Active Chile: Hiking, cycling and kayaking in the lake district and Patagonia
(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)
Overview & Highlights
Explore Chile’s volcanic and glaciated wilderness landscapes on foot, by bike, or on the water. Chile hosts some of the most dramatic scenery in the world and has a good infrastructure for outdoor activities. Osorno volcano and the Torres de Paine National Park are the pinnacles of its natural scenery.
Chile, with its long Pacific coastline extending from the northern desert through the lush pastures of the volcano-studded lake district to the glaciers of Patagonia, is one of Latin America’s most rewarding countries for outdoor adventures.
There’s a well-developed infrastructure to cater for the demand for outdoor adventures. Chile offers a range of well supported and guided activities including hikes, volcano climbing, river rafting, horse riding and mountain biking. While the country lacks visible historical culture, it makes up for it with its exquisite natural landscapes.
This private holiday includes different outdoor experiences: hiking, biking, river-rafting and kayaking. The hikes are challenging: you’ll enjoy them best if you are used to walking for several hours a day in countryside which can be steep and rocky.
Good weather can’t be guaranteed of course in a region of fast-changing climatic conditions, but in the southern summer – November to March – you have a good chance of catching some clear, sunny days, promising a magical experience.
- Day walk in Huerquehue National Park
- Half-day river rafting on the Rio Trancura (class 3)
- Full-day kayaking in the Reloncavi fjord
- Half-day cycling along the shores of Lake Llanquihue
- Day walks in Torres del Paine National Park
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Arrive in Santiago. Transfer to your hotel in the Providencia district.
Fly to Temuco, transfer to Pucón.
Hiking in Huerquehue National Park.
River rafting on the River Trancura.
Public coach to Puerto Varas.
Cycle along lakeshore to Frutillar.
Kayaking on the Reloncavi Estuary.
Fly from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park.
Trek along the Valle del Francés – part of W Trek.
Hike towards the Grey Glacier – part of W Trek.
Hike to the foot of the towers, the “Torres” del Paine.
Transfer to Punta Arenas, fly to Santiago.
Transfer to airport for international flight home.
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What our clients say
An excellent holiday made especially memorable by the leadership, thoughtfulness and humour of our guide.RL, Reading
All archaeological sites were very good especially when accompanied by informed guides. Landscape superb in the Highlands.
All credit to JLA for going beyond the usual tourist venues in Peru and exploring a lesser known but beautiful area with many compensations for the very basic infrastructure.JF, Cambridge
Most memorable experience? - Iguacu Falls were amazing. Boat trip under the falls and helicopter ride from the Brazilian side were truly memorable.
I thoroughly enjoyed my holiday to Brazil with JLA and was impressed with their organisation and local knowledge. Our tour guide, was excellent and went that 'extra mile' to make our holiday an enjoyable experience. During the Trogon itinerary I saw some amazing places not least, Rio de Janeiro, The Pantanal and Iguacu Falls. My private extension to Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais was also well organised and the local guides (both women) used for the private transfers looked after me very well. As a woman travelling alone it was good to know that my safety and security was a high priority.HP, Richmond
I would highly recommend this tour. The itinerary was very well chosen and we felt we saw as much as we could hope for in the time provided. The tour leader was highly professional and experienced, had excellent knowledge of the countries we visited and was available 24/7 for anything we needed. The local guides were excellent too and each gave us a special insight into the area we were visiting.MC, Australia
Overall a very enjoyable trip - some long days and early starts but was easily do-able for a group mainly consisting of people in their 50s and 60s. Saw many amazing sights. Excellent organisation - everything worked - buses, flights, pick ups, minibuses, coaches, boats, trains etc! Never arrived anywhere and there was no-one to meet us. Had a great holiday!LB, New Malden
This was the first time I travelled with JLA and I have been impressed with the quality of personal service and enjoyed the itinerary very much.PM, Wirral
Our expert's view
Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert
Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.
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Real Latin american experts
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Sally Dodge - Travel Expert
A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.