Duration: 7 Days - 6 Nights
Location: Lake District Chile
Special Info: From USD $1.420 per person

Patagonian Forest Ancestral Culture Conservation Tour. Explore and Discover the Patagonian Forest and its Ancestral Culture – Katalapi Environmental Education and Scientific Research Center & Juan Melillanca Reserve

Patagonian Forest Ancestral Culture Conservation Tour

Katalapi Environmental Education and Scientific Research Center


We invite you to discover the friendly Valdivian Rainforest along with experts to make environmental education a unforgettable experience.
Explore this fascinating territory of the Lake and Volcano District. Here you can discover and learn in a fun way different subjects about conservation and environmental education, in conjunction with the ancestral knowledge of the Huilliche people.

We’ll visit two private wilderness protected areas: Katalapi Reserve, an environmental education and scientific research center located at the very beginning of Carretera Austral , and Juan Melillanca Indigenous Reserve, located in the Coastal Mountain Range.
The Educational program can be adapted to the level and needs of your travel group, including subjects such as environmental history, ancestral culture, flora and fauna, and renewable energy among others. During 7 days the activities undertaken will contribute to build a better teamwork and personal development experience

*Click on Day Title to see the activity.

  • Day 1 Santiago – Puerto Montt – Parque Katalapi

    Arrival to Valdivia in the morning or the night before. We’ll head-off from Valdivia towards the Community Conservation Area of Pilunkura, located near the Pacific coast in Pilolcura.

    Arrival to Puerto Montt Airport or Bus Station and shuttle to Katalapi Environmental Education and Scientific Research Center. Our local guides will welcome the group with a technical briefing about the educational program. Followed by a “discovery” walk in the trails, looking for the treasures of Katalapi. Lodging in Katalapi Lodge.

    Meals: Lunch and Welcome Dinner.

  • Day 2 Parque Katalapi

    During  this first day we will do some fieldwork activities that will help us to introduce the educational program in Katalapi. Lodging in Katalapi Lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 3 Parque Katalapi – Melillanca

    During this second day we will go to learn the ancestral culture of the Huilliche people. Here the leaders of the Melillanca Guanqui indigenous community will be expecting us. They will take us hiking in their Reserve and share their culture with us, always with a tasty homemade bread and yerba mate. Lodging in Huilliche Refuge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


  • Day 4 Melillanca – Frutillar – Katalapi

    Today we say goodbye to the Melillanca Reserve and return to Katalapi, traveling alongside the north bank of the Llanquihue lake and visiting the beautiful city of Frutillar and the German Settler Museum. At night we can have an optional nocturnal activity. Lodging in Katalapi Lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 5 Parque Katlapi

    During this morning we will have fieldwork activities in accordance with your educational program in Katalapi, including a reflection on what experienced in Melillanca Reserve.  After lunch, we’ll go to explore the area an discover the larch tree, an ancient tree that can live up to 3,000 years. At night we can have an optional nocturnal activity. Lodging in Katalapi Lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 6 Parque Katlapi – Alerce Andino National Park

    Today will go visit the Alerce Andino National Park, where we can find those very old larch trees.

    In the evening we’ll have a farewell activity followed by a farewell dinner.

    Lodging in Katalapi Lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 7 Parque Katlapi – Angelmo – Puerto Montt

    This morning we’ll have breakfast together for the last time, you’ll have free time to go to say goodbye to your favorite place in Katalapi. Later we’ll go to eat lunch at the fish market in Angelmo and then have the afternoon at leisure. Finally we’ll drive you to the airport or bus station in Puerto Montt.  End of our services.

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

  • ◦ This is an environmental education program for adults and children.
    ◦ If you are interested in this tour, please send us an email to [email protected]
    ◦ Group rates based on 10 people, USD $1,420 per person based in double occupancy.
    ◦ Single room NOT available.
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 10 guests.
    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.
  • ◦ Environmental Education Program with professional instructors and tour guides.
    ◦ Private transportation.
    ◦ Accommodation at cabins and refuge.
    ◦ Meals as per itinerary (07 breakfasts, 01 picnic lunch, 06 lunches and 06 dinner).
    ◦ Accidents insurance
    ◦ All activities according to the itinerary: environmental education program, flora & fauna interpretation, soft hiking, volunteer conservation activities.
    ◦ Entrance fees and USD $50 donation for conservation actions in Melillanca Guanqui Reserve.
  • ◦ International and local flights .
    ◦ Extra beverages & cocktails. ◦ Gratuities for local guides and drivers.
    ◦ Laundry.
    ◦ Reciprocity fees for VISA in Chile.
  • ◦ We run this tour under a private departure request. In this case you set the dates. This environmental education program is available between October 2016 and April 2017.


    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.


    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.


    As indicated in the program or similar.


    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.


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


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


    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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