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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.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

3 Days




Chilean Lakes

Trekking in the Land of Volcanoes - 3 - $903

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. From here you'll be trekking in virtual solitude.

Trek for four to five hours as you explore open fields and native forests, pass farm houses and enjoy frequent river views. There are numerous river crossings and, depending on the time of year, you might get wet feet. 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. Here 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.

Your box lunch is guaranteed to be great - as all food is locally sourced to provide the most authentic travel experience.

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 you reach the Laguna Los Quetros, a stunning swimming spot with big open pasture and privileged views of Cerro Borracho, you'll rest and have lunch.

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

On several occasions throughout the day you'll have glimpses of the impressive Puntiagudo peak, reminiscent of the Matterhorn.

Today's hike is quite a distance, but it's taken at a steady pace with plenty of refreshing stops 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 you'll visit the 100%-natural hot springs at Rupanco, about 20mins away and only accessible by boat. The remote location makes this a magical place. You'll then have lunch at the cabins before picking up private transport to your hotel in Puerto Varas, about two hours away, where you'll arrive around 5pm.

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 3.6/5 from 4 reviews

Patagonia Camp and all it had to offer was quite memorable. Beautiful, captivating views from the lodge and yurt were as advertised .

Travelled: January 2022

Jonathan -

Too many to fit into one questionnaire. Hospitality and spirit of Barraco Lodge, fly fishing from the Petrohue rapids, hiking up numerous volcanoes and the wonderful understanding, compassion and humility of all of our guides.

Travelled: December 2022

Jonathan -

All of it, totally inspiring

Travelled: December 2022

Sadie -

Waking up in a snow covered tent , then walking across the John Gardner pass in un believable conditions ( ie no wind) and resting on the top to take in the view of the Grey Glacier

Travelled: March 2023

Amanda -


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

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 $979 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.



Start date Price (pp)
December 2023
15-Dec-2023 $903* Fully Booked Enquire
29-Dec-2023 $903 Fully Booked Enquire
January 2024
4-Jan-2024 $903* Guaranteed Date Enquire
22-Jan-2024 $903 Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $903

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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