Duration: 8 Days - 7 Nights
Location: Lake and Volcano District - Chile
Special Info: From USD $2,220 per person

Pucon is the capital of Adventure Travel in Chile and one of the most beautiful areas in the Lake and Volcano District. Surrounded by Mountains, Lakes and Volcanoes, you will find the most amazing Hiking Trails in these beautiful national parks.

Hiking National Parks around Pucon 8 Days

Lanin Volcano. Hiking National Parks around Pucon 8 Days

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  • Day 1 Temuco Airport – Pucón

    Upon your arrival, our staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and drive you 90 minutes to the city of Pucón – the capital of adventure tourism in Chile – where we’ll check in at your hotel and have a rest. That evening we will have an orientation and briefing session, and enjoy an introductory dinner with your guides.

    Accommodation: MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL or Similar, 3*

    Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 2 Hiking Andean Lakes by Lanin Volcano

    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, 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 3 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 4 Resting Day – Optional Activities

    Here are 3 activities you can choose from during your day off hiking.

    Option 01: Kayak Taster Session (half day)

    We will spend the first half of the lesson learning the basics of how to control the kayak and paddle efficiently then we will go on a paddle around the peninsula. This is one of the most beautiful lakeside areas of Pucón backed by amazing views of the volcano. As always with experienced guides you know you will have the latest and safest gear out there to help you enjoy this amazing trip.All our instructors are English or American trained certified kayak coaches so you know you will be learning the latest and best techniques from the very best coaches in the area.

    Option 02: White Water Rafting, Upper Trancura

    This is the classic Pucon raft run there are a total of five class 4 rapids and one portage along with many more class 3 rapids to keep your team busy on the way down.

    All this backed by snow capped volcanoes and amazing views of this beautiful area and, of course, you will have the latest and safes gear out there to help you enjoy this amazing trip down the river. Our guides will ensure you are fully trained and prepared for the demanding rapids whilst giving you plenty of information on all of the local forests and wildlife.

    Option 03: Horseback riding

    Today, we’ll discover the beauty and wilderness of the Andean valleys around Pucón, together with us on different horse trails, suited to your horseback riding abilities. Our Chilean Criollo horses fulfill the needs of every rider. (Chilean Criollo horses are a rather small breed of working horses. Well trained and in perfect condition they are a good choice for everyone, from beginners to experts). Every ride starts with an introduction, getting to know your horse. Not just following your guide – riding your horse is the goal. Our well trained and sure stepping Criollo horses, together with the professional bilingual guides make it possible. Chilean saddles are very comfortable, ideal for a long day on horseback. We’ll ride across the forests and mountains, always looking for great views.

    Accommodation: MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL or Similar, 3*

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 5 Pichillancahue Glacier Hike – 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 6 Conguillío National Park Hike

    “Welcome to the First Geopark in Chile”

    Departing from our hotel in Pucón, we’ll drive about 2 hours passing through old-fashioned little towns like Cunco and Melipeuco until we’ll get to the Conguillío National Park, one of the most attractive and outstanding parks of the Lakes & Volcanoes District and the first Geopark in Chile.

    While we visit the park 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 also visit the Truful-Truful Falls and the pristine Arco Iris (Rainbow) Lagoon with its clear waters that reflect stunning colors. Then we’ll have a picnic-lunch at Playa Linda (cute beach) located at the shores of Conguillío Lake; followed by hiking along the Sierra Nevada trail (3 ½ hours round trip) 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 magellan woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus), which we will see searching the tree trunks for insects. We will also hear and possibly catch a glimpse of the chucao tapaculo (Selorchilis rubecula) and the noisy slender-billed parakeet (Enicognatus leptorhynchus). After spending some time taking pictures and enjoying the amazing view, we’ll hike back to the bottom of the trail and then get in the van to drive to commence our return to the urban areas, driving to Pucón. Evening at leisure.

    Accommodation: MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL or Similar, 3*

    Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch.

    Time hiking: 5 to 6 hours

  • Day 7 Huerquehue National Park Hike – Huife Hot Springs

    We head southeast in the direction of Huerquehue National Park, located at the foothills of the Andes, 35 km (22 miles) from Pucón.

    The hike starts easy but after a short distance the trail becomes more demanding and sometimes steeper, but is still considered a relatively easy hiking level.

    We have arrived at the first lookout point where the views of Villarrica Volcano and Tinquilco Lake are absolutely stunning; here you’ll find great photo opportunities as well as chance to reenergize with a snack. As we continue hiking, our guide will point out some wild flora of the area (i.e. mutisias, orchids and alstroemerias), and if luck is on our side, we can spot some birds that live in the forests of Nothofagus, such as chucao tapaculo, black-throated huet-huet and the magellan woodpecker among others.

    Once we reach 1000 meters above sea level we begin to see the first araucarias trees. Soon we will walk through a mixed forest with many of these trees, considered to be a living fossil and a national monument for their exceptional characteristics.

    We have hiked around 2½  hours when we arrive at the first lake called Chico (small), with its clear waters reflecting the image of hundred of araucarias and snow-capped peaks. 15 minutes later, we arrive at Lago Toro (Bull Lake). Here we eat our well deserved picnic lunch and spend some more time taking pictures or simply resting. We can watch the breathtaking landscape and spot some of the birdlife that inhabits the shores of this lake, such as the Andean duck.

    Following the break, we keep going through an easy terrain and visit the third lake called Verde (green) which is the last attraction of our hike. Now we can commence a two-hour decent by the same trail to the parking area. After the hike, we’ll go visit the fantastic Huife Hot Springs.

    We leave the national park and drive 30 minutes through a scenic rural road to visit and unwind at Huife Hot Springs, which will be the perfect end to this active day.

    The thermal center is located by the Liucura River and is surrounded by stunning native forests. The place offers three outdoor thermal pools at different temperatures, a good restaurant and a cafeteria. In addition, the center also includes massage and beauty therapy services for an additional cost. In this place you can enjoy the scenery while relaxing in the therapeutic thermal waters. It is highly recommendable to change pools because varying the body temperature stimulates blood circulation, i.e. from hot to cold water, but if you feel brave enough, we encourage you to go into the cold waters of the river Liucura and then jump back to a hot pool. Return to Pucón at 7pm. Farewell dinner in Pucón.

    Accommodation: MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL or Similar, 3*

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell Dinner

    Time hiking: 5 to 6 hours

  • Day 8 Transfer Out

    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. Once you arrive to Santiago will have a couple of hours before your international flight back home. 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 $2,610 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $730
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 2 clients.
    ◦ Group rates based on 10 people, USD $2,220 per person based in double occupancy.
    ◦ 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

  • ◦ 7 nights accommodation at mentioned Hotel described in the itinerary or similar.
    ◦ Specialized English speaking tour guide (German and Dutch available).
    ◦ Private transportation.
    ◦ Meals as per itinerary (7 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 3 dinners)
    ◦ Entrance fees to national parks and hot springs.
    ◦ 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 2016 and April 2017.
    ◦ WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS TOUR.
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    ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

    Hiking, volcano climbing, ethnic visits and hot springs

    DIFFICULTY

    Intermediate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these hiking trips can require sustained endurance levels, hills and longer days. These tours are intended for active people who are comfortable participating in up to 4-5 hours of hiking per day. These tours may include hiking on difficult terrain, sometimes steep and/or uneven trails, with obstacles such as wet logs, branches and muddy areas.  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 October 2016 to April 2017

    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, New Zealand and Canadian 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 $300.000 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 $100 dollars per person, per guide.

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