Classic Adventure, Eco Adventure
Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas
Arrive to El Tepual Airport in Puerto Montt. A representative of us will be waiting to assist you in the drive through the middle of Lakes & Volcanoes; on the way discover astonishing landscapes and amaze with stunning snow caped volcanoes; the transfer will take around 40 minutes.
We recommend for the night a dinner (not included) at Ibis Restaurant.
Lodging at the selected hotel – breakfast included. (-/-/-)
Departure from hotel to the enchanting Island of Chiloe. First head towards Puerto Montt and then off to Pargua, a small fishing village whose inhabitants work in the extraction of sea urchins. At times divers can be seen arriving back in port after a long day of work. In Pargua board a ferry to cross the Chacao Canal. Have a chance to observe the great variety of marine birds, sea lions, and the playful dolphins that accompany the ferry during the approximately 30-minute crossing. Advancing along the coastline towards the island’s first town, Chacao, notice innumerable black-necked swans along with other shorebirds. Chacao, founded in 1567, and its church dating from 1710, were visited by Charles Darwin in 1834. In his book The Voyage of the Beagle he describes the town in several passages.
After a brief stop, take a rural road to Caulin Bay, along one of the principal bird migration routes. A marine bird sanctuary has been established here and you will be able to enjoy watching an incalculable number of species feeding here. The specific species to see depends on the time of year. While walking on the beach have the possibility to meet local residents and observe how they harvest seaweed, and transport their crop over the beach on ox drawn skids.
The next stop will be the very heart of the archipelago of Chiloe, the beautiful city of Castro. On sighting the city see the famous “houses on stilts” called palafitos from which the island culture is born. Have lunch at a local restaurant, then visit the city’s main attractions such as the municipal market where the local people sell the products they cultivate or create. Continue on to the plaza to enter and get to know one of the island’s wonders, the majestic Church of San Francisco de Castro, a world heritage site.
Lodging at the selected hotel – breakfast included. (B/BL /-)
Puerto Varas (Day at Leisure)
Day at leisure to enjoy the magnificent surroundings this region has. We recommend the following optional tours:
-Alerce Andino National Park-
Depart from Puerto Varas to head towards Puerto Montt, and from there travel the first 36 km. of the Austral Highway. The route borders Reloncavi Sound with a view of fishing villages whose inhabitants use traditional methods to earn their living from the sea. This is a beautiful area with forested mountains ascending directly from the water’s edge. Reaching the village of Lenca begin ascending the mountains to the entrance of the National Park. No vehicles are permitted beyond the parking lot at the entrance, as this is a park designed to be enjoyed on foot.
Leaving the vehicle behind, follow a path paralleling the Chaicas River. As gradually elevation increases the change from new-growth forest to mature Valdivian rainforest can be noticed. Continue on through the forest stopping to admire what appears to be nature’s cathedral. A short climb up a flight of stairs brings the falls on the Chaicas River. Another short ascent takes guests to the foot of “The Grandfather”, an Alerce tree (Fitzroya Cupressoides) of over 3,000 years old. Pause here to wonder at this living witness to so much history.
Begin the return or if weather conditions and time permit, continue on to Laguna Chaiquenes, a small mountain lake. Walking shoes, preferably hiking boots are recommended. (B/-/-)
-Frutillar & Puerto Octay-
From Puerto Varas we drive a short distance to the north until reaching the city of Llanquihue, industrial town where the natural flows of the Llanquihue Lake are located (the Maullin River). From this cute town, we take a dusty road mostly used by locals and dairy trucks (next to the lakeside) where we will see beautiful sights of the mountains and the rural countryside.
On the way, we see some of the main products of the region: sugar beets, potatoes, but above all, the salmon farms that have made Chile the third producer in the world of this delicious fish.
By noon, we reach Frutillar; a village settled like many others by German immigrants, but unlike other villages, still keeps the European influence in its architecture and gardens. A good piece of advice would be to visit its German Colonial Museum, an outdoor museum that transports visitors to the 1850s while enchanting them with scents coming from its botanic park, amid which, the museum is located. In such a relaxed atmosphere, lunch awaits.
In the afternoon, we continue driving north, through crop fields and salmon farms to Puerto Octay, for a couple of the best photo stops of the region. Puerto Octay started as a village in 1857, and still keeps its charming, turn-of-the 20th century architecture provided by the immigrants from Silesia and Bohemia. This town was nearly-isolated for a long time, due to the absence of roads; citizens were forced to use boats for a 5-hour navigation to Puerto Varas, which explains its unique charm. Return to the hotel.
Lodging at the selected hotel – breakfast included. (B/-/-)
Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt
At the scheduled time you will be taken to the Puerto Montt airport to take your flight to Santiago. (B/-/-)
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29–8 days: 40% of trip cost
7–0 days No refund
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