Multisport Tour Chile Lake Volcano District

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Duration

6 days

Difficulty

Intermediate

Location

Southern Chile

Date

November to April

USD $2.880

Per person in DBL

6-Day Multisport Tour - Lake and Volcano District

A lifetime experience exploring on foot and by bike the most spectacular landscapes of Chile's Lake and Volcano District. This exclusive program covers the wild and diverse landscape of the Lake and Volcano Scenic Route.

In this tour you will discover the active volcanoes covered by unique forests of giant Araucaria trees in the Conguillío National Park, and cycle the scenic routes of the Lake and Volcano District
Nature, diversity, local communities, adventures and interaction with the cultures of Southern Chile led by our local experts. An unforgettable multi-sport adventure where you can be sure to discover new paths in Northern Patagonia!

Multisport Tour Lake and Volcano District Highlights

  • Hike Through the Araucaria forests of Conguillío National Park
  • Biking the Scenic Route of the Seven Lakes Circuit
  • Rafting at the Petrohue River
  • Meet the Mapuche people and learn about their ancestral culture
  • Savor Chilean cuisine and taste the best wines and local microbrew beers
  • Puerto Varas city, Llanquihue Lake and Osorno Volcano

Itinerary

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

Before we kick off our multisport 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 Best Western Ferrat Hotel in Temuco city,which is well-located with lots of restaurants and other facilities just a short walk away.

Our meeting hotel address is: Juan Reusch #445, Temuco

Official Airport Transfer

The official shuttle company at Santiago’s Airport is called TransVip.

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

They have a counter at the airport, on the ground floor next to the car rental companies.

They offer regular shuttles to Santiago, and they need a minimum of 4 people.

If they don’t have the 4-passenger minimum and you want to have a private shuttle with the company, you may do this as well.  All rates are published. 

You do not need reservations and you can pay with Credit Card or Cash. The ATM is on the ground floor.

All their shuttle services will drop you off at the hotel or address you are staying at in Santiago. Driving time varies from 10 minutes to 1 hour depending on your hotel’s location.

Upon your arrival at Temuco airport (9:30am), our local team will pick you up to start our adventure. We’ll drive passing through old-fashioned little towns like Cunco and Melipeuco until we get to Conguillio National Park, one of the most outstanding parks of the Lake and Volcano District in Chile. This wilderness protected area is also part of Kütralkura, the first UNESCO Geopark in Chile.

During the visit, 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 and later we’ll visit the Truful-Truful Canyon and its waterfalls. This is the most important geosite of all the geopark, where you can see 13.000 years of eruptive activity of Llaima volcano.

After our first stop, we continue driving another 20 minutes to La Baita Lodge, the first eco-friendly accommodation in Chile. We’ll check-in, relax and eat lunch together. After a good coffee or the locals’ favorite “yerba mate”, we’ll get ready for our afternoon hike towards a viewpoint that faces the Llaima volcano and a huge valley completely covered in lava flows. The locals call this valley the “devil’s field”. Finally, we hike back to our lodge, take a shower and relax by the fireplace with a good book.

In the evening, a nice Pisco Sour (traditional Chilean drink) will be served and our local guide will introduce you to the following days.

Accommodation: La Baita Ecolodge
Meals: Lunch and welcome dinner
Total hiking time: 2 hours
Total driving time: 2 hours (110 kilometers / 68,5 miles Shuttle from Temuco airport to Conguillío, 1 hour and 40 minutes approx.)
Hike Truful Truful Canyon: 1.25 kilometers / 0,77 mile
Hike Mirador Escorial: at La Baita (2 kilometers / 1,24 mile), or Lago Verde (4 kilometers / 2,48 miles)

 

After breakfast at La Baita Lodge, we will have a short drive passing by two lakes: Verde (green) and Arco Iris (rainbow) and with us immersed in a jaw-opening landscape (the same landscape that inspired the awarded BBC documentary “walking with dinosaurs”). We’ll begin hiking along the Sierra Nevada trail surrounded by native trees, including ancient monkey-puzzle trees or araucarias. We will hear and spot many endemic birds such as the chucao tapaculo, the Magellan woodpecker and the noisy slender-billed parakeet. 

