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Begin with bike rides and local wines just outside of Santiago before heading south for glacial lakes, natural hot springs, and some amazing views of the Andes.

 

Price: Starting from $2,967

Duration: 10 days (November - March)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

PRICE: $3490

Student (15% discount): $2967
Private Departure (5-10 pax): $3490
Private Departure (1-4 pax): $4537

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Santiago
Day 2: City bike tour
Day 3: Head to Maipo Valley for winery bike tour
Day 4: Fly to Chile's Lake's District
Day 5: Hike to Callao Hot Springs
Day 6: Hike up Cerro Cenizo
Day 7: Hike to Laguna Los Quetros
Day 8: Hike to Gaviotas and complete trek
Day 9: Fly back to Santiago.
Day 10: International departures.

Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Chile. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
January 2, 2017January 11, 2017Open
February 6, 2017February 15, 2017Open
March 6, 2017March 15, 2017Open
November 6, 2017November 15, 2017Open
December 4, 2017December 13, 2017Open
January 2, 2018January 11, 2018Open
February 5, 2018February 14, 2018Open
March 5, 2018March 14, 2018Open

INCLUsions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • 4 nights accommodation in Santiago
  • domestic flight (RT) to Puerto Montt
  • all accommodations on trek (shared bathroom)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • farewell dinner
  • guide services
  • all ground transportation in Chile
  • guided excursion in Santiago

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

ITINERARY

Day 1: Santiago (1,706ft/520m). Upon your arrival to Santiago’s international airport, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner bed and breakfast, located within walking distance from La Moneda, Chile’s Presidential Palace. Catch up on some much needed sleep and settle into Chile’s capital city.

Inclusions: Private transfer from airport; accommodations

Day 2: Santiago (1,706ft/520m). Head out on a guided city bike tour with a visit to a local market in Santiago, one of Latin America’s most modern cities. Meet your fellow expedition members at tonight’s welcome dinner where you get to enjoy and share some of Chile’s traditional dishes and its national drink, Pisco Sour! After dinner, complete a final gear check before heading to bed.

Inclusions: Breakfast (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks. Other options available for guest purchase); guided bike tour; Welcome dinner at local restaurant (vegetarian option available); accommodations

Day 3: Santiago (1,706ft/520m). It’s time to sip! Head to Chile’s famous Maipo Valley to mountain bike through 3 local vineyards, complete with lunch spread and wine tasting.

Inclusions: Breakfast (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks. Other options available for guest purchase); guided biking tour; accommodations

Day 4: Santiago to Puerto Varas (16ft/5m). Head to Chile’s Lake District. After a short flight to Puerto Montt (1.5 hours), head toward Puerto Varas and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the glacier-formed valleys and enormous lakes while on the road. Spend the night in a cozy lodge in Puerto Varas.

Inclusions: Breakfast and dinner (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks. Other options available for guest purchase); airport transfer; domestic flight; accommodations

Day 5: Puerto Varas to Callao (1,476ft/2450m). Begin the day with an hour-long boat ride to the trailhead in El Rincon. Starting the trek with a view of Lago Todos Los Santos, head through open fields and lush forests, eventually arriving at the Callao Hot Springs. Spend the night in a rustic lodge with access to these hot springs that keep a constant temperature near 104 degrees.

Total distance: 10 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of travel and trekking

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); boat transportation;accommodations

Day 6: Callao (1,476ft/450m). Beginning with the most challenging day, climb Cerro Cenizo to reach a spectacular viewpoint. Upon returning to the lodge, you can once again soak your tired bodies in the natural springs of Callao.

Total distance: 10 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 7: Callao to Laguna Los Quetros (2,165ft/660m). On the third day of trekking, head toward Laguna Los Quetros, a dazzling blue lake surrounded by rolling hills and impressive peaks. Camp near the lake for the evening. Be sure to taste some of the local honey, bread, and berries offered from the farm nearby!

Total distance: 8.7 miles. Approximately 4-5 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); accommodations

Day 8: Laguna Los Quetros to Las Gaviotas (36ft/11m). On the final leg of the trek, pass several farms before arriving to Lake Repunco in Las Gaviotas. This is the perfect spot to take in the view one last time and enjoy a final night before returning to Santiago. Apple orchards, roaming sheep,and a warm shower await you!

Total distance: 5.6 miles. Approximately 3-4 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase)accommodations

Day 9: Las Gaviotas to Santiago (1,706ft/520m). Take an hour-long boat ride to the trailhead and head back to Puerto Montt. A short flight from Puerto Montt returns you to Santiago to enjoy a free day of unwinding from the trek and exploring the bustling streets of the city.

Inclusions: Breakfast & Lunch (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); transfers; domestic flight; accommodations

Day 10: Santiago (1,706ft/520m). International flights depart.

Inclusions: Breakfast (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); airport transfers

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


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PACKING LIST

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

See current weather conditions for Cerro Cenizo here.

See current weather conditions in Santiago here. 

Packing System: This expedition includes pack animals for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack each day. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. 

Carried bag weight limit: 22lbs/10kg

Rentals Available: 

  • Not available on this expedition. 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Santiago
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Santiago - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Backpack (for carrying your gear)
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Light gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)
  • Day pack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag w/ 30°F rating
  • Pack cover
  • Bathing suit
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)
  • Synthetic shorts
  • Bandana (for dust and wind)
  • Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)
  • Outlet adapter
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

Puerto Varas has a “rainy temperate” climate. The winter in Puerto Varas occurs in June, July, and August and temperatures typically stay in the 40s. However, it can drop below freezing and it can snow so it is important to come prepared for any type of weather. The summer occurs in December, January, and February and temperature typically stay in the 70s.

The copious amounts of rain are what makes it such a beautiful place to visit. January is the driest month even though it rains 3-4 inches and June is the wettest month averaging over 10 inches! Because of all the rain and its location right on the water, the humidity stays above 80% causing the vegetation to be lush and green.

Puerto Varas weather

 
 

Elevation


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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

Insure Your Trip

OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.   Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.