Explore temperate rain forests, towering volcanoes, and abundant lakes and Pacific inlets in Chile’s Lake District. On this 4 day/3 night trip experience the natural beauty of Chile’s south alongside its rich local culture.
Explore temperate rain forests, towering volcanoes, and abundant lakes and Pacific inlets in Chile’s Lake District. Surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, Lake District evokes mystic wonder, and the region holds outstanding cultural and historical value as a heartland of Chilean history and mythology. On this 4-day & 3-night trip, experience the natural beauty of Chile’s south alongside its rich local culture.
Day 1: Explore Llanquihue and Frutillar Lakes
Upon your arrival to Puerto Montt, you’ll take a van to Puerto Varas. Drop off your bags and grab lunch at the hotel before your sweeping Lake District trip begins.
You’ll begin your adventure with a trip to Llanquihue and Frutillar on the shores of their respective lakes of the same name. Nature lovers will enjoy Llanquihue’s surrounding wetlands that serve as an important nesting site for native birds and other fauna. Marvel at the 3 volcanoes that rise in the distance beyond Lake Llanquihue.
Next, you’ll travel to Frutillar. This lakeside town reveals a long history of German immigration from its architecture to cuisine — including plenty of strudel and kuchen. In the afternoon, visit the Colonial Museum to learn more about the area’s German influence. Later, you’ll spend some time at the lakeside beach and pier before returning to the hotel.
Day 2: Hike Osorno Volcano
Today you’ll experience the towering, picturesque Osorno Volcano up close. You’ll begin your day with a drive into the Andes, until you reach the Osorno lookout point. At 4,068 feet (1,420 meters) the lookout is located at the midway point to the volcano’s snowy peak. From here, you’ll have the opportunity to capture stunning panoramas of the Lake District to the west and the Andes to the east.
From the lookout, you’ll take a moderate 2-hour hike to reach Petrohué Falls. Carved from the rock by a 19th-century volcano eruption, the falls move like molten lava across the volcano’s southern slope. Upon arrival at the falls, you’ll have the opportunity to walk the trails along the water’s edge.
Afterwards, you’ll continue to return to the van and travel to Todos Los Santos Lake. You’ll meander along a volcanic stone beach and marvel at the indicative native trees that scatter the landscape like hands reaching toward the sky. You’ll return to your hotel in the evening to relax and unwind.
Day 3: Seasonal Chiloe Tours
Due to extreme seasonal weather in southern Chile, today’s tours will vary depending on the season.
November to March (Spring & Summer) — Today you’ll take a ferry across the Chacao Channel to the enigmatic island of Chiloe. Keep a lookout for the Chilean dolphin, sea otters, sea lions, and other marine animals as you cross the channel.
Once on the island, you’ll head south for the village of Dalcahue. There, you’ll visit a local market and one of the islands’ nearly 150 wooden-tiled churches. Built by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century, the churches are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their unique architecture, and as a synthesis of the spirituality, natural wonder, European culture, and indigenous resilience that coexist in the Chiloe Archipelago.
From Dalcahue, continue to Castro, where you’ll see Chiloe’s rainbow stilt houses, built to withstand riding tides and unpredictable weather. Stop by the town square and another church before traveling onward to Ancud.
April to October (Autumn & Winter) – Today you’ll take a ferry across the Chacao Channel to Caulín. This remote area is home to a small oyster farm, and you’ll have the opportunity to try unbeatable clam-based gastronomy. The area is also a natural bird sanctuary and important seasonal home to migratory birds. Seasonal residents include flamingos, herons, and black-necked swans. The unique geographical location and features of Caulín make it a singular sanctuary for birds and other wildlife, and bird lovers will be able to add multiple species to the Life List.
Year-Round — End your day with a trip to Ancud. Visit the remains of a Spanish military fort and the Ancud Regional Museum to learn more about Spanish conquest and the cultural and historical heritage of the area.
Stop at a local restaurant for lunch, then board the ferry back to the mainland.
Day 4: Say Goodbye to Lake District Region
Following breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the Puerto Montt Airport for your flight.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.