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'Multi-active Chilean Patagonia'

What makes this trip special?

Modern Metropolis in the Andes

Modern Metropolis in the Andes

Santiago

Set with a backdrop of the Andes to the east and the Pacific coast to the west, Santiago makes for a stunning arrival or departure point. The city has a great range of restaurants and hotels, whilst the vineyards on the city outskirts make some of the continent's most well-known wines.

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 to the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. A great base for exploring the region, there is a huge array of activities to suit the sedentary or more active traveller.

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 peaks of Patagonia

Granite peaks of Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine is one of South America's most famous, and possibly its most photogenic national park. The massive rock pillars of Las Torres loom above the vast expanse of grasslands, glaciers and lakes, and are visible from almost all the trails within the park. The park is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, and remains Chile's premier destination for walkers and hikers.

Chile's southernmost city

Chile's southernmost city

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas for most travellers acts solely as a point of entry to Southern Patagonia. However, Magellanic penguin colonies at Ceno Ottway and Isla Magdallena make this one of the best places in Chile to see the species, whilst a small colony of King penguins across the straits of Magellan onto Tierra del Fuego, makes staying a couple of days well worthwhile.

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

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Santiago
  • 2 Santiago
  • 3 Pucon
  • 4 Pucon
  • 5 Pucon
  • 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

Arrive in Santiago

Upon arrival you are met and taken to your hotel in the Chilean Capital. The transfer to your hotel in the centre of the city takes you past a few areas of interest in Santiago, and your English speaking guide is on hand to give you an introduction to the area around your hotel, helping you locate nearby restaurants and places of note. After your brief tour, you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore more of the city or relax at your hotel.

DAY 2
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Trekking to la Campana Hill

Early this morning head out of Santiago and towards the Aconcagua Valley. The road leads north to the countryside town of Olmué before at around 9am you arrive at the entrance to the Campana National Park. The trail to the summit of the La Campana hill takes about 5 hours, and the views from the top are amongst the most spectacular in the region. On clear days you should have views of the highest mountain in the Americas (Aconcagua at 6,965m -22,850ft ) on the one side, and then the Pacific Ocean on the other. After stopping for a picnic lunch begin the descent back down to the vehicle which will take about 3 hours, then return transfer to Santiago.

DAY 3
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Fly to Chiloé Island

At the agreed time you are driven to Santiago airport on time for your flight to Castro, on the remote Island of Chiloé. The flights from Santiago to Chiloé do not operate every day, so if your travel dates do not quite coincide with the airline schedules then you instead fly to nearby Puerto Montt, and then transfer via road and ferry to Castro. On arrival in Castro you are taken to your hotel in town, where you are at leisure for the rest of the afternoon.

DAY 4
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Tantauco Park & Rio Yaldad Trail Hiking

The Tantauco Park National Park is the largest on the Island of Chiloé and has over 150km of walking trails. Leaving early from Castro head south towards the Yaldad area, and begin 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 as this unique ecosystem is home to an array of native plants and animals such as the Chilote fox, the Pudú (the world's smallest species of deer) and the huillín (otter).

DAY 5
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Kayak at Chepu & visit Puñihuil Penguin Colony (Nov-Mar)

Depart from Castro and head out north towards Chepu. After a safety briefing for the kayaking part of the excursion you start to paddle through the submerged forests on the river Chepu where fresh and sea waters meet. These wetlands are a fantastic spot for birding, and home to over 60 species. You have around 3 hours on the water to explore the estuary area, before heading to the Punihuil bay where three small islets just off shore are the shared nesting ground of both Humboldt and Magellanic penguins (Nov-Mar). After a typically Chilote lunch return to Castro for one more night on the Island.

DAY 6
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To Puerto Varas

Today travel by ferry back to the Chilean mainland, and head to the lakeside town of Puerto Varas. From the town there are fantastic views across the Lago Llanquihue, to the distant snow capped Osorno volcano. This makes the perfect base to explore the Chilean lake district and enjoy all activities that are possible in the region.

DAY 7
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Hike the Osorno Volcano

Depart from your hotel and travel around Lake Llanquihue to reach Villa Ensenada and then Vicente Perez Rosales National Park for a strenuous hike on the Osorno Volcano. Start by trekking through a forest of Coigues (Nothofagus dombeyi) Southern beech and other native species to reach 1,000m above sea level from where you can see the La Burbuja Crater and, weather permitting, enjoy impressive views of the Petrohué River Valley and the Calbuco Volcano. Return to your hotel in Puerto Varas. Afternoon free.

DAY 8
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Biking along Llanquihue Lake to Frutillar

Today see the area via a different means of transport cycling along the shore of Llanquihue to the German settlers town of Frutillar north of Puerto Varas. The total cycling distance is 30 km on a mixture of dust and paved roads with fantastic views of the Osorno volcano throughout. The retun to Puerto Varas later in the afternoon is by car, though there is the option to extend the cycling if you would like to.

DAY 9
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Petrohué River white water rafting

Today depart at 8.30am from your hotel for a shared white water rafting experience on the Petrohué River. The start of the route is calm and quiet enough to practice some paddling techniques and enjoy stunning views of the Osorno Volcano before the pace of the river speeds up for an exhilarating ride through grades 3 and 4 level rapids. English speaking guides are on hand throughout the excursion, and safety equipement is provided as well as a briefing before you take to the water.

DAY 10
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To Puerto Natales

You are transferred this morning to the airport in Puerto Montt on time for your flight to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia. On arrival in Punta Arenas you immediately head towards the town of Puerto Natales, when the scenery dramatically changes from coastal Patagonian Steppe, to the mountains and lakes that are synonymous with this part of Patagonia.

DAY 11
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Full day trek to Las Torres

Today you enter the Torres del Paine National Park, and have the chance to complete an iconic one day hike. Depart from your hotel in Puerto Natales at 8am towards the Park and arrive at the entrance of Laguna Amarga before continuing to the Hotel Las Torres, and the start of the trail. The first section of path is through the Ascencio Valley as the imposing towers come into view. Next, continue through forested hillsides, before a steeper section finally finishes up at a lagoon, and the huge granite needles of Torres del Paine. You have some time to enjoy the stunning setting before returning via the same path, and road back to Puerto Natales.

DAY 12
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Cruising Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers

Pick-up from your hotel in Puerto Natales and transfer to the pier to start your day cruise navigating through the Last Hope Sound towards the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. Look out for colonies of cormorants and other seabirds during the voyage before arriving at the majestic Balmaceda glacier around midday. Continue to the Serrano glacier where you disembark for a leisurely walk through a lush Patagonian forest. After the walk enjoy lunch then sail back to Puerto Natales and transfer to your hotel for a final evening in Puerto Natales.

DAY 13
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Return to Punta Arenas and fly to 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
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Depart Chile

Today take your overnight flight back to the UK.

Guide prices 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 Pucon 24°C rainfall 67mm
4 Pucon 24°C rainfall 67mm
5 Pucon 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 3 - 5

Malalhue

Pucón

Hotel Malalhue is a mountain style hotel with 24 guestrooms. All have private bathrooms and WIFI whilst there is a bar and restaurant open all year round. The hotel is around 800m from the centre of town so ideal for those with a car. Guests also have use of the outdoor heated swimming pool.

Malalhue
hotel exterior
Days 6 - 7

Montaña Mágica Lodge

Huilo-Huilo Reseve

This quirky volcano shaped lodge located in the Huilo Huilo reserve is 5km from the Huilo Huilo falls. The lodge is ideal for people self-driving due to its remote location, and nearby are a variety of outdoor activities. Rooms do not have televisions, but there is wifi, private bathrooms and a café on site.

Montaña Mágica Lodge
Lodge Exterior
Days 8 - 10

Puelche

Puerto Varas

Hotel Puelche is located a few blocks from dowtown Puerto Varas, facing lake Llanquihue and with views of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. All 21 rooms (divided into Premium and Superior Rooms) at the hotel have private bathrooms, hairdryers, safety deposit boxes and minibar. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and spa.

Puelche
Exterior of the hotel
Days 11 - 13

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 14

Isla Rey Jorge

Punta Arenas

Located near the main square, this colonial building features 22 rooms (including one junior suite) with amenities such as cable TV, telephone, hair-dryer and safety box. The hotel also has a bar which serves food, a games room and internet access.

Isla Rey Jorge
Front of the hotel