Patagonia, Chile
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Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

1. Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

Your day begins as you are collected from your accommodation between 7:30AM and 8:00AM in the morning. From there, begin your beautiful trip to Patagonia to visit one of the 8 Wonders of the World: the Torres del Paine National Park. Travel along the coast before jumping onto Route No. 9 in the direction of the village of Cerro Castillo, which was the home of the famous Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society. Along the route and traveling between Patagonian landscapes, enter the Torres del Paine National Park, a real spectacle where guanacos, condors, and ñandú usually accompany the beautiful views of the park. Visit all the main lookouts of the park, among them Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe, and the beautiful Salto Grande, the latter of which where you take a small walk of about 30 minutes to get closer for some views. Along the way, encounter lakes, rivers, and a great variety of flora and wildlife. There is then a stop for lunch in the park before you resume your trip to your final stop, the lake alongside Gray Glacier which is a part of the Southern Ice Field. Whilst there, take a beautiful walk through an old lenga forest to the beach of this amazing lake to appreciate its icebergs. On the way back to Puerto Natales, pass by the Milodon Cave, a huge natural formation where it is believed that primitive man and the Milodon Darwini, an extinct animal that lived in Patagonia 10,000 years ago, had inhabited. Whilst at this fascinating cave, take a short walk to learn about its beauty and history.

Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

2. Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

Discover both a lake originating from a glacier and an active volcano famous for its perfectly-shaped crater with this package. Choose to depart from Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt. After pickup from selected hotels in Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt, head to the southern shores of the Llanquihue Lake, where you'll learn about the German settlers and agriculture in the region. Once in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, admire the imposing Petrohué Waterfalls, which stun visitors with their turquoise waters. From there, make your way to the origin of the Petrohué River, Todos los Santos Lake, and visit some of its sleepy beaches. By then, you'll be at the foot of the Osorno Volcano to enjoy a stop for lunch in the village of Ensenada (lunch not included), before continuing up to the ski resort on the volcano. En route, take in stunning panoramic views of the Petrohué River Valley and the beautiful Llanquihue Lake.

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

3. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

Meet with the local partner the day before your climb for an equipment check-up and brief explanation of the hike. The next day drive 30 minutes from the center of Pucon to the base of Villarrica Volcano. From here begin the hike to the summit of one of Chile's iconic active volcanoes. The first stage will be a traditional hiking ascent, starting at 1,800 meters above sea level. Acclimatize at an easy pace. As you approach the summit glacier, start using crampons and ice axes, with the assistance and explanation from the guides. After four to five hours of climbing, reach 2,847 meters at the summit. Gaze at the middle of the crater and its impressive geological formation. See fumaroles and maybe even some lava. From here also enjoy 360-degree views of surrounding volcanos, lagoons, and forests. Spend approximately one hour at the summit and then descend in half the time it took to climb up. Combine walking and controlled snow sliding to get down. During your hike have conversations about the native peoples of the Andes, the mountains and their relationship with them, as well as topics in volcanology. Once you've reached the base, your vehicle will be waiting to return you back to the departure office in Pucon.

From Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt: Chiloé Island Tour

4. From Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt: Chiloé Island Tour

Depart from Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt, depending on the option selected. Begin your day by taking a boat down the Chacao canal for 30 minutes, where you spot a wide variety of birds, before arriving at the village of Chacao to visit its square and church. Continue to Castro to stop for lunch at your own expense. Visit the typical stilted houses in the Gamboa district, the main square, and the Nercón Church which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally constructed around 1890, the church is considered a national monument. Travel onwards towards Dalcahue, where you will stop on the waterfront to take in the wonderful natural landscape and visit the local artisan market, museum, and the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and national monument.

Puerto Varas: Todos los Santos Lake and Villa Peulla Tour

5. Puerto Varas: Todos los Santos Lake and Villa Peulla Tour

Sail on the wonderful Todos Los Santos Lake, with its emerald-colored waters and its surrounding forests. Also discover Peulla, a small ecological village of 120 inhabitants, which is on the route of the famous Andean Crossing. Enjoy a 2-hour boat trip on Todos Los Santos Lake, taking in the views of the majestic Osorno, Puntiaguado and Tronador volcanoes. However, the adventure does not end when you arrive at Peulla, as there you can choose to take part in a large variety of activities such as canopying, horse riding, and a 4x4 safari, all in a stunning setting that will take your breath away. Optional activities not included.

Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

6. Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

After check-in at the meeting point, transfer to Laredo Bay port to board speedboats for a 45-minute trip to Magdalena Island. Once there, enjoy 1 hour with a guide to discover the habitat of the Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island, the second largest Magellanic penguin colony in South America that receives more than 120,000 penguins every year. Next, if the weather conditions are good, continue your journey to Marta Island, which hosts a colony of more than 1000 Patagonian sea lions, as well as copious bird life. Keep an eye out for cormorants, skuas, austral seagulls, Antarctic pigeons, and the occasional elephant seal. If you're lucky, see southern dolphins, piebald dolphins, and sei whales during your trip. The tour includes with return to Laredo Bay port and transfer back to the original meeting point.

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica National Park Hike

7. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica National Park Hike

Start your day traveling through incredible landscapes of nature and geological formations. Drive approximately 70 kilometers along the border with Argentina and crossing the beautiful area of Puesco. Arrive at the hike starting point at the Quillelhue Lagoon in Villarrica National Park. Trek for about four kilometers and pass by the Escondida and Huinfiuca lagoons. Continue towards Laguna Verde and after reaching about five kilometers, arrive at a slope and approach the skirts of the mythical Lanin Volcano. Be impressed by the 3,870 meters high peak and its glacier hat. Stop for a healthy lunch when it pleases you. Having crossed a mountainous Andean landscape and after visiting this last lagoon, return to the starting point of your hike. Heaed back to Pucon with a stop in the town of Curarrehue. While here, visit the Mapuche women's cooperative and see local, fair-trade crafts and gastronomic products before concluding your day.

Chiloe Island: Ancud, Castro and Dalcahue

8. Chiloe Island: Ancud, Castro and Dalcahue

Begin the tour on a ferry to the Chacao Channel, separating the continent of Chiloe Island. During the sail, you might see native seals, pelicans and sea birds. The ferry berths at Chacao pier, where you will take the route to Ancud city, where you can see the San Antonio Fort; this historic place is located in the highest part of the city as one of the last Spanish fortifications. Continue the trip to Dalcahue’s market, where you can find traditional gastronomy. This market is special, this construction is named Palafito, because it is built over the water with a spectacular view. Visit the market and visit the local church, a World Heritage Site. Later, continue the trip to Castro, the capital of Chiloé Island, taking pictures at Manuel Montt palafitos. Visit the San Francisco Church in front of the main square and visit the biggest artisan market of the island.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Wir haben unsere Tour via GetyourGuide gebucht, was super einfach und unkompliziert war. Leider mussten wir unseren geplanten Versuch, den Vulkan zu bezwingen, verletzungsbedingt erstmal um ein paar Tage verschieben. Der Touranbieter Zenit Travel Chile war äusserst unkompliziert und hilfsbereit und hat uns sogar Alternativen offeriert, für den Fall, dass die Verletzung nicht abgeklungen wäre. Am Tag des Aufstiegs waren wir, im Vergleich zu anderen Gruppen, eine kleine Gruppe. Nur wir zwei und unser Guide, sozusagen unbeabsichtigt eine Privattour. Das war jedoch perfekt für uns. Wir konnten unser eigenes Tempo bestimmen und sind so als erste am Krater angekommen. Während des Aufstiegs hat unser Guide uns viele Informationen über Vulkane im Generellen und im Speziellen Villarrica gegeben, uns gut erklärt, wie man mit Steigeisen und Pickel umgeht, uns Optionen zum Abstieg geboten und all unsere Fragen zu diversen Dingen beantwortet. Wir können Zenit Travel mit gutem Gewissen empfehlen.

Super trip!! After meeting up with two fellow hikers and two guides in the office in Pucon to get equipped, we went off to the national park and started the hike. Very good instructions and the guides sat a good slow pace. Breaks were well planed and communicated, so we had something to look forward to! The guides were good at pointing out sights and conversing about the country, the people and the culture. About halfway we got to the rim of the glacier and mounted cramp-on and ice axes to continue the climb. The views were awesome with a few clouds below us and the smoke from Villarrica above us. A couple of hundred meters below the rim, my 69 year old wife decided to stop and conserve resource for the return. The guides were very helpful and understanding and one of them guided both of us back to our starting point, where a car was waiting to pick us up and take us back to the office. Back at the office, they had fresh fruit and juices waiting for us and time to debrief.

The tour conducted by GetYourGuide was marvelous. The interest taken by the guide to explain everything in English and Spanish language was noteworthy. The drive was safe in a comfortable bus. We were never hurried through any part of the tour. Definitely value for money.

The staff was extremely helpful with anything that we needed and made getting all of the gear extremely easy! They listened to our needs on the mountain and helped encourage my whole group to complete the hike.

This experience was wonderful!! Our guides with Zenit Travel were so kind and accommodating! It is a difficult climb, but highly recommended for those who enjoy hiking!