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Chile Hiking Adventure – Volcano District

$3,695.00

Discover the majestic Lake and Volcano district in Chile on this 8-day Chile hiking adventure. Visit some of the area’s finest National Parks and enjoy profound silence in the ancient araucaria forests, broken only by birdsong. Deemed the Capital of Adventure Travel in Chile, there is no shortage of beautiful hiking trails amidst snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers, and volcanoes. Lie patiently in wait to photograph the native wildlife; we guarantee you will fall in love with unique species such as the impossibly cute Colocolo opossum and the endearing pudu (the world’s smallest deer).

Sample delicious Chilean cuisine and interact with friendly locals during this hiking trip. This tour is ideal for those looking to embrace the natural beauty of Chile on an active adventure (rated as “intermediate” difficulty). Contact us for more information.

Choose your own departure between October – April.

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Highlights Include:

– Hiking with a local guide around some of Chile’s most spectacular National Parks
– Experiencing a true ‘off-the-grid’ adventure through stunning landscapes
– Sampling delicious Chilean cuisine and wine
– Immersing yourself in beautiful natural surroundings of pristine lakes, forests and volcanos
– Learning about traditional Mapuche culture and traditions firsthand
– Exploring the charming town of Pucon

 

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Itinerary” tab_id=”1449208778879-fcec8e78-e9ba”][vc_column_text]DAY 01: TEMUCO – KUTRALKURA GEOPARK, LONQUIMAY VOLCANO

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. Your guides will meet and greet the group and then 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 and Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Time hiking: 1 to 3 hours depending on the route taken

DAY 02: KUTRALKURA GEOPARK, COLORADITO TRAIL

Welcome to Kutralkura, Chile’s First Geopark. Today, we start hiking from the hotel. We’ll hike 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. Finally, we’ll eat dinner at a local restaurant in Malalcahuello village.

Accommodation: Corralco Hotel & SPA, 4*
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner at a local restaurant in Malalcahuello
Time hiking: 3 to 5 hours

DAY 03: CONGUILLIO NATIONAL PARK, TRUFUL TRUFUL CANYON

Today we invite you to once again explore the heart of Kütralkura Geopark, today in Conguillío National Park.
The national park is one of the most attractive and outstanding parks of the Lake & Volcano District. This well-conserved territory is situated between 900 and 3.125 meters high (2.953 to 10.253 feet) covering an area of 60.832 hectares (150.320 acres).

We’ll drive approximately during 3 hours, passing through old-fashioned little towns like Cunco and Melipeuco until we get to Conguillio National Park, one of the most attractive and outstanding parks of the Lake & Volcano District in Chile. This area is part of Kütralkura, the First 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 that once came from the heart of the Earth. We’ll visit the Truful-Truful Canyon and its waterfalls. This is the most important site within the park, where you can see 13.000 years of eruptive activity of Llaima volcano.

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. After spending some time taking pictures and enjoying the amazing view, we’ll hike back to the bottom of the trail and then drive 20 minutes to our eco-lodge, where we enjoy a welcome dinner and stay overnight.

Accommodation: La Baita Ecolodge
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner at the lodge
Time hiking: 4 to 5 hours

DAY 04: CONGUILLIO NATIONAL PARK, SIERRA NEVADA TRAIL & LLAIMA VOLCANO

Today we invite you to once again explore the heart of Kütralkura Geopark, today in Conguillío National Park.
The national park is one of the most attractive and outstanding parks of the Lake & Volcano District. This well-conserved territory is situated between 900 and 3.125 meters high (2.953 to 10.253 feet) covering an area of 60.832 hectares (150.320 acres).

We’ll drive approximately during 3 hours, passing through old-fashioned little towns like Cunco and Melipeuco until we get to Conguillio National Park, one of the most attractive and outstanding parks of the Lake & Volcano District in Chile. This area is part of Kütralkura, the First 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 that once came from the heart of the Earth. 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.

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. After spending some time taking pictures and enjoying the amazing view, we’ll hike back to the bottom of the trail and then drive 20 minutes to our eco-lodge, where we enjoy a welcome dinner and stay overnight.

Accommodation: La Baita Ecolodge
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner at the lodge
Time hiking: 4 to 5 hours

DAY 05: VILLARRICA NATIONAL PARK, LAGOS ANDINOS TRAIL & LANIN VOLCANO

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.

Finally, we’ll go to eat dinner with the Colipi Family, part of the Mapuche community. They will be our host this evening, they will cook for us and share their culture and stories.

