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16 days in southern Chile: Patagonia, incredible landscapes and people

16 days in southern Chile: Patagonia, incredible landscapes and people

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PATAGONIA, VALPARAÍSO, CHILOÉ AND MORE, INCREDIBLE LANDSCAPES AND PEOPLE

Chile is a very diverse country. Its 4,300 km long coastline and mountains with its natural and cultural diversity make Chile a unique country in the world. This tour invites you to take a trip through the center and south of Chile. Each place will show its own attractions and unique magic, adapted for years to the conditions that its rich ecosystems have given them. Discover how the inhabitants learned how to adapt to different conditions.

 

We will start this adventure in Patagonia, getting to know the rural life of the gauchos, original inhabitants of the area. After sharing and learning about their lifestyles, we will go to visit a must-see of the area: the Torres del Paine National Park and its impressive Patagonian landscapes.

 

Then we will travel to the beautiful city of Puerto Varas located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue overlooking the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes, and then go a little further south to the mythical island of Chiloé, famous for its history and culture.

 

Finally, we will return to the central area, where we will enjoy history, architecture, valleys, sea and mountains. We will discover the capital of Santiago, with its historical heritage, as well as its bohemian and gastronomic neighborhoods. We will also be able to get to know the life, scents and street art of the hills of Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage city.

 

Travel in a different way with Travolution. Join us on an adventure of community-based and sustainable tourism! Experience the diversity of the long country of Chile! You’ll see, it has a lot to offer.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit to Patagonia
    • Excursions in Torres del Paine National park
    • Navegation in Magdalena & Marta Island
    • Las Mercedes Ranch
  • Visit to Chiloé Island
    • Communities Chono – Williche
    • Ancestral remains of 6.000 years old
    • Stories
  • Visit to Santiago.
    • City Tour through the Historical Center of Santiago
  • Walking tour in Valparaíso.
    • Visit La Matriz Neighborhood
    • Visita La Matriz Church
    • Tour to the port
    • Lunch in a local house
    • Visit to “La Chascona”, the museum of Pablo Neruda 

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Tour Features

Porcentaje Comunitario

Community-Based 80%

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Cultural 80%

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Physical Demand 50%

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Family 80%

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Nature 100%

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Gastronomy 60%

  • Destination
  • Dress Code
    Light clothing for the day and warm clothing for the night / Rainwear / Good trekking shoes / Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen / Water bottle (At Travolution we avoid buying plastic bottles and appreciate if you bring a reusable one)
  • Included
    24/7 assistance
    Contribution to WINTA or TDLF
    Domestic flights
    Local guide in Spanish
    Meals when mentioned
    Payment by bank transfer or credit card
    Standard room w/private bathroom
    Transport when mentioned
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic drinks
    Camping
    Interpreter guide
    Meals not mensioned
    Nights in cabins run by local families
    Tickets
    Tip
    Transportation on excursions
    Travel insurance
1

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO CHILEAN PATAGONIA

Flight: Flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas (3,5 hours).

*1 suitcase of 23 kg included.

 

Bus: Shared bus between Punta Arenas airport and Puerto Natales (3:15 hours).

 

Hostal Alcazar*: Night in Hostal Alcazar / Habitación Standard Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: transport, domestic flight, room with breakfast

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DAY 2 - GAUCHO LIFE IN ESTANCIA MERCEDES

Transfer: Private transportation will pick us up at the lodge in Puerto Natales to take us to Estancia Mercedes. On the way we will cross a stretch by boat.

 

Condor sighting at Cerro Mirador: Following the trail of our ancestors, we will enter a lush native forest, full of flora and birds. At the end of the trail, we will find ourselves at the foot of Cerro Mirador, nesting site of our majestic national bird, the Condor, which we will be able to observe from very close if it is resting that day.

Duration: 10 hours

Difficulty: Medium

*Ask for alternative activities according to your interests.

 

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your hosts at the Estancia.

*Ask for the typical preparation of lamb chop on a stick (in Spanish, "cordero al palo")

 

Accommodation at Estancia Mercedes: Private room at Estancia Mercedes.

 

Included: transport, excursion, local guide, lunch, dinner, room with breakfast.

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DAY 3 - LOS TURBALES WATERFALL

El canto de los turbales Waterfall: This excursion rescues the old track used by our ancestors who lived in this place, which reached Puerto Natales, where at the end of a beautiful tour you will discover a magical waterfall.

Duration: 10 hours

Difficulty: Medium

*Ask for alternative activities according to your interests.

 

Cena: Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your hosts at the Estancia.

*Ask for the typical preparation of lamb chop on a stick (in Spanish, "cordero al palo")

 

Accommodation at Estancia Mercedes: Private room at Estancia Mercedes.

