• Explore the Lake District

Santiago, Puerto Varas & Pucon: Explore Chile's Stunning Lake District

Days: 9 | From: $6,490/per person

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides

Start in metropolitan Santiago, Chile’s capital city, then travel south to Puerto Varas, a village on the shore of Lake Llanquihue. Explore the pristine waters and towering volcanoes of the Lake District, and finish your trip in Pucón, a small town at the edge of the Villarica Volcano.

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At a glance

  • Santiago
    2 nights: discover Chile’s bustling capital city
  • Puerto Varas
    3 nights: appreciate the sparkling water and lush countryside around Puerto Varas
  • Pucón
    3 nights: explore the heart of the Chilean Lake District

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Santiago

Chile - Santiago at dusk

Arrive to Santiago, Chile’s metropolitan capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the charming Lastarria neighborhood. Lastarria is a nice area for walking around, with quiet streets, flowering trees, attractive colonial architecture, and a variety of restaurants and boutiques.

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Santiago area, and activities for a range of interests, including bicycling, culinary adventures, and tours focused on the city’s Jewish heritage, hidden art galleries, and fascinating street art. If you prefer to get out of the city, we can arrange private day tours or overnight trips to the coast to visit the colorful port city of Valparaiso, or Pablo Neruda’s house at Isla Negra, or to some of Chile’s renowned vineyards and wineries.

Accommodations: Hotel Magnolia, 2 nights

Hotel Magnolia is set in a renovated 1929 mansion in downtown Santiago, close to Santa Lucia Hill, museums, the historic center, and Barrio Lastarria. Designed by award-winning architect Cazú Zegers, who also designed traveler-favorite hotel Tierra Patagonia, the Hotel Magnolia seamlessly blends preserved historic marble and vintage furnishings with modern amenities. The 42-room hotel offers a restaurant, bar, library, and rooftop lounge with panoramic views.

Alternative lodging options: Casa Bueras Lastarria Boutique, Singular Santiago
Day 2:

Historic Highlights, the Central Market, and San Cristobal Hill

View of Santiago de Chile with Los Andes mountain range in the back

Take a private tour of Santiago and visit the colonial and modern highlights, including the Plaza de Armas and the La Moneda Presidential Palace. You’ll also spend time in the Central Market, an enormous, active marketplace, and head to the top of San Cristobal Hill for views of the entire city. After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own and trying out the city’s restaurants – we’ll provide a list of our top recommendations!

Accommodations: Hotel Magnolia, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Travel South to Puerto Varas

Fly south to Puerto Montt, where you will be met at the airport for a short transfer to Puerto Varas, a small town at the edge of Lake Llanquihue. The southern part of the Lake District is a unique area of Chile, with architecture, food, and landscapes that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Upon arrival, the local guides at your hotel will talk with you about your interests and help you plan out your excursions for the coming days.

Accommodations: Hotel AWA, 3 nights

Located outside the town of Puerto Varas, Hotel AWA offers panoramic views of Lake Llanquihue and Osorno Volcano. Rooms are equipped with a fireplace and whirlpool bath, and the hotel has a restaurant, spa, and heated pool.

*Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Cumbres Puerto Varas, Casa Molino, Los Caiquenes
Days 4-5:

Explore the Lake District

Enjoy guided excursions each day to explore Puerto Varas and its surroundings. This area is known for its beautiful natural scenery as well as its surprising German heritage. There are plenty of options for every interest. Active and adventurous excursions include hiking, road or mountain biking, sea kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, and more. For a more relaxed experience, the area offers excellent bird watching and cultural exploration of the area’s charming villages. Some recommended activities include the “El Solitario” Trail in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park or a visit to Alerce Andino National Park.

Accommodations: Hotel AWA, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:

Transfer North to Pucón

Take a scenic drive north to Pucón. As you traverse the lake district, your route will take you by snowcapped volcanoes, glittering lagoons, and beautiful mountain scenery. Upon arrival, the local guides at your hotel will work with you to plan your excursions for the days ahead.

Accommodations: Hotel Vira Vira, 3 nights

A Relais & Châteaux property, Hotel Vira Vira is set in a 55-acre native park on the shores of the Liucura River, close to Pucón, Chile. The 21-room hotel offers a restaurant and bar, a lounge with fireplace, and a wooden hot tub standing on the shore of the river. A variety of excursions and activities are available through the hotel, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, birding, visits to national parks, kayaking, fishing, and more. The hotel is also a working farm where you can see and participate in activities such as harvesting and cheese-making.

*Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Hotel Antumalal
Days 7-8:

Explore Pucón

Enjoy guided excursions each day to experience Pucón’s stunning natural beauty. Each day offers the choice of active excursions, such as hiking, and more relaxed ones, such as driving tours and scenic walks. The guides at your lodge with discuss the options with you and help you plan a trip that matches your interests.

Accommodations: Hotel Vira Vira, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guides and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

More Photos From This Trip

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Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • Our trip was outstanding.
    Linda Kennedy
  • This is the most organized trip I have been on. All transportation and guides were on time and very knowledgeable. Pucon, Chile was the best. Our guide in Pucon went above and beyond what anyone could expect.
    Doug Max
  • Our guide in Puerto Varas, Chile was so sweet and helpful.
    Terry Richmond

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