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Trekking in the Land of Volcanoes

This is a hiking adventure for those with a true passion for nature. Trek through grassland and along mountain paths to Refugio El Callao and hike through beautiful native forests to swim in Laguna Los Quetros. Enjoy a boat trip to thermal waters at Rupanco and experience this unspoiled region through the friendly hospitality of the local communities with whom you'll stay.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

3 Days




Chilean Lakes

Trekking in the Land of Volcanoes - 3 - $784

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Hike to hot springs; Refugio El Callao 

Day 2: Hike to Las Gaviotas; Paraíso de la Montaña cabins 

Day 3: Rupanco; Puerto Varas

Start from Puerto Varas and end at Puerto Varas

Landmarks visited on Trekking in the Land of Volcanoes

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Hike to hot springs; Refugio El Callao

This is one of those treks where you'll likely only interact with your local hosts and your trekking guide. You'll be off the beaten trails that are found elsewhere, with stunning views right from the outset. These three days might well be the highlight of your trip to Patagonia.

Departing Puerto Varas by vehicle, you'll reach the trailhead after about an hour's drive, where you'll say goodbye to the hoards of travellers crossing into Argentina via the lake crossing.

Trek for 4-5 hours as you explore open fields and native forests, pass farm houses and enjoy frequent river views. You'll walk gradually uphill for most of the day, then upon arrival at Refugio El Callao you'll walk for 30mins to get to the hot springs – where you can have a refreshing, incredibly scenic swim in the river. Note that the hot springs are very rustic and sometimes they are not operating.

Length of hike: 10.5km, plus 4km to hot springs

Meals: Box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio El Callao

Day 2: Hike to Las Gaviotas; Paraíso de la Montaña cabins

The route today will take you from El Callao to Las Gaviotas. The majority of the hike is through thick, beautiful forest with the river running below. When we reach the Laguna Los Quetros, a stunning swimming spot with big open pasture and privileged views of Cerro Borracho, we'll rest and have lunch.

We'll then continue on to Las Gaviotas where we'll have dinner and stay overnight in the comfortable Paraíso de la Montaña cabins.

Today's hike is quite a distance, but it's taken at a steady pace with plenty of refreshing stop-offs along the way. A highlight of this itinerary is staying at homesteads and having the chance to interact with your local hosts; learning about their traditional way of living in this beautiful and isolated region.

Length of hike: 20km, 506m ascent

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Paraíso de la Montaña cabins

Day 3: Rupanco; Puerto Varas

After breakfast we'll visit the 100%-natural hot springs at Rupanco, about 20mins away by boat. We'll then have lunch at the cabins before picking up private transport to the your hotel in Puerto Varas, about 2hrs away.

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

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What our customers think of Trekking in the Land of Volcanoes

Trekking in the Land of Volcanoes trips scored 4.5/5 from 1 reviews

This trip eclipsed the majesty of the Torres Del Paine. The highlight was undoubtedly our stay overnight at Los Condores and the Puntiagudo trek. The hosts were great and we thought their farm was a very special/unique place to stay. The trek was made even more memorable because of our guide. All the locals we met were also delightful.

Travelled: February 2019

Paddy Fox - United Kingdom


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2022/23 season are:

6 people: USD $784 per person
4-5 people: USD $813 per person
2-3 people: USD $840 per person

Prices for the 2023/24 season are:

6 people: USD $871 per person
4-5 people: USD $903 per person
2-3 people: USD $933 per person

Private departures are also available from USD $881 per person for a group of 4-5 people, on a date of your choice and subject to availability. Please contact us for more details.

Additional Notes

Group size – 6 maximum, 2 minimum. Fixed departures for groups of up to six people willing to share are shown above. Private departures for groups of 2-6 people are also available.

Baggage – Trekkers will need to carry their personal items for the night stops and a box lunch for each day.

Additional day – An extra day can be added between Days 2 and 3 in which you can summit Cerro Cenizas (1,668m), part of the Puntiagudo Peak. Alternatively, you can use this extra day for a gentle walk to a nearby waterfall, about 8km in total. Please let us know if you'd like to arrange this.


  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 box lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights at family lodgings
  • Private transportation as indicated in itinerary
  • Local English and Spanish-speaking expert guide


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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