This exclusive adventure trip takes you deep into the forest of the Andes to a unique camp, known as 'Nevados de Sollipulli'. With its 5 individual geodesic domes for guests, it sets new standards in adventure tourism with a touch of comfort. The domes are not comparable to tents since they include real beds, central heating, wooden floors and exterior private bathrooms. These domes will not isolate you from the natural surroundings as the solid walls of a classical hotel would. Get in touch with nature!
You will be picked up in Temuco in a 4x4 vehicle and pass the towns of Cunco and Melipeuco before leaving the main road. As we follow River Carrilafquén up to the camp, we will be passing several beautiful waterfalls of different shapes and sizes towards the end of this 3-hour drive through this scenic landscape. Dinner and overnight at Nevados de Sollipulli. (D)
Today you will enjoy an early breakfast before you start for a hike through an ancient forest of Lenga, Coigue and Ñirre trees, accompanied by an expert guide, who will teach you about the local flora. After 4 hours you will return to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon, you will leave for another short hike into pristine woods and look out for the black woodpecker, chucao, and other characteristic birds of this region. Take your swimsuit with you to relax in a thermal spring (25 °C / 77 °F) before returning to the camp for dinner. In a short presentation you will hear how the Nevado de Sollipulli Volcano came into being. Overnight at the Nevados de Sollipulli. (B,L,D)
After breakfast you will go on an educational hike to visit a lava flow, 1,000 years of age; where you will see how nature re-claims the black, barren lava stones after a destructive outbreak. Hugo Moreno, geologist and expert on volcanoes, will lecture for an hour on volcanology, using the surrounding scenery as a perfect example for geological phenomena. You will return to the camp for lunch. On the second hike of the day, you will walk 30 minutes to a fantastic waterfall of 50 meter / 165 feet height that has formed a natural pool by its own force. If you wish, you can take a dip in this pool. Overnight at the Nevados de Sollipulli. (B,L,D)
For your final day, you will be driven to the Conguillío National Park, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful and pristine parks in Chile. Lunch will be served at Vista Hermosa or you can enjoy a picnic. In the afternoon you will explore the "Sendero de los Carpinteros", accompanied by a park ranger, who will introduce you to the wide variety of local plant and animal species. A transfer then takes you to the airport of Temuco. (B, L)
|01 May 10 - 31 Mar 11|
This tour can be taken throughout the year, but is best between October and April
Rates may vary due to currency exchange rate fluctuations.
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Camp Sollipulli, located in the heart of the Araucania region, is a true eco-camp lodge. Five comfortable geodesic dome tents are equipped with a wooden floor, double beds with electric blankets, central heating, lights, and electricity. Each comes with a private bathroom with showers and hot water, providing travellers with a very comfortable base camp from which to explore the beautiful surrounding mountains and lakes. Lodge facilities also include a central communal area with a restaurant, bar and fireplace.