HIKING PUCON AREA NATIONAL PARKS – 5 DAY TOUR
Pucón is one of the most important towns of adventure tourism in Chile. We have created this 5D program so that you have the experience of doing amazing daily hikes, lodge in Pucón, enjoy restaurants and bars, plus visiting National Parks, Nature Reserves, ascend Volcano Villarrica and soak in natural hot springs. You can experience all of this by taking an 80 minutes flight from Santiago. If you have less time to spend in Pucón and want to do only some of the described hikes, let us know and we’ll tailor made a program for you.
*We reccomend taking bus from Pucon To Puerto Varas on Day 5 and start our 3 day Hiking Tour in Puerto Varas area.DATES *You can set up a departure with a minimum of 2 persons. Once you confirm the tour we add date to our website and see if we get more persons booked for your departure.
Highlights: - Villarrica Volcano Ascend to the crater - Conguillio National Park and Huerquehue National Park Hikes - Lodging at Baita Lodge and Hotel in Pucon - Ancient Araucarias, Rivers, Lakes,Lagoons, local flora and fauna - Private transportation and experienced local English speaking guide/driver - Great restaurants, bars and shops in PucónDAY 01: TEMUCO AIRPORT - CONGULLIO NATIONAL PARK “Welcome to the First Geopark in Chile” Your guide will be at Temuco airport ready to welcome you. If you need help with local flights, let us know. Departing from Temuco's Airport, we’ll drive about 2 hours passing through old-fashioned little towns like Cunco and Melipeuco until we’ll get to the Conguillío National Park, one of the most attractive and outstanding parks of the Lakes & Volcanoes District and the first Geopark in Chile. While we visit the park you will witness how the Llaima volcano has permanently shaped the landscape of the area with its eruptions and you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to walk on the lava flows that once came from the heart of the Earth.We'll also visit the Truful-Truful Falls and its incredible Canyon. After spending some time taking pictures and enjoying the amazing view, we'll continue driving to our eco-friendly lodge called La Baita. DAY 02: CONGUILLIO NATIONAL PARK HIKE - PUCON Departing from our lodge, we’ll drive about 30 minutes to the head of the Sierra Nevada trail, passing by the pristine Arco Iris (Rainbow) Lagoon with its clear waters that reflect stunning colors. Then we’ll visit an area covered by volcanic piroclastic bombs at Playa Linda (cute beach) located at the shores of Conguillío Lake; followed by hiking along the Sierra Nevada trail (5 hours round trip) surrounded by native trees, including ancient monkey-puzzle trees or araucarias and Nothofagus. We'll also be able to spot endemic birds such as the magellan woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus), which we will see searching the tree trunks for insects. We will also hear and possibly catch a glimpse of the chucao tapaculo (Selorchilis rubecula) and the noisy slender-billed parakeet (Enicognatus leptorhynchus). After spending some time taking pictures and enjoying the amazing view, we'll hike back to the bottom of the trail and then get in the van to drive to commence our return to the urban areas, driving to Pucón. Lodging at Hotel in Pucon / B / BL / DAY 03: HUERQUEHUE NATIONAL PARK We head southeast in the direction of Huerquehue National Park, located at the foothills of the Andes, 35 km (22 miles) from Pucón. The hike starts easy but after a short distance the trail becomes more demanding and sometimes steeper, but is still considered a relatively easy hiking level. We have arrived at the first lookout point where the views of Villarrica Volcano and Tinquilco Lake are absolutely stunning; here you’ll find great photo opportunities as well as chance to reenergize with a snack. As we continue hiking, our guide will point out some wild flora of the area (i.e. mutisias, orchids and alstroemerias), and if luck is on our side, we can spot some birds that live in the forests of Nothofagus, such as chucao tapaculo, black-throated huet-huet and the magellan woodpecker among others. Once we reach 1000 meters above sea level we begin to see the first araucarias trees. Soon we will walk through a mixed forest with many of these trees, considered to be a living fossil and a national monument for their exceptional characteristics. We have hiked around 2½ hours when we arrive at the first lake called Chico (small), with its clear waters reflecting the image of hundred of araucarias and snow-capped peaks. 15 minutes later, we arrive at Lago Toro (Bull Lake). Here we eat our well deserved picnic lunch and spend some more time taking pictures or simply resting. We can watch the breathtaking landscape and spot some of the birdlife that inhabits the shores of this lake, such as the Andean duck. Following the break, we keep going through an easy terrain and visit the third lake called Verde (green) which is the last attraction of our hike. Now we can commence a two-hour decent by the same trail to the parking area. After the hike, we’ll return to Pucón. Upon arriving to Pucón, we’ll check the mountain gear for ascending Villarrica Volcano next morning. Lodging at Hotel in Pucon / B / BL / DAY 04 - VILLARRICA VOLCANO ASCEND This morning you will have to be ready at 6:30am and if the weather conditions are favorable, we’ll start driving to the Pucón Ski Resort located at the base of the volcano at 1.400 meters / 4.593 feet. Ascending the active Villarrica Volcano is without a doubt a once in a lifetime experience, the climb is not technical, but you need to be in good shape to reach the summit. Once we arrive at the parking lot we can buy the lift ticket that will take us to the higher part of the ski courses at 1.800 mts / 5.906 feet, saving us almost 2 hours of climbing.. The views from the top are absolutely mind-blowing, overlooking five lakes and several volcanoes in the distance such as Llaima and Lanín. The descent is quite fun, especially when we can slide down the snow on our rear ends. We’ll return to the vehicles around 5 pm and immediately head off to Pucón, where we hand back the gear. Please be informed that you may opt to take a chairlift that will safe you about 1 to 2 hours hiking. This chairlift operates weather permitting and its costs is $7.000 chilean pesos. Day 05: TRANSFER TO BUS STATION Private transfer from Pucón to Bus Station (bus ticket included) in order to take bus to Puerto Varas or any other destination / B /