Lake District Active Adventures
5 Day Active Adventure
Day 1: Arrival to Puerto Varas - Bike and Beer to Frutillar
Welcome to Chile’s magnificent Lakes District. A private transfer will meet you at the airport and drive you the 30 minutes to Puerto Varas. At 3pm we leave Puerto Varas biking back roads which offer beautiful views of the lake and the volcanoes. After biking for 3 kilometers, we arrive at our first stop of the day, the Chester Beer brewery, owned by Derek Way. Derek has been producing traditionally brewed beer for 5 years, and this brewery is the result of years of effort and providing good beer to his friends in Puerto Varas. With an excellent location, this first stop is just the beginning of our journey.
We continue biking back roads until we reach Llanquihe, an old industrial town without much tourism interest. We leave behind Llanquihue biking the old road to Frutillar, bordering the lake and with stunning views of the mountains and the whole area. After the upward parts of the road and finally passing many agricultural farms with a strong German origin, a gentle descent takes us to Frutillar, one of the most interesting cities of Llanquihue Lake’s basin. Its well-preserved German architecture and the city’s cultural movement, linked to classical music and the Teatro del Lago (Lake Theatre), welcomes us.The second craft brewery of our journey is located in this city. The Salzburg brewery, located in the grounds of the hotel of the same name and with a beautiful lake view, has already had some years of development; their “extreme” beers are proof of this. Different varieties such as Bock, Stout & Pale delight and refresh us at the end of our journey.
Difficulty level: Moderate/medium. Takes about 4-5 hours
Meals: Includes box lunch with local flavors.
Bike: Included 24-speed GIANT mountain bikeI, aluminum frame, front suspensión, disc brakes, Shimano gear, gloves and helmet included.
Day 2: Kayaking on Reloncavi Estuary
Breakfast. Then this exciting full day starts as you are transferred around the Llanquihue Lake to the town of Ensenada where you will gear up and then be escorted to Ralun Bay in the Reloncaví Estuary where your kayaking adventure commences. Several national parks and wilderness areas are situated in this vicinity making it the perfect place for an up-close experience with the region. As you navigate the waters you will witness amazing views of the Yates and Hornopiren Volcanos. After some time exploring your surroundings you will make your way to a house in the nearby countryside where you will be met and greeted for a wonderful lunch. Afterwards you will have some time to take a relaxing walk and enjoy the open air. Subsequently you will once again board your kayak and continue your journey across the fjord to the town of Cochamo. There next to the lighthouse and old wooden church, in-between the Andes and the Pacific your return transportation will be waiting to escort you back to the hotel. (L)
NOTE: Depending on weather conditions the itinerary may be reversed.
The price does not include:- All kind of drinks during meals.
Day 3: Trekking the Desolation Trail
Breakfast, then Leave early in the morning from Puerto Varas to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, the oldest national park in Chile. After entering the park and approaching the immense Osorno Volcano, you will find the Petrohué waterfalls on your right hand side and about 4 km afterwards you will reach the beautiful emerald coloured Lake of Todos los Santos we hike the skirts of Osorno Volcano (2661 m.) towards a pass between the volcano and La Picada Peak (1710 m.). Our ascent will take us through a dry stream bed which becomes a canyon of dry basalt formed in the volcano’s last eruptions. The native flora changes significantly with the gain in altitude. We will take a path through the vegetation which will allow us to enjoy the fabulous panoramic views of Lake Todos los Santos and the area, including Tronador Volcano (3490 m.).Once we have reached our goal we’ll re-energize with a well deserved picnic. Our break takes place at the edge of a beautiful waterfall produced by the surrounding mountains’ melting snow and ice. We will descend through the residuals of the volcano’s last eruption, through a prehistoric vegetation that first colonized our planet millions of years ago. Our route takes us towards Playa Larga, a long stretch of beach well-suited for a refreshing dip in the lake before heading back towards Petrohué.
Minimum age : 8 years / Average duration : 7 hours. Departure Times : 09:00 am
Day 4: Alerce Andino National Park
For today’s excursion we will pick you up from the hotel and we will start driving toward the National Park situated south-east of Puerto Montt. Located only a few kilometers from the Carretera Austral, the Alerce Andino National Park covers almost 40.000 ha and it is, therefore, the largest surviving Valdivian Rainforest. Most of the trees are native Alerce, one of the oldest trees in the world. We will explore the National Park by doing some easy hikes to get closer to these amazing giants, some of them of around 3.000-4.000 years old. We will get an introduction to the history of the Park and the meaning that the Alerce tree has in this region. We will be amazed by our surroundings and we might be able to spot some of the native fauna such as foxes, pudú (small Chilean deer) and the charming monito del monte (little marsupial of South America). In the late afternoon we will say goodbye to this wonder of nature to return to the hotel. (FD)
Private Service with English speaking guide, box-lunch,
* Duration of Transfers: 2 hour
* Duration of Activity & Difficulty Level: 6 Hours / medium
Day 5: Departure
Breakfast, then private transfer from hotel to Puerto Montt airport.
