Classic Lake District with Chiloe Self-Drive

Enjoy views of the glistening lakes and smoking volcanoes of the Chilean lake district from a base in the lakeside town of Puerto Varas, followed by Chiloe Island with its curious combination of foods, folkloric tales and music. This is the classic way to experience the Chilean Lake District & Chiloe and is one of our most popular trips. You can combine this with ‘Classics’ in other parts of Chile and Argentina to tailor your 2-3 week holiday. Please enquire for further details.

5 Days

$835

Classic Lake District with Chiloe Self-Drive - 5 - $835

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Explore Puerto Varas or the 'City of roses', a great base for activities. Head off in your car and explore the region or perhaps try kayaking or hiking 
  • Drive to Pargua where you cross the Chacao Channel by ferry to reach the island of Chiloe 
  • Continue south to Chiloe's capital city of Castro, famous for it's colourful 'palafitos' - houses on stilts and the great San Francisco Church
  • Get to know the Rilan Peninsula or ,with your own wheels, explore the villages and landscapes of Chiloe's east coast

Start from Puerto Montt and end at Puerto Montt

Landmarks visited on Classic Lake District with Chiloe Self-Drive

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas is known as the "City of Roses" and sits on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, the largest lake in the Chilean Lake District, overlooked by the conical 2650 metre high Osorno Volcano which rises from the lake on the opposite shore. Explore at your own pace during the afternoon, perhaps taking a stroll along the lakeside shore, enjoying great views of the volcanoes across the lake.

Length of self-drive: 33km

Accommodation: Hotel, Puerto Varas


Day 2: Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas offers a great base for activities and exploring this beautiful centre of the Chilean Lake District. You could spend time relaxing in and around the town and lake shores or join the the lakes and breweries on a bike and beer ride. Alternatively, head off in your hire car to explore the region at your own pace. For those looking for a more adventure, perhaps try kayaking or enjoying some of the great hiking to be had around the base of the Osorno Volcano and the surrounding national parks with their abundance of bird life and diversity of vegetation.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Puerto Varas


Day 3: Puerto Varas - Rilan Peninsula

Drive south for an hour to Pargua where you cross the Chacao Channel by ferry to reach the Island of Chiloe. Upon arrival, take a little time to explore the town of Chacao, known for its lovely main square and the church of San Antonio. Continue south, to Chiloe's capital city of Castro, famous for its colourful 'palafitos' - houses on stilts and the great San Francisco Church, completely built out of native wood. Afterwards, make your way to your accommodation on the Rilan Peninsula.

Length of self-drive: 202km

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel, Rilan Peninsula


Day 4: Rilan Peninsula

Get to know your surroundings on the Rilan Peninsula or, with your own wheels, explore the villages and landscapes of Chiloe's east coast. The Island offers some great day hikes, bird watching and also more vehicle based excursions for those not looking for anything too strenuous. The population of Chiloe, a fusion of indigenous Mapuche, colonial Spanish and German immigrants from the 1850's, has led to a curious combination of foods, folkloric tales and music. As an island cut off from the rest of Chile, life on here is still very traditional and slow paced, the food is home-grown, the fish freshly caught and there is always time for a friendly wave to the passers-by.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel, Rilan Peninsula


Day 5: Rilan Peninsula - Puerto Montt Airport

Drive back to Puerto Montt Airport to drop off your rental vehicle.

Length of self-drive: 187km

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $835 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

The price based on Superior hotels is $835 per person Prices valid until 30/4/2018

Includes

  • 2 nights accommodation, Puerto Varas
  • 2 nights accommodation, Rilan Peninsula (Chiloe)
  • Meals stated
  • 5 days car rental (medium car rental) with unlimited mileage
  • Roadmap and directions

Excludes

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

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