Tour: LAKES REGION AND SAN RAFAEL GLACIER
Tour to Santiago, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Peulla, Chiloé, Coyhaique, Puyuhuapi, San Rafael Lagoon
This program will make feel the strength of nature in the south of Chile. From Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas visit Chiloé Island, with its popular enchantment, traditions and handicrafts; toward the cordillera on the other hand, nature surprises us with its imposing volcanoes and green emerald lakes. Further to the south countless fiords and islands define one of the most deserted and barren places on the planet, virgin forests and glaciers getting detached from the Campo de Hielo Norte (Northern Ice Field) will amaze you for their majesty and untamed nature. The Thermal Water of Puyuhuapi will be the perfect refuge to enjoy this natural spectacle in the end of the world.
|| 10 days / 9 nights
|Type / activities
||Nature, recreation, leisure and culture.
||US$ 2 264
||Minimum 1 month in advance.
||October to April, subject to days of departure of the Patagonia Express Catamaran (Day 6: Tuesdays or Saturdays).
||Santiago, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Peulla, Chiloé, Coyhaique, Puyuhuapi, San Rafael Lagoon.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO
Reception at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, transfer to your selected hotel.
DAY 02: SANTIAGO: Visit to the city
Breakfast. Departure from your hotel. Visit colonial sector of the city, Ejercito Av., Blanco Av., O'Higgins Park, Santiago Racetrack (Club Hípico), Republica street, Bernardo O'Higgins Av., La Moneda Presidential Palace (1786), Santiago Municipality, Courts Justice Old Palace (1907), ex- National Congress (1858), “Plaza de Armas” Main Square (1870), Cathedral (1748), Central Post Office (1882), Mapocho Station Cultural Center (1905), Central Market (1868), Mapocho River, Forestal Park, Beauty Arts Palace Museum, Santa Lucia Hill, place of foundation of Santiago on 12 February, 1541, National Library, University of Chile (1863), San Francisco Church Convent (1572), Paris and Londres districts, Club de la Union (1917), exclusive social club, Stock market building (1917), Municipal Theater (1853), Baquedano Square with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Bohemian district of Bellavista, famous for its restaurants, San Cristóbal hill (880 above sea level), Alameda Av., Providencia Av., Suecia Av., El bosque Av. Isidora Goyenechea and Borderio, excellent gastronomical centers, Vitacura, Apoquindo Av., and the Military Academy. Lodging.
DAY 03: SANTIAGO - PUERTO MONTT - PUERTO VARAS
Breakfast. Transfer to Santiago airport to take flight to Puerto Montt. Arrival, reception and transfer to selected hotel in Puerto Varas.
Lodging in Puerto Varas
DAY 04: PUERTO VARAS: Tour Petrohué, Todos los Santos Lake and Peulla
You can not leave the Lakes Region without navigating in the wonderful Todos los Santos Lake, visiting the world famous Petrohué Falls and knowing Peulla, a small ecological village of 150 inhabitants, which is part of the famous tourist circuit Crossing Lakes. Once we have visited the Petrohué Falls we will get onboard the Lagos Andinos Catamaran to sail for two hours across Todos los Santos Lake, with views to Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador Volcanoes. Arrival in Peulla at noon, time for lunch and tour in the village and its surroundings.
Return and lodging in Puerto Varas.
DAY 05: PUERTO VARAS: Tour Chiloé Island, Dalcahue and Castro
Early morning departure towards Chacao Channel, where we cross in a ferry enjoying nature. From Chacao we drive directly to Dalcahue along the highway. There we can the see Chilote handicrafts, houses on stilts (palafitos) and also visit Dalcahue Church which has been declared National Monument. From there we head towards Castro, where you can have lunch at a palafito if you wish so, to head later to the Port, the handicraft market with artisans working on their different products, the square with its Church of San Francisco, Castro Museum and the observation points. In the afternoon we will head towards Puerto Varas.
Lodging in Puerto Varas.
DAY 06: PUERTO VARAS – BALMACEDA – PUYUHUAPI (Tuesdays or Saturdays)
NOTE: For its correct operation, this program requires to take the following flights: Arrival in Balmaceda, Saturdays, LAN 091; Tuesdays, LAN 281.
