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Chile Lake District Trekking Tour

On the Trail of Primeval Volcanoes, Lakes & Forests


With its freshwater lakes, temperate rainforests, active volcanoes, and ancient forests of 'monkey puzzle' conifers, La Araucania region is one of Chile's most stunning yet off-the-radar wilderness areas. On this extraordinary adventure, discover central Chile's adventure playground, the scenic town of Pucon, and set out to hike two national parks - Villarrica and Huerquehue - and the private nature reserve of El Cañi. Take time along the way to soak in hot springs, discover enchanting lagoons, walk through old-growth forests, and marvel at jaw-dropping views of Chile's Lake District.

9 Days

From: $7,595

With its freshwater lakes, temperate rainforests, active volcanoes, and ancient forests of 'monkey puzzle' conifers, La Araucania region is one of Chile's most stunning yet off-the-radar wilderness areas. On this extraordinary adventure, discover central Chile's adventure playground, the scenic town of Pucon, and set out to hike two national parks - Villarrica and Huerquehue - and the private nature reserve of El Cañi. Take time along the way to soak in hot springs, discover enchanting lagoons, walk through old-growth forests, and marvel at jaw-dropping views of Chile's Lake District.

Highlights


  • Take in splendid views of serene lakes, active volcanos, and enchanting lagoons

  • Hike through forests of ancient araucaria (monkey puzzle trees), a genus that dates back to the dinosaurs

  • Trek in two national parks, explore a nature reserve and unwind in natural hot springs

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Chile Lake District Trekking

Start: Pucon, Chile  End: Pucon, Chile

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Chile

    Day 1

    Meet your MT Sobek guides at Temuco airport in La Araucania region of Chile and transfer to the town of Pucon, an adventure playground with a delightful setting right between a volcano and a lake. Check in to the hotel and meet for an initial talk and briefing. Enjoy a welcome dinner together at a local restaurant.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa Solaria

    Meals: Dinner

  • Trek to El Cañi Nature Reserve

    Day 2

    This morning drive to El Cañi, a private 1,500-acre nature reserve east of Pucon. Start the trek from Coilaco, passing through forests of araucaria (monkey-puzzle) trees, a photogenic and fascinating genus of evergreen that existed at the time of the dinosaurs, with individual specimens living up to 2,000 years. Take in an area of high lagoons and arrive to El Mirador viewpoint featuring a spectacular 360-degree vista of the region's many lakes and its four volcanoes: Llaima, Villarrica, Quetrupillan, and Lanin. Descend a different way, to Cajon de Huife, and take the transfer back to the hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa Solaria

    Activity: 6-8 hours/10 miles hiking with 3,589' elevation gain and 1,883' loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Start the Ruta Pillanes Trek

    Day 3

    Depart Pucon to begin the Ruta Pillanes trek through Villarrica National Park, starting along the northern slope of Chile's most active volcano, Villarrica, also known as Rukapillan, a Mapuche word meaning "great spirit's house." Along the way to the Challupen gorge, marvel at araucaria trees, lava fields and lahar, a type of mudflow that drifts down a volcano into valleys. Hike to the Peuco Viejo viewpoint for astounding vistas, and then towards the northwest of the great Lake Villarrica, also known as Mallolafquen.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Chile’s Lake District

    Activity: 5-7 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,250' elevation gain and 1,876' loss

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit the Geometric Hot Springs

    Day 4

    Today set out for another section of trek, from Challupen gorge lagoons. Along the way pass lava rocks, evidence of volcanic eruptions, and distinctive araucaria trees, and admire the sight of Mocho Choshuenco and Puyehue volcanoes to the south. Arrive at the geometric hot springs, anciently called Cajon Negro. Designed by architect German del Sol, this striking red-wood complex features a footbridge used to visit the ravine, with thermal waters flowing underneath and abundant rainforest surrounding it.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Chile’s Lake District

    Activity: 7-9 hours/12 miles hiking with 2,434' elevation gain and 3,339' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take the Villarrica Traverse to Laguna Azul

    Day 5

    Today set out on a strenuous uphill section of the Villarrica Traverse, one of Chile's most spectacular treks that passes beautiful forests of araucaria and lenga trees (a type of southern birch) and features dazzling views of volcanoes, including Quetrupillan, Villarrica, and Lanin. After the uphill section of the trek, walk along a path toward the scenic Laguna Azul in the southeast.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Chile’s Lake District

    Activity: 6-8 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,093' elevation gain and 1,397' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek from Laguna Azul to Avutarda Lagoon

    Day 6

    This morning leave Laguna Azul to cross a series of lava flows, taking in the slopes and the crater of Quetrupillan volcano. Climb up to the edge of the crater, along the way seeing ancient craters and panoramic views of forest-covered valleys and astounding volcanoes. Reach Laguna Avutarda in the afternoon. Also known as Laguna los Patos, Avutarda is surrounded by mountains on three sides and has lush shores and marshes where caiquen and canquen geese nest.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Chile’s Lake District

