, der später mit einem Karabinerhaken an der Halterung des Schirms angebracht werden kann. Außerdem werden alle mit einer Schwimmweste ausgestattet und – wenn nicht selbst dabei – mit Sonnencreme. Da sich meist mehrere „Flugpaare“ gemeinsam auf einem Boot befinden, dauert der gesamte Ausflug etwa 1,5 Stunden. Allein diese Bootsfahrt auf dem See Villarrica ist schon wunderschön. Normalerweise fliegen je zwei Personen gemeinsam, Ausnahmen mit einer oder drei Personen sind nach Absprache möglich. Bevor ich an der Reihe war, konnte ich den Start einige Male beobachten, sodass ich wusste, was auf mich zukommt. Und als ich dann endlich fliegen durfte war alles ganz einfach und geschah quasi von allein. Man muss einfach auf die Startplattform gehen, sich einhaken lassen und dann hinsetzen. Das Boot gibt dann etwas mehr Gas und schwups – ist man in der Luft. Nach und nach wird mehr Leine gegeben, sodass der Schirm höher und höher steigt, bis er etwa eine Höhe von 150m erreicht hat. Dort, hoch oben in der Luft, ist es so ruhig und alles wirkt so friedlich, sodass man einfach in seiner Halterung sitzen und den atemberaubenden Blick genießen kann. Der gesamte Flug dauert etwa 15 Minuten, dann geht es schon wieder runter. Das Landen ist ähnlich einfach wie der Start: man muss nur kurz so tun als würde man in der Luft laufen, vielleicht streift eine Fußspitze auch mal das Wasser, aber dann ist man schon wieder sicheren Fußes auf dem Boot. Das ganze Flugerlebnis muss natürlich auch festgehalten werden – das geht ganz einfach, indem man einem der freundlichen Mitpassagiere oder den Helfern seine Kamera in die Hand drückt – und schon entstehen atemberaubende Bilder! Mir hat dieser Parasailing Flug super gefallen: Pucón von der Seeseite aus bewundern zu können, mit dem hoch aufragenden Vulkan Villarrica, die Ruhe hoch oben in der Luft und das Gefühl, sicher und unbeschwert über dem Wasser schweben zu können. Also keine Angst – es lohnt sich! Interesse? Dann schau dir auch unsere anderen Daytours an!

Confirmed Departure Chile Bike and Wine in Colchagua Wine Valley 6 days Tour October and December 2014

Colchagua Valley is one of the most up raising wine valleys worldwide and the most develop valley focused towards tourism industry in Chile. Amity Tours Bike and Wine tour will take you to ride the Apalta Area, the area towards Peralillo, Lolol, Pichilemu and Bucalemu villages on the Pacific coast. On some days, we’ll cycle towards different wineries, touring on them, doing wine tastings and being able to ride inside wineries. Our tour is very exclusive, so we invite you to contact us for private departures and cycle the Colchagua Wine Valley.

Confirmed Departure: Bike and Wine in Colchagua Wine Valley 6 days tour, October and December 2014

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Chile to Host the 2015 Adventure Travel World Summit

We are very happy about this GREAT news and we are so excited to meet you in our home!! CHILE IS GOOD!!

Chile has won the bid to host the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in 2015. The adventure tourism industry’s foremost annual gathering will take place from October 5th to the 8th in the town of Puerto Varas, in the Lake Region of Chile. The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA;  www.adventuretravel.biz) announced the location at the start of TravelMart Latin America. A long-time member and partner of the ATTA, Chile is committed to adventure travel as a path toward sustainable tourism in the country

Read the complete news: Adventure Travel Wordl Summit in Chile 2015

 

Special Departure Chile 7 days Bike and Hike in the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve Tour December 2014

Amity Tours invites you to discover the Lake & Volcano District hiking and cycling Chile’s southern roads. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve, including the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks, climb active volcanoes, visit villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs. This is the perfect way to spend New Years Eve in South America.

Special Departure: Bike and Hike in the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve, Chile 7 days tour, December 2014

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Special Departure Chile 6 days Bike and Hike in the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve Tour November 2014

Amity Tours invites you to discover the Lake & Volcano District hiking and cycling Chile’s southern backroads. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve, including the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks, climb active volcanoes, visit villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Special Departure: Bike and Hike in the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve Tour Chile 6 days , November 2014

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Confirmed Departure Chile 8 days Bike and Hike Tour October and December 2014

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Discover the Lake & Volcano District hiking and cycling Chile’s southern backroads. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks, climb an active volcano, visit local ethnic villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Confirmed Departure: Chile 8 days Bike and Hike Tour, October and December 2014.

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We Invite You To Travel Across Chile, All At Once Or In Severall Stages, But Always Riding A Bike

You can travel Chile in many ways, starting out in the Atacama Desert and finishing an epic journey in Patagonia. Or you can begin your trip in Easter Island, then indulge yourself while wine tasting in Colchagua wine valley and finally climb the great Andes Mountain Range.

Depending on the route you choose, it will always be best to do it on a bike tour and, of course, with Amity Tours.

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Words From Our Friends

This month (Mar ’14) we biked Chile’s lake and volcano district with Amity Tours. Amity provided good organization and infrastructure, knowledgeable and competent guiding, excellent choice of routes, restaurants and hotels; our eight day tour was well-planned and well-executed. Our guide David, a transplanted Belgian, is an expert outdoorsman, guiding whitewater raft and kayak trips and volcano climbs in addition to bicycle tours. Learning that he also serves as a volunteer fireman gave us additional sense of security. Driver Bernardo is very safe and conscientious. In addition, he puts on an impressive spread for the tour’s picnic lunches. Rest assured–the company and its staff are first rate.

And Chile is a fantastic biking destination. We knew near nothing about the country before our trip–and now are raving about it. Santiago is a bike mad city, with extensive urban bike paths and commuter and pleasure bikers everywhere. The city is comparable to one in Western Europe. In both the capital and the countryside, motor vehicle traffic is remarkably respectful of bikers. The scenery, cuisine and accommodations in Chile’s lake and volcano district are world-class. And the roads are fantastic for biking–well-paved, good mix of grades, and at least during our trip, almost devoid of cars and trucks. On some days it seemed the roads we rode were a giant bicycle amusement park and we were on a fantastic bike roller-coaster. It’s a good place to see and a great place to bike. Do it!

Brian Smith, Williamson NY.

Meine Besteigung des aktivsten Vulkans Chiles – Der Vulkan Villarrica

Der schneebedeckte Krater des  Vulkans Villarrica, welcher sich in der Region Araucanía befindet, schimmert 2847 Meter über der Stadt Pucón. Aus seinem Schlund steigt weißer Rauch empor und in seinem tiefsten Inneren brodelt heiße Lava. Der Vulkan Villarrica zählt zu den zehn aktivsten Vulkanen der Welt.
Dieser Vulkan ist schon aus der Ferne beeindruckend, aber noch spektakulärer ist der Blick in die Tiefe des Vulkans und die Aussicht ganz oben auf dem Kraterrand! Die Besteigung des Vulkans ist ein ein einmaliges Erlebnis und ein absolutes Muss für jeden, der das wunderschöne Städtchen Pucón besucht!
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Sommer Abenteuer, Backcountry Skiing in Chile, September 2014

Sie wollten schon immer mal auf einem Vulkan Ski fahren?
Erleben Sie mit uns dieses einzigartige Abenteuer! Sie werden auf 7 aktiven Vulkanen Skifahren, deren Krater erreichen und daraufhin die Off-piste mit Skiern oder Snowboards hinunterfahren.

Wenn Ihnen jemand sagen würde, dass Sie auf einem aktiven Vulkan stehen können, in dessen Krater in die Mitte der Erde mit brodelnder Lava blicken können und danach den Vulkan mit Skiern hinunterfahren können und dabei auch noch perfekten Schnee haben, würden Sie wahrscheinlich denken er sei verrückt. Aber genau dieses Erlebnis bieten wir – Amity Tours- Ihnen an. Möglicherweise kennen Sie schon die chilenischen Hauptskiorte Valle Nevado und Portillo, wir jedoch möchten Ihnen eine ganz andere Seite des Skifahrens in Chile zeigen.

Corralco, Araucarias, Pucón, Huilo Huilo, Antillanca und Osorno sind Skigebieten von denen nur wenige Skifahrer je gehört haben. Sie sind wahrscheinlich nur die 3 Täler mit hunderten von Skilifts gewöhnt, die sich in alle möglichen Richtungen ausdehnen, aber bei unserer Tour reisen Sie halb um die Welt zu Skigebieten mit nur ein oder zwei Skilifts.

Wieso sollte man einmal halb um die Welt reisen nur um an einem Ort Ski zu fahren, den man auch vor seiner Haustür haben könnte?
Die Tour, die wir Ihnen anbieten ist etwas ganz außergewöhnliches und eine ganz neue Erfahrung des Skifahrens! Sie erwartet bei dieser Tour eine spektakuläre Landschaft, überwältigende Gastfreundlichkeit, eine ganz andere Art des Skifahrens und die Möglichkeit von der Spitze eines aktiven Vulkans Ski zu fahren.

