Lakes District Discovery

From Santiago to Bariloche OR From Bariloche to Santiago
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • Expedition
  • Group
  • Walking
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Tour Description

Our journey begins in Santiago, the cosmopolitan capital of Chile, from where we head south to explore Chile's wine region, with its wonderful vineyards that produce some of the world's finest wines. We continue travelling south through the Chilean and Argentinean Lakes Districts, taking time to discover the endless forests, alpine lakes & startling waterfalls that are abundant throughout the area, and spend time in two of Chile and Argentina's premier adventure destinations.

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Travel through the impressive lake region of northern Patagonia

Sample some of the finest wines produced in Chile

Experience the high life with an afternoon High Tea at the Llao Llao Resort.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Santiago

Your tour begins in Chile's cosmopolitan capital city, Santiago de Chile.
After your pre-departure meeting you will enjoy a wonderful dinner with the group.

Overnight at Matildas Hotel Boutique including breakfast.

Day 2
Santiago Santa Cruz

An early departure from Santiago towards the south via the Panamerican Highway sees you pass the city of San Fernando onto Santa Cruz (178km/110mi), located at the shores of the Tinguiririca river, nowadays located in the heart of the wine zone.

Once we arrive you will visit the Colchagua Museum, known today as one the most complete Museums in South America. The Colchagua Valley, famous for producing some of Chile’s finest wines, in particular Carmenere, a grape that was thought to be extinct until rediscovered in Chile in 1994. Their Cabernet Sauvignon variety also thrives during the grape growing season due to the hot sunny climate in this part of Chile.
During this day, you will visit the winery, with wine tasting and wine making included.

Overnight at Hotel Terravina including breakfast.

Day 3
Santa Cruz Pucon

Settle into our comfortable custom-built truck as we journey south along the highway. Passing orchards and plantations of fruits and vegetables, as well as a big timber industry. We’ll pass picturesque lakes and mountains to arrive into Pucon, located in the heart of Chile’s Lakes District. On the way, we will stop for lunch at the impressive Salto del Lajas waterfalls.

Overnight Malalhue Hotel including breakfast.

Day 4
Pucon - Hike

Today we combine a wonderful natural environment with a cultural experience unique to this area. In the morning, we will visit either the Villarrica National Park or one of the surrounding national reserve parks, all of which protect thousands of hectares of rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes and forest. In the afternoon, we visit a traditional Mapuche family and enjoy a traditional meal. We are invited to learn and experience the Ruka of the Mapuche people, the heart of their culture. You will learn about their daily life, musical instruments and enjoy a game of Palin, a game similar to hockey.

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel including breakfast.

Day 5
Pucon - Free Day

Enjoy a day at leisure here where it is possible to organise numerous outdoor activities such as a one day hike up the Villarica Volcano to reach the smoking crater or take the bus out to Huerquehue National Park and experience the amazing lakes trail. You could enjoy kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, white water rafting and even sky diving, or simply relaxing by the lake admiring the beauty of your surroundings.

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel including breakfast.

Day 6
Pucon Bariloche

Crossing our first border we pass the gigantic Volcano Lanin (3737m) as we make our way through the Lanin National Park. Once we cross into Argentina you’ll see the landscape change. After lunch sit back and marvel along the scenic seven lakes drive to Bariloche, Argentina a resort town nestled peacefully on the shores of the Nahuel Huapi Lake.

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal including breakfast.

Day 7
Bariloche - Nahuel Huapi National Park

A free morning allows you time to head up to Cerro Otto via a gondola where you can sit in the revolving café with a 360 degree view. You can also explore the forest at the top spotting condors and falcons as you go. In the afternoon, we take time to explore the scenic Circuito Chico in the Nahuel Huapi National Park following the road along the lake. We learn about how Bariloche got started, head up the chairlift to Cerro Campanario, stop at various lookout points and discover a hidden lake. We finish off this lovely afternoon at Argentina’s most famous resort, Hotel Llao Llao, where we will enjoy High Tea overlooking the lake.

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal including breakfast.

