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Chile’s Lake and Volcano District

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Discover the Lake & Volcano District hiking and cycling Chile’s southern backroads.

  • Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks, visit local ethnic villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.
  • During 8 days you will: Visit Pucon city; Lake Caburgua and Huife Hot Springs. Go hiking in Huerquehue and Villarrica National Parks, including Pichillancahue Glacier. Climb Villarrica Volcano, Chile’s most active volcano. Bike Chile’s Seven Lakes Route and across the Villarrica National Park

Additional Information

Trek Duration

More Than Five days

Tour Languages

English

Trek Difficulty

Medium

Company

Amity Tours

Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

Guiding Method

Guide/Instructor

Destinations

Villarrica Volcano

Amity Tours

Founded in 2003, Amity Tours is a family-owned and operated company that was created in response to the immense opportunities for diverse and attractive programs that can be offered in Chile. We started up our operations in The Lake & Volcano District (Chile and Argentina) and now we also cover the Atacama Desert and Patagonia. Nowadays, Amity Tours operates tours all over Chile and in most parts of Southern Argentina. With the experience gained since 2003 and the great feedback we have received from our clients, we have now developed attractive excursions along with offering tailor-made programs to fulfill the special interests of our clients. Likewise, we continue our pledge to preserve the natural beauty of the Southern cone. Accordingly, we have programs exploring the ancestral roots of the country, led by friendly local specialized guides. In this light, we offer Hiking tours in over 30 National Parks from the Atacama Desert to Patagonia, active Bike tours in The Lake and Volcano District and the Wine Region, Conservation tours in private Land Trust and Indigenous Communities, Family Adventure tours in Patagonia, volcano-climbing across The Andes, and Skiing tours on volcanoes. And of course, we spice up all of these great trips with the best local wines and food, insights into the local flora and fauna, ethnic discoveries, and trips to natural hot springs.

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Day 01, Santiago (SCL) – Temuco (ZCO) – Pucón
Upon your arrival, our staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and drive you 90 minutes to the city of Pucón – the capital of adventure tourism in Chile – where we’ll check in at your hotel and have a rest. That evening we will check and fit your bicycles, have an orientation and briefing session, and enjoy an introductory dinner with your guides and fellow riders.
Lodging at the hotel of your choice: Antumalal (4✰), Martina de Goñi (3✰), Geronimo (2✰)
Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 02, Pucon’s Hot Springs Loop Ride (First Ride)
We’ll cycle from our hotel to Lake Caburgua and then towards Pucon’s famous Hot Springs. The ride today is a combination of rolling hills with several short climbs at the second half of the road. Throughout today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees as we cycle next to beautiful farms and enjoy views of the Villarrica volcano.
With a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of this active volcano. After cycling the rolling and sometimes hilly road to the hot springs, we will enjoy lunch and then a soothing soak in a hot mineral bath.
Later we’ll take a short ride in the vans back to our hotel in Pucón, or you can ride in your bike if you want.
Evening at leisure, dinner NOT included.
Lodging at the hotel of your choice: Antumalal (4✰), Martina de Goñi (3✰), Geronimo (2✰)
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch.-
Bike traveled distance = 52 km / 32 miles (+ 22 miles if you want to ride back to Pucón)
Time cycling: 3 hours approx.
Time driving in the van: 40 min from Hot Springs to hotel in Pucón.

Day 03, Huerquehue National Park (First Hike)
We head southeast in the direction of Huerquehue National Park, located at the foothills of the Andes, 35 km (22 miles) from Pucón.
The hike starts easy but after a short distance the trail becomes more demanding and sometimes steeper, but is still considered a relatively easy hiking level.
We have arrived at the first lookout point where the views of Villarrica Volcano and Tinquilco Lake are absolutely stunning; here you’ll find great photo opportunities as well as chance to reenergize with a snack. As we continue hiking, our guide will point out some wild flora of the area (i.e. mutisias, orchids and alstroemerias), and if luck is on our side, we can spot some birds that live in the forests of Nothofagus, such as chucao tapaculo, black-throated huet-huet and the magellan woodpecker among others.
Once we reach 1000 meters above sea level we begin to see the first araucarias trees. Soon we will walk through a mixed forest with many of these trees, considered to be a living fossil and a national monument for their exceptional characteristics.
We have hiked around 2½ hours when we arrive at the first lake called Chico (small), with its clear waters reflecting the image of hundreds of araucarias and snow-capped peaks. 15 minutes later, we arrive at Lago Toro (Bull Lake). Here we eat our well-deserved picnic lunch and spend some more time taking pictures or simply resting. We can watch the breathtaking landscape and spot some of the birdlife that inhabits the shores of this lake, such as the Andean duck.
Following the break, we keep going through an easy terrain and visit the third lake called Verde (green) which is the last attraction of our hike. Now we can commence a two-hour decent by the same trail to the parking area.
Return to Pucón at 5pm. Evening at leisure, dinner NOT included.
Lodging at the hotel of your choice: Antumalal (4✰), Martina de Goñi (3✰), Geronimo (2✰)
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

Day 04, Pucon’s Villarrica National Park Loop Ride (Second Ride)
We’ll cycle from your hotel in Pucón toward a small Mapuche village located near the border with Argentina. Here we can visit a Cultural Center and learn about the Mapuche, the area’s indigenous people. The first 45km of the road today are generally flat with a few rolling hills – just enough to get your legs going. But after that we can climb a 10km section on new asphalt (international road to Argentina) and then get back to the Mapuche village enjoying 20 km riding downhill.
Along today’s ride we’ll cycle alongside river Trancura while enjoying views of three volcanoes, Villarrica, Quetrupillan and Lanín.
Return to Pucón. Upon arriving to Pucón, we’ll check the mountain gear for ascending Villarrica Volcano next morning.
Lodging at the hotel of your choice: Antumalal (4✰), Martina de Goñi (3✰), Geronimo (2✰)
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch
Bike traveled distance = 75km + 35km if you want to continue back to Pucon
Time cycling: 5 hours approx.
Time driving in the van: no driving today

Day 05, Villarrica Volcano Climb (Second Hike)
This morning you will have to be ready at 6:45am and if the weather conditions are favorable, we’ll start driving to the Pucón Ski Resort located at the base of the volcano at 1.400 meters / 4.593 feet. Ascending the active Villarrica Volcano is without a doubt a once in a lifetime experience, the climb is not technical, but you need to be in good shape to reach the summit.
Once we arrive at the parking lot we can buy the lift ticket that will take us to the higher part of the ski courses at 1.800 mts / 5.906 feet, saving us almost 2 hours of climbing.. The views from the top are absolutely mind-blowing, overlooking five lakes and several volcanoes in the distance such as Llaima and Lanín.
The descent is quite fun, especially when we can slide down the snow on our rear ends. We’ll return to the vehicles around 5 pm and immediately head off to Pucón, where we hand back the gear.
Lodging at the hotel of your choice: Antumalal (4✰), Martina de Goñi (3✰), Geronimo (2✰)
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

Day 06, Villarrica Ntl. Park – Pichillancahue Glacier + Geometricas Hot Springs (Third Hike)
Departing from Pucón, we drive 40 miles by minibus to Coñaripe, where we take a 20-mile dirt road that leads us by the Llancahue river valley to the National Park Villarrica. We will see several majestic snow-capped volcanoes such as Quetrupillan and Rucapillan. The vegetation changes from raulí (Nothofagus alpina) and hualle forests (Nothofagus oblicua) to gigantic thousand-year old araucarias as we ascend to Chinay, the higher point of the day at 1.250 meters / 4.101 feet above sea level.
After approximately 2 ½ hours of steady hike, we’ll arrive at the Pichi Llancahue Glacier trail, where we’ll take a good break and grab a bite of a snack. Later we’ll hike the trail (2 ½ hours round trip) that leads to a phenomenal glacier which is absolutely covered by the volcanic ashes of the Villarrica volcano. Once again you’ll enjoy the stunning views of four volcanoes.
Back to the entrance of the trail, we’ll hike back to the exit of the park. Then we’ll visit the fantastic Geometricas Hot Springs.
Return to Pucón.
Lodging at the hotel of your choice: Antumalal (4✰), Martina de Goñi (3✰), Geronimo (2✰)
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch.-

Day 07, Chile’s 7-Lake Route (Third Ride)
Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception. Today we will ride one of Chile’s most scenic roads, The 7-Lake Route. We’ll pedal alongside the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and cover three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic, snow-capped active volcano. This road is smooth and quiet as almost no vehicles drive here.
At one point we should be able to see five volcanoes. We’ll have a picnic lunch by the beach of Lake Panguipulli – meaning “land of lions” – while enjoying the views of Chile’s southern volcanoes. From here we contiue riding alongside Lake Panguipulli until the end of the paved road near Choshuenco village. From this point will drive back to Pucón. Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell BBQ dinner with our friends and local guides.
Lodging at the hotel of your choice: Antumalal (4✰), Martina de Goñi (3✰), Geronimo (2✰)
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell Dinner.-
Bike traveled distance = 94.7 km / 58.8 miles.
Time cycling: 6 hours approx.
Time driving in the van: before riding, 40min from Pucón / after riding, 2 hours to Pucón

Day 08, Pucón – Temuco’s Airport (ZCO)
Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile. After breakfast, we’ll ride in vans to Temuco’s Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago. It’s been a trip you will always remember!
End of services.
Meals: Breakfast
Please Book your domestic flights not before 10am

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What’s Included:

  • Lodging on mentioned Hotels described in the itinerary or similar.
  • Professional tour guide (01 guide for every 9 clients)
  • Private ground transportation (01 van for every 12 clients)
  • Accommodation at 2, 3 ✰ and 4 ✰hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (7 breakfasts, 05 picnic lunches, 01 lunch and 02 dinners; on-route snacks include: mineral water, energy drinks, trail-mix, fresh fruit and gourmet sandwiches).
  • Accidents insurance
  • Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes)
  • Mountain Gear for Villarrica Volcano (crampons, ice axe, hiking boots, gators, helmet, backpack, gloves, pant cover and wind breaker).-
  • All activities according to the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to hot springs and national parks

What’s Excluded:

  • International and local flights
  • Gratuities at restaurants and hotels
  • Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
  • Extra beverages & cocktails
  • Laundry and SPA services
  • Bike rental available upon request – Bike rental: US$100 for the whole tour.

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Company Information

Founded in 2003, Amity Tours is a family-owned and operated company that was created in response to the immense opportunities for diverse and attractive programs that can be offered in Chile. We started up our operations in The Lake & Volcano...

Tour Details

  • Availability
    Available Daily
  • Booking Type
    Instant Booking
  • Duration
    8 Days
  • Guiding method
    Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    English
  • Meeting/Starts Point
    Temuco Airport
  • Maximum Altitude
    2847 Meters
  • Trek Difficulty
    Medium

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