Diese ultimative Skierfahrung in Chile ist sowohl für Skifahrer mit geringer oder gar keiner Erfahrung auf sogenannten Off-pisten (Abseits der Piste, Tiefschneepiste), als auch für Off-piste Experten geeignet. Die Verlockung der Vulkane auf unserer ultimativen Reiseroute ist überwältigend. Freuen Sie sich auf 12 Tage, in denen Sie 7 Vulkane besteigen und von der Spitze hinabfahren!

Die 7 Vulkane sind: 

  • Lonquimay
  • Llaima
  • Villarrica
  • Mocho
  • Choshuenco
  • Casablanca
  • Osorno

Und falls Sie denken sollten, dass alle Vulkane gleich sind, haben Sie sich geirrt. Jeder ist anders. Alle haben unterschiedliche Formen, Landschaften, Gipfel und eine andere Geschichte.

Einige der Highlights der Ski-Tour auf den Vulkanen im Süden Chiles:

– Unterkunft in gemütlichen Berghütten

– Professionelle Berg-Führer

– Privater Chef, der jeden Tag für die Gruppe kocht

– Erleben Sie das Backcountry von Chiles Vulkanen im Süden

– Fahren Sie von der Spitze von 7 aktiven Vulkanen Ski

– Genießen Sie lokale Thermalquellen

Daten:

vom 31 August bis zum 11 September 2014 und vom 15 September bis zum 26 September 2014

Schwierigkeit:

Fortgeschritten (bis zu 7 Stunden körperliche Aktivität pro Tag) Sie sollten auf allen Bergen Ski fahren können, müssen aber kein Olympischer Skifahrer sein. Sie kommen rote und schwarze Pisten in einem guten Tempo hinunter. Es ist vom Vorteil Bodenwellen und Off- Pisten gewöhnt zu sein. Sie wollen zu dem Modus: ” Ich kann auf allen Bergen Ski fahren” und ich bin der beste “Skifahrer, der auf allen Bergen Ski fahren kann” kommen? Unsere Berg-führer und Skilehrer werden Ihnen helfen dieses Level zu erreichen. Sie werden das Backcountry von Chile in seinem vollen Glanz erleben. Sie kennen ihr genaues Ski Level nicht oder sind sich nicht sicher? Kein Grund zur Sorge! Eine grobe Schätzung reicht vollkommen. Wenn Sie am ersten Abend im Skigebiet ankommen werden wir es herausfinden.

Abfahrt bestätigt, Chile 8 Tage Rennradtour, 15. April 2014

Entdecken Sie das Vulkan- und Seengebiet auf unserer Chile 8 Tage Rennradtour. Diese wunderbare Tour bringt Sie zu den bezauberndsten kleinen Dörfern im Süden von Chile. Sie werden an schönen Seen und Flüssen vorbeifahren, während Sie gleichzeitig von Bergen umgeben sind. Bei einer durchschnittlichen Entfernung von 50 bis 80 km pro Tag erleben Sie Chiles Süden auf die beste Art und Weise… auf einem Cannondale Rennrad!

Sie werden inmitten schönster Landschaften fahren und feststellen, dass man in fast jeder Ecke einen aktiven Vulkan entdecken kann. Im April feiern wir den Herbst! Zu dieser Zeit erscheint unsere Landschaft in prachtvollen goldenen Farben.

Diese 8-tägige Rennradtour ist ein Erlebnis, das Sie nie wieder vergessen werden!

Schauen Sie sich die Bilder unserer letzten Rennradtour an! Chile Rennrad Tour 2014

Einige unserer Highlights auf der Chile 8 Tage Rennradtour:

  • Unterkunft in 3-, 4- und 5-Sterne Hotels
  • Professionelle Reiseführer
  • Begleitfahrzeug
  • Touren können je nach Belieben verlängert werden
  • Essen bei lokalen Familienbetrieben, immer begleitet von den besten chilenischen Weinen
  • Fahren Sie auf Chiles Sieben-Seen-Route
  • 7 Rennradfahrten in 8 Tagen!

Datum: 15-22. April 2014

Summer Adventure Backcountry Skiing in Chile, September 2014

Experience the adventure of skiing on 7 active volcanoes, reaching its live craters and skiing or snowboarding off-piste.

If someone say to you that you would be standing on the top of a live Volcano looking down into the center of the earth with bubbling lava one minute, and then skiing off piste in perfect snow the next, you’d think they are crazy. Yet we offer you to experience exactly that. You might be familiar with Valle Nevado and Portillo the main Chilean ski destinations but we want to persuade you that there is a totally different side to skiing in Chile.

Corralco, Araucarias, Pucon, Huilo Huilo, Antillanca and Osorno are ski areas very few skiers have ever heard about. You are probably used to The 3 Valleys with hundreds of ski lifts stretching in every direction, but here you are going to be travelling half way around the world to ski in resorts with only one or two ski lifts! You probably think we have to be joking, but we are not.

What’s the point heading half way across the world to ski in somewhere exactly the same as your own back door. This will be a totally different type of ski experience. The scenery spectacular, the hospitality overwhelming, the skiing totally different and the opportunity to ski from the top of live volcanoes!

We are offering the ultimate Chilean skiing experience, designed for skiers from limited or no off piste experience to off piste experts. The lure of the volcanoes is overwhelming with our ultimate volcano itinerary. Climb and ski off the top of 7 Volcanoes in 12 days!

So here are ‘The 7 Volcanoes’: Lonquimay, Llaima, Villarrica, Mocho, Choshuenco, Casablanca and Osorno. If you think one volcano is the same as another, think again. Everyone is different. Different shapes, different scenery, different summits and different history.

Check out pictures from our latest ski tour! Chile Backcountry Skiing Tour.

Some of the highlights of our Backcountry Skiing in Chile’s Southern Volcanoes Tour.

• Accommodation at Mountain lodges and cabins.
• Professional mountain guide with you at all times.
• Private chef cooking for the group every day.
• Explore the backcountry of Chile’s Southern Volcanoes.
• Ski off 7 active volcanoes.
• Enjoy local hot springs.

Dates:
31TH AUG to 11TH SEP 2014 and 15TH SEP to 26TH SEP 2014.

Difficulty: Advanced (up to 7 hours of physical activity per day). You are an all mountain skier, but you don’t need to be an Olympic skier. You can ski “reds” and “blacks” whatever the conditions and at a good pace. Bumps and off-piste – not bad. You want to get to that “I can ski anything on the mountain” mode to become the best “All-Mountain Skier”. Our mountain guides and ski instructors will take you to that level. You will enjoy the backcountry in its full expression. Don’t worry if you are unsure of your exact level. A rough guess is good enough. We sort it all out in the resort on the first evening when you arrive.

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Summer Skiing in Chile, July and August 2014

Experience the adventure of skiing on active volcanoes, reaching its live craters on a snowmobile and skiing or snowboarding off-piste. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!!

Chile is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to skiing, with many slopes that are envied round the world. The many volcanoes which make up the long and skinny country of Chile actually offer some top of the range skiing locations, whether it’s Lonquimay, Villarrica or Mocho volcanoes there are many summits to conquer and even more snow to spray.

Chile’s Lake & Volcano District is the place to go when it comes to excellent Summer Skiing. The powdery snow, vintage slopes, natural hot springs and incredible settings with lakes and volcanoes make this an excellent country for skiing.

Amidst the hillsides of the Lonquimay Volcano, the Corralco Mountain Resort sits and it is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque places to enjoy a spot of skiing while embracing the fact you are skiing on one of the most captivating volcanoes in the Araucania region – the resort is suitable for all levels of skier and snowboarder.

Skiing the Southern Volcanoes it’s a great cultural adventure for intermediate to advanced skiers, taking your skiing to the next level, exploring the best ski resorts and finishing your day at natural hot springs. All the great skiing is paired with the best Chilean wine and local gastronomy.

Check out pictures from our latest ski tour! Chile Skiing Tour.

Some of the highlights of our Chile 8 Days Bike Tour.

• Accommodation at Luxury lodges, always in superior rooms.
• Professional mountain guide with you at all times.
• Explore the backcountry assisted by powerful snowmobiles.
• Ski off 3 active volcanoes.
• Enjoy and relax at great SPAs every night.

Dates:
26TH JUL to 02ND AUG 2014
02ND AUG to 09TH AUG 2014
09TH AUG to 16TH AUG 2014
16TH AUG to 23TH AUG 2014
23RD AUG to 30TH AUG 2014

Difficulty: Intermediate (up to 5 hours of physical activity per day). You are an adventurous intermediate skier. You can ski “reds” at a good pace whatever the conditions and “easy blacks”. Difficult “blacks”, bumps or going off-piste, hmm, definitely need some work!
In this skiing tour you can opt to go off-piste or stay on-piste. You will enjoy the backcountry but with the peace of mind that you are within a patrolled ski resort. Don’t worry if you are unsure of your exact level. A rough guess is good enough. We sort it all out in the resort on the first evening when you arrive.

