Duration: 11 Days - 10 Nights
Location: Chile
Special Info: From USD $2,995 per person

Ancient Glaciers Conservation Tour Chile. Explore Chile’s Ancient Glaciers. Travel alongside the Andes Mountain and know its ancient glaciers.

Ancient Glaciers Conservation Tour Chile

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Take the adventure to encounter the glaciers of Chile. Discover the glaciers of Campo de Hielo Norte in the Chilean Patagonia. Along with exceptional local guides you can live a great adventure in the Patagonian Forests and the Lake & Volcano District. In addition, you can help in specific actions for the conservation of the places you visit. This tour is for active people who like sports, love nature and want to support its conservation. During 11 days you can visit two private conservation areas and learn from the glaciers around the Leones Glacier located near Lake General Carrera, Chile’s largest lake. Then you’ll visit Park Tagua Tagua located by Puelo River and finally you will help monitoring the glaciers of the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve , with spectacular views of the volcanoes Mocho, Choshuenco, Lanín and Villarrica.

*Click on Day Title to see the activity.

  • Day 1 Santiago – Balmaceda – Puerto Guadal

    Reception at the airport in Balmaceda. Our local guides will meet and lead you by the Austral Road until  we reach our operations center in Bahia Catalina. There, they will welcome us with a dinner and technical briefing. Accommodation at Terra Luna Lodge in Puerto Guadal, next to Lake General Carrera.

    Meals: Picnic lunch and dinner

  • Day 2 Puerto Guadal – Leones Lake – Leones Glacier

    Today we’ll be explorers of Campo de Hielo Norte, as we approach the Leones glacier from where we will see the highest peak of the area, the San Valentin Mount. Accommodation at  Kalem Patagonia Refuge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch and dinner

  • Day 3 Leones Glacier – Catalina Bay – Puerto Guadal

    Today we continue hiking on the trails from where we can take-in the fantastic view of  the ancient ice fields, and then return to rest and relax to Bahia Catalina beside the lake General Carrera.  Accommodation at Terra Luna Lodge in Puerto Guadal, next to Lake General Carrera.

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch and dinner

  • Day 4 Puerto Guadal – Catalina Bay – Resting Day

    Today you will have a full day to recover your energies and get ready for tomorrow to begin our journey back to Balmaceda. We will spend a pleasant time with the local guides in Catalina Bay, next to the Lake General Carrera. Accommodation at Terra Luna Lodge, Puerto Guadal.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Day 5 Puerto Guadal – Balmaceda Airport – Puerto Montt – Tagua Tagua Park

    The time has came and we have to leave Patagonia and continue the trip to the Lake & Volcano District. Ground transportation from Puerto Guadal to Balmaceda Airport. Flight from Balmaceda to Puerto Montt. In the afternoon/evening, transfer to Lake Tagua Tagua on a journey of 4 hours. Here a boat we’ll take us across the lake and in 20 minutes we’ll arrive at the main lodge of the Tagua Tagua Park. The local guides will meet us with a welcome dinner and technical briefing. Accommodation at Mitico Puelo Lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner

  • Day 6 Trekking in Tagua Tagua Park until Quetrus Refuge

    Today begins a two-day trekking trip through the trails of Tagua Tagua Park. To get to the refuge we’ll have to hike between 6 to 7 hours along a trail that begins with a steep hill but then stabilizes. Accommodation at Quetrus Refuge.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner

  • Day 7 Trekking Quetrus Refuge – Tagua Tagua Lake

    Today we can take-in the fantastic views of the distant Andean glaciers, usually from any summit near the refuge. Later we’ll hike between 5 to 6 hours down the trail. We hike by ancient larch trees and beautiful waterfalls. Later we’ll return to the Lake Tagua Tagua and stay overnight at Mitico Puelo Lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner

  • Day 8 Tagua Tagua Lake – Puerto Montt – Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

    Transfer from Mitico Puelo Lodge to Puerto Montt (4.5 hours of travel). In Puerto Montt we’ll visit the traditional Market of Angelmó where will have free time for lunch, shopping and know the place.  Then we continue the journey to Panguipulli, until finally reaching the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve. Here the local guides will welcome you with a flavorful dinner and technical briefing.  Accommodation at Nothofagus Hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, and dinner

  • Day 9 Huilo Huilo – Monitoring Mocho Choshuenco Glacier

    Today we can learn more about the geological history of this volcanic complex and go to the crater of an active volcano that is covered by a glacier. Participants will be contributing to the annual  study of glacial mass balance of the Mocho Choshuenco glacier. The sample data will be handed to the glaciologists who lead the study to be published in an annual report.

