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Lakes District and Chiloe island wonders

  • 10-day trip
  • Ideal for: couples, families, seniors
  • icon voiture circuit autotour chili
    Self-drive
  • Difficulty : easy
  • Style: adventure
  • Minimum : 2 travelers

Discover Chile in an authentic, local way. This unforgettable stay takes you from Puerto Varas and its volcanoes to the mythical Chiloé Archipelago, with an unmissable stop in Santiago, the capital city. Change of scenery and adventure are guaranteed!

During this trip to the Lakes District and Chiloé island, you will have the opportunity to experience cultural moments and discover a large variety of landscapes. Awaiting you are churches classified as UNESCO heritage, a hike around Petrohué waterfalls, discovery of snow-capped lakes and volcanoes, traditional villages with German heritage, and a short excursion to learn about the mysteries of Chiloé !

This trip in Chile is kid-friendly and suitable for babies.

 

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What to Expect

This 10-day trip to the Lakes District and Chiloé will transport you to the best and most secret places of Southern Chile. This tour is the perfect blend of cultural visits, sightseeing, activities, and relaxation. It is suitable for families with children, but also for couples of all ages!

The accommodations were chosen to ensure a high-quality and comfortable stay, while taking in some incredible views. This circuit will take you on an accessible, easygoing road trip to discover Chile at your own pace with total freedom.

You will experience the following on this adventure:

  • Meeting a colony of penguins
  • Sleeping in a typical palafito
  • Kayaking or rafting in a secret lagoon
  • Swimming in a pristine lake
  • Visiting UNESCO listed churches
  • Observing volcanoes, lakes, and fauna
  • Hiking in Chile's most popular national park (VIcente Perez Rosales)
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Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Chile!

Welcome to Chile!

Your private driver will be waiting for you at Santiago’s international airport to take you to your accommodation.

Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Chile’s modern, historical capital city. We recommend these key sites: Plaza de Armas, Cerro San Cristobal, or the historical neighborhood.

Overnight: Hotel Magnolia, superior room.

Day 2Depart for Chile 's Lakes District

In the morning, your transfer will drive you to the Santiago airport. Hop on a short domestic flight to Puerto Montt. Upon your arrival in the Lakes District, your comfortable rental car will be waiting for you. You will quickly arrive in Puerto Varas, just half an hour drive away.

Take advantage of the rest of the day to explore Puerto Varas on foot, swim in the lake, or simply admire the view of the Osorno volcano.

Overnight: Casa Kalfu hotel boutique, superior room.

Day 3Discover the surroundings of Puerto Varas

This day is spent in Puerto Varas. You will discover  a snowy volcano, take a chairlift ride to witness a superb view of the entire region, and observe turquoise-blue waterfalls. You can finish this beautiful day with a ride by the lake located at the foot of the mountains.

From the Osorno volcano to the Petrohué waterfalls, passing by Lake Todos los Santos, your day will be action-packed.

You also have the opportunity to spend the day biking around the lake (with electric assistance or car support if necessary).

Overnight: Casa Kalfu hotel boutique, superior room.

Day 4Raft or kayak in nature

Today, experience water sports in Chile’s impressive natural setting. 

  • The adventurers can choose an adrenaline rush by joining a whitewater rafting session! As a team, you will be able to discover the Petrohue rapids from a unique point of view. 
  • Families can opt for a calmer experience, kayaking in a hidden lagoon. You will be able to explore superb fauna and flora surrounded by wilderness.

In the afternoon, you can head to traditional towns inspired by German heritage, such as Frutillar and Puerto Octay, to taste local pastries (kuchen) or craft beer.

Overnight: Casa Kalfu hotel boutique, superior room.

Day 5The mythical island of Chiloe

Hit the road this morning to get to the mythical island of Chiloé. After a short ferry on the Chacao canal, you will arrive in Ancud. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins or sea lions! Enjoy this road trip to admire the unbridled wilderness of the archipelago. 

Upon arrival, wander around Ancud at your own pace.

Overnight: Panamerica, double room.

Day 6Meet a colony of penguins

Today’s adventure will delight children and adults alike. The lucky travelers will meet a colony of Humboldt and Magellanic penguins today! Sailing to Chiloe’s islets promises an experience rich in flora and fauna. As a bonus, you will be surrounded by magnificent views along the way.

Take the rest of the day to relax or further explore Ancud. 

Overnight: Panamerica, double room.

Day 7 On the church-road to Castro

On this third day in the archipelago, go on a treasure hunt for the churches of Chiloe. On the road from Ancud to Castro, several stops will delight both young and old: a detour to Isla Aucar accessible via a long bridge, or a stop in a craft market, not to mention a visit to UNESCO-listed churches. For an authentic visit, you can also take the ferry to Isla Quinchao.

Once in Castro, explore the stilt houses (palafitos) along the shore.

Overnight: Palafito 1326, superior room with a view. 

Day 8 Explore the shore

How about continuing the unusual discoveries of the Chiloe archipelago by heading to Lemuy Island? Visit a UNESCO-listed church there and discover an authentic way of life in the tiny villages you will pass through. Castro is the perfect starting point for your explorations.

Take advantage of a fantastic viewpoint over the Quehui, Chelin, and Chaulinec islands and Michinmahuida volcano on the mainland. In the Yayanes natural park, a long suspension bridge can be crossed.

Overnight: Palafito 1326, superior room with a view.

Day 9Head back to Santiago

Today is the day to go back to Puerto Montt for your last road trip in Lakes District. You will then return your rental car and take your domestic flight back to Santiago de Chile.

Back in Chile’s capital city, your driver will pick you up to take you to your accommodation.

Enjoy your last stroll through Santiago…why not visit one of the city’s museums?

Overnight: Hotel Magnolia, superior room.

Day 10 Goodbye, Chile!

Your beautiful journey filled with memorable experiences has come to an end.

Your driver will return you to Santiago’s airport for your international flight back home.

See you next time!

Recommended Airport

Santiago international airport

Price Includes

  • 9 nights in superior private rooms with bathroom
  • Accommodations include breakfast, WiFi, restaurant, and bar
  • 8-day car rental
  • 2 flights per person
  • High quality activities: penguin boat cruise, kayaking, or rafting
  • Private transfer to and from the airports
  • A customized travel guide
  • Full support on site
  • A dedicated local contact

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Fuel
  • Tips