Patagonia, Chile
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Chiloe Island: Ancud, Caulin and Puñihuil Penguins Colony

1. Chiloe Island: Ancud, Caulin and Puñihuil Penguins Colony

Begin your tour in either Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt and make your way south to Pargua to board a ferry to sail through the Chacao Channel to Chiloe Island. During the trip, see sea wolves, pelicans, and other sea birds endemic to the area. Upon arrival at Chacao pier, admire the houses built with Alerce wood, and the churches that are a National Heritage Site. Then, continue along a coastal route and visit Caulín beach, a place famous for its oysters and rich marine fauna. Later, go to Puñihuil beach, declared a National Heritage Site for its ecological relevance. Once on Puñihuil beach, hop on a boat to a small island where you'll find both Magellanic penguins and Humboldt penguins. This is the place where these two species make their nests, and they have coexisted together for generations. With your guide, learn about the way of life of these birds, the surroundings, and the abundance of food that makes these islands a wild paradise. Next, continue your trip to Ancud city, and see the San Antonio Fort, a historic place located in the highest part of the city. Built in the latter part of the 18th-century, it's one of the last Spanish fortifications in the country. Explore the local churches' heritage foundation, the main square, and the central market, where you can find many gastronomic and craft options from the island.

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Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica National Park Hike

2. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica National Park Hike

Start your day traveling through incredible landscapes of nature and geological formations. Drive approximately 70 kilometers along the border with Argentina and crossing the beautiful area of Puesco. Arrive at the hike starting point at the Quillelhue Lagoon in Villarrica National Park. Trek for about four kilometers and pass by the Escondida and Huinfiuca lagoons. Continue towards Laguna Verde and after reaching about five kilometers, arrive at a slope and approach the skirts of the mythical Lanin Volcano. Be impressed by the 3,870 meters high peak and its glacier hat. Stop for a healthy lunch when it pleases you. Having crossed a mountainous Andean landscape and after visiting this last lagoon, return to the starting point of your hike. Heaed back to Pucon with a stop in the town of Curarrehue. While here, visit the Mapuche women's cooperative and see local, fair-trade crafts and gastronomic products before concluding your day.

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Pucon: Quetrupillan Volcano Full-Day Climb

3. Pucon: Quetrupillan Volcano Full-Day Climb

Meet at the local partner's office in downtown Pucon and travel to the Palguin area to the east of the city. Start the hike and cross the forest full of native Coihue trees, some of which reach more than 20 meters high. Discover the various birds of the area as you hike along a leisurely trail. Learn about the native inhabitants and culture of the region from your experienced guides. After you exit the forest, make your way into the rugged Andean mountain landscape. As the height increases, hike along steeper slopes which will bring you closer to the summit. When you reach the crater at the top, after climbing over 1,000 meters, walk westward along the ridge to reach the summit at a height of 2,347 meters. Enjoy fantastic views of the Villarrica and Lanin volcanoes, along with more than three other volcanoes in the area. Admire the many lagoons, Argentinean pampas, and green forests of this panoramic viewpoint. Enjoy an easy descent, where you will walk once more through green forests, and arrive at your vehicle which will take you back to Pucon.

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4.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

A quasi local guide with reflected insight into the local situation of the population. Despite obviously good connections to the local organizers, there was no impression of the biting. Guide was very knowledgeable. Well-coordinated team of driver and guide (photo stops etc.). Generally recommended and worth the money.