 

Included: excursion, local guide, lunch, dinner, room with breakfast.

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DAY 4 - TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast and get strength for the day ahead

 

Transfer: We will take a private transport from Estancia Mercedes to Puerto Natales, where the next transfer to the National Park will be waiting for us. This second transfer will be a shared one, it's from Puerto Natales to Hosteria Pehoe (2 hours).

* National park entrance fees not included ($21.000 CLP for foreigners / $6.000 for Chileans)

 

Hosteria Pehoe* | Standard Room: Night at Hosteria Pehoe / Standard Private Room / Breakfast Included.

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: transportation, room with breakfast.

5

DAY 5 - PATAGONIAN LANDSCAPES

Full day excursion in Torres del Paine: During this day, we will enjoy a full day in Torres del Paine with a small group. This excursion, carried out by the hotel, offers visitors an excellent introduction to the national park, entering through the Serrano River, where we will have a clean view of the Paine Mountain Range. Later, we will take a short walk of approximately 1 hour to Lago Grey, to observe Glacier Grey and numerous icebergs. Then we will visit the information center to learn about the park's ecosystem. Lunch will be in the Cascada Paine area where you can observe the majestic peaks of Torres del Paine. During the return, and if the weather allows it, we will be able to visit the Salto Grande waterfalls.

Duration: 8 hours in total / 2 walks, one-hour long each

Difficulty: Easy

*Ask for alternative activities according to your interests.

 

Hosteria Pehoe* | Standard Room: Night at Hosteria Pehoe / Standard Private Room / Breakfast Included.

*or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: excursion, local guide, lunch, transportation, room with breakfast.

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DAY 6 - FRENCH VALLEY OR GREY GLACIER

Full Day French Valley or Grey Glacier: We will have breakfast at the lodge and then leave to begin a new hike. The transport will take us to Pudeto and then we will take a catamaran that will leave us in Paine Grande, to start our hike. Today we have two options*:

  • a) Valle Fránces hike, with its incredible views of Cerro Catedral, Cerro Aleta de Tiburón and much more.
  • b) Walk Glacier Grey, where we will be able to admire this imposing white giant and its landslides in the water.

Duration: 9-10 hours

Difficulty: Medium

*Ask for alternative activities according to your interests.

 

Hosteria Pehoe* | Standard Room: Night at Hosteria Pehoe / Standard Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: excursion, bilingual guide (English, Spanish), lunch, transportation, room with breakfast.

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DAY 7 - TRANSFER TO NORTHERN PATAGONIA

Transfer: After a beautiful journey through Patagonia, a shared transfer will take you from Hosteria Pehoé to Puerto Natales (2 hours).

 

Bus: Shared bus between Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas airport (3:15 hours).

 

Flight: Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt (2:10 hours).

* 1 suitcase of 23 kg included.

 

Transfer Puerto Montt Airport: Private transfer from/to the airport of Puerto Montt.

 

Guest House Hotel: Night in the Guest House Hotel / Private Room / Breakfast included.

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: transport, room with breakfast.

8

DAY 8 - LAKE AND VOLCANOES, THE MAGIC OF PUERTO VARAS

Free day: This day will be free, so you can enjoy it at your own pace.

* Ask for optional activities.

 

Guest House Hotel: Night in the Guest House Hotel / Private Room / Breakfast included.

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: transportation, bus ticket, room with breakfast.

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DAY 9 - THE MYTHOLOGICAL ISLAND OF CHILOÉ

Transfer: Private transfer from your accommodation in Puerto Varas to the bus terminal in Puerto Montt. From here we will take a bus from Puerto Montt to Quellón (5.5 hours).

 

Mitos Hostel*: Night in the hostel / Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: transportation, bus ticket, room with breakfast.

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DAY 10 - ROUTE "CHAWKO WE", CHONO-WILLICHE

Chawko we, "Territory of Father Water", is the route we will start and travel during the next 3 days together with Javier Betancur, leader of the Chono-Williche community of Quellón.

 

Chiulla Trail: This adventure begins after breakfast, when we go to the Chiulla Trail, located in the Kompu community. Together with Don Luis, we will walk this trail and he will show us the tree species of the island, such as wawan and foye (patriarchal trees of the Williche culture of Chiloé), mañíos and koiwes. We will also get to know the local cosmovision and the history of the cultural claim and its actors, which make the tour a discovery of the roots of the Chono-Williche territory.

 

Lunch: After completing this low-difficulty trail, we will go to replenish our energy with a shared lunch with a family from the community.

 

Chala Island: In the afternoon, we will cross by boat (optional guided kayaking) to the Chala Island, a place identified as an Apeche (spiritual site), where we will be able to appreciate the archeological vestiges of the Chono parents