    Activity: 6-8 hours/10 miles hiking with 1,689' elevation gain and 2,034' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Avutarda Lagoon to Puesco Valley

    Day 7

    Depart Avutarda lagoon this morning to descend toward the Puesco valley. Walk through forests of coihue, a huge tree known as "the lord of the forest," and lenga. Take in outstanding vistas of Colmillo del Diablo volcano (Devil's Fang) and the Puesco River canyon. At the end of the trail, you'll reach the international road where a private van will transfer you back to Pucon.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa Solaria

    Activity: 3-5 hours/6 miles hiking with 583' elevation loss and 2,037' loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Huerquehue National Park

    Day 8

    Today discover Huerquehue, Chile's gorgeous national park that spans 27,500 acres and features striking mountain peaks, crystalline lakes and lagoons, and mesmerizing forests of ancient araucaria trees. Take Los Lagos, the most scenic of the park's many trails, with thick forests where you can hear the delightful sound of Patagonian woodpeckers, and a string of beautiful lakes - Tinquilco, Chico, Verde and Toro.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa Solaria

    Activity: 5-7 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,276' elevation gain and 2,221' loss

    Transportation: 50-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Pucon

    Day 9

    After breakfast, it's time to depart from Pucon. On the way to Temuco airport, take in the last views of majestic active volcanoes and bid farewell to Chile's Araucania region.

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • 2023
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Mar 31 - Apr 08, 2023
    $7,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,800 single supplement
    Available

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Andre Labarca

Andre Labarca

André fell in love with Patagonia at first sight and has made it his home for the last 10 years. He has participated in more than ten mountain expeditions in the region, accomplishing many first ascents, including the summits of the North and South Towers of the Torres del Paine. André has a great interest in the development of sustainable tourism and is always looking for other regions to explore within Patagonia. André's love for nature and respect for the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 4. Moderate to strenuous hiking 4 to 8 hours a day on 7 consecutive days over rugged mountain trails with up to 3,589' of elevation gain and 3,339' elevation loss.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

6-8 hours/10 miles hiking with 3,589' elevation gain and 1,883' loss

Day 3

5-7 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,250' elevation gain and 1,876' loss

Day 4

7-9 hours/12 miles hiking with 2,434' elevation gain and 3,339' loss

Day 5

6-8 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,093' elevation gain and 1,397' loss

Day 6

6-8 hours/10 miles hiking with 1,689' elevation gain and 2,034' loss

Day 7

3-5 hours/6 miles hiking with 583' elevation loss and 2,037' loss

Day 8

5-7 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,276' elevation gain and 2,221' loss

Accommodations


A comfortable three-star boutique hotel to bookend the trip; on the trek, camps set up in the wild with lagoons, lakes and geothermal features nearby.

Hotel Casa Solaria
Hotel Casa Solaria

The Casa Solaria is a lovely boutique hotel located in the heart of Pucon, with appealing indoor and outdoor spaces, 24-hour reception, room service, and free Wifi. The 41 tastefully decorated rooms feature wooden floors, warm-hued natural textiles, air conditioning, minibar, coffee station, and satellite TV.

MT Sobek Camp – Chile’s Lake District

Enjoy the beauty of Chile's Lake District as you camp in a wilderness areas, accessed only by foot, with streams, lakes, lagoons and geothermal features nearby. In addition to comfortable 3-person tents there are dining and cooking tents, where your guiding crew will create hearty camp meals.

Weather


Central Chile is sunny and humid in March/April with average day-time temperatures of 60°F and 32°F at night.

 
Mar
Dec
Pucon 
High
Low
High
Low
Pucon
72
47
72
47

FAQs


Do I need a sleeping bag?

Yes, you will need a sleeping bag - bring your own or if you prefer we can arrange for you to rent one locally. Ask your Adventure Coordinator for details. For this area we recommend bringing a synthetic sleeping bag (rated to -10 degrees C / 14 degrees F) as it works better than down due to the humidity.

Do I have weight limitations for the camp?

For the 4 nights of wilderness camping, the weight limit is 8 kg (17.6 lbs) per person, not including your daypack, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. We provide a dry bag for you to use, and porters will carry this dry bag for you, in addition to your sleeping bag and sleeping pad, and all camping equipment. Additional luggage can be stored at the hotel to be collected after the camping portion.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

We can accommodate vegetarian and gluten free on this trip. Please let your Adventure Coordinator know of your restrictions prior to departure.

What are the bathroom facilities like at camp?

There will be two private dry toilet tents set up at each camp ground, with a nice box design to sit down, and shovel and dirt to cover remains. Hand sanitizer, toilet paper and wet wipes are provided.

Can I leave my city clothes at the hotel?

Yes, you can store luggage at the hotel.

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Guest Reviews


"We have traveled throughout the world, but never experienced a level of service and attention to detail as we did with MT Sobek."

Dennis G.
MT Sobek Guest

"I have traveled extensively around the world. The experience with MT Sobek was by far the best I have ever had. Thank you for such excellence."

Marianne W.
MT Sobek Guest