Lakes District Discovery

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

Explore the lakes and wines of Chile and Argentina on our small group tour. Travel with 16 passengers in the comfort of our expedition vehicle.

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. Learn about the local Mapuche culture and spend time in two of Chile and Argentina's premier adventure destinations; Pucon and Bariloche.

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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.

Meals: Dinner (D)

Overnight at Matildas Hotel Boutique

Day 2
Santiago Santa Cruz

An early departure from Santiago towards the south via the Panamerican Highway, we arrive into the wine region. 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.

Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)

Overnight at Hotel Terravina

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 from lunch at the impressive Salto del Lajas waterfalls.

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Overnight Malalhue Hotel

Day 4
Pucon

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. 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, gain a wonderful insight into their culture and enjoy a traditional Mapuche meal.

Meals: (B), (L)

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel

Day 5
Pucon

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.

Meals: (B)

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel

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.

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.

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal

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 over-looking the lake.

Meals: (B), High Tea

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal

Day 8
Bariloche

A day at leisure here gives you time to pursue interests such as sailing on the massive Nahuel Huapi Lake, 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.

Meals: (B)

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal

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.

Meals: (D)

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal

Day 2
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 views. 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 the hidden lake. We finish off this lovely afternoon at Argentina’s most famous resort, Hotel Llao Llao, where will enjoy High Tea over-looking the lake.

Meals: (B), High Tea

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal

Day 3
Bariloche

A day at leisure here gives you time to pursue interests such as sailing on the massive Nahuel Huapi Lake, horse riding on a local estancia, taking a tour to see the monstrous Tronodor peak, play golf or walk one of the many walking tracks in the area.

Meals: (B)

Overnight at Cacique Inacayal

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.

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel

Day 5
Pucon

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. 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. In the afternoon, we visit a traditional Mapuche family. 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, gain a wonderful insight into their culture and enjoy a traditional Mapuche meal.

Meals: (B), (L)

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel

Day 6
Pucon

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 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.

Meals: (B)

Overnight at Malalhue Hotel

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.

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Overnight at Hotel Terravina

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 wine making included. Of 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 also visit the Colchagua Museum, known today as one the most complete Museums in South America. An afternoon drive brings us into Santiago.

Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, lies in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Andes and the Chilean Coastal Range. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been Chile’s capital since colonial times. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and although it features many colonial buildings, it has grown into a modern metropolis and the cultural centre of the country.

Meals: (B), (L), (D)

Overnight at Matildas Hotel Boutique

Day 9
Santiago Depart

Depart Santiago with wonderful memories, and a new respect of our wonderful planet courtesy of Patagonia.
Meals: (B)

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 8 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 4 lunches & 1 afternoon tea
  • Included Copy 20 4 dinners
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
  • Included Copy 20 Excursions as per the itinerary
  • Included Copy 31 Free time to do your own thing: hiking, kayaking, golf, relax!
  • Included Copy 31 Small group tour, max 16 passengers
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
  • Included 7 Lakes Drive Pucon to Bariloche
  • Included Explore Nahuel Huapi National Park in Bariloche
  • Included High Tea at Llao Llao resort in Bariloche
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Duration

9 days

Price from

$2,720 USD

Per person, twin share

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