Duration: 12 Days - 11 Nights
Location: Lake and Volcano District - Chile
Special Info: USD $4,340 per person

Hiking National Parks 12 Days Chile Tour. Hike and explore the Lake and Volcano District. Surrounded by Mountains, Lakes and Volcanoes, you will find the most amazing Hiking Trails in these beautiful destination in Chile.

Hiking National Parks 12 Days Chile Tour

Villarrica National Park, Pichillancahue Glacier Trail

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Hiking National Parks 12 Days Chile Tour

*Click on Day Title to see the itinerary.

  • Day 1 Temuco – Kutralkura Geopark – Christmas Crater

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    Our local staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and transfer you to a small quaint mountain village called Malalcahuello. This village is part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Araucarias”. Your hotel is located in a national park, with Lonquimay volcano at sight and surrounded by ancient araucaria trees. It is a modern hotel with SPA and a small ski resort. Your guides will meet and greet the group and then we’ll take a warm-up hike to the incredible Christmas Crater. In the evening, we’ll have an orientation and briefing session before our Welcome Dinner together .

    Accommodation: CORRALCO HOTEL & SPA, 4*

    Meals: Afternoon snack and Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

    Time hiking: 1 to 3 hours depending on the route taken.

  • Day 2 Kutralkura Geopark – Coloradito Trail

    Today  we start hiking from the hotel. We’ll hike towards Cerro Coloradito (redish hill), a natural view point of 4 volcanoes: Lonquimay, Llaima, Sierra Nevada and Villarrica. The hike is quite fun, with fantastic views and almost no other people in the trails. We’ll be surrounded by an ancient forest of araucaria trees, some of them dating over 2.000 years old. After the hike, we’ll return to our hotel and enjoy the evening in the SPA. Finally, we’ll eat dinner at a local restaurant in Malalcahuello village.

    Accommodation: CORRALCO HOTEL & SPA, 4* 

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner at a local restaurant in Malalcahuello

    Time hiking: 3 to 5 hours

  • Day 3 Conguillio National Park – Truful Truful Canyon and Woodpeckers Trail

    We’ll drive approximately during 3 hours, passing through old-fashioned little towns like Cunco and Melipeuco until we get to Conguillio National Park, one of the most attractive and outstanding parks of the Lake & Volcano District in Chile. This area is part of Kütralkura, the First Geopark in Chile”. During the visit, you will witness how the Llaima volcano has permanently shaped the landscape of the area with its eruptions and you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to walk on the lava flows that once came from the heart of the Earth. We’ll visit the Truful-Truful Canyon and its waterfalls. This is the most important geosite of all the geopark, where you can see 13.000 years of eruptive activity of Llaima volcano. We’ll visit the pristine Arco Iris (Rainbow) Lake with its clear waters that reflect stunning colors. Then we’ll hike a very beautiful trail called the Woodpecker’s trail, where you can spot the Magellan woodpecker, which we will see searching the tree trunks for insects. After spending some time taking pictures and enjoying the amazing view, we’ll hike back to the bottom of the trail and then drive 20 minutes to our eco-lodge, where we enjoy a welcome dinner and stay overnight.

    Accommodation: LA BAITA ECOLODGE

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner at the lodge.

    Time hiking: 4 to 5 hours

  • Day 4 Conguillio National Park – Sierra Nevada Trail

    Today we’ll drive 20 minutes to Playa Linda located at the shores of Conguillío Lake; followed by hiking along the Sierra Nevada trail surrounded by native trees, including ancient monkey-puzzle trees or araucarias and Nothofagus. We’ll also be able to spot endemic birds such as the chucao tapaculo and the noisy slender-billed parakeet. After spending some time taking pictures and enjoying the amazing view, we’ll hike back to the bottom of the trail and then head back to our eco-lodge. Later, we’ll get in the vans and start traveling to Pucón (2 hour drive), the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District. Enjoy the Villarrica Volcano  views at your hotel. Free night to explore Pucon and eat out.  Ask our guides for tips about shopping and dinning.

    Accommodation: MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL or Similar, 3*

    Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch.

    Time hiking: 5 to 6 hours

  • Day 5 Villarrica National Park – Andean Lakes Trail

    We’ll head to the heart of The Andes Mountains, driving to the border with Argentina. Here, we’ll be surrounded by an ancient forest of araucaria trees (Araucaria araucana) and we’ll visit 2 or 3 Andean lake that offer great birdwatching.  We’ll have an easy hike and be surrounded by native trees (mostly of the Nothofagus family) and with striking views of Lanin volcano (3,780m), the highest volcano in all of the Lake & Volcano district. Later we’ll head back to town and do the mountain gear fitting for the volcano climb next day. Finally, we’ll go to eat dinner with the Colipi Family, part of the Mapuche community. The  will be our host this evening, they will cook for us and share their culture and stories.

