STYLE: Extension package
Trip Code: CLFTLDE
DIFFICULTY RATING: 1 (easy adventure)
Start: Puerto Montt, Chile
Finish: Puerto Montt, Chile
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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.
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On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary. Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service.
From El Tepual Airport near Puerto Montt, the gateway of the Andean fjords, you will be transferred to Puerto Varas.
Known as ‘La Ciudad de las Rosas’ or ‘The City of Roses,’ Puerto Varas is located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue at the southern end of Chile’s Lakes District. Characterised by traditional German architecture, manicured gardens and the pristine lakeside scenery, Puerto Varas is a prime location for adventure sports. Visitors can enjoy kayaking, sailing, rafting, fishing and sailing as well as canyoning, rock climbing and mountain biking.
Today is an arrival day with no activities planned, so you are free to explore at your leisure.
Further around Lake Llanquihue is the city of Frutillar, the location of today’s half day excursion. Enroute you will stop in the town of Llanquihue to visit a Memorial for German Colonists. Fruitillar is known as the UNESCO city of music thanks to its year-round program of musical events. Founded in 1856 by German settlers, the city is undoubtedly one of Chile’s finest.
Enjoy time to discover its beautiful houses and gardens, shop for souvenirs and take in magnificent views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanos. There’s also an opportunity to visit the German Museum, which chronicles the life of the early settlers of Fruitillar. (B)
Today you join a small group tour for a closeup look of Osorno Volcano and the Petrohue Waterfalls. Located on southeast shore of Lake Llanquihue, Osorno Volcano is a 2,652 metre tall conical volcano. The upper slopes are covered in glaciers and the view from the top is spectacular. The Petrohue Falls are located in Vincente Perez Rosales National Park, Chile’s oldest National Park, on the eastern slope of the Osorno Volcano. Take the opportunity to view the turquoise waters of the chute-type falls tumble into the Petrohue River from their source at the Todos los Santos Lake. (B,S)
From your hotel in Castro you will travel the route of the explorer Charles Darwin, visiting Chiloe National Park. The park is home to many endemic flora and fauna, such as the Chiloean fox, bushy tailed rat and sea otter Enjoy a walk along the 'El Tepaul trail' and see the visitors centre and museum of Traditions. (B,L)
From your hotel in Castro you will travel the route of the explorer Charles Darwin, visiting Chiloe National Park. The park is home to a large number of flora and fauna, such as the Chiloean fox, bushy tailed rat and sea otter Enjoy a walk along the 'El Tepaul trail' and see the visitors centre and museum of Traditions. (B,L)
Today you will tour Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez and Achao villages and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Dalcahue is a port city known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores (Church of our Lady of Sorrows). The town hosts a handicraft market where you can shop for woollen clothing.
Curaco de Velez is a commune known for its naval history. It too has a UNESCO World Heritage listed church, Iglesia de Curaco de Velez, and the houses in this district are quite colourful.
Finally, Achao is home to a third UNESCO World Heritage listed church, the Santa Maria de Loreto. The town also features a number of houses built with latch tiles, a sandy beach and several viewpoints from its surrounding hills including the Alto de Paloma. From these viewpoints keep your eyes peeled for the straight-billed curlew and the Chilean Flamingo. As you travel the roads between these towns watch for farmers who use traditional Indigenous practices that promote the conservation of natural resources. (B,L)
You will leave Chiloe Island after breakfast, departing from your hotel in Castro by road and ferry back to Puerto Montt, ready for your next destination. (B)
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.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.
Private airport transfers
Accommodation with breakfast daily
Other meals where stated
Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as detailed in the itinerary
International and internal flights not indicated
Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
Any items not mentioned as included
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