Hiking In The National Parks Of The Lake & Volcano District - Chile

Duration

8 Days

Difficulty

Intermediate

Location

Chile

Date

October to April

$3.270

8-Day Hiking Tour in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District

Discover the Lake and Volcano district in Chile.

Explore the capital of Adventure Travel in Chile and hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Lake and Volcano District.

Surrounded by Mountains, Lakes and Volcanoes, you will find the most amazing Hiking Trails in these extraordinary national parks.

FIXED RATE FOR GROUP DEPARTURE DATES
  • USD $3.270 
  • Single Supplement: US $630

For private departure dates, please ask for special rates & availability.

PROGRAM INCLUDES
  • Lodging on mentioned Hotels described in the itinerary or similar
  • Specialized tour guide (1 guide per 10 clients)
  • 07 nights’ accommodation at 3* and 4* hotels
  • Private transportation in Mercedes Benz Sprinter
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to national parks and hot springs
  • Accident insurance and all activities according to the itinerary
  • Guided hikes including natural interpretation on the volcanology and the indigenous flora and fauna of the parks, as well as cultural interpretation and focus on the history and traditions of local communities; hot springs.
NOT INCLUDED
  • International and domestic flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips & Extra drinks
DATES
  • November 18th to 25th , 2019
  • April 13th to 20th, 2020
  • Tour departs with a minimum of 2 people

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Temuco - Transfer to Malalcahuello - Crater Navidad Hike

Our local staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and transfer you to a small quaint mountain village called Malalcahuello. This village is part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Araucarias”.

Your hotel is located in a national park, with Lonquimay volcano at sight and surrounded by ancient araucaria trees. It is a modern hotel with SPA and a small ski resort. 

In the afternoon, we’ll take a warm-up hike to the incredible Christmas Crater.

In the evening, we’ll have an orientation and briefing session before our Welcome Dinner together.

Accommodation: Corralco Hotel & SPA, 4*

Meals: Afternoon snack, welcome dinner 

Time hiking: 1 to 3 hours depending on the route taken

Day 2: Coloradito Trail Hike in Kutralkura Geopark

Today, we start hiking from the hotel towards Cerro Coloradito (redish hill), a natural view point of 4 volcanoes: Lonquimay, Llaima, Sierra Nevada and Villarrica.

The hike is quite fun, with fantastic views and almost no other people in the trails. We’ll be surrounded by an ancient forest of araucaria trees, some of them dating over 2.000 years old.

After the hike, we’ll return to our hotel and enjoy the evening in the SPA. 

Accommodation: Corralco Hotel & SPA, 4*

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and dinner

Time hiking: 3 to 5 hours

Day 3: Truful Truful Canyon & Woodpecker's Trail Hike in Conguillío National Park

In the morning, we’ll drive towards the Conguillio National Park passing through little quaint villages.

Upon arrival, 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 visit the Truful-Truful Canyon and its waterfalls where you can see 13.000 years of eruptive activity of Llaima volcano.

Afterwards, we’ll visit the pristine Arco Iris (Rainbow) Lake with its clear waters that reflect stunning colors. Then, we’ll hike a very beautiful trail called the Woodpecker’s trail, where you can spot the Magellan woodpecker, which we will see searching the tree trunks for insects. 

Accommodation: La Baita Ecolodge

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner

Time hiking: 4 to 5 hours

Day 4: Sierra Nevada Trail - Transfer to Pucón

Today we’ll drive towards Playa Linda located at the shores of Conguillío Lake. We’ll have moderate hike called Sierra Nevada trail surrounded by native trees, including ancient monkey-puzzle trees or araucarias and Nothofagus. We’ll also be able to spot endemic birds such as the chucao tapaculo and the noisy slender-billed parakeet.

At the end of the day, we’ll start traveling to Pucón (2-hour drive), the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District. 

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi Hotel, or similar 3*

Meals: Breakfast, and picnic lunch

Time hiking: 5 to 6 hours

Day 5: Lagos Andinos Trail in Villarrica National Park

We’ll head to the heart of The Andes Mountains, driving to the border with Argentina. Here, we’ll be surrounded by an ancient forest of araucaria trees (Araucaria araucana) and we’ll visit 2 or 3 Andean lakes that offer great birdwatching. 

We’ll have an easy hike and be surrounded by native trees (mostly of the Nothofagus family) and with striking views of Lanin volcano (3,780m), the highest volcano in all of the Lake & Volcano district.

Later we’ll head back to town and do the mountain gear fitting for the volcano climb next day.

At night, we’ll have dinner at the Colipi’s. They belong to the Mapuche Indigenous community, and they will share with us their ancestral culture & cosmovision.