    Accommodation: MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL or Similar, 3*

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner with Mapuche family in their teepee.

    Time hiking: 3 to 4 hours

  • Day 6 Villarrica Volcano Climb

    Today you will have to be ready at 6:30am and if the weather conditions are favorable, we’ll start driving to the Ski Resort located at the base of the volcano at 1.400 meters. Ascending the active Villarrica Volcano is without a doubt a once in a lifetime experience, the climb is not technical, but you need to be in good shape to reach the summit.

    Once we arrive at the parking lot we can take the chairlift that will take us to the higher part of the ski resort at 1.800 m., saving us almost 1 hour of climbing. From the top of the lift we begin ascending the slopes of the volcano, stopping briefly every 30 minutes, having a longer break to eat our food when we are half way to the crater. If we find hard snow or ice we’ll put on the crampons and use the piolets and after 4 or 5  hours we’ll reach the live crater at 2847 meters above sea level. The views from the top are absolutely mind-blowing, overlooking five lakes and several volcanoes in the distance such as Llaima and Lanín. The descent is quite fun, especially when we can slide down the snow on our rear ends. We’ll return to the vehicles around 5 pm and immediately head off to Pucón, where we hand back the gear. Free night to explore Pucon and eat out.  Ask our guides for tips about shopping and dinning.

    Accommodation: MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL or Similar, 3*

    Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch.

    Time hiking: 6 to 8 hours

  • Day 7 Pichillancahue Glacier Trail – Geometricas Hot Springs

    Departing from Pucón, we drive 60 km by van  to Coñaripe, a small village located in Los Rios Region. Here we take a dirt road that leads us by the Llancahue river valley to the National Park Villarrica. We will see several majestic snow-capped volcanoes such as Quetrupillan and Rucapillan. The vegetation changes from rauli and hualle forests (Nothofagus trees) to gigantic thousand-year old araucarias as we ascend to Chinay, the higher point of the day at 1.250m above sea level. Here we can take an amazing trail towards Pichi Llancahue Glacier, a phenomenal glacier which is absolutely covered by the blackish volcanic ashes of the Villarrica volcano. Once again you’ll enjoy the stunning views of four volcanoes. Back to the entrance of the trail, we’ll visit the fantastic Geometricas Hot Springs.

    This place offers the perfect combination between thermal facilities and natural surroundings. Located in the environs of the park, Termas Geometricas has 16 strategically located thermal pools, allowing the visitors to never feel overcrowded. The natural surroundings are exuberant and the facilities are simple but very cozy. www.termasgeometricas.cl

    Free night to explore Pucon and eat out.  Ask our guides for tips about shopping and dinning.

    Accommodation: MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL or Similar, 3*

    Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch

    Time hiking: 4 to 5 hours

  • Day 8 Pacific Coast – Valdivian Jungle – Pilonkura and Curiñanco Indigenous Reserves

    We’ll head-off from Pucon towards the city of Valdivia located by the Pacific Ocean. Followed by driving to the Community Conservation Area of Pilunkura, located near the Pacific coast in Pilolcura. Here we’ll meet the local guides (indigenous Lafquenche people). They will be expecting us with a big smile and a delicious lunch. Every ingredient of the food that it is served here is local and very tasty. Then they will lead us along the trails of the coastal forest, considered a reservoir of the Mapuche Medicine. Later, we’ll head to Punta Curiñanco to visit a very special Coastal Forest. We’ll hike down to the beach, and look for marine birds such as cormorants and seagulls. If we are lucky we can spot an endemic specie of otter called chungungo. Return to your hotel in Valdivia and evening at leisure. Free night to explore Valdivia.  Ask our guides for tips about shopping and dinning.

    Accommodation: NAGUILAN HOTEL , 4*

    Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch

    Time hiking: 3 to 4 hours

  • Day 9 Reserva Costera Valdiviana – The Nature Conservancy land trust

    Today we will visit the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, a conservation project developed by the American NGO The Nature Conservancy. We will cross the delta by ferry from Niebla to Corral and we will drive along a section of the Coastal Route until we reach the river Chaihuin. Here the local guides await us and lead us to hike in an amazing trail with ancient 3,000 year-old Larch trees. Return to Valdivia and evening at leisure. Free night to explore Valdivia.  Ask our guides for tips about shopping and dinning.

    Accommodation: NAGUILAN HOTEL , 4*

    Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch

    Time hiking: 3  hours

  • Day 10 Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

    Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve is a private ecological initiative located in the heart of the ancient temperate rainforest at the tip of South America. Its wide variety of native trees (mainly of Nothofagus genre) covers 90% of its sixty thousand hectares. The Reserve boasts of nearly 250 kilometers of roads and trails that allow you to discover pristine beaches, streams, waterfalls and lakes. We can truly say that Huilo-Huilo is one of those places that “has everything you need”. The Mocho and Choshuenco volcanoes with their glaciers that allow for the practice of skiing and snowboarding (it has the only Summer Snowboard Park of South America), spectacular waterfalls, native forest, rivers and a wide array of activities ranging from canopy, horse-back riding, 4×4 overland and hiking trails for all levels. Here during our first day in the reserve, we’ll hike alongside the “waterfalls trail”,  visiting 3 waterfalls: Huilo Huilo, La Leona and El Puma. In the evening you’ll have time to relax and enjoy the Lawenko SPA and then eat a great dinner at the hotel.

    Accommodation: NOTHOFAGUS HOTEL & SPA, 4*

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

    Time hiking: 2 to 3 hours

  • Day 11 Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve – Los Patos Trail

    Today will be our last day hiking in the Lakes & Volcanoes District.

    Today we’ll hike the trail from Los Planchados to Laguna de los patos. A fantastic hike that offer views of volcanoes Mocho and Choshuenco, including views of Pirihueico lake and the Pampas. In the evening you can one more time at the Lawenko SPA and finally we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: NOTHOFAGUS HOTEL & SPA, 4*

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell Dinner

    Time hiking: 4 to 6 hours

  • Day 12 Huilo Huilo – Temuco Airport

    Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile.  After breakfast, we’ll ride in vans to Temuco Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago. It’s been a trip you will always remember! End of services.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • ◦ If you are interested in this tour, please send us an email to info@amity-tours.com.
    ◦ Rate per person, USD $4,340 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $750
    ◦ Group rates based on 10 people, USD $3,295 per person based in double occupancy.
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 2 clients.
    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.
    ◦ WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS TOUR

  • ◦ Lodging on mentioned Hotels described in the itinerary or similar.
    ◦ Specialized tour guide.
    ◦ Private transportation.
    ◦ Meals as per itinerary (11 breakfasts, 8 picnic lunches, 3 lunches, 6 dinners)
    ◦ Entrance fees to national parks and hot springs.
    ◦ Mountain Gear for volcano climb (backpack, ice axe, crampons, helmet, pants, windbreaker) .
    ◦ Accident insurance and all activities according to the itinerary.
    ◦ Guided hikes including natural interpretation on the volcanology and the indigenous flora and fauna of the parks, as well as cultural interpretation and focus on the history and traditions of local communities; hot springs.
  • ◦ International and domestic flights.
    ◦ Travel insurance
    ◦ Tips & Extra drinks.
  • ◦ We run this tour under a private departure request. In this case you set the dates.
    ◦ Dates available between October 2017 and April 2018
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    ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

    Hiking, volcano climbing, ethnic visits and hot springs

    DIFFICULTY

    Intermediate / Advanced: You love hiking. These hiking tours are physically demanding and best suited for people with previous experience. These tours are intended for active people who are comfortable participating in up to 6-8 hours hiking per day. A typical day may include hiking over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Trails are along high meadow paths and/or maintained cliffside or Andean trails, with some steep ascents to make you feel exhilarated. All our guided hiking tours include natural interpretation and focus on the history, volcanology and the native flora and fauna of the wilderness areas.

    FOOD

    Food in Chile is great and healthy. Likewise, it is one of the highlights of this tour. Great wine, fresh and flavorsome produce, seafood and all kinds of meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb and wild boar) will be part of the daily menus. We are prepared to cater vegetarian, pescaterian and gluten free food, however if you are vegan you may have to be flexible because in Chile we have very limited vegan options. Unfortunately, kosher food is not available.

     DATES

    From the October 2017 until April 2018

    HOTELS

    As indicated in the program or similar

    VISAS

    Visa to enter Chile: No advance Visa application is needed for entry into Chile. Australian and Mexican citizens entering Chile for tourism purposes will be charged a $160.00 processing fee payable on arrival. Cash and credit card accepted. USA, Canada and New Zealand citizens no longer need to pay the reciprocity fee ($160.00)to enter Chile. A valid passport is required  travelling as a tourist for 90 days.

    WEATHER NOTES

    We suggest visiting the web for current conditions in Chile and doing your own research on this topic.

    www.meteochile.cl/reg09.html and www.meteochile.cl/reg10.html or www.accuweather.com

    Generally the weather in this area is very similar to Northern California, specially the coast side. Late October and November (spring time in the southern hemisphere) present milder temperatures 10ºC to 25ºC (50°F to 77°F) with some scattered rain (likewise during our Fall, March and April). During December you can start feeling the beginning of the summer with temperatures around 10ºC to 27ºC (50°F to 81°F).  In January and February temperatures range between 15ºC and 35ºC (60°F / 95°F). Remember that you are visiting the Lake & Volcano district, so always expect some rain!

    In this part of Chile there are no insects or animals that represent a real threat to human beings.

    AIRLINE INFORMATION

    We highly recommend getting the Chile Airpass ticket with Lan Airlines, which includes the international flight from your country to Santiago (Chile) and the domestic flights Santiago(SCL)- Temuco(ZCO) / Temuco(ZCO)-Santiago(SCL). This Airpass is definitely less expensive than buying the flights separately and what’s more important it is very flexible if there are some unexpected last minute changes. Lan Airlines Airpass can be purchased at any IATA travel agent.

    We are happy to help you find and book your domestic flights, without extra cost.-

    The international terminal at SCL is located in the same building than the domestic terminal.

    Note: The local flights in Chile have a luggage allowance of 23kg. You will need to pay excess if your baggage exceeds this. There is an allowance for cycling equipment charged at 3kg (approx $5 per kg).

    INSURANCE

    Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets.

    Carriers for travel insurance include World Nomads, Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs – read the fine print –

    VEHICLES

    Modern van Mercedes Benz Sprinter or minibus according to group size. Air-condition.

    ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

    Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeur.

    WHAT TO BRING

    Underwear: Synthetics are easier to wash and dry. Synthetic thermal underwear. You need a lightweight long underwear top and bottom of a polyester-type fabric. Wool and wool/synthetic blends are also suitable.

    Clothing: Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt. Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts. Medium-weight sweater or jacket of synthetic fabric, such as fleece. Gore-Tex wind parka for rainy weather. Full-length pants, preferably of quick-drying synthetic fabric. Hiking shorts, preferably of quick-drying synthetic fabric.  Pile/fleece pants, ideal for relaxing time after hiking.

    Accessories: Sun hat with wide brim, preferably with a chin strap to keep it from blowing off. Bandanna. It will keep your neck from getting sunburned and can double as a hand towel. Wool or pile hat or ski cap. Gloves or mittens (wool or pile).

    Foot wear: Sturdy, properly fitting footwear can make your trip much more pleasurable. If you’re buying new boots for this trip, please break them in beforehand by wearing them as often as possible before the trip. Medium-weight, all leather, sturdy trekking boots with padded ankle, good arch support, and a lug sole traction. Your trekking boots should be well broken in, and suitable for prolonged walking on sandy and rocky terrain. Running shoes are NOT appropriate for this tripMedium weight synthetic socks (we recommend Thorlo® Lt. Trekking). Athletic socks (synthetic for easy washing and drying) that are suitable for the shoes you’ll be wearing while in towns. Inner socks (synthetic) that can be washed and dried quickly.

    Other Items: Swimsuit (for hot springs and SPAs); One set of casual city clothes that are dressier than your trek clothes (for the cities);  Hiking sticks (optional but highly recommended). These are helpful, if not essential, to relieve the impact on your knees during long downhills; Camera with plenty of memory!; and Binoculars.

    Travel Accessories: Wide mouth water bottles, 1-liter capacity. Bring two and make sure they are leak-proof, heavy duty plastic (preferably Nalgene brand). Toiletry kit—soap, toothbrush, and so on; Moisturizing lotion; Ace bandage or brace if you’re prone to sore knees or ankles; Sunglasses (very important); Sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. The sun in Chile can be much more intense than you probably imagine, even in the Lake & Volcano District!; Sunscreen lipstick of SPF 15 or higher; Small flashlight with spare batteries, or small headlamp with spare batteries; Zip-lock bags (they’re great for camera gear); Personal first aid kit; Swiss Army-type pocket knife with can opener and scissors.

    Your favorite snack food. We’ll have plenty of excellent food, but you might want to bring along your favorite snack food (such as raisins or chocolate).

    ALTITUDE SICKNESS

    There is nothing to be worrying about altitude sickness. We will never get higher than 2,850m

    CURRENCY

    In Chile, the local currency is called “Peso”.

    The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $650 Chilean Pesos (CLP).

    Travel checks are not convenient because only few places accept them and the exchange rate is 10% lower than dollar bills. Most credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels. The most common cards are Master Card, Visa and Dinners Club. American Express is less commonly accepted that the others. There is no need to bring a large amount of cash; there are ATMs almost everywhere we go on the tour. The maximum amount of money that you can withdraw per day is equivalent to $360.000 CLP.

    For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/

    GRATUITY

    In Chile, the gratuity for hospitality services is normally 10% of the bill. People usually tip in restaurants, hotels and the local staff of guides. You shouldn’t tip taxi drivers, baggage carriers and bar tenders, they do not expect any tips. At the end of the trip gratuity for the crew for a job well done is highly appreciated. We encourage you to use your discretion and tip according to the caliber of service you receive. As a guideline, the industry standard is $120 dollars per person, per guide.

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