Day 8
Bariloche - Free Day

A day at leisure here gives you time to pursue interests such as sailing on the massive Nahuel Huapi Lake stopping at Isla Victoria and visiting the Arrayan Forest, horse riding on a local estancia, taking a tour to see the monstrous Tronodor peak, playing golf or hiking one of the many trails available in the area.

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal including breakfast.

Day 9
Bariloche Depart

Depart from Bariloche with wonderful memories.

Day 1
Bariloche

Arrive to the resort town of Bariloche nestled peacefully on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Here you will begin your Lakes District Discovery expedition.

San Carlos de Bariloche lies on the southern shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in the foothills of the Andes surrounded by mountains and forests. Its location is stunning, surrounded by the Nahuel Huapi National Park, the oldest National Park in Argentina. With its Alpine-styled architecture, its picturesque lakeside setting overlooked by mountains and forests as well as numerous boutique chocolate shops and St. Bernard dogs, the city has a Swiss-like atmosphere.

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal including breakfast.

Day 2
Bariloche - Nahuel Huapi National Park

We will take time to explore the scenic Circuito Chico in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Enjoy panoramic views of the lake and the national park as well as enjoying the opportunity to stroll through the grounds of Argentina’s most famous resort, Llao Llao, where will enjoy afternoon high tea overlooking the lake.

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal including breakfast.

Day 3
Bariloche - Free Day

A day at leisure here gives you time to pursue interests such as fishing, horse riding on a local estancia, playing golf, paragliding or walking one of the many great walking tracks available in the area.

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal including breakfast.

Day 4
Bariloche Pucon

We will drive the spectacular Seven Lakes route enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery and numerous glacially formed lakes for which the region is named. We cross once again into Chile arriving at Pucon, a lovely town located in the heart of Chiles Lake District.

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel including breakfast.

Day 5
Pucon - Hike

Lace-up your boots to enjoy a day hiking. Depending on the conditions we visit either the Huerquehue National Park or the Villarica National Park, both of which that protects thousands of hectares of rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes and forest. One of the features of these parks is the millenarian forests of Araucarias, which are the perfect backdrop for the small lakes, ponds and mountains that are scattered throughout the park.

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel including breakfast

Day 6
Pucon - Free Day

Enjoy a day at leisure here where it is possible to organise numerous outdoor activities such as a one day hike up the Villarica Volcano to reach the fiery crater, kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, white water rafting and even sky diving, or simply relaxing by the lake admiring the beauty of your surroundings.

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel including breakfast

Day 7
Pucon Santa Cruz

Journeying north we pass through small villages and past picturesque lakes and mountains to arrive into Santa Cruz, located in the heart of Chiles Wine Region. On the way, we will stop from lunch at the impressive Salto de Laja waterfalls.

Overnight at Hotel Terravina including breakfast.

Day 8
Santa Cruz Santiago

Enjoy the Colchagua Valley, famous for producing some of Chile’s finest wines. During this day we will visit a winery, with wine tasting and winemaking included. Of particular interest is the Cabernet Sauvignon variety which thrives during the grape growing season due to the hot sunny climate in this part of Chile, and the Carmenere variety that was thought to be extinct until rediscovered in Chile in 1994.

We will also visit the Colchagua Museum, known today as one of the most complete Museums in South America. In the afternoon we will drive to Santiago.

Overnight at Matildas Hotel Boutique including breakfast.

Day 9
Santiago Depart

Depart Santiago with wonderful memories, and a new respect of our wonderful planet courtesy of Patagonia.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 8 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 4 lunches
  • Included Copy 20 4 dinners
  • Included Copy 20 1 afternoon tea
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Fully escorted in South America in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles
  • Included Copy 20 Service of an experienced tour leader as well as local guides
  • Included Copy 20 Experienced Driver/Mechanic
  • Included Copy 20 All National Park Entrance fees
Transportation
Expedition Vehicle

Activities

  • Included Vineyard tour & wine making Colchagua Valley
  • Included Colchagua Museum Santa Cruz
  • Included Hiking in Pucon region with visit to Mapuche family - Pucon
  • Included 7 Lakes Drive Pucon to Bariloche
  • Included Scenic Circuito Chico tour Bariloche
  • Included High Tea - Llao Llao resort - Bariloche
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Duration

9 days

Price from

$2,530 USD

Per person, twin share

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