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Whitewater rafting adventure on Chile's Rio Futaleufu

Lakes District Adventure

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On a Chile tour, spend four days in the Lakes District. Explore Perez Rosales National Park, the first-named national park in all of Chile. Drive through picturesque farms along Todos Los Santos Lake to the Saltos de Petrohue. Bike ride along the lakeshore from Puerto Varas towards Frutillar with stunning views over three volcanoes. Combine this journey with other Chile tours or the Chiloe Island Adventure!
Views around ChileExplore Patagonia on a bicycle tourRio Petrohue with the Osorno Volcano in the backgroundChecking out cheese at the Puerto Montt open MarketHiking in Alerce Andino National ParkIglesia del Sagrado Corazon, Puerto VarasWhitewater rafting adventure on Chile's Rio Futaleufu
  • Enjoy a thrilling raft on the turquoise waters of the Petrohue River
  • Discover Perez Rosales National Park, Chile's first national park
  • Bike along Chile's second-largest lake, Lake Llanquihue
Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Arrive Puerto Montt - Petrohue River Rafting

Arrive at Puerto Montt in the morning. You are met at the airport and set off towards Puerto Varas, about 15 minutes away on the shore of Lake Llanquihue. Have some free time to rest and have a light lunch before heading to the river!

After lunch, at your hotel meet the van that takes you to the Petrohue sector in Perez Rosales National Park. Drive towards the Park, located at the foot of Osorno Volcano next to the flowing turquoise waters of the Petrohue river. Upon arrival, meet your skilled guides who equip you in the necessary rafting gear (wetsuit, helmet, paddle jacket, and life jacket) and then provide safety instructions. Mount the rafts and start paddling down this beautiful class III river, enjoying the rapids and the scenic views. After the river adventure have a snack on the river banks and then return to Puerto Varas.

Day 2: Hike Perez Rosales National Park

Today explore Perez Rosales National Park, the first-named national park in all of Chile which includes the glacier topped Osorno Volcano. Drive through picturesque farms along Todos Los Santos lake to the Saltos de Petrohue, a lookout to the rushing waters of the Petrohue River cascading over ancient lava flows into emerald pools below. Continue on to a nearby walking trail on the lower slopes of the volcano and ascend (approx 3 hours) to get a view of the turquoise waters of Todos Los Santos Lake. Take in numerous breathtaking vistas on your hike of the other nearby volcanoes and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a picnic lunch on your hike before returning the same way back to your vehicle and Puerto Varas.

Day 3: Bike along Lake Llanquihue

Today mount up on bikes with your guide and ride along the lakeshore from Puerto Varas towards Frutillar, which started as a German settlement that still has many old buildings from previous generations. Pass turn of the century houses, quiet bays, and stunning views over the three volcanoes across Lake Llanquihue, Chile's second-largest. Ride into some well-preserved areas of Frutillar before you are met by a van that brings you back to Puerto Varas. Total ride time: 2.5-3 hours.

Day 4: Adios Lake District

  • 1 Breakfast
Today we enjoy our final views of the Lake District before being driven to Puerto Montt airport to board our onward flight.


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  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Box Lunches
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual (English – Spanish) trekking guide
  • Equipment for the river (wetsuits, life jackets, booties, helmets, paddles, and rafts)
  • Round-trip transportation to Puerto Varas
  • Bilingual guide
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Internal Flights - Santiago - Puerto Montt - Santiago


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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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