(note: if you arrive late on day 1, you can do bike tour on day 5 at 9am. It would end at about 1-2pm.
2020-2021 Price per person for basic 5 day tour:
Tours can be added or subtracted and
DAY 1: PUERTO MONTT – PUERTO VARAS
Upon arrival at Puerto Montt Airport we will be taken to Puerto Varas, known as the “City of Roses”, located on the shores of the Llanquihue Lake; one of Chile’s largest lakes. Here we can stroll along the lakeside shore, enjoy great views of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes or enjoy our hotel accommodations while sipping on a regional cocktail. Overnight in Puerto Varas at Cabanas del Lago.
DAY 2: BIKING + BEER & RAFTING PETROHUE
This amazingly thrilling day starts by arriving to the neighboring town of Frutillar to start our exciting biking excursion. This hamlet is known for its well-preserved German architecture and its cultural movement linked to the Teatro Del Lago (Lake Theatre). The first leg of our journey will take us south around the border of the Llanquihue Lake, surrounded by beautiful views. Our first beer stop of the day will be the Colonos brewery where we will have the opportunity to tour its installations and taste its beer along with some homemade cheeses and delicious meats. After a little break we will continue on our way through the countryside to reach the acclaimed Chester Beer brewery. This local business is run by people with a passion for nature, and is recognized for having some of the best award winning craft beer. After an ice cold beer, snacks and even possibly some beer to take home, we will once again hop on our bicycles and head to Puerto Varas where our tour will come to an end.
In the afternoon we will once again leave the quaint town of Puerto Varas behind and enjoy a scenic drive to the town of Ensenada and then subsequently to the upper stretch of the Petrohue River for our rafting adventure. This crystal clear river flows out from the emerald green Todos Los Santos Lake and makes its way to the Reloncaví Estuary surrounded by the Osorno, Calbuco and Puntiagudo Volcanoes. At first we will test the waters and our rafting skills in one of the calmer sections of the waterway before continuing on to various class III and IV rapids. This escapade is filled with adrenaline, excitement and extreme natural beauty. We will even have the opportunity to disembark the raft and climb a cliff near the river’s edge where if brave enough we can jump free style back into water. After a fun day filled with many smiles we will return back to the base camp where after changing our cloths we can enjoy a nice drink, some snacks and pictures of the trip. Overnight in Puerto Varas. (4 Hrs. + 2 Hrs. Activities) (B, SNACKS)
DAY 3: TREKKING VICENTE PEREZ ROSALES NATIONAL PARK
In the early morning we will leave our hotel and head to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park for our full day of trekking and up-close contact with nature. As our expedition begins as we will hike towards the famous Osorno Volcano with visits to the Petrohué Waterfalls and the beautiful emerald colored Todos Los Santo Lake. One having reached the skirt of the volcano we will continue on through a canyon of dry basalt that was formed from the last eruptions. Along the way we will notice significant changes in the flora and surrounding landscapes as we continue to gain altitude. Our path will then lead us through native vegetation and to amazing panoramic views. Our destination is the edge of a beautiful waterfall produced by the surrounding mountains’ melting snow and ice. There we will enjoy our lunch and take some time to catch our breath while admiring the scenery. After a nice break we will commence our descent towards Playa Larga, a long stretch of beach ideal for a refreshing dip in the lake before heading back towards Petrohué. (5 Hrs. Activity)(B, BL)
DAY 4: PUERTO VARAS – PUERTO MONTT
After breakfast we will depart to Puerto Montt for a brief city tour including the lively fish market of Angelmó. We will then head to the Puerto Montt Airport for our flight out. (B)
Notes: Based On Half Twin. The single supplement also applies for 1 person.
Price per person in US$ from Oct. 1,2020 till April 30, 2021: $1822 with 1 person, $953 per person with 2 people, $765 per person with 3 people, $701 per person with 4 people. Single supplement = $310
- 3 overnights with breakfast in Cabañas del Lago (Puerto Varas).
- Meals according itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, LB= Lunch Box).
- Transfers and excursions with driver and English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees.