Half Day Tour to Frutillar driving along the scenic coastal road of the Llanquihue Lake.
Just the drive between Puerto Varas and Frutillar is a lovely, relax, bucolic landscape shaped by green hills, German style houses built with alerce redwood shingles. The Chilean government encouraged German immigration in 1848, a time of revolution in Germany. Before that Bernhard Eunom Philippi recruited nine working families to emigrate from Hesse to Chile.
Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel either in Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt in the morning. We will join the route n 5 to get to LLanquihue village from where we will border the lake towards Frutillar. During this beautiful and enjoyable road we will see the German style houses and barns that once represented that wealthy economy during the IXX century and according to the time of the year, many products from the earth such as raps, oats, potatoes or beetroots plantations and cattle ranches.
Of course the Osorno volcano with its unique snowed cone dominates the whole lake. We arrive to the village where you will have free time to look around or visit the German Museum (entrance not included) that shows many of the machineries used, water mill, houses and lovely gardens. Or just enjoy the views having a nice coffee and kuchen (cake) at a the renowned Teatro del Lago. Located in the main coastal road of the bay. The theatre is considered the largest in the country and the best acoustic theatre ever built in South America.
Every year the musical festival traditionally conducts a continuous 2 week concert, called Musical Festival or “Semanas Musicales” this takes place at the end of January and the first week of February in the theatre. We will return back to Puerto Varas.
Round the Llanquihue Lake - Full Day Tour
A full day spent exploring the corners of this magnificent lake. The third biggest of South America, and the second of Chile with 330 sq miles. It is situated in the southern Los Lagos Region in the Llanquihue and Osorno provinces. The lake's fan-like form was created by successive piedmont glaciers during the Quaternary glaciations.
The last glacial period is called Llanquihue glaciation in Chile after the terminal moraine systems around the lake. We will enjoy unique views from the Volcan Osorno introducing us to the peaceful rhythm of a laid back life.
Meet your driver and guideat your hotel. Bordering the south lake Llanquihue acrros the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park visiting the resort of Ensenada and the Petrohue River Falls. The tour will continue up to the Osorno Volcano, Ski Resort, 1200 masl. (3937 feet asl.) where you will get spectacular views of the Mt Tronador, Volcano Puntiagudo,Llanquihue lake, and if is clear enough even the Reloncavi sound and of course the whole valley of Petrohue river.
For the hichy feet we can go for a short walk to the crater rojo and back. (1hr) Or optional chair lift instead. You can bring your own lunch box and have it here or get something at the restaurant. Continuation to the northern border of Llanquihue Lake driving acroos some of the least visited sides of the lake where agriculture and cattle ranches take part of the local economy passing through Cascadas village. We will reach the picturesque village of Puerto Octay, located on a quiet bay enclosed by the Centinela Peninsula and then to the city of Frutillar, with its houses built in German style with lovely gardens represent the arquitecture in the mid 30/s when the fisrt sttlers arrived to begin a hard working life in the south. This is a very beautiful and well-kept village with a superb view of Osorno Volcanoe.
During this beautiful and enjoyable road we will see the German style houses and barns that once represented that wealthy economy during the IXX century and according to the time of the year, many products from the earth such as raps, oats, potatoes or beetroots plantations and cattle ranches. Of course the Osorno volcano with its unique snowed cone dominates the whole lake. .We arrive to the village where you will have free time to look around or visit the German Museum (entrance not included) that show many of the machineries used, water mill, houses and lovely gardens.
Or just enjoy the views having a nice coffee and kuchen (cake) at a traditional teahouse. The last stretch of the drive goes along the coast between Frutillar and Llanquihue towns to finally cross the only river that flows out of the lake, the Maullin river .
Biking for Cakes and Beers - Half Day
Meet your guide with the bikes and we will drive to the beginning of the road in Llanquihue from where you will begin a fun cycling.
This trip takes us over antique roads between the towns of Llanquihue and Frutillar. We bike along the waterside enjoy landscapes,houses, lonely beaches and amazing views to the Volcanoes Osorno, Calbuco and the Monte Tronador.
Total distance is 30 km/16 miles on roads, with 2 steep uphills.
We reach Frutillar and time to rest having a local beer or delicious traditional cake before getting our vehcile back to your hotel.
Chiloe Culture Highlights - 4 nights 5 days
PRICE FROM US$750 DURATION 4 nights, 5 days SEASON October to late March
ACCOMMODATION At good Hotels
Chiloé Island & Puerto Varas
Thanks to being an island Chiloé has evolved a rich biology that impressed even Charles Darwin who travelled through the archipelago for his researches. Due to its agro-ecological characteristics and biodiversity, alongside its rural culture and traditional knowledge developed by its people,
Chiloé has been internationally recognized by FAO as an Ingenious Agricultural Heritage site of the World, GIAHS. The GIAHS Chiloé Program aims to recognize and secure the dynamic conservation of globally significant agricultural systems of rural island communities.