The trail is equipped with 3 viewpoints and we’ll use them all. Each one of them with different angles to take-in the views of the Conguillío Lake, Llaima and Sierra Nevada volcanoes. After spending some time eating our packed lunch, taking pictures and enjoying the amazing view, we’ll hike back to the bottom of the trail and visit Playa Linda (pretty beach). 

Later we will take our van and drive for about two hours until we get to the city of Villarrica. This lakeside city is flanked by a smoking active volcano and a big glacial lake, both named Villarrica. 

Your hotel is located right next to the lake and a pedestrian area with a bike lane. We’ll check-in and then start our bike fitting. Our guides will adjust the bikes to your satisfaction, so you can enjoy the next three bike rides across Chile’s first Scenic Route. 

Tonight dinner is on your own. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars within a 5-10 minute-walk, just ask our guides for recommendations. 

Accommodation: Terraza Suite Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and box lunch
Total hiking time: 4 to 6 hours
Total Driving time: 2 hours and 40 minutes (120 kilometers / 74,5 miles Shuttle from Conguillío to Villarrica, 2 hours and 20 minutes approx.)

 

Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception. Good news, no shuttle today! Before we start pedaling, our guides will check your bike again and conduct a short briefing session with a safety talk. This is a very well-supported bike ride, with a “sag-wagon” following the group for assistance all the time.  

Today we will ride one of Chile’s most scenic roads: The 7-Lake Circuit. We’ll pedal alongside the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and cover three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic, snow-capped active volcano. 

This road is smooth and with little traffic, with one climb at the beginning of the route. At one point we should be able to see five volcanoes: Villarrica, Quetrupillan, Lanin, Mocho and Choshuenco. 

Our first stop is at Lican Ray (kilometer 28 / mile 17), a summer beach town located next to Calafquen Lake. Here we can eat some snacks and refill our water bottles. We resume cycling and the road passes through green prairies, fruit farms and native forests. The lakeside road presents gentle rolling hills and gets quiet as almost no vehicles drive on it.  

As we ride this scenic route, we make the lunch stop at a very special place called Foye Mapu (km 51). Here a Mapuche family will welcome us in their home and feed us traditional food. They will share some of their ancestral culture and we can learn how to make “merkén”, a smoked chilli powder that is super tasty. 

Followed by lunch, there are 11 kilometers / 6,8 miles to cover in our saddles and arrive at the city of Panguipulli. Then, a short ride to the beach of Lake Panguipulli – meaning “land of lions” – while enjoying the views of Chile’s southern volcanoes. From there we pedal a few more blocks and arrive by bike to our next boutique hotel where we’ll eat dinner and stay overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel 381 Panguipulli
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Total biking distance: 62 kilometers / 38,5 miles (3 to 4 hours), Villarrica – Lican Ray  – Panguipulli
Total driving time: No shuttles today

 

Today we start early and drive in our van (162 kilometers / 100 miles) from our hotel in Panguipulli, covering part of the Panamerican Highway, until we arrive at Cancura village to begin cycling. From this point we’ll start our ride towards quaint little villages with a strong German heritage, such as Puerto Octay and Puerto Clocker. 

The route consists of rolling hills with long flat stretches until we end the ride by the beach of Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us, the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. In Puerto Octay we’ll try local beers, eat lunch in a German style restaurant (kilometer 27, mile 17), and then explore the village on our bikes.  

The last section of 40 kilometers / 24,8 miles is dominated by the Osorno volcano and very green fields with grazing cows roaming freely. We can opt between a fully paved road or a gravel road that goes next to the lake. We’ll arrive by bike to our lakefront lodge called Las Cascadas and if you are brave you can go in the cold waters of Chile’s second largest lake, The Llanquihue (or you can take a plunge in the outdoor hot tub or the indoor swimming pool). 

We’ll eat dinner together and celebrate conquering our second bike ride. 