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New Departure Chile 8 days Bike Tour, April 15th-22nd, 2014

Discover The Lake and Volcano District on our Chile 8 Days Bike Tour. This awesome bicycle tour takes you to the most charming little villages in the south of Chile. You will ride alongside amazing lakes, rivers and mountains all around you. With an average distance of 50-80 km per ride, you will explore the south of Chile the best way you can….on a new 2014 Cannondale Road Bike. You will ride among the most beautiful landscapes and discover that there is an active volcano in just about every corner. In April we celebrate Fall where all our landscape dresses in golden colors. This 8 days bike tour is an experience you will never forget.

Check out pictures from our latest bike tour! Chile Bike Tour 2014

Some of the highlights of our Chile 8 Days Bike Tour.

• Accommodation at 3 *, 4 * and 5 * Hotels.
• Professional guide with you at all times.
• SAG Wagon for every ride.
• Rides can be extended.
• Meals at local family owned restaurants, always with the best Chilean Wines.
• Ride Chile´s Seven Lakes Route.
• 7 rides in 8 days!

Dates:
April 15th- 22nd, 2014

Hiking trails around Pucon – The lake & volcano district

Pucon is one of Chile´s most beautiful tour destinations and the capital of adventure tourism. Surrounded by Mountains, Lakes and active Volcanoes, you will find the most amazing Hiking Trails in the beautiful national parks nearby.

One of these amazing Hiking Trails is at El Cañi Sanctuary. This ancient araucaria forest (monkey puzzle tree) with its beautiful Hiking Trails enables you to expand awareness wide enough to begin to sense mysterious echoes coming down from past millennia. The sanctuary sits at one of the highest elevations in an active volcanic landscape. You can combine this hiking with a visit to the nearby natural hot springs!

Another great Hiking Trail is in the Villarrica Volcano, located in Villarrica National Park. If you are coming to the town of Pucon, you cannot miss out on climbing this beautiful perfect cone shape volcano. The hike up can be a challenge but once you get to the top….you will be amazed by all the beauty and the power of an active crater. At an elevation of 2,847 meters, this active volcano offers great hiking in the winter time where you will find yourself in the middle of powder snow, and in the summer time surrounded by panoramic views of the lakes and other volcanoes.

From the West side of Villarrica Volcano we take you to the East side of this beautiful National Park, heading to its unique glacier. This beautiful Hiking Trail starts with an amazing Araucaria forest. The Hiking Trail continues to the Pichi Llancahue Glacier, finding yourself surrounded by volcanoes! Everywhere you look, there is a volcano! The Quetrupillan Volcano, Lanin Volcano and right behind the glacier, the majestic Villarrica Volcano. It’s not just these amazing volcanoes on sight, the beauty surrounding us, mountains covered with snow on one side, and rocky mountains on the other side, is something you will treasure. After hiking, we usually visit the Geometricas hot springs, our favorite hot springs in Chile!

Another amazing Hiking Trail has to be in Conguillio National Park, one of the most attractive and outstanding parks of the Lake & Volcano District and the first Geopark in Chile. While you visit the park you will witness how the Llaima volcano has permanently shaped the landscape of the area with its eruptions and you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to walk on the lava flows that once came from the heart of the Earth. We’ll also visit the Truful-Truful Canyon and its waterfalls and the pristine Arco Iris (Rainbow) Lake with its clear waters that reflect stunning colors. In this excursion, we hike along the Sierra Nevada trail (3 ½ hours round trip) surrounded by native trees, including ancient monkey-puzzle trees or araucarias and Nothofagus. This hiking trail is one of our favorite ones.

Southeast of Lake Villarrica you will find one of Chile’s most beautiful National Parks, the Huerquehue National Park, located at the foothills of the Andes, 35 km (22 miles) from Pucón. This Hiking Trail starts easy but after a short distance the trail becomes more demanding and sometimes steeper, but is still considered a relatively easy hiking level. Once you get to the first lookout point you will be stunned by the views of the Villarrica Volcano and Tinquilco Lake. Once you reach 1.000 meters above sea level you begin to see the first araucarias trees. Soon we will walk through a mixed forest with many of these trees, considered to be a living fossil and a national monument for their exceptional characteristics. After hiking, we can visit the fantastic Huife Hot Springs and relax in its soothing thermal waters.

These hiking trails are just a few in this beautiful country. For more details, check out the day to day itinerary: HIKING NATIONAL PARKS AROUND PUCON 8 DAYS

 

 

Words From Our Clients

Year after year we get to meet the most extraordinary people. People that after being on a bike tour or a ski tour for just 8 or 12 days become friends for lifetime. The best part of being in a bike tour or a ski tour with clients is that we are giving them the lifetime experience they came looking for. Not only do we have a great time on our bike tours and ski tours, our clients appreciated all our work and they let us know!Continue reading

Amity Tours Chile Celebrates 10 Years !