Chile from Atacama to Patagonia - 12 nights 13 days
DIFFICULTY Medium DURATION 12 nights-13 days SEASON October to March
ACCOMMODATION Good Hotels, double occupancy PRICE FROM US$4250
Chile from Atacama to Patagonia
Walking tours of some of Chile's most beautiful and historical cities including Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, and Puerto Natales * Hiking throughout the regions dizzying array of geological features, from deserts and geysers to volcanoes and ancient forests * Immersing ourselves in local culture and customs * Experiencing the vast range of Chilean cuisine.
Chile is a country of startling contrasts and extreme beauty. On this trip we will immerse ourselves in this country's rich and historic culture by visiting a variety of colorful cities, villages, and points of interest. We'll hike through a stunning array of geological formations, from lunar landscapes to ancient forests. We'll take an opportunity to visit terraced farmlands, handicraft markets, and local seafood markets.
We'll also enjoy three days in the Torres del Paine National Park. Encompassing a vast variety of local flora, fauna, and stunning geological features, this park has earned a reputation as one of the most spectacular places on Earth. Throughout this trip we'll savor the variety of Chilean cuisine and the people who live here.
Cochamo Walls and River Hike - Full Day Hike
PROFILE Hiking in Natural trails DIFFICULTY Medium DURATION 1 day
PRICE FROM $ch 85000 SEASON September to late April
This day hike is offered to people that enjoys walking in the forest while not really needing to hike strenuously.These trails were used on old days to smuggler cattle between Chile and Argentina and is one of the most important trails used by the locals who live in the valley of Cochamo. The whole trek last for about 6 hours and depending on the people’s pace.
Chance to see the wonderful mountains surrounding, incredible flora, fungus, lichens, fresh air, silence and relaxed pace.I wouldn’t recommend this hike for people with vertigo since a hanging bridge must be crossed which can be a bit tricky. The drive is one of the most scenic in the region with mountains, rivers, lakes Valdivian forest and sea.
The trail runs up the side of the Cochamó River sometimes losing site of the river itself but never the sound of the water cascading down huge waterfalls and gorges. As you get deeper and deeper in the valley, the granite walls grow larger and larger as you become encased in a beautiful, pristine forest that is full of towering alerce trees that can live up to 1,000 years.
Tagua Tagua Hike - Full Day Hike
PROFILE Adventurous DIFFICULTY Moderate DURATION 1 Day SEASON November to late March PRICE FROM $ch 125000
What I liked most of this hike is that provides with a rich insight of the unspoilt environment of the temperate forest. This private park called after a bird ( Tagua Tagua) is part of a concession made from the government to the Universidad Mayor. Encompass a rich variety of trees, fungi birds and with a limited amount of visitors per day ensures that the trails are not eroded but well kept.
Volcan Osorno Desolacion Hike Petrohue Falls - Full Day Hike
PROFILE Hiking, Geology DIFFICULTY Medium DURATION 1 day PRICE FROM
$ch 80000 SEASON October to March
We depart early in morning from Puerto Varas to Petrohué on the shores of Todos Los Santos Lake. On our way to the lake, we’ll pass through areas that are the mouths of the rivers which flow from the sides of Osorno Volcano. On warm days, it is possible to see what appear to be dust clouds arising from the flanks of the volcano. In reality, these are ash clouds raised by the flowing waters making their way down the flanks of the volcano. We will cross vast areas of black ash mixed with the lashes from the Calbuco eruption in 2015 and have been brought down by the glacial melt.
You will appreciate the might of the volcano as you see the results of the ash flows experienced during its eruptions. One can only imagine what it must have been like during its periods of activity.
Solitario Hike and Volcan Osorno Petrohue Falls - Full Day Hike
PROFILE Hiking,Geology DIFFICULTY Easy DURATION 1 day PRICE FROM
$ch 75000 SEASON October to March
Today we will drive along a scenic road bordering the Llanquihue Lake which host one of the best scenic roads in the region. We will arrive to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park oldest national park, founded in 1926. It covers an area of 251,000 hectares (619,970 acres), incorporating the park's center piece, Lago Todos los Santos, Saltos de Petrohué, and three commanding volcanoes: Osorno, Tronador and Puntiagudo.
We will continue the road up to the Confiteria at about 4600 feet from where we will enjoy our first short walk of the day going around a secondary crater whose red and orange colors stand out from the natural landscape. From here you will get one of the nicest views of the Calbuco Volcano which sits right in front of us at about 25 kms/ 16 miles of distance, time for a coffee at the base camp resto and head to the starting point of solitario trail. Here we will join the natural trail which introduces us into the deep forest with lichens and ferns that slowly change the landscape into drier terrain and cross the lava flow of the last eruption in 1869 to finally arrive to the spectacular Petrohue River rapids that flows to the estuary of Reloncavi As part of the excursion not to be missed the the Emerald Lake.
Drive back to your hotel. Arrive at 19 hs approx.