Day Hike Pumalin Park

Just a short journey from the Chilean Lakes' main hubs, finds you hiking in lush rainforest, past waterfalls, up to snow-capped mountains, smoking volcanoes, and hanging glaciers. A variety of day hikes with varying length and difficulty allow you to immerse yourself with your naturalist guide in the deeply beautiful, Parque Pumalin. Just a short journey from the Chilean Lakes' main hubs, finds you hiking in lush rainforest, past waterfalls, up to snow-capped mountains, smoking volcanoes, and hanging glaciers. Read more...
3 Days
$2,613

Day Hike Pumalin Park - 3 - $2,613

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Explore the El Amarillo area of Pumalin Park before hiking to Glacier El Amarillo 
  • Hike to the active Volcan Chaiten and witness the amazing power of nature 
  • Trek to Cascadas Escondidas, a great opportunity to know more about the temperate rainforest and its wildlife
  • See the pudu, the smallest deer on earth, the Magellanic woodpecker and the Chucao tapculo 
  • Enjoy a ferry ride from Caleta Puelche to Caleta La Arena, a highlight of this trip with spectacular views of mountains and volcanoes 

Start from Puerto Varas and end at Puerto Varas

Landmarks visited on Day Hike Pumalin Park

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Glacier El Amarillo

Leave from Puerto Varas early in the morning to the local airport for a 45 minute flight to Chaiten where a vehicle will be waiting for you. Here you start your exploration of El Amarillo area of Park Pumalin with a hike of 6 hours to Glacier El Amarillo (18km - low difficulty). In the evening drive to Caleta Gonzalo for dinner and enjoy the sunset in charming cabins with a view of the fjord.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Caleta Gonzalo, Parque Pumalin


Day 2: Volcan Chaiten

After breakfast explore different sections of the park with a hike to Chaiten volcano (4 hours - 5km - medium-high difficulty) and an interpretative hike to Cascadas Escondidas (Hidden Waterfalls, 3 hours, 2 km - low difficulty). The Chaiten volcano is still active and a really amazing example of the power of nature. The interpretative hike will be a great chance to learn more about the temperate rainforest and its wildlife with a great variety of flora, interesting and elusive amphibians and with a little luck some mammals and birds too. Hopefully views of the pudu (smallest deer on Earth), the Magellanic woodpecker and the Chucao tapaculo, among others.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Caleta Gonzalo, Parque Pumalin


Day 3: Return to Puerto Varas

Depart from Caleta Gonzalo to Puerto Varas to the north-west, driving along the Carretera Austral (Road 7). A ferry will take you from Caleta Gonzalo through the Fiordo Largo (45 minutes) and then after a short drive you will board a second ferry for a four hour trip along the Fiordo Comau and then, finally another ferry from Caleta Puelche to Caleta La Arena. The ferry journey is one of the highlights of this trip with spectacular views of mountains, volcanoes and picturesque fishing villages along the shore. Arrival to Puerto Varas is scheduled in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices differ depending on group size:

2-3 people: USD $2613 per person

4-5 people: USD $1813 per person

6-7 people: USD $1550 per person

8 people: USD $1369 per person

A departure can be set up on a date of your choice with a minimum of 2 people (subject to availability) 

Prices are based on accommodation in a double room in a simple guest house; upgrades are available - please enquire for more details.

Includes

  • Flight Puerto Montt - Chaiten (one way)
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary (alcohol is not included)
  • Water to refill reusable bottles
  • Professional naturalist guide fluent in English and with Wilderness First Response certificate
  • Private transfers from/to Puerto Varas and inside the park
  • 100% carbon footprint compensation certified
  • Complete equipment for nature observation (telescopes, magnifying glass, pocket microscopes, spotting scopes and torch for nocturnal observation)
  • Bilingual editions of nature literature for reference
  • Walking poles (upon request)
  • Professional driver with license A2
  • Personal insurance provided by Metlife (coverage for travellers between 18 and 64 years old)
  • Personal insurance during transportation (no age limits)
  • Ferries, private boat rides and entrance to parks or natural reserves
  • 2 nights of lodging at cabins Caleta Gonzalo, Parque Pumalin

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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