In August 13th, 2003, my father Alejandro Levy, founded Amity Tours, a family-owned and operated tour company, established in the South of Chile.

Looking back in these 10 years, my heart starts to beat faster, I remember with fondness almost every moment. I only have words and feelings of gratitude to my father Alejandro. He didn’t teach me about business or tourism, he never lectured me about my behavior, he only taught me how to be a good man, and he did it with his example, even today.

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Chile and Argentina 12 Days Bike Tours

Coming up in just a few months, we are very excited about our Bike Season 2013-14 Chile-Argentina.  Discovering these 2 beautiful countries on your bike is an experience you will never forget. Our Chile-Argentina 12 days Bike Tour is one of our favorite Bike Tours of the season.  Not only do we take you down the best back roads of Chile and Argentina, you experience different cultures of two neighbor countries on your bike.Continue reading

Chile and Argentina Ski Season News 2013

Our 2013 Chile-Argentina ski season has arrived and it came with lots of snow! Last week most ski centers invited all skiers to come and enjoy the snow for free! Our wonderful Villarica Volcano was covered in snow and the sun was shining….people had the chance to enjoy fresh snow and beautiful views free of charge!

Now that the season is here with great snow, we are looking forward on taking our clients to the new and improved Corralco Ski Resort which now has one of Chile´s most beautiful Hotel and Spa. This amazing beautiful hotel is not just comfortable and luxurious, it has great views! One of the best views of the Lonquimay Volcano. The resort also has 3 new lifts, a new cafeteria and faster access to the volcanoes crater!Continue reading

January 12-19, 2014 Bike Tour Chile-Argentina

One of our best bike tours of the season this 2014 has only 3 spots left! This amazing Bike Tour around Chile and Argentina is a must on your list of places to ride around the world!

If you are already planning your next Bike Tour…why not a Bike Tour around Chile? Even better, a Bike Tour around Chile and Argentina!  Coming to Chile can be a long way from home so might as well ride to Argentina while you are here.Continue reading

Chile-Argentina 8 Days Bike Tour Confirmed

Chile – Argentina 8 Days Bike Tour Confirmed!

One of our best bike tours of Chile and Argentina has been confirmed for Jan 12th -19th, 2014!  This awesome bike tour will take you down the most beautiful back roads of Chile and Argentina.  In just 8 days, you will discover nature like you have never seen before, active volcanoes in just about every corner and beautiful lakes that you will ride along side for miles!Continue reading

Amity`s Ski Tours around the Lake and Volcano District of Chile and Argentina

How do we keep the cost down but give you the experience you deserve? It’s very simple, we show you a good time and take you to the best ski resorts of Chile and Argentina in all our tours! It doesn’t matter whether you are in one of our Luxury Ski Tours or if you are in one of our Budget versions…the snow will be great no matter if you are staying in a 5 Star Hotel or a nice comfy cabin with a warm fire.Continue reading

Guru of Fly Fishing at Lake and Volcano District

Friends of Amity Tours, check out this great video of Brian O’Keefe, the guru of fly fishing. He will show you how excellent conditions are in the Lake and Volcano District of Chile for fly fishing. If you are interested in more information about any of our Fly Fishing Tours, check out the following link: Fly Fishing with Amity Tours

You can also send us an email if you wish to know more details: [email protected]

Day of an Amity Tours Guide during our Ski Season Chile – Argentina

Each year as winter approaches, it is impossible not to feel that itch that all guides and staff feel when we know that in a few months we will be with tourists on top of a volcano, looking inside the crater and thanking God for allowing us to be there at that exact moment.

The day of an Amity Guide starts from the very beginning, picking up the clients at the airport. The following days that come after meeting everyone and having a great welcome dinner is as follows:

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10 Reasons why you should ski with Amity

1.- As a local tour operator, we provide the best prices, good deals and great offers to our clients.

2.- Amity Tours specializes in ski tours around Chile and Argentina making us one of the leading Tour Operators in The Lake and Volcano District.

3.- After 10 years of experience, we can definitely say ¨ we know our Clients¨, so we make sure we take care of every need and wish our clients expect of a ski tour in Chile and Argentina.Continue reading

Amity’s Chile – Argentina Ski Season 2013 takes you to Corralco Mountain & Ski Resort

This year we decided to add a little more luxury to our ski tours around Chile and Argentina. We have designed ski tours according to your every need. Not only do we want you to have a great time skiing, we want to show you the best accommodations Chile has to offer. Places so beautiful, you will never forget your 2013 ski tour in Chile.

