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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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.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert
Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
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 Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!