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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 several days of varied hiking. Trek to the emerald waters of Lake Todos Los Santos for amazing views over volcanoes and through the temperate rainforest of the Alerce Andino National Park.

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

Private

Trip length

4 Days

From

$875

Location

Chilean Lakes

Highlights of the Chilean Lake District - 4 - $875

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas

Day 2: Trek to Lake Todos Los Santos; Puerto Varas

Day 3: Trek in Alerce Andino National Park; Puerto Varas

Day 4: Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport

Landmarks visited on Highlights of the Chilean Lake District

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas

Just a 2hr flight south from Santiago is Puerto Montt, the access point to the southern part of the Chilean Lake District.

On arrival at Puerto Montt Airport you'll be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in the 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 day hike through the neighbouring national parks and nature reserves.

You might like to spend this afternoon walking to nearby viewpoints, visiting the local handicraft markets, or simply exploring this beautiful small town with so many Germanic-stlyed buildings – a legacy from its immigrants over 100 years ago.

Hotel requirements can be tailored to your desires. Please see our Chilean Lakes hotel guide for options.

Accommodation: Boutique guest house, Puerto Varas


Day 2: Trek to Lake Todos Los Santos; Puerto Varas

Today's active trek covers a large and scenic region of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, Chile's first national park which opened in 1926. The route is mostly on a gravel trail and begins with some steady ascents, but we'll be treated to amazing views over the volcanoes and lakes. The Andes emerge on the horizon as we end our hike at the emerald waters of Lake Todos Los Santos.

On our return journey back to Puerto Varas we'll stop at the Petrohué Falls, where waterfalls cascade through channels formed by a combination of lava flows and water erosion.

This hike can also end with a night at the historic Hotel Petrohué on the shores of Lake Todos Los Santos, instead of returning to Puerto Varas.

Length of hike: 6hrs, 12km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: Boutique guest house, Puerto Varas


Day 3: Trek in Alerce Andino National Park; Puerto Varas

The Alerce Andino National Park is located between mountains, volcanoes and the Pacific Ocean. This full-day excursion will take us along the coast at the beginning of the Carretera Austral. For those looking for a challenge, an extra 4km loop to the Sargazo Lagoon can be added at the end of the trek.

During the drive to the park you will stop at local villages, to admire the ocean view of the first fjord of Patagonia.

Inside the park, we'll be surrounded by the abundant temperate rainforest, including the old alerce trees (Fitzroya Cupressoides) – South America's equivalent to the giant redwoods of the north. Over millions of years, the transformation of these mountains has created a landscape full of rivers, waterfalls and lagoons.

We'll return to our accommodation in Puerto Varas in the afternoon. 

Length of hike: 5hrs, 16km

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: Boutique guest house, Puerto Varas


Day 4: Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport

After breakfast, you'll wave goodbye to the shimmering Lake Llanquihue and transfer to Puerto Montt Airport.

From here you can fly north to Santiago (2hrs) and take an onward flight south to Punta Arenas (2hrs), the access point to Torres del Paine and the wonders of Southern Patagonia

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think of Highlights of the Chilean Lake District

Hiking alongside volcanoes was a highlight. People and guides were friendly. The food was great.

Travelled: March 2018

Jenny Carlson - United States Of America

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2022/23 season are:

8 people: USD $750 per person

6-7 people: USD $800 per person

4-5 people: USD $875 per person

2-3 people: USD $1,000 per person

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Prices for the 2023/24 season are:

8 people: USD $833 per person

6-7 people: USD $889 per person

4-5 people: USD $972 per person

2-3 people: USD $1,111 per person

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

Additional Notes

Accommodation – Prices are based on accommodation in a boutique guest house; upgrades are available. Please enquire for more details.

Includes

  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 box lunches
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in boutique guest house in Puerto Varas
  • Private transfers from/to Puerto Montt Airport
  • 2 guided day hikes
  • English and Spanish-speaking naturalist guide
  • National park entrance fees

Excludes

  • 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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