Located in the slopes of the Lonquimay Volcano in the south of Chile, this beautiful mountain resort is surrounded by the most amazing Araucaria Forest (Monkey Puzzle Forest). Not only is the place beautiful, it has the best snow you can find in Chile!

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Working with WWF Chile for the development of special interest tourism in private conservation

Through our “sister company “, Austral Design Lab, the beginning of a market study for private conservation areas grouped into the private association “Asi Conserva Chile”, www.asiconservachile.cl started.  This study gathers information of outbound market niches associated with the conservation tourism, ecotourism, scientific tourism and voluntary tourism. Note that these private areas are totaling 1.000.000 acres in Chile!Continue reading

Skiing season early birds will get great discounts to ski in Chile!

This year Amity Tours came up with some amazing ski tours in the Lake and Volcano District of Chile and Argentina. If you didn´t already go on your ski vacation by now, don’t worry, start planning it now! Our 2013 ski season doesn´t start until July. If you are an early planner, send us an email and let us know if you are interested in any of our Chile- Argentina or just Chile ski tours!

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First time Asian clients on one of our 12 days Bike Tour!

January 2013 went by quickly. The beginning of the year brought along our first group of friends from Thailand! We had the pleasure to take our first time clients on our Chile- Argentina 12 Days Bike Tour. Our clients arrived in Santiago, and after a couple of days, they were back on a plane to come even more south to our favorite little touristy city of Pucon. The tour started and our clients were on their bikes and when they weren´t riding, they were hiking some of Chile´s and Argentina´s most beautiful National Parks. In 12 days, they were able to see these two beautiful countries, experience a different culture and accomplish the most amazing bike rides they could have imagined!Continue reading

TripAdvisor News

We are happy to tell you that we are in 4th place in Tripadvisor! We want to thank everyone who left their comments about the tours they experienced with Amity. We are always happy to hear back from our clients so if you have a couple of minutes, let us know what you thought about your experience with Amity Tours! The one thing we as a tour operator care most about is your opinion and to hear that you had a good time with us is something we always look forward to reading or hearing about.

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Highlights of Amity Tours Chile

Southern routes to the most unique, beautiful and comfortable Hotels the South of Chile has to offer.

Whether on a Ski Tour, Bike Tour, Fly Fishing or Hiking Tour with Amity. We will take you down the most beautiful breathtaking routes you could ever dream of.

For several years now, we have been surprising and fulfilling every aspect of a good Bike Tour our clients had before getting here.  We have done this by finding the most beautiful routes in Chile and taking them there on their bikes and after a day of beautiful scenery, rewarding them with comfort and hospitality.Continue reading

Villarica National Park Hike to the Glacier

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to join our clients on a hiking trip to the glacier. The day tour to the National Park started off in the little touristy town of Pucon. We picked up our clients from their hotel in the middle of downtown Pucon and we were on our way at 8 a.m. to the Villarica National Park.

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Chile Ranked #1 by Adventure Tourism Development Index 2012

We, Chilean people usually say ¨Pucha que es linda mi tierra¨ which means: ¨Damn, my land is beautiful! Often foreigners who hear us believe that we are just saying that due to high doses of Chilean wine glasses.
Well now, we are not the only ones who think our country is beautiful and the closest thing to paradise where you can develop tourism associated with natural and cultural resources.Continue reading

10 Reasons to come to Chile on a bike tour with Amity Tours.

1.- We are a local tour operator, your last link in the marketing chain, the company that you are looking for to pay less!

2.- We understand that our customers are unique and therefore require personalized attention from the very first email to the tour itself.

3.- We know that our customers come to relax, enjoy and to learn a little bit of a new culture, so we make sure they leave the tour saying WOW…what a beautiful country!

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An Extraordinary Summit in Lucerne, Switzerland!

Three weeks ago I arrived in Lucerne, Switzerland.

While I have always considered my job to be as close to an eternal holiday as it gets (because I love it), the reason for my visit was to participate in the Adventure Travel Trade Association, ATTA, Annual Summit where Amity Tours has been a member for the past year.

My wife asked me, how it went? And after still being in post Switzerland shock, I simply said “extraordinary”!!
Then, when the shock was gone, I wondered why the first thing that came to mind was “extraordinary” and these are my 5 conclusions:Continue reading

A Story For Tomorrow – Chile Video

Take five minutes of your time, relax, and take a look at this amazing video of Chile, from North to South, you can get a glimpse of what a nice Country Chile is. We are waiting for you with open arms!

