Trekking in Volcano Lanin's Shadow

Trek in the shadows of Volcano Lanin on this trek through Lanin National Park. There is plenty of wildlife and nature to be seen whilst you explore the incredible scenery dominated by lakes and volcanoes. With wild-camping throughout, you'll really be at one with nature.

3 Days


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Trekking in Volcano Lanin's Shadow - 3 - $600

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • A three-day circuit that yields stunning views of the Volcanco Lanin from varying perspectives
  • Walk alongside waterfalls, beaches and a lava river, see birdlife such as the Pito woodpecker and the Huet-Huet, and look out for red deer and wild boar traces
  • Witness the scenery shift from enchanted woodlands to majestic rock formations, valleys teeming with activity to humid forests
  • Finish the trip with a final-day swim in the lake at Playa Bonita
  • Head out onto the trail in good confidence with a pre-trip briefing and time to ensure the comfort of all equipment

Landmarks visited on Trekking in Volcano Lanin's Shadow

Operator's Itinerary

Day 0: Preparation for the trip

In the afternoon you will have a meeting with the mountain guide that will lead the trek in San Martin de Los Andes, to check the equipment, get informed about the last details and clear up any doubts that may arise.

Accommodation: Hostel, San Martin de los Andes (not included in trip cost)

Day 1: San Martin - Valley Auquinco

Trekking time: 7 hours.

Very early, leave by car from San Martin de los Andes to Laguna Verde (2 hours). From the beach of Laguna Verde you start trekking through the woods. When you leave the forest, you will go into a black sand land that will slowly transform into a landscape similar to a high located desert. Walking through it, you will find Portezuelo Waterfall and Achen Niyeu Volcano, which has on its hillside the beginning of a beautiful Escorial, solidified lava river.

Around noon you reach the highest part of the route (1500 meters above sea level) where you will have lunch. After, start trekking down a new valley for the next two days. A steppe valley where thatch (hard grass typical of Patagonian Steppe) abounds. After wading across Auquinco Rivers water several times, you can stop to enjoy the freshness of the water and a well-deserved rest. In this valley it is normal to find traces of red deer, wild boar and, with a little luck, seeing one of them.

Accommodation: Wild camping (no services)

Day 2: Valley Auquinco - Lago Lolog

Trekking time: 5 hours.

Continue the trail south along the same valley (Valley Auquinco). After crossing the last river, begin a continuous descent towards Lago Lolog. Walking on these forests, it is common to observe birds such as the Pito, a friendly woodpecker, which is inherently hard to see. You can also see the Giant Woodpecker and the Huet-Huet, among others. In the afternoon, arrive at the shores of Lago Lolog where you set up your tents to spend the night.

Accommodation: Wild camping (no services)

Day 3: Lago Lolog - San Martin

Trekking time: 4/5 hours.

After a good breakfast by the lake, start the last day of the program. This day takes place along the shoreline of Lago Lolog, in a thick fresh humid forest. After two hours trekking, we will get to Playa Bonita (Beautiful Beach) and weather permitting, this is a great place for a stop and a swim in the lake. After lunch, continue to Puerto Arturo where a transfer will be waiting for you to return to San Martin de los Andes.

Accommodation: Hostel, San Martin de los Andes (not included in trip cost)

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $600 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Additional Notes

The price varies depending on the size of your group:

Group of 4+ = USD$ 600 per person

Group of 3 = USD$ 650 per person

Group of 2 = USD$ 750 per person


  • 2 nights at wild camps in double / triple tents with all meals (Days 2 & 3)
  • Transfers during program
  • Qualified Mountain Guide
  • Guide assistant if necessary
  • All meals in mountain
  • Camping and kitchen equipment
  • Insurance and permissions involved.


  • 2 nights in hostel/hotel (Days 1 & day 4)
  • 2 dinners (Days 1 & 4)
  • Transfers to/from San Martin de Los Andes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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