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Puerto Varas and Volcan Osorno

Chilean Lake District

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Few landscapes in the world can offer such beautiful natural scenery as the Chilean Lakes District. Pristine lakes and rivers joined by stunning volcanoes and ancient forests provide an unforgettable atmosphere for your next adventure. Nature hikes, wildlife viewing, sea kayaking, hot springs and a taste of local cultural are just some of the activities that will inspire a love for these mysterious lands of water & fire on our 5 day Chilean Lake District tour.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas
Day 2 : Alerce Andino National Park
Day 3 : Hike Perez Rosales National Park
Day 4 : Explore Petrohue and Lake Todos los Santos
Day 5 : Adios Lakes District!


  • Hike Alerce Andino National Park and view huemul, puma, pudú, condor & more
  • Explore El Solitario trail and view Saltos de Petrohue
  • Enjoy views of the volcanoes from Puerto Varas
  • Stay in a charming B&B on Lake Todos los Santos

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Puerto Varas and Volcan Osorno Beautiful mountain views! Walking amongst 3,000 year old Alerce trees in Alerce Adino National Park Action shot Hiking in Alerce Andino National Park Explore the exotic plant life in Alerce Adino National Park Whitewater rafting on the Rio Petrohue Located near stunning views

Day 1 Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas

After meeting your guide at the airport in Puerto Montt, we drive to Puerto Varas, a beautiful town bordering Lake Llanquihue - a quick 15 minutes away. On the drive, keep an eye out for the magnificent Osorno Volcano, a breathtaking view you can not miss. In the early twentieth century, Puerto Varas experienced significant German immigration and has a very unique architecture to show for it. After we arrive at the hotel, you will have a few free hours to check-in and have some lunch before the afternoon excursions. The guide will pick us up for a tour of the nearby Frutillar village for a visit to the local museum and an artesian brewery for a beer tasting (not available on weekends).

Day 2 Alerce Andino National Park

Today  visit a National Park named after the millenary Alerce tree, native to the region and undoubtedly one of the most interesting species of tree in Chile. In this park some of the Alerce trees are more than 3,000 years old! Drive down Los Colonos route heading to the city of Puerto Montt, passing by the small town of Alerce and other small farming villages with a distinctly European look.
Arrive at the almost 10,000 acre park and start a beautiful hike on the different trails going through the Park. Keep an eye out for the interesting fauna that lives in the park including the Chilean deer (huemul), puma, pudú (the smallest deer in the world), condor, black carpenter bird and many other birds. Stop for lunch in one of the picnic facilities then continue hiking among the ancient trees, looking out over the lake. Return to Puerto Varas in time to explore more of the town, go for dinner, or enjoy a chilled pisco sour.

Day 3 Hike Perez Rosales National Park

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today head off to one of the most beautiful and oldest parks of Chile, Perez Rosales National Park. Depart Puerto Varas for Ensenada and drive to the Osorno Volcano and ski center. From here we get an incredible view of Lake Llanquihue and the surrounding volcanoes. After taking in the view, we head back down the hill and start our trek along the El Solitario trail, a small track formed by lava which weaves its way through ancient native forest. After approx 3.5 miles (6km) of this undulating trail, with constant views of the volcanoes and the lake, reach Saltos de Petrohue, close to Lake Todos los Santos.

Day 4 Explore Petrohue and Lake Todos los Santos

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lots of activities to choose from today! Kayaking on Todos los Santos, hiking through local forests or go fly fishing. Any excursion you choose will surely be fulfilling and will let you get in touch with this natural place. In the afternoon return to the Lodge and have free time to rest and relax, enjoying your last night in the Lakes District zone.

Day 5 Adios Lakes District!

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast you have the option of doing a short walk along the Lake shores, enjoying our final views of the beautiful scenery. Around midday you will return to Puerto Montt. Along the way see Perez Rosales National Park, along the shores of Lake Llanquihue, past Puerto Varas and to Puerto Montt airport. Adios Lake District!

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  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Entrance Fee: Alerce Andino Park 
  • Entrance Fee: Perez Rosales National Park 


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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Internal Flights: Santiago - Puerto Montt - Santiago
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