Bike Tour Season 2012-13 in Chile and Argentina Has Arrived

After a wonderful Ski season, we have packed our skis and now we´re back on our bikes. Our Bike Tour Season is here and we are looking forward to meeting and making new friends!

It´s already October and the sun is shining, flowers blooming….spring is here! If you didn´t get enough cycling the last few months, no worries, here in the South, it has just begun. We are getting ready to jump on our bikes and enjoy the best views, food, wine, hotels and company this Bike Season is coming with!Continue reading

2012 Adventure Travel World Summit

Amity Tours will be visiting Lucerne, the famous lakeside town in the heart of the Swiss Alps for ATTA´s 9th Adventure Travel World Summit. This great event taking place October 8-11th at the KKL Luzern will be a great opportunity to meet some of the world´s best adventure tourism professionals.

If you are attending this great event, please feel free to contact us so that way we don’t miss out on meeting during the summit. We are very excited to meet other adventure tour operators. We feel that this will be a great chance to meet future work partners! If you are interested in any of our tours, Cycling, Skiing, Hiking and Fly fishing, we would be happy to show you what our tours are all about!

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Chile Snow Report – July

The time is here, when we can start looking at the weather forecast for snow!

The next four days in Pucon:

The rain in Pucon has not stopped yet. Sounds like bad weather but it´s not, this only means that the Pucon Ski Center will be opening its doors very soon! If conditions allow it, the ski center will open July 5th.  Right now, it is snowing up there so let’s just hope to be up on the slopes this Thursday!!

(max -3°C on Sat morning, min -13°C on Sun night)

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London to Paris Challenge Completed Succesfully!

When German, partner of Amity Tours, decided a year ago to participate in the London to Paris challenge, he never imagined he would live one of the best weeks of his life.

The Amity Tours Team consisted of Daniel “Pinut” Chung, Stephen “Chepo” Posada and German. These guys cycled successfully the 510 km from the city of London to Paris, leaving the name of Amity Tours Chile in the minds of all participants.

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Mapuche Culture in The Lake and Volcano District

In most of our hiking tours, we get to experience and see how the Mapuche live and who they are.  The Mapuche are the indigenous people of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina.  They share a common social, religious and economic structure as well as their own language called Mapundungun. This group of people makes up about 4% of the Chilean population and they are particularly concentrated in the Araucania Region, the place where most of our Bike Tours, Hiking Tours and Ski tours in Chile take place.

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Ski Resorts of Chile – Lake and Volcano District

 

Nevados de Chillán Ski Resort ( Nevados de Chillán Volcano)

This year with Amity Tours, we will be skiing in this lovely ski center, a place where if you are traveling all the way down south to Chile, you have to ski here! This place is located at 1,530 meters above sea level, in the Bio Bio region.

The ski area of 10,000 hectares has 33 runs, 9 lifts, and one of the longest runs of 6.5 km.  We will be cat skiing, off-piste skiing, and even try out the snowmobiles this place has to offer.  After a long day of skiing, this ski center has Hot Springs! It has 9 pools of this incredible thermal water.

www.nevadosdechillan.com

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Visiting Attractions with Amity Tours Chile: Lakes

Villarrica Lake

The Villarrica Lake is one of the most amazing lakes you will see on our Road Cycling Tours and from the top of a volcano in our Ski Tours.  It is so big that when you are on the shore whether it’s in Villarrica or in the Pucon side, it looks like the ocean.

This beautiful lake is also known as Mallolafquen in Mapuche language (the indigenous people of the area) and in its pre-historic days it was a ¨creataceous lake¨.

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Amity Tours proud member of Adventure Travel Trade Associaton

Hi everyone!

This month we are happy to tell you that we became members of Adventure Travel Trade Association!

Being part of this tourism global community was very important for us.  We are always interested in learning new industry knowledge.  Our company is always growing and with ATTA we will contribute to the growth of this wide industry.   The most important part of being part of this community is also that it brings us one step closer to our customers.

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Luxury Ski Tour Chile

A luxury ski tour is something that any skier would take a little over a week off work for. This ski tour has a little bit of everything.

You will ski almost every day, go sledding with huskies and enjoy an afternoon at the beautiful Geometricas Hot Springs.

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Welcome to the new website of Amity Tours

Welcome to the new website of Amity Tours, www.amity-tours.com– your local operator in The Lake and Volcano District of Chile and Argentina.

We are pleased to invite you to check out our new tours for backcountry skiing, road cycling, hiking in national parks, and fly fishing in The Lake and Volcano District of Chile and Argentina. All of these tours are fully operated by our experienced local staff, and are carried out with the highest quality and safety standards. All of our 2012 tours have been improved thanks to your feedback in order to offer you the best adventures of your life.

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