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'Multi-active Chilean Patagonia'

What makes this trip special?

City life beside the Andes

City life beside the Andes

Santiago

Set against the backdrop of a long line of Andean peaks, Santiago is a colonial city, turned republican capital, turned modern metropolis. There's a lot to do, with good art galleries, unmissable museums, lovely parks, and a great range of shops, restaurants and hotels. Step outside the city and you are in some of Chile's most notable wine valleys.

Seafood and stilts

Seafood and stilts

Chiloé Island

Chiloé's isolation from mainland Chile has preserved its long standing air of mystery and tradition. The island has some of the country's best seafood, and perhaps its most unique architecture in the form of its wooden churches and stilted houses on the sea front. There are large colonies of Humboldt and Magellanic penguins towards the beaches of Puñihuil, and this is the only known place in the world where both species exisit toegther.

Volcanoes and lakes

Volcanoes and lakes

Puerto Varas & the Chilean Lake District

Puerto Varas is a small town on the shores of Lake Llanquihue with stunning views across the lake to the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. It is a good base for exploring the southern part of the Lake District, touring around the lakes or sailing across them, active hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting, walking and birding in ancient forests, or just relaxing in wonderful scenery.

Llanquihue by bike

Llanquihue by bike

Cycling to Frutillar

Navigate the shores of the Lago Llanquihue all the way from Puerto Varas to the Germanic lakeside town of Frutillar. A total cycling distance of 30km along a mixture of dirt and tarmac roads, this is a beautiful way of travelling through the lake district with views of Osorno volcano throughout.

Granite towers of Patagonia

Granite towers of Patagonia

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine is one of South America's most dramatic national parks. Its focus is a colossal massif thrown up from deep in the earth beside the Andes and the Southern Ice Field. The tall towers of Las Torres are set in a complex of other dramatic peaks and glaciers, ringed by lakes, low hills and steppe. It is a great destination for dramatic scenery, stunning walks, and Patagonian wildlife.

Chile's southernmost city

Chile's southernmost city

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas is a colourful relaxed town full of curiosities and tales to tell. Drive north to see Torres del Paine, board a cruise south into the fjords and channels that lead to Cape Horn, or take the ferry across the Strait of Magellan to Tierra del Fuego. There are good wildlife opportunities nearby, including the only King Penguin colony in South America.

Itinerary map for Chile 'Multi-active Chilean Patagonia' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Santiago
  • 2 Santiago
  • 3 Pucón
  • 4 Pucón
  • 5 Pucón
  • 6 Huilo Huilo
  • 7 Huilo Huilo
  • 8 Puerto Varas
  • 9 Puerto Varas
  • 10 Puerto Varas
  • 11 Torres del Paine
  • 12 Torres del Paine
  • 13 Torres del Paine
  • 14 Punta Arenas
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Multi-active Chilean Patagonia'

DAY 1

Santiago

You are met off your flight and taken to your hotel in Santiago, your English speaking guide giving you an introduction to the area around your hotel, nearby restaurants and things to see and do. After your brief tour, you have the rest of the afternoon free to relax or explore the city.

DAY 2
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Aconcagua Valley

An early start this morning for a brilliant day walk to the summit of La Campana in the Aconcagua Valley, through the country town of Olmué to arrive at the entrance to Campana NP around 9am. The trail takes about 5 hours up, and the views from the top are amongst the most spectacular in the region. On clear days you should have good views of Aconcagua to the east, the highest mountain in the Americas at 6965m, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. A perfect introduction to Chile. After a picnic lunch the descent should take about 3 hours, then return to Santiago.

DAY 3
B

Chiloé

You are driven to Santiago airport for your flight to Castro, on the remote island of Chiloé. Direct flights to Chiloé do not operate every day, the alternative is to nearby Puerto Montt and a transfer by road and ferry to Castro. You are dropped at your hotel in town, where you are free for the rest of the afternoon.

DAY 4
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Tantauco NP is the largest on the island and has over 150km of walking trails. Leaving early from Castro you head south with your local guide towards the Yaldad area, beginning the hike through dense forests before eventually arriving at the Yaldad Lagoon. This trail is a good introduction to the flora and fauna of Chiloé’s unique ecosystems with an array of native plants and regional mammals such as Chilote fox, pudú (the world’s smallest species of deer) and the huillín or southern river otter.

DAY 5
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With your guide you head north from Castro towards Chepu for some kayaking. After a safety briefing you start to paddle on the river Chepu along its estuary to the Pacific, through a ‘ghost forest’ formed in 1960 when the land sank by 2m in an earthquake, a dramatic and peaceful scene with fantastic birding. You have around 3 hours on the water, then a boat ride to Punihuil Bay and small islets that support a nesting colony of Humboldt and Magellanic penguins between November and March. After a typically Chilote lunch return to Castro.

DAY 6
B

Lakes & volcanoes

Taking the ferry to the mainland, you are driven to lakeside Puerto Varas, the centre of the Chilean Lake District, with fantastic views across Lago Llanquihue to the snow-capped cone of Osorno volcano–your target for tomorrow.

DAY 7
B

Around the lake to Vicente Perez Rosales NP, passing Cascadas, then by dirt road to the start of a fairly strenuous guided hike on the flank of Osorno Volcano below its magnificent cone. You trek, partly through native forest, emerging to incredible views of Puntiagudo and walk on to 1100m at the pass between Osorno and Picada North. Stop for lunch as views begin of Tronador in Argentina, highest in the area, and Lake Todos Los Santos to which you gently descend, crossing lava channels onto flatter areas and arriving at a wild beach for a dip before walking on to your waiting vehicle. Return to your hotel in Puerto Varas.

DAY 8
B

Stretch some different muscles today with a bike ride along the shore of Llanquihue to the German settlers’ town of Frutillar north of Puerto Varas, a cycling distance of around 30km on a mix of dirt and paved roads, with the prospect of fantastic views of Osorno throughout. The return to Puerto Varas is by van, unless you would prefer to ride some or all of the way back.

DAY 9
B

Off at 08.30 to join a rafting trip on the Petrohué River. The start is quiet enough to practise some paddling techniques and enjoy stunning views before the pace of the river accelerates for an exhilarating ride through grade 3 and 4 rapids. English speaking guides are on hand throughout the trip. Safety equipment is provided and there is a briefing before you take to the water.

DAY 10
B

Torres del Paine

Transfer to the airport at Puerto Montt for your flight to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia, where you immediately head north across the steppe to Puerto Natales on the shore of Last Hope Sound where the scenery dramatically changes to the mountains, lakes and glaciers of this part of Patagonia.

DAY 11
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Today you enter Torres del Paine NP, for the iconic hike to the tarn in front of the Towers themselves. You leave your hotel in Puerto Natales at 8am or before reaching the park entrance at Laguna Amarga and continue to the start of the trail. The first section rises quickly and then follows the river along the Ascencio valley, partly forested, before a very rugged steeper section across a boulder field finally emerges up at the lagoon, with the huge granite spires of the towers starkly opposite you. You have some time to enjoy the stunning setting before returning by the same trail. The total walk time is around 6h. Drive back to Puerto Natales.

DAY 12
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Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the dock to start your day cruise along the Last Hope Sound towards the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. Look for black-necked swans, cormorants, grebes and others. Icebergs appear as you arrive below the majestic Balmaceda glacier. Continue to a landing where you disembark for a short walk through a lush Patagonian forest to the foot of the Serrano glacier. After lunch you sail back for a final evening in Puerto Natales.

DAY 13
B

Santiago

Today you are transferred from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas airport in time for your flight back north to Santiago. You then have one final night in the Chilean capital.

DAY 14
B

You are driven to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Guide prices for 'Multi-active Chilean Patagonia'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Mid-range hotels 2 people sharing £3,495
Upper range hotels 2 people sharing £4,085
Top range hotels 2 people sharing £6,925
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Chile
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • tours as indicated
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • airport and departure taxes
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Multi-active Chilean Patagonia'

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Seasonal information for 'Multi-active Chilean Patagonia'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm
2 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm
3 Pucón 24°C rainfall 67mm
4 Pucón 24°C rainfall 67mm
5 Pucón 24°C rainfall 67mm
6 Huilo Huilo 21°C rainfall 50mm
7 Huilo Huilo 21°C rainfall 50mm
8 Puerto Varas 20°C rainfall 76mm
9 Puerto Varas 20°C rainfall 76mm
10 Puerto Varas 20°C rainfall 76mm
11 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
12 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
13 Torres del Paine 10°C rainfall 117mm
14 Punta Arenas 15°C rainfall 36mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Multi-active Chilean Patagonia'

Days 1 - 2

Hotel Neruda Express

Santiago

Hotel Neruda Express offers guests a comfortable stay in Santiago. Rooms are clean and simply decorated and well equipped with air conditioning, central heating, cable TV and wifi.

The hotel is located in El Golf, the modern, business neighbourhood of Santiago, within walking distance of plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel has a communal dining room where buffet breakfast is served.

 

Hotel Neruda Express
Standard Room
Days 3 - 5

Palafito 1326

Castro

Palafito 1326 is a very sweet boutique B&B in a traditional stilted Chilote building on the seafront of Castro, Chiloé’s capital.

Rooms either have town or bay views. All are decorated with native woods, local textiles and feature large windows. Guests can enjoy the communal dining area with views across the bay, as well as a roof terrace area with views along the coastline. Only simple snacks are served.

Palafito 1326
Hotel exterior
Days 6 - 9

Casa Kalfu

Puerto Varas

Casa Kalfu (‘kalfu’ means ‘blue’ in the Mapudungun language of the Mapuche), is a characterful hotel in Puerto Varas. The hotel has 19 comfortable rooms, 6 with views of Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno Volcano. All are nicely decorated with local handicrafts and wooden furniture made with reused timber from native trees. The friendly hotel is run by English-speaking owners who are knowledgeable about the local area. There is a small lounge and bar area.

Casa Kalfu
Hotel exterior
Days 10 - 12

Weskar Patagonian Lodge

Puerto Natales

This rustic lodge has been desgined in keeping with it's surroundings. The exterior is all constructed with lenga wood panels whilst inside it has a rustic Patagonian feel. There is a living room with fireplace as well as a reading room and bar all with wifi. The rooms have either a Fjord or interior view, and have private bathrooms, heating and safety deposit boxes.

Weskar Patagonian Lodge
Weskar patagonia lodge
Day 13

Hotel Neruda Express

Santiago

Hotel Neruda Express offers guests a comfortable stay in Santiago. Rooms are clean and simply decorated and well equipped with air conditioning, central heating, cable TV and wifi.

The hotel is located in El Golf, the modern, business neighbourhood of Santiago, within walking distance of plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel has a communal dining room where buffet breakfast is served.

 

Hotel Neruda Express
Standard Room