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi Hotel or Similar, 3*
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner with Mapuche family in their teepee
Time hiking: 3 to 4 hours

DAY 06: VILLARRICA VOLCANO CLIMB

Today you will have to be ready at 6:30am and if the weather conditions are favorable, we’ll start driving to the Ski Resort located at the base of the volcano at 1.400 meters. Ascending the active Villarrica Volcano is without a doubt a once in a lifetime experience, the climb is not technical, but you need to be in good shape to reach the summit.

Once we arrive at the parking lot we can take the chairlift that will take us to the higher part of the ski resort at 1.800 m., saving us almost 1 hour of climbing. From the top of the lift we begin ascending the slopes of the volcano, stopping briefly every 30 minutes, having a longer break to eat our food when we are half way to the crater.

If we find hard snow or ice we’ll put on the crampons and use the piolets and after 4 or 5 hours we’ll reach the live crater at 2847 meters above sea level. The views from the top are absolutely mind-blowing, overlooking five lakes and several volcanoes in the distance such as Llaima and Lanín. The descent is quite fun, especially when we can slide down the snow on our rear ends. We’ll return to the vehicles around 5 pm and immediately head off to Pucón, where we hand back the gear.

Free night to explore Pucon and eat out. Ask our guides for tips about shopping and dining.

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi Hotel or Similar, 3*
Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch
Time hiking: 6 hours

DAY 07: PICHILLANCAHUE GLACIER & VILLARRICA VOLCANO + HOT SPRINGS

Departing from Pucón, we drive 60 km by van to Coñaripe, a small village located in Los Rios Region. Here we take a dirt road that leads us by the Llancahue river valley to the National Park Villarrica. We will see several majestic snow-capped volcanoes such as Quetrupillan and Rucapillan. The vegetation changes from rauli and hualle forests (Nothofagus trees) to gigantic thousand-year old araucarias as we ascend to Chinay, the higher point of the day at 1.250m above sea level. Here we can take an amazing trail towards Pichi Llancahue Glacier, a phenomenal glacier which is absolutely covered by the blackish volcanic ashes of the Villarrica volcano. Once again you’ll enjoy the stunning views of four volcanoes.

Back to the entrance of the trail, we’ll visit the fantastic Geometricas Hot Springs. This place offers the perfect combination between thermal facilities and natural surroundings. Located in the environs of the park, Termas Geometricas has 16 strategically located thermal pools, allowing the visitors to never feel overcrowded. The natural surroundings are exuberant and the facilities are simple but very cozy.

Finally, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner in a very special place with the local community and your local team of guides.

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi Hotel or Similar, 3*
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell Dinner
Time hiking: 4 to 5 hours

DAY 08: PUCON – 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

Interested in visiting another part of Chile? Let us know as we are happy to recommend other destinations such as Easter Island, the Atacama Desert, the Wine Region, or Patagonia!

 

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Difficulty” tab_id=”1555964505296-5b71de04-190a”][vc_column_text]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.

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

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Lodging in mentioned Hotels described in the itinerary or similar.

Specialized tour guide (1 guide per 10 clients)

7 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.

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

International flights (can be arranged through us [email protected])

Tips/gratuities for guides, drivers, porters and housekeeping

Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through us [email protected])

Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary

Services and entrances not mentioned in itinerary

Items of a personal nature (laundry, snacks, alcohol, etc)

Passport and visa fees

*please note that hotels are based on availability and subject to change

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Flights are not included in the tour price. Do not purchase any airline tickets until the Tour is confirmed to take place. Pre and post tours can be arranged through available at an additional charge. Please contact Finisterra Travel for further details [email protected]

Passport Information
Please note that most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months from the date of your return flight. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.

Travel Visa requirements and passports are the responsibility of the participants. Cancellation, Travel, Flight and Health insurances are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage.

Program costs are based on a minimum number of participants and are subject to change without notice. Single supplement will apply to single travellers (unless a participant opts in for room share and a roommate is found. this cannot be guaranteed).

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Booking Information
Small Group Departures:
CUSTOM TOURS ALSO AVAILABLE for 2 or more participants!

From $3695USD per person based on double occupancy and based on a minimum group size (based on 2+ tour participants).

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement fees apply – $675USD per single

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking to reserve your place. Please contact [email protected] for more booking information and we will be happy to send you and invoice where you can pay by Credit Card or e-Transfer.

Please DO NOT book your flights until you have received written confirmation that the trip is confirmed.

Final Payment

Full payment is due 60 prior to departure and can be paid by cheque, credit card, or e-Transfer.
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Malalcahuello: Martina De Goñi Hotel or Similar, 3*

*Please note that all hotels are subject to change and will only be guaranteed 30 days prior to departure.

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