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Chile's Lakes District Extension

7 Days FROM USD 1,840

Overview

Journey from Puerto Varas at the southern end of Chile’s Lakes District ¬¬to Chiloe Island, where you can follow the trail of Chiloe Island’s UNESCO World Heritage listed wooden churches. In Puerto Varas and Frutillar you will see the influence of German settlers in the architecture of these towns. Admire the turquoise blue waters and stunning scenery around Lake Llanquihue, where you can get up close with the Osorno Volcano before seeing the stilted houses of the city of Castro. A boat ride into the sunken forest of the Chepu River Valley is a highlight before time exploring several townships on Chiloe Island.

This extension can be added to our Signature Patagonia package. Contact us for more info.

Trip Code: CLFTLDE

Travel Style: Extension package

Location: Chile

Flights: Ask us about booking your internal flights with your flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more info.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Enjoy the German architecture and manicured gardens of La Ciudad de las Roses, Puerto Varas

  • Visit the UNESCO City of Music, Frutillar and discover its beautiful houses

  • Get up close to the Osorno Volcano, on the shore of Lake Llanquihue

  • Cruise into the sunken forest of the Chepu River Valley

  • See Chiloe’s UNESCO World Heritage listed churches

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it.

Transfer Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt lie at the southern end of the Lake District under the shadow of the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Puerto Varas sits on the shores of Lake Llanquihue and is known as “The City of Roses”. Puerto Montt is 20kms from Puerto Varas on the Seno de Reloncaví Bay, the capital of the Lake District, and the last significant outpost of the region.

Arrival in Puerto Varas

You will be collected from your hotel to visit Frutillar. Enroute stop at the city of Llanquihue and visit the Memorial to the German Colonists, then continue along the Llanquihue Lake to Frutillar. Founded in 1856 by German settlers, it is undoubtedly one of Chile’s most beautiful towns. Walk around its beautiful old houses of German style, admiring the gardens and incomparable views of the volcanoes Osorno and Puntiagudo. Also visit the German Museum which chronicles the life of the early settlers. Please note this is a small group tour. Tour includes entrance fee to the German Museum which is open daily except 25 December and 01 January.

Half Day Frutillar Tour

This morning you will be collected from your hotel to visit two of the region's most stunning natural sceneries, the Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls.

Osorno Volcano stands on the south eastern shore of Lake Llanquihue towering over Todos los Santos Lake. Despite its low altitude, the upper slopes of the volcano are covered in glaciers and the views from the top are truly spectacular. From here we continue to the Pertohué Falls located deep in the Vincente Perez Rosales National Park. The chute-type, icy cold, blue green falls stem from the Todos los Santos Lake the next and final stop on today's trip. On completion of the tour you will be taken to your hotel. This is a small group tour.

Please note the entrance fee to the waterfalls is not included in this service. Includes a snack.

Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Waterfalls

You will be collected from the hotel in Puerto Varas to begin the journey to Chiloe Island. Travelling from Puerto Varas by road until we reach the pier where you will board the ferry to cross over to Chiloe. While onboard you are free to walk around and enjoy the landscape and birdlife. The journey takes around 40-45 minutes before reaching the shores of Chiloe. On arrival we travel to Chacao, a small village located on the southern shore of the Chacao Channel. Enjoy a coffee break, while admiring the colourful wooden village buildings, followed by a short visit to the local church. From Chacao we continue the journey crossing the island to Castro, with beautiful views on offer of the islands landscape along the way. The journey takes around 1.5 hours. You will be dropped off to your hotel in Castro on arrival.
Note: This is a private service with an English speaking guide.

Transfer Puerto Varas to Chiloe Island

Separated from the mainland of Chile by the Chacao Strait, Chiloe is an island of surprising cultural and natural wealth. Discover its picturesque palafitos, colourful stilt houses built on the water and its colourful wooden churches (a large majority of which are declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO). Explore this mythical territory, known as the land of myths, legends and traditions.

Welcome to Chiloe Island

Departing from your hotel after breakfast, directly to the Chepu sector where we will board a local boat. Sailing into the river from Chepu we will see a sunken forest, which occurred after the 1960 earthquake. Here we have the opportunity to do some birdwatching, with a diverse range of birds, you will be able to appreciate a wide range of herons and cormorants, among many others. If we are lucky enough, we may also see some aquatic mammals such as the Huillin (known as the Southern River Otter) or the Coipo (also known as Coypu).
Later we will change course and set sail towards the Pacific Ocean. Disembarking on a local beach, we will have a short walk to reach the Muelle de Luz, which offers extensive views over the Pacific Ocean. Making for a great spot to take in the views and get the perfect photo. On the way back we will visit a local rural house where we will be able to view the house, and its gardens while meeting the local people. We will enjoy lunch here (included), before returning back to your hotel in Castro.

Chepu - Muelle de la Luz Full Day Tour

You will be collected after breakfast from your hotel. This route will take you to see Chiloé’ s cultural, agricultural and religious heritage by touring Dalcahue, Curaco de Veléz and Achao villages where you will find World Heritage churches, small but interesting museums, artisans and an attractive cuisine. While exploring back roads you will understand why FAO recognized Chiloé as a World Agricultural Heritage (SIPAM), exemplified in the work of many generations of farmers who developed ingenious practices for the use and conservation of natural resources. Finally, depending on the time of year, stop at some of the viewpoints this route offers where you will see some birds both endemic and migratory among which are the straight-billed curlew and the attractive Chilean flamingo. Lunch in a typical restaurant before returning to the hotel (not included).

Castro to Achao: Route of Churches and Craftsman

Breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport for your outward flight.

Transfer to airport for your onward destination
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Since you're so close, why not spend some time in the world's southernmost city on the Ushuaia Extension, and then hop onboard a small-ship expedition cruise to Antarctica. With over 30 ships and dozens of different itineraries to choose from, our Destination Specialists can help you find the expedition of your dreams to visit the most remote and awe-inspiring destination in the world, Antarctica! 

  • Extend your time on the region, and take an incredible journey on the Stella Australia: Patagonia Explorer Extension and bear witness to the awe-inspiring and stunning beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. See incredible wildlife at Ainsworth Bay or be mesmerised by the colossal Pia Glacier on this 5-day cruise that will take you to ‘The end of the World’.

  • Bariloche is in the heart of the Lakes District of Argentina, situated on the coast of the glacial Nahuel Huap Lake. The quaint town makes a perfect base to explore the surrounding terrain, packed with mountains, waterfalls, and forests. On this four day Bariloche Extension you will visit National Parks, and explore mountains, lakes, Sounds, waterfalls, and more.

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Important Information

  • Airport transfers
    Accommodation
    Tours in the itinerary
    Transport
    All breakfasts
    Other meals where stated

    EXCLUSIONS: 

    International & Internal flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides and drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Season and Availability.

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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