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi Hotel, or similar 3*

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner 

Time hiking: 3 to 4 hours

Day 6: Villarrica Volcano Climb

(*) Today, early in the morning, we’ll drive towards the Ski Resort located at the base of the volcano (1.400 meters). Upon arrival, we’ll get ready for the climb and use the chairlift that will take us to the higher part of the ski resort (1.800 m). From the top of the lift we begin ascending the slopes of the volcano, with regular stops to catch our breath and enjoy the stunning views over lakes and volcanoes around.

After 4 or 5  hours, we’ll reach the live crater (2.847 meters). The views from the top are absolutely mind-blowing, overlooking five lakes and several volcanoes in the distance such as Llaima, Lanín & Quetrupillán.

The descent is quite fun, especially when we can slide down the snow on our rear ends. 

(*) Activity subject to weather conditions

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi Hotel, or similar 3*

Meals: Breakfast, and picnic lunch

Time hiking: 6 hours

Day 7: Pichillancahue Glacier Trail & Geométricas Hot Springs

Departing from Pucón, we’ll drive towards Coñaripe and enter the Villarrica National Park . We’ll hike an amazing trail towards the Pichillancahue Glacier, a phenomenal glacier absolutely covered by the ashes of the Villarrica volcano.

The hike is quite nice as we’ll walk through thousands-years-old endemic tree forests.  We will also see several majestic snow-capped volcanoes.

At the end of our hike, we’ll visit the fantastic Geometricas Hot Springs. This place offers the perfect combination between thermal facilities and natural surroundings. With 16 strategically located thermal pools, the facilities allow the visitors to never feel overcrowded. 

Finally, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi Hotel, or similar 3*

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and farewell dinner

Time hiking: 4 to 5 hours

Day 8: Temuco Airport

Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile.  After breakfast, we’ll ride in vans to Temuco Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago.

Meals: Breakfast

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DIFFICULTY

Intermediate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these hiking trips can require sustained endurance levels, hills and longer days. These tours are intended for active people who are comfortable participating in up to 6 hours of hiking per day. These tours may include hiking on difficult terrain, sometimes steep and/or uneven trails, with obstacles such as wet logs, branches and muddy areas.  All our guided hiking tours include natural interpretation and focus on the history, volcanology and the native flora and fauna of the wilderness areas.

ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

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

PACKING TIPS

We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather. Including:

  • Helmet and cap
  • Brightly colored cycling jerseys
  • Arm and leg warmers
  • Base layers
  • Windbreaker
  • Booties
  • Gloves
  • Two pairs of sneakers
  • Waterproof jacket and any other waterproof item
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit and sandals

VISAS

Visa to enter Chile: No advance Visa application is needed for entry into Chile.

Australian and Mexican citizens entering Chile for tourism purposes will be charged a $160.00 processing fee payable on arrival. Cash and credit card accepted.

USA, Canada and Australian citizens no longer need to pay the reciprocity fee ($160.00) to enter Chile.

A valid passport is required  travelling as a tourist for 90 days.

ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

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

WEATHER NOTES

We suggest visiting the web for current conditions in Chile and doing your own research on this topic. www.meteochile.cl/reg09.html and www.meteochile.cl/reg10.html or www.accuweather.com

Generally the weather in this area is very similar to Northern California, specially the coast side. Late October and November (spring time in the southern hemisphere) present milder temperatures (50°F / 77°F) with some scattered rain (same thing during our Fall, March and April). During December you can start feeling the beginning of the summer with temperatures around 50°F / 81°F.  In January and February temperatures range between 60°F / 95°F. Remember that you are visiting the Lake & Volcano district, so always expect some rain!

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 World Nomads, 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

CURRENCY

In Chile, the local currency is called peso.

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 $200.000 CLP. For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/

SAFETY

Chile is by far one of the safest countries in South America in terms of public health and crime.

We are proud to affirm that our police is one of the least corrupt in the world; they are always friendly and helpful. In Chile there are no insects or animals that represent a real threat to human beings.

GRATUITY

In Chile, the gratuity for hospitality services is normally 10% of the bill. In Chile people usually tip in restaurants, hotels and the local staff of guides. You shouldn’t tip taxi drivers, baggage carriers and bar tenders, they do not expect any tips.

At the end of the trip, gratuity for the crew for a job well done is highly appreciated. We encourage you to use your discretion and tip according to the caliber of service you receive. As a guideline, the industry standard is $120 dollars per person, per guide. 

FOOD

Food in Chile is great and healthy. Likewise, it is one of the highlights of this tour. 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 and gluten free food, however if you are vegan you may have to be flexible because in Chile we have very limited vegan options. Unfortunately, no kosher food is available.

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