Patagonia, Chile National parks

Our most recommended Patagonia, Chile National parks

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

1. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

Meet with the local partner the day before your climb for an equipment check-up and brief explanation of the hike. The next day drive 30 minutes from the center of Pucon to the base of Villarrica Volcano. From here begin the hike to the summit of one of Chile's iconic active volcanoes. The first stage will be a traditional hiking ascent, starting at 1,800 meters above sea level. Acclimatize at an easy pace. As you approach the summit glacier, start using crampons and ice axes, with the assistance and explanation from the guides. After four to five hours of climbing, reach 2,847 meters at the summit. Gaze at the middle of the crater and its impressive geological formation. See fumaroles and maybe even some lava. From here also enjoy 360-degree views of surrounding volcanos, lagoons, and forests. Spend approximately one hour at the summit and then descend in half the time it took to climb up. Combine walking and controlled snow sliding to get down. During your hike have conversations about the native peoples of the Andes, the mountains and their relationship with them, as well as topics in volcanology. Once you've reached the base, your vehicle will be waiting to return you back to the departure office in Pucon.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

2. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

Go a full-day 18 km trek and discover the breathtaking scenery leading to the granite pillars of Torres del Paine National Park, including the Lake Nordenskjöld and the Almirante Nieto Mountain. After transportation to the national park, your trek starts at the gateway just before Hotel Las Torres beginning with a downhill walk towards the Valle del Ascencio, until reaching El Chileno Mountain Lodge. The trial continues through a Millenial Lenga forest until the base of the rock formation where you will begin the challenging ascent to the base of Torres del Paine for panoramic views of Torre Sur, Torre Central, Torre Norte and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. Once you are done sightseeing and enjoying the beauty that Torres Del Paine has to offer, walk down to Hotel Las Torres. From there which you can relax and rest your legs as you are driven back to the hotel in Puerto Natales.

Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

3. 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.

Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

4. Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

Your day begins as you are collected from your accommodation between 7:30AM and 8:00AM in the morning. From there, begin your beautiful trip to Patagonia to visit one of the 8 Wonders of the World: the Torres del Paine National Park. Travel along the coast before jumping onto Route No. 9 in the direction of the village of Cerro Castillo, which was the home of the famous Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society. Along the route and traveling between Patagonian landscapes, enter the Torres del Paine National Park, a real spectacle where guanacos, condors, and ñandú usually accompany the beautiful views of the park. Visit all the main lookouts of the park, among them Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe, and the beautiful Salto Grande, the latter of which where you take a small walk of about 30 minutes to get closer for some views. Along the way, encounter lakes, rivers, and a great variety of flora and wildlife. There is then a stop for lunch in the park before you resume your trip to your final stop, the lake alongside Gray Glacier which is a part of the Southern Ice Field. Whilst there, take a beautiful walk through an old lenga forest to the beach of this amazing lake to appreciate its icebergs. On the way back to Puerto Natales, pass by the Milodon Cave, a huge natural formation where it is believed that primitive man and the Milodon Darwini, an extinct animal that lived in Patagonia 10,000 years ago, had inhabited. Whilst at this fascinating cave, take a short walk to learn about its beauty and history.

Puerto Varas: Peulla Day Trip

5. Puerto Varas: Peulla Day Trip

Explore Chile's Los Lagos Region on a day trip. See lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. Take in stunning scenery, incredible nature, and local villages. Start your trip early in the morning at the local supplier's office in Puerto Varas, where you will meet your host for the day. Climb aboard the bus to be taken into Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, bordering the beautiful Llanquihue Lake. See the mouth of the Rio Pescado river and small towns such as La Poza before heading to the city of Ensenada. Here, you have the chance to visit Petrohué Falls. Cross the walkways installed amidst lush vegetation and beautiful scenery on the River Petrohué and admire the turquoise waterfalls. Then, continue your tour with Todos los Santos Lake, where you will board an Andean Lakes catamaran. Navigate through the Andes to the green village of Peulla. Enjoy free time to explore the village and find somewhere for lunch. There will also be the chance to enjoy activities such as canopy tours, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, motorboat rides, or a 4x4 safari. Finally, your host will tell you when it's time to head back to Puerto Varas.

From El Calafate: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

6. From El Calafate: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

The tour starts first thing in the morning: 6:30 A.M. We will be starting with the pick up from the hotels. Next, we will take the road to the "Cancha Carrera" border crossing through a gravel road, to enter the Republic of Chile. After the customs and immigration procedures, we will meet our guide and we will be ready to travel the last 80 km to the National Park. In this adventure through Chilean lands we will have as main attractions the Mirador del Lago Sarmiento de Gamboa, the Saltos del Río Paine, the upper viewpoint of Cerro Almirante Nieto/Cuernos del Paine, and the entrance to Laguna Amarga. Once inside the Torres del Paine National Park, we will be ready to start with the different trekking trails, where, accompanied by our local experts, a lunch box will be provided. One of the trails that we will take starts from the Salto Grande. There we will undertake, together with the guide, a low difficulty walk of approximately 1:30 hours in total towards the Mirador de los Cuernos del Paine on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Then, back in our vehicle, we will start the road to Lake Pehoé, a last viewpoint, with impressive views of the Cuernos del Paine and the French Valley. After having marveled at the impressive Torres del Paine and its National Park, we will continue exploring and getting to know the southernmost part of Chilean Patagonia, learning about its flora and fauna on our return to Calafate. We will be arriving at approximately 9:30 P.M. Several walks will be made, the longest of approximately 1 hour and a half. It is recommended to be in good physical condition. The route (round trip) is 540 km long and includes 4 customs crossings (2 going and 2 returning). The activity involves many hours of travel. It is not recommended for young children. Climate: The climate in Southern Patagonia is very unstable, therefore it is possible to have all 4 seasons in the same day. Restrictions: Due to its long duration and distances to be covered on gravel roads, this excursion is not recommended for young children, pregnant women, people with risk illnesses, neck or spine problems, heart ailments or reduced motor skills. Vaccination Certificate from the country where you were vaccinated (digital or printed)

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

7. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

Following a 2-hour drive you will arrive to Hotel las Torres. Following a safety briefing from your guide, the excursion will begin. The track takes you up into the Asencio River Valley, and 2 hours later you will arrive in El Chileno, a camping site where your hike will continue through a dense forested area. There you can also admire a small stream which flows from the Almirante Nieto peak. The path brings you to a moraine, where the slope steepens until the Paine Towers viewpoint, which sits at 890 meters above sea level. At the viewpoint you will enjoy incredible views of the three towers, and will also have some time to have lunch and rest for your return journey. If weather conditions permit it, you will be able to observe one of the most spectacular views worldwide. You will return along the same path to “Hosteria Las Torres”, where your bus will be waiting. Your approximate time of arrival back to Puerto Natales is 9:00PM.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

8. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

The firt stop will be made in the thousand-year-old Milodón cave. A enormous natural accident with an incalculable anthropological value where is believed that the Patagonia primitive man lived close to the Milodón , a extinct herbivorous animal. After a 30 minutes trek another stop in El Castillo hill, cafeteria service available. A whole preamble before arriving at Torres del Paine National Park along the area of Laguna Amarga ( bitter lagoon). An real spectacle in which species of Red foxes and Condors use to join the beautiful panoramic sight of the Paine´s massif. A short distance ahead the Norsdenskjold and Pehoé lakes can be observed in company with guanacos and rheas. The tour continues with a 10 minutes trek which will make possible for you to discover the marvelous Salto Grande ( grand jump) and you will face the imposing cuernos ( horns) and get the Gray Lake. In the afternoon the outing goes to the area of the glacier, there will a break for 1 ½ hr after the trek through the lengas ( native three) forest and on the Grey Glacier´s floes. The return trip ends when we arrive at Puerto Natales and leave the passenger at bus terminal or hotels.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Tour with Transfer

9. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Tour with Transfer

Experience the most beautiful sights of Torres del Paine National Park on a guided trip with transportation in an air-conditioned van. Enjoy the highlights of this amazing natural park on a tour departing from Puerto Natales. View highlights like the Milodon Cave and the snowy peak of Cerro Castillo.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Puerto Natales. Sit back and relaxed in a comfortable and climate-controlled van. Take in panoramic views across the park from view points like Mirador Sarmiento, Mirador Lago, and Mirador Peho.  Pass by beautiful lakes like Lago Grey and Lago Nordenskjold and take in views of the Cascada Paine falls. Capture pictures of the distinctive granite peaks that give the park its name. Soak up the park's unique features like the Amarga lagoon and Salto Grande.  Get to know the park's distinctive geology, including glaciers, lakes, and mountains. Learn about the park's history, flora, and fauna from your guide along the way. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Pucon: Quetrupillan Volcano Full-Day Climb

10. 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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What people are saying about Patagonia, Chile

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 32 reviews

The weather was bad. Too much wind. They thoroughly discussed the matter with us with full transparety and respect and gave us multiple alternatives. Although we did not have the villarrica mountain tour at the end, their treatment was amazing.

Excellent activity, the guides are very attentive and good at guiding. I would definitely recommend this tour. Grateful to the team of guides for the experience, the teachings and the dedication.

It was an excellent experience. The guides are super professional and well versed with knowledge. I felt super secure with them and enjoyed the all stories and humor they shared with us.

This was a fantastic hike. Antonio was a great guide. We went at a good pace and Antonio stayed back with some of the slower hikers so everyone still felt part of the group.

It was a unique experience with an experienced guide.