Patagonia, Chile
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Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

1. Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

Discover both a lake originating from a glacier and an active volcano famous for its perfectly-shaped crater with this package. Choose to depart from Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt. After pickup from selected hotels in Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt, head to the southern shores of the Llanquihue Lake, where you'll learn about the German settlers and agriculture in the region. Once in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, admire the imposing Petrohué Waterfalls, which stun visitors with their turquoise waters. From there, make your way to the origin of the Petrohué River, Todos los Santos Lake, and visit some of its sleepy beaches. By then, you'll be at the foot of the Osorno Volcano to enjoy a stop for lunch in the village of Ensenada (lunch not included), before continuing up to the ski resort on the volcano. En route, take in stunning panoramic views of the Petrohué River Valley and the beautiful Llanquihue Lake.

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Chiloe Island: Ancud, Caulin and Puñihuil Penguins Colony

2. 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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From Puerto Natales: Sierra Baguales Fossil Route Trek

3. From Puerto Natales: Sierra Baguales Fossil Route Trek

Trek through the wilderness of Patagonia on a full day guided excursion out into this magnificent landscape. After pickup from your hotel between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM, you’ll head to the mysterious Sierra Baguales mountain range. On arrival at the horse ranch, you’ll enjoy a welcome coffee and cookies as you learn about the origins of the ranch.   Start off on a short trek of a half hour to visit Laguna Irene, where you can observe and photograph the birds and surroundings. As you do this, you’ll talk with your guide about the process of colonization of Patagonia, the history of the first human occupation of this place, and the habits and social importance of Patagonia for its first population.   Then, head to your next trekking starting point. On this second hike, you’ll cover 12.5 kilometers of medium inclination. Take in views of the Baguales mountain range, where pumas, guanacos, and wild horses live. After 3.5 hours of hiking, you’ll find marine fossils, dating back more than 50 million years. With a bit of luck, you may even run into a herd of horses.   Continue to a viewpoint located 1,200 meters above sea level and take in panoramic views of the entire sector, including excellent views of the various rock formations. Enjoy your packed lunch before taking the road back to the ranch, and from there, back to Puerto Natales.

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What people are saying about Patagonia, Chile

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 22 reviews

The trip to Sierra Baguales was excellent, the whole crew was really super nice and took their time in explaining the history and geology of the place, especially regarding the fossils that are there in abundance, and some are old more than 60 million years, which is fascinating. Meanwhile, we saw a few significant birds, including the Condor, and the Black Swan, and also plants that are indigenous to the area, like the Yareta plant or the Calafate plant. We also saw some Guanacos, some were alive, and some were in skelleton form because the pumas ate them, so I got to see the place that is locally called the "Guanacos cemetary". I am so glad I did this tour, because the scenery is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, and it's really worth every penny since we hiked almost half a day, and enjoyed the scenery and nature along the way. The time passed so quickly because the guides were really funny and positive and we had such a laugh. All in all,I recommend it to be an absolute must.

Excellent and interesting tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a very enjoyable day trip. Unfortunately at this time of year due to the lack of water, the falls were not as spectacular as they can be, but still worth seeing. Boat trip on the emerald lake was superb. Volcano was amazing and lunch halfway up superb. The owners prepared everything fresh and were very hospitable. Brilliant trip.

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.

Great tour with great locations for a great price. Our guide Dennis was fluent in Spanish and English and was very informative. Great value with option to pay for more things (boat trip, chair lift etc) as suits your needs and/or budget. Lake and mountain views were outstanding - recommended.

Had a great guide Mario. This is a wonderful part of Patagonia In Chile. It’s a must do