Reception in the Balmaceda airport to take us towards the City of Coyhaique, the route leaves behind us the Patagonian Pampas of Balmaceda to penetrate into the wooded and humid valleys of the mountain range of the Andes. After a brief visit to the central sector of the City of Coyhaique, we continue by the valley of the Simpson River until Puerto Chacabuco Port. Here we will embark in a catamaran to sail by lonely and savage fiords until we reach the Termas Puyuhuapi Thermal Water Hot Springs.
Lodging at Puyuhuapi Hotel & Spa.
DAY 07: TERMAS DE PUYUHUAPI HOTEL – SPA: Optional excursions
Breakfast. Free day to enjoy the hotel and its surroundings. Only the nature and the silence of the forests surround the Lodge, located on the shores of the Puyuhuapi Channel and only accessible by sea. You will be able to enjoy both the out of doors thermal hot spring swimming pools, next to the sea, and also the ones under roof. The Spa counts on hydro massages, jacuzzis with thermal hot spring water and with sea water, brook water and steam sauna. There are options to enjoy treatments from talus therapy, massages of relaxation and face treatments, among others.
In the neighbourhood of the hotel you will be able to visit the Parque Nacional Queulat National Park to see its hanging blizzard and to make a walk through the temperate forest or to cross the Ruta Austral Southern Highway on bicycle, are some of the most active options that the hotel offers for this day.
Lodging and Overnight at Spas of Puyuhuapi, Hotel & Spa.
DAY 08: PUYUHUAPI – SAN RAFAEL LAGOON – PUERTO CHACABUCO
Today we will sail until Laguna San Rafael Lake to see this imposing glacier that slips down from the Northern Ice Field. Navigation begins at 07:00 Hrs. Crossing fiords and archipelagos inhabited only by impenetrable forests. Occasional encounters with the so called toninas, a type of dolphins can interrupt the silence of the channels. We will arrive at noon at the glacier and will cross its imposing millenarian ice front.
Lunch onboard and return to Puerto Chacabuco Port at dusk.
DAY 09: PUERTO CHACABUCO - SANTIAGO
After breakfast, bus drive to the airport in Balmaceda. Flight to Santiago. Transfer to your hotel.
For its correct operation, this program requires to take the following flights: Departure from Balmaceda, Tuesdays or Fridays, LAN 280.
DAY 10: SANTIAGO: Returning flight
Breakfast. At according time transfer to airport for your departure flight.
End of our services
Price per person in US dollars
Prices not valid for residents of Chile
PRICES LOW SEASON
FROM OCTOBER 9th TO NOVEMBER 12nd, 2008
Referential Prices 2008
| SERVICES ON REGULAR BASIS
Spanish - English speaking guides
||2 854 *
||2 264 *
PRICES HIGH SEASON
FROM NOVEMBER 13rd TO DECEMBER 15th, 2008
| SERVICES ON REGULAR BASIS
Spanish - English speaking guides
||3 086 *
||2 496 *
* With the Hotel Bellavista you have to apply a price supplement from December 1st till December 15th. (Please consult)
Referential Prices Only. May be modified without previous notice depending on US Dollar exchange rate with local currency.
Note 1: Prices valid until December 15th, 2008. Please consult price 2009.
Note 2: These Prices subject to change without previous advice, as in the Case of Easter Week, May 1st, Christmas, New Years etc.
Note 3: Prices in Regular Tours based on a minimum of 2 persons, inclusive for the prices based on single supplements.
Note 4: Ask for special rates for groups from 4 persons up that travel together and for a single person travelling alone in a regular tour.
Domestic local flight are not included
|Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)|
- 3 lodging nights in Santiago at chosen hotel with breakfast.
- 3 lodging nights in Puerto Varas at chosen hotel with breakfast.
- 2 lodging nights at Hotel Termas de Puyuhuapi with all meals and excursions included.
- 1 lodging night in Puerto Chacabuco at Loberias del Sur Hotel with breakfast. (Other opcion lodging is Hosteria Coyhaique in Coyhaique)
- Transfers airport – hotel – airport.
- Regular half-day tour City of Santiago.
- Full-day tour to Chiloé Island, entrance.
- Full-day tour Todos Los Santos Lake and Peulla, with transfers and navigation included. Entrance to Petrohué Falls.
- Navigation Puerto Chacabuco – Termas de Puyuhuapi.
- Full-day navigation San Rafael Lagoon, all meals and open bar onboard.
- Air tickets
- Tips and extras in hotels
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Others not specified in the itinerary
Santiago has a mild weather with Mediterranean hints. Thermometers can reach 30º C in summer – December to March –, while there are short though intense rain showers in winter – June to August –. The annual average is of 14º C
The City of Valparaiso has a subtropical weather, with an average temperature of 20° C
Temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama present characteristics proper of a high-altitude desert. In summer (from December to February) average temperature during the day is of 27° C, reaching extremes of 30° C, while it drops up to 16° C during the night.
Easter Island has a subtropical weather, influenced by marine currents and winds, with an annual average temperature of 20° C
It rains throughout the year though sporadically and for short periods on the Island of the Rapa Nui – another name for Easter Island –. May is the month with the most pluvial precipitations.
In the southern region the weather is mild and rainy during the winter. It rains occasionally in summer, although around 70% of the days are sunny. Temperatures rarely exceed of 28° C in summer and in winter maximums are close to 15° C.
WHAT TO PACK
It is recommendable to pack all sorts of clothes, since it is very cold in winter in the capital city and temperatures can climb up to 30º C in summer. For San Pedro de Atacama it is advisable to pack light cotton clothes, t-shirts, short pants, bathing suit, shades, sunscreen and caps for the scorching hours; and jackets, sweaters, coats, gloves, thick socks and other warm garments that will allow you to manage the low temperatures on the night and high-altitude excursions.
Easter Island has a mild weather though pretty warm in summer (December to March) and rather cool in winter. Always include a light parka or waterproof cape for the frequent rain showers, sunscreen, bathing suit, sun cap and a warming jacket in winter.
For Puerto Varas and Chiloé, warm and waterproof clothes are advisable, wool cap and gloves in winter and rather light clothes for summer, without ever forgetting a waterproof jacket for the rain.
There is fresh water in almost the entire territory, although for those unused to tap water and in rural areas, it is advisable to drink bottled water.
Santiago has an important network of clinics, hospitals and medical centers, which have emergency service in most cases.
San Pedro de Atacama has neither clinics nor hospitals, there is only a medic post located in the plaza, which is equipped to respond to basic needs. Therefore, you would have to go the Dr. Carlos Cisternas Hospital, located in the homonymous avenue in the City of Calama in case of a major emergency.
On the island we can find several hospitals and clinics, though one of the most recommended is the Hanga Roa Hospital, which has the necessary implements to perform surgeries and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day. Besides, it has dental and pharmaceutical services. It is advisable to carry your basic and frequent-use medications with you, since there is not much to choose from on the island.
In the southern zone you will have no problems regarding medical attention, be it in Puerto Varas, Puerto Montt or Chiloé, where you will find excellent clinics and hospitals.
Chilean cuisine is very diverse. Among its typical dishes we have: Empanada de Pino (dough stuffed with onion, meat, raisins and olives), Pastel de Choclo (made mainly of corn with meat, eggs and olives), Porotos Granados (tender potatoes cooked with gourd and corn), Cazuela de Ave o Vacuno (clear soup of chicken or beef with boiled vegetables), besides those typical of each region.
Lastly, you can not fail to taste the exquisite Mote con Huesillos, a dessert elaborated from a boiled fruit and mote wheat.
Recommended Restaurants during your trip:
Restaurants in Santiago
Restaurants in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
Restaurants in San Pedro de Atacama
Restaurants on Easter Island
Restaurants in Puerto Montt
Enjoy Corporation retains the right to make changes in the order of the excursions or trips without previous notice due to weather conditions, level of the rivers, arriving and departing hours of planes or buses, or for any other relevant reason, which will ensure and guarantee a better outcome for your trip.