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Highlights of the Chilean Lake District

Surrounded by a wealth of national parks and nature reserves, the charming lakeside town of Puerto Varas makes the perfect base for activities. Trek in Vicente Perez Rosales national park - the home of stunning volcanic landscapes, mountain bike to microbreweries, take to the water in the region's emerald green rivers, and enjoy a unique cultural foodie experience.

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Trip length

5 Days




Chilean Lakes

Highlights of the Chilean Lake District - 5 - $1,310

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Puerto Varas; 100K culinary experience

Day 2: Lake Todos Los Santos hike; Puerto Varas

Day 3: Bike & Beer around Lake Llanquihue; Puerto Varas

Day 4: Sea kayak on Reloncavi Fjord; Puerto Varas

Day 5: Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport

Landmarks visited on Highlights of the Chilean Lake District

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Puerto Varas; 100K culinary experience

Easily accessible on a daily 1.5-hr flight from Santiago, or less if arriving from the far south of Chile, Puerto Montt is the gateway to the beautiful Chilean Lake District.

On arrival at Puerto Montt Airport you'll be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in the beautiful lakeside town of Puerto Varas, right on the shore of Lake Llanquihue, under the shadow of the immense Osorno Volcano. This little town of just 24,000 people will be your base for the coming days as you immerse yourself in the neighbouring national parks and nature reserves.

After checking in to your hotel, you'll enjoy a unique dining experience in the evening with our wonderful host in the nearby town of Frutillar. You’ll visit her home and immerse your five senses in the ‘100K culinary experience’ - in which no ingredient has travelled more than 100km to reach your table. Learn about the area's tastes and foodie traditions in a relaxed and informal setting, before returning to your hotel for the night. Depending on your flight times, this activity may be rearranged to another time.

Meals: 100K dinner
Accommodation: Hotel AWA, or Hotel Cumbres (or equivalent), in Puerto Varas

Day 2: Lake Todos Los Santos hike; Puerto Varas

Today's stunning hike covers a large and scenic region of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, Chile's first national park which opened in 1926. You’ll follow a historic trail around the edge of the immense Osorno Volcano. After a drive of about an hour to the Desolacion trailhead, the route is mostly on an undulating gravel trail and begins with short some steady ascents before flattening out and with several downhill segments. Most of the hike is in the open, so you will be treated to amazing vistas of the region's volcanoes and lakes, some of which are in neighbouring Argentina, whilst learning about the unique wildlife which inhabits this dramatic ecosystem.

The Andes act as your constant backdrop when stopping to admire the view from several vantage points. Your hike ends at the beautiful emerald waters of Lake Todos Los Santos after 14km. Some may fancy a quick dip if the weather is kind.

After finishing your hike in the afternoon, you'll visit the unmissable Petrohué Falls, where waterfalls cascade through channels formed by a combination of lava flows and water erosion, creating a truly stunning spectacle.

Return to your hotel in the early evening to reflect on a wonderful introduction to Patagonia's lake district. Today's hike can be shortened by your guide if required.

Length of hike: 14km, 6-7hrs
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch
Accommodation: Hotel AWA, or Hotel Cumbres (or equivalent), in Puerto Varas

Day 3: Bike & Beer around Lake Llanquihue; Puerto Varas

After a short drive to your starting point you'll take to road-adapted mountain bikes and enjoy the region on two wheels. You can chose to ride either 30 or 40km approximately depending on you desires and your guide's recommendation for the day. Both options are on mostly paved roads that undulate around the contours of the Lago Llanquihue, and are moderately strenuous, as you take in the stunning views of the region's volcanoes from afar. Your guide will explain the region's fascinating cultural and natural history and ensure you arrive safe and sound to one of our favourite breweries in the area, located near the town of Llanquihue. The itinerary can easily be shortened to guests' desires if required. 

At the local brewery your hosts will be happy to show you their family-run microbrewery and explain how they've forged a livelihood by combining ancient recipes for brewing with locally sourced ingredients. We’re sure you'll enjoy the friendly atmosphere and will enjoy even more savouring the local produce to accompany your light lunch. After your meal, relax and enjoy the surrounding peaceful countryside before taking your private vehicle back to your hotel.

Note: Today's activity could be changed for a second day-hike in Llanquihue National Reserve if you prefer. This would be to the crater of the Calbuco Volcano encompassing 14km of demanding terrain. Let us know in advance.

Meals: Breakfast, light lunch 
Accommodation: Hotel AWA, or Hotel Cumbres (or equivalent), in Puerto Varas

Day 4: Sea kayak on Reloncavi Fjord; Puerto Varas

For this day of sea kayaking, you'll firstly head along the scenic and well-known Lake Llanquihue route to the south, until reaching the outpouring river at Ensenada. From there it’s onwards to the scenic mouth of the northernmost fjord of Patagonia, Reloncaví­ Fjord in Ralun Bay.

After choosing your single or tandem expedition sea kayaks and being shown and instructed about your your safety equipment, your guide will lead you through this epic location southwards.

You'll kayak across the Reloncavi Fjord, both in open and more protected waters under the guidance of your qualified guide, hopefully spotting some of the characteristic wildlife which inhabits these waters: sea lions and dolphins (local species are smaller than the average ones found in other places of the world) and a rich variety of birds including pelicans, cormorants, and possibly even Humboldt penguins if you're really lucky.

Lunch will be taken near a local farm, where you'll enjoy the opportunity to interact with some of the locals who call this beautiful location home. After a freshly-brewed coffee and a short walk around the area it will be time to get back on the water and paddle in front of the truly stunning snow-capped Yates and Hornopiren volcanoes.

You’ll then cross the fjord to the entrance of the village of Cochamo, between the Andes and the Pacific. Cochamo valley and its huge granite walls are world-renowned amongst rock climbers and also offer incredible hiking routes. This is where you’ll leave the water, transferring back to Puerto Varas, arriving about 7pm. Experience in sea kayaking is not necessary, but you should feel comfortable floating in possibly undulating water or windy conditions.

Note: Today's activity can be changed for rafting grade four rapids along the Petrohue River for 6km, if requested in advance.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch
Accommodation: Hotel AWA, or Hotel Cumbres (or equivalent), in Puerto Varas

Day 5: Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport

After breakfast you will take a transfer back to Puerto Montt Airport for your onward travel. Daily flights to Santiago take just 1.5hrs.

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Staying at Hotel Cumbres:

4-6 people: USD $1,310 per person

2-3 people: USD $1,603 per person


Staying at Hotel AWA:

4-6 people: USD $1,913/$2,163 per person in a standard/superior room

2-3 people: USD $2,221/$2,471 per person in a standard/superior room


A departure can be set up on a date of your choice, subject to availability.

Additional Notes

Single supplement – There is a single supplement for solo travellers as follows: Hotel Cumbres USD $388; Hotel AWA USD $775/$1,025 standard/superior room.


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in Puerto Varas
  • Private transfers from/to Puerto Montt Airport
  • English and Spanish-speaking naturalist guide
  • National park entrance fees


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • 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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