Family Adventures Lake Volcano District Chile

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Duration

7 days

Difficulty

Low

Location

Southern Chile

Date

From October to April

From USD $3.800

Per person in DBL

7-Day Family Adventures - Lake and Volcano District

Discover the landscapes and beauty of Southern Chile. You'll explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear lakes and amazing active volcanoes. Together with your family & our local friendly team, you will experience the Lake and Volcano District surrounded by snow-capped peaks, green meadows and stunning lakes. You will visit to local indigenous villages, hike in the national parks and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Family Adventure Highlights

  • Easy hiking through ancient endemic forests
  • Special encounter with the Mapuche indigenous community
  • Ancient Glacier and Geométricas hot springs at Villarrica National Park
  • Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve and outdoor adventure activities 
  • White water rafting at Trancura and Fuy Rivers
  • Futangue Park and Ranco Lake
  • Kayaking Pichi Lagoon

Itinerary

For flight quotes (international and domestic), please contact our partner Exito Travel.  

Before we kick off our family adventure tour in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District, you should take a day or two to adjust to local time and recover from your travels, and allow for any flight or luggage delays. You should fly into Temuco airport (ZCO).

In Chile, domestic flights are operated by 3 local airline companies: LatamSky Airline and JetSmart.

We recommend staying at Casa Solaria Hotel in Pucon, which is well-located with lots of restaurants, shops, the main plaza and beach just a short walk away.

Suggested Hotels in Pucon

Official Airport Transfer

The official shuttle company at Temuco’s Airport is called TransAraucania.

They are the only authorized shuttle company at the airport, and their staff wears a blue and green uniform.
By contract with the airport, they must have available transport based in the domestic flights arriving every day.

They have a counter at the airport, right next to the automatic doors (from the baggage carrousel). 

They offer regular shuttles to Pucon at $14.000 pesos (USD $15 per person), and they need a minimum of 4 people.

If they don’t have the 4 minimum passengers, or if you want to have a private shuttle, with the same company you can do it at $100.000 (USD $120 per vehicle).

You don’t need reservations and you can pay in Cash or with Credit Card. The ATM’s is on second floor.

All their shuttle services will drop you off at the hotel or address you are staying in Pucon. Driving time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Our meeting hotel address is CALLE LINCOYAN #48, PUCON.

Welcome to Pucón, the capital of adventure tourism in Chile’s Lake & Volcano District.

On the first day of our family adventure tour, our local team will meet you at Casa Solaria Hotel in Pucon at 9am.  

They will brief you on the adventure ahead and answer any questions you may have.They will help you fit your hiking gear to your satisfaction. 

Then, we’ll head towards the base of the Villarrica Volcano for a three-hour hike, ideal for the whole family. While having a spectacular view of the lake and volcano Villarrica, we can also admire Huilipilun Lake and Llaima Volcano in the distance. The hike passes over old lava fields, partially covered with native flora. Through forests, dried up river beds and cold lava streams, the easy path leads you to your destination: a lava field with a row of five to ten-meter-wide craters, fed by Volcano Villarrica. 

In the afternoon, we will experience paddling in our rafts down the Trancura River. This exciting trip is suitable for those looking for lots of excitement without great danger. Be prepared for 1 ½ hours of pure adrenaline, tackling Class 2 & 3 rapids.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Solaria
Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch
Time Hiking: 3 Hours

We’ll head to the heart of The Andes Mountains, next to the border with Argentina in the Villarrica National Park. 

There, we’ll start hiking surrounded by an ancient forest of araucaria trees towards the Andean lakes located at the foot of Lanín Volcano, the highest in Lake & Volcano district. 

After hiking we will drive back to Curraruehue village for lunch at a local restaurant. we will learn about the ancestral history of the territory. 

Finally, we will meet the Lonko (leader of the indigenous community) and play Palín, an ancestral game similar to field hockey. 

Accommodation: Casa Solaria Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Time Hiking: 3-4- Hours

 

Today we hike an amazing trail towards a phenomenal glacier absolutely covered by the volcanic ashes of the Villarrica volcano. We will see several majestic snow-capped volcanoes such as Quetrupillán and Rucapillán. The vegetation changes from rauli and hualle forests (Nothofagus trees) to gigantic thousand-year old araucarias as we ascend to the higher point of the day at 1.250m above sea level. Back to the entrance of the trail, we’ll visit the fantastic Geometricas Hot Springs. This place offers the perfect combination between simple but thermal facilities and exuberant natural surroundings. 

Later, we’ll drive 2 hours to Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, where stay overnight.

Accommodation: Nothofagus Hotel 
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner
Time hiking: 6 hours

 

The Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve is the most internationally awarded Land Trust in Chile. With a very ambitious conservation plan, they are successfully reintroducing wild Pumas, Guanacos and Huemul deer in the reserve. Not to mention the Social Responsibility plan that is changing the life of the local community. 

Today, you will be able to choose different excursions (hiking, biking, zip-lining, horseback riding, lake kayaking, among others). There will be options for morning activities and afternoon activities. 

Accommodation: Nothofagus Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Today’s excursion is full of adrenaline. You will be able to feel the force of the rapids of the Fuy river. During 1 hour, you will descend in an inflatable raft, where you will cover a stretch of 11.5 kilometers by this river of glacial origin. Your guides will provide you with all the necessary safety equipment (helmet, waterproof suit and lifejacket). 

Afterwards, wee will enjoy a picnic lunch and get prepared to drive towards Futangue Park located at Ranco Lake. On arrival, we will hike a trail close to the hotel. 

Accommodation: Futangue Casa Exploradores
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner
Time Hiking: 2 Hours

 

This hike starts at El Vado area and ascends to Pitreño lagoon, to continue through a path towards Altas Cumbres, the highest viewing point at an altitude of 1,350 meters. In the route you will explore forests of Lengas, Coigues and Mañios. At the end of the trail, you will be able to enjoy 360 degree vistas of the Futangue Valley and Lake Ranco. 

This trail demands great effort, but also offers great rewards. To vary the scenery, we recommend to return using the ski trail. 

Accommodation: Futangue Casa Exploradores
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell Dinner
Time Hiking: 5 hours 

 

Today, we will paddle amid lush vegetation on stunning Pichi Lagoon, which nestles like a gem in the midst of a native forest-covered mountain amphitheater. We start at the dock and disembark at El Encanto beach, with breathtaking views of the lake. Then, we make a short hike to the hidden Black Lagoon.

Afterwards, we’ll return to hotel before heading towards Osorno airport (ZOS).

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch 
Time Hiking: 45 Minutes

 

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Difficulty

Easy/Low: You don’t live for hiking, but you definitely love to spend time in nature. These hiking 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 3 hours hiking per day.

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/ 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.

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!

 

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