    This ice-hiking is performed with crampons in the caldera of the volcanic complex, at an elevation of 2,000m. The volcanic caldera is covered by an ancient glacier. We will cross toward the south-east, reaching landmark points made of metal beacons. During the evening we’ll return to the hotel to relax and enjoy its fabulous Lawenco SPA.

    Accommodation at Nothofagus Hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner

  • Day 10 Huilo Huilo – Monitoring Mocho Choshuenco Glacier

    Second day of glacier monitoring, this time the target is to reach the summit of the volcano Mocho, located at 2.422m. In the afternoon we return to the hotel and enjoy the fantastic Lawenko SPA. Farewell dinner and overnight at the Nothofagus Hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner

  • Day 11 Huilo Huilo -Temuco Airport – Santiago

    We say good-bye to Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve and drive two and a half hours to Temuco’s Airport to catch the domestic flight back to Santiago. End of our services.

    Meals: Breakfast.

  • ◦ If you are interested in this tour, please send us an email to [email protected]
    ◦ Rate per person, USD $3,920 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $485
    ◦ Group rates based on 10 people, USD $2,995 per person based in double occupancy.
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 2 clients.
    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.
    ◦ For a private departure we can email you the tour rates along with the booking form.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.
  • ◦ Professional tour guide.
    ◦ Domestic Flights SCL-BBA / BBA-PMC / ZCO-SCL. Private ground transportation.
    ◦ Accommodation at 3 * hotels and mountain refugios.
    ◦ Meals as per itinerary (10 breakfasts, 08 picnic lunches, 01 lunch and 10 dinners).
    ◦ Accidents insurance
    ◦ All activities according to the itinerary: Hiking, trekking, boat ride, hiking on glacial terrain, volunteer nature conservation activities.
    ◦ Entrance fees and a USD $50 per person contribution to one of the conservation areas visited in the tour. YOU choose which one!

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  • ◦ International and local flights .
    ◦ Extra beverages & cocktails.
    ◦ Laundry.
    ◦ Gratuities at restaurants and hotels.
  • ◦ This tour is available between November 2016 and March 2017.
    ◦ We run this tour under a private departure request. In this case you set the dates.
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    DIFFICULTY

    Easy: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these conservation tourism trips can require sustained endurance levels, hills and longer days. These conservation tours are appropriate for all people and suitable for older adults in good health with overall good mobility, who are comfortable participating in up to 5 hours of physical activity per day. These tours may include hiking of moderate intensity at an easy pace, sometimes with steep and/or uneven trails, with obstacles such as wet logs, branches and muddy areas. All our guided tours include natural interpretation and focus on the history, volcanology and the native flora and fauna of the wilderness areas.

    PACKING TIPS

    We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather; also including a rain poncho and knee-high rubber boots (you can also buy them here for a low price). Include base layers, hat, windbreaker, gloves, sneakers, a waterproof jacket and any other waterproof item, sunglasses, bathing suit and sandals. Bright color clothing is NOT recommended. Don’t forget your camera!

    Clothing to go birding in should be comfortable, which will encourage you to stay in the field longer. Non-restrictive garments in lightweight fabrics are often preferred, and dressing in layers allows for changing temperatures throughout the day without interrupting the birding. Clothes should be well worn in so there will be no chafing or blisters.

    HOTELS

    As indicated in the program or similar.

    INSURANCE

    Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets. Carriers for travel insurance include Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs- read the fine print.

    VEHICLES

    Modern van or minibus according to group size. Air-condition.

    ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

    Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeur.

    CURRENCY

    In Chile, the local currency is called “Peso”.

    The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $650 Chilean Pesos (CLP).

    Travel checks are not convenient because only few places accept them and the exchange rate is 10% lower than dollar bills. Most credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels. The most common cards are Master Card, Visa and Dinners Club. American Express is less commonly accepted that the others. There is no need to bring a large amount of cash; there are ATMs almost everywhere we go on the tour. The maximum amount of money that you can withdraw per day is equivalent to $300.000 CLP.

    For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/

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