This short itinerary offers an excellent introduction to some of the best sites in the Lake District, from famous Pucon and Villarrica volcano to the more hidden world of Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve close to the border to Argentina and finally to Puerto Varas via Lago LLanquihue with the fantastic sight of Osorno volcano looming behind in perfect cone-shaped symmetry.
Today you will be picked up from Temuco and then we will proceed to travel through the beautiful landscapes of Chile's Araucanía region, home of Chile's proud Mapuche nation and the gateway to our famous Lake District. While travelling, we will be able to see typical farms and quaint towns that will finally lead in to some spectacular sights of Volcano Villarrica and the lake of the same name. The volcano is located in the Villarrica National Park, situated on a lateral branch of the Andean mountain range. This park offers extensive forests of araucarias (monkey puzzle tree), Lenga, Raulí and Coigüe, caves, rivers and lagoons. Dominating the landscape, the Villarrica volcano is its major attraction. With an altitude of 2.847 m / 9.341 ft above sea level it has the reputation of being the most active volcano in South America. After an hour's drive we will arrive in the picturesque and very pleasant town of Pucón. Overnight in Pucón.
Today we will travel through lush forests and lakes in order to deepen into the core of this region. We will have the opportunity to bathe ourselves in the delicious Termas Geometricas hot springs on the way to our next destination, a real treat on this trip. We will finally arrive to the impressive scenery of the Huilo- Huilo Biological reserve. With over 250 km. of trails inside of it and unmatchable amounts of wildlife and a great variety of trees and plants, this reserve has become a model to look up to in the tourism industry in Chile. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Huilo-Huilo. (B)
After breakfast you will have the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy a hike near the hotel or one of the excursions offered. Ask at the front desk about different options and rates. Overnight in Huilo- Huilo. (B) )
In due time, our transfer will take us back to the Temuco Airport to continue our travels in Chile. (B)
Hotel Monte Verde***
Hotel & Cabañas Monte Verde are located only 5 minutes away from Pucón. They feature , features 14 comfortable and fully equipped cabins with a spectacular view of the Lake Villarrica. The wooden cabins are set amidst beautiful gardens with lagoons, heated swimming-pool and playground. The hotel provides travel assistance with organizing activities such as climbing the volcano, Skiing and Snow-boarding.
Hotel Villarrica Park Lake*****
Located on the shores of Lake Villarrica, the setting of this five star hotel is fabulous. Surrounded by beautiful gardens great panoramic views can be had from any of the hotel's facilities. It has easy access to the black volcanic beaches, yet is just at a 15-minute drive from Villarrica and at 1 ¼ hour from Temuco airport. Its 70 luxury rooms with private terraces all have a beautiful view across the lake. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, heating, satellite TV, separate bathtub and shower, hair-dryer, mini-bar, safe deposit box, telephone, fax and computer modem connections. Additional services include a complete Spa with saunas, gym, in-door heated swimming pool, outdoor swimming pool and pool for children, beauty center, solarium, Jacuzzi, facial and corporal treatments, library room. Additionally, a complete conference center for meetings and seminars is also available.