Experience in Chile


Publication date: 12 Oct 2018
  • Experiences USD 259
  • Accommodation USD 212
  • Transport USD 223
  • Total experience USD 1380

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South Lakes, trekking to the Villarrica volcano and a little bit of Santiago

Admire landscapes worthy of postcards composed by lakes, volcanoes, forests, waterfalls and mountains of southern Chile.

We will rent a car and ride for 4 days through southern Chile visiting 3 of the main lakes of this beautiful country. We will visit Pucón, one of the best summer places for Chileans where we will take an incredible trekking to the Villarrica volcano. The next day we will arrive to Puerto Varas where we will visit the largest lake in Chile and we have an impressive view of the Osorno volcano. We will also have a little trekking through Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and see nice waterfalls. Finally, we will enter to Futangue Forrest where we will enjoy incredible vegetation, views and majestic waterfalls.

After being for 4 day in the south, then we will spend two days in Santiago knowing a little of Chile´s capital and will take a wine tasting tour in one of the most famous vineyard at Maipo Valley.

DAY TO DAY Itinerary day by day

The prices that appear per day are referential and correspond to the sum of activities that were made that day

    DAY 1 USD 42

    We arrive to Santiago and the same day we take a plane to Temuco. We rent a car for 4 days to drive through the lakes. We head-up to Pucon in a 1 hour and a half trip. After we settle in the hotel,  we drive our car to take a relaxing bath in the thermal waters of the Geometric Baths in Coñaripe, a spectacular place that it is worth going. Back to Pucon, we can stop at the shores of Calafquen Lake to observe a wonderful sunset.

    DAY 2 USD 150

    After being rested by the baths, we prepare for a 10-hour tour climbing trek in the Villarrica Volcano. They will pick us from the hotel, we will dress as mountaineers and they will take us to the slopes of the volcano to start the climb. I recommend to pay US15 dollars more and use the ski lift to save an hour of going up hiking. Good physical condition is needed to be able to enjoy the trekking. The reward of being on the top is indescribable.

    DAY 3 USD 7

    After resting well from the day before, we get up early and drive for 4 hours to Puerto Varas, the southernmost point we will be. After we settle in the hotel, we can go to have lunch in front of the Llanquihue lake. Then we can go to see the Saltos de Petrohué, waterfalls located within the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park that is located on the slopes of the Osorno Volcano. There, we will spend the whole afternoon before returning to the hotel.

    DAY 4 USD 15

    We get up and go on a 2 hour drive to Lago Ranco. We arrive at our hotel and go to visit the Futangue Park. If you have rented a 4×4, I recommend the Cerro Mayo entrance. There you will be able to see a hanging bridge and a spectacular view of the lake making a 1-hour walk. If you are not in 4×4, I recommend to enter by the Riñinahue entrance. After visiting the park, do not forget to visit the Riñanahue Falls.

    DAY 5 USD

    We get up and drive 3 hours to Temuco to take a flight at noon to Santiago. We arrive there and go to our hotel near the center. From there we can visit differents neighborhoods of Santiago. We can have lunch in the Italia neighborhood and then visit the Palacio de la Moneda, the Lastarria neighborhood, considered by the spanish magazine “La Vanguardia” as the “coolest” neighborhood in the world in 2018 and we end up in the district of Bellavista, an area with nice bars and restaurants.

    DAY 6 USD 45

    When we go to Chile, one of the things we must do is to visit its vineyards located in the Maipo Valley. We are going to take a 4 hour tour where we will see the vast vine fields and visit the winery of one of the main vineyards of Chile. We will end with a fine wine tasting. There is the possibility of doing it early in the morning or in the afternoon, depends on what suits your schedule.

ACCOMMODATION Lodging per night

The lodging that is shown in the list of each night is recommended by the traveler, you can find more similar options. The cost is per person in a double bed room.

Night City Recommended accommodation Type of lodging Cost of the person
Night 3 Puerto Varas PUERTO CHICO HOTEL Hotel USD 53
Night 4 Lago Ranco HOSTAL LAGO RANCO Hostel USD 23
Night 5 Santiago LASTARRIA 43-61 Apartament USD 38
Night 6 Santiago LASTARRIA 43-61 Apartament USD 38

TRANSPORT Transportation per day

The prices that appear by transport are referential and correspond to what the traveler paid at that moment

Nº Day Origin Destination Link web Type of transport Cost
Day 1 ARPT SANTIAGO (SCL) ARPT TEMUCO (ZCO) https://www.kayak.com Plane USD 38
Day 1 ARPT TEMUCO (ZCO) Pucon http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8909329-12595013 Car Rental USD 19
Day 3 Pucon Puerto Varas http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8909329-12595013 Car Rental USD 19
Day 4 Puerto Varas Lago Ranco http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8909329-12595013 Car Rental USD 19
Day 5 Lago Ranco ARPT TEMUCO (ZCO) http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8909329-12595013 Car Rental USD 19
Day 5 ARPT TEMUCO (ZCO) ARPT SANTIAGO (SCL) https://www.kayak.com Plane USD 38
Day 5 ARPT SANTIAGO (SCL) Santiago Center https://transferdelfos.com/transfer/ Shuttle USD 13
Day 6 Santiago Center ARPT SANTIAGO (SCL) https://www.uber.com Taxi USD 11


RECOMMENDATIONS Tips for your trip

In Pucón, instead of visiting the thermal baths, there are several activities that can be done like rafting, horseback riding, canyoning, among other things.

If you do not go by car to the lakes or do not want to drive to some places, there are tours that can be taken to get to the thermal baths, the Saltos de Petrohue and the Futangue Park, which are guided.

In Pucón I recommend to eat in Senzo where there are good pastas, in Café de la P, nice breakfast , and if you want good steak, La Maga Parrilla is a must go.

In Puerto Varas, you have good restaurants such as Mesa Tropera and Buenas Brasas and in Lago Ranco, Café del Ranco.

The restaurants I recommend in Santiago are, La Singular in the Lastarria neighborhood, El Metizo that is on the waterfront and Patio Bellavista, a place with several good restaurants to choose from.

Important information:

Evaluate your trip and be aware of the weather, because if there is bad weather, you can not climb Villarrica volcano. The problem is if it rains or snow. I recommend to go in spring (between April and May) or in the summer but its very crowded because many people from Santiago spend vacations there.

For me, it is necessary to buy a sim card for the phone so you can use the GPS for the road trip. It is preferable to buy it outside the airport which is cheaper. You can also buy it in departments store as Ripley.

The value of the rental car is divided between two people for the 4 days. A total cost of US $ 94 is calculated for tolls and gasoline. If there are two people, it is US $ 47 per person.

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