Accommodation: Las Cascadas Lodge, Llanquihue Lake
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Total biking distance: 67 kilometers / 416 miles (4 to 5 hours), Cancura – Puerto Octay  – Las Cascadas
Total driving time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (162 kilometers / 100 miles Shuttle from Panguipulli to Cancura, 2 hours and 30 minutes approx.)

 

In the morning, we leave our lodge on our bicycles, riding alongside Llanquihue Lake and across Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.

The unique landscape is stunning, with Calbuco, Puntiagudo and Osorno volcanoes at sight. 

The road is very quiet and fully equipped with a bike lane and several side-road viewpoints. Literally, the foot of the Osorno volcano reaches the shore of the lake and we’ll pass through the middle of this astounding landscape as we travel to the villages of Ensenada and Petrohue. 

This 35-kilometer (22-mile) northeast section of the Llanquihue Lake Route is one of the most beautiful routes of the tour. Finally, we will end our last ride arriving at Todos Los Santos in Petrohue, a turquoise lake located in the National Park Vicente Perez Rosales. We’ll eat lunch together and return the bikes for transportation and storage.

After lunch, we will have a refreshing afternoon, rafting the class 4 rapids of the river Petrohué, to later drive to the town of Puerto Varas. Here we’ll check-in at a centrally located hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Accommodation: Casa Kalfu Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and farewell dinner
Total biking distance: 35 kilometers / 22 miles (2 hours), Las Cascadas – Ensenada  – Petrohue
Total driving time: no shuttle in the morning, 45 minutes after rafting

The last morning starts again with a nice breakfast. Afterwards, we will show you the best shops in town and give you time to buy some souvenirs and gifts for your friends and family.

We will enjoy lunch at a famous restaurant in Puerto Varas. Finally, will drive you to the airport of Puerto Montt Airport to catch your flight.

End of our services

Meals: Breakfast and lunch
 

 

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Difficulty

Intermediate: You’re active on your days off, and recreational biking may even be your weekend sport of choice. You love to ride, and it shows in your endurance and strength.

Our intermediate bike tours offer a steady but active pace (between 3 to 5 hours), with opportunities to push yourself. Expect some challenging climbs, with great descents over rolling terrain.

Average distance per day: 20-30 miles / 30-50 km.

Bike Rental

Frameset

If you rent one of our great bikes, please feel free to bring your own helmet, pedals, seat and seat post (27,2 mm). We can provide them too.

SizesS, M, L, XL
FrameTrail 26, double-butted 6061 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8″
ForkSR Suntour XCM-RL-26, 100mm, remote lockout

Wheels

WheelsAlex DC 4.0, double wall, 32-hole
TiresKenda Small Block 8, 26×2.1″

Drivetrain

ShiftersShimano Altus
DerailleurFront:  Shimano Altus, 31.8 clamp
Rear:  Shimano Acera
CrankShimano M371, 44/32/22
CassetteShimano HG20, 11-34, 9-speed
PedalsCannondale Platform

Components

SaddleCannondale Stage 3
Seat PostC4, 27.2x350mm, 400mm (X)
HandlebarC4 by UNO, 6061 alloy, 20mm rise, 680mm
StemCannondale C4 by UNO, 31.8, 12 deg.
HeadsetTange Si
BrakesetCannondale Helix 6B hydraulic disc, 160/160mm

Helmets & Pedals

Most riders choose to bring their own helmets, but if you prefer, we have a small number of helmets available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Please let us know in advance if you’d like to use one.  

All our bikes are equipped with Cannondale platform pedals and toeclips.  We will be happy to substitute any pedals you choose to bring.  

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.  

Road Safety

Besides your own on-road safety gear (helmet, rear view mirrors, bright colored jerseys and gloves), we provide a support vehicle that drives at the rear of the group with a road-sign alerting other drivers the presence of bike riders on the road.

Drivers in Chile are used to bicycles on the road, so they shouldn’t bother you while riding. All our staff communicates by radio at all times.

Bicycle choice

If you bring your own bike, make sure you bring enough bike parts.

Pack your bike well in a bike box that we can easily dismantle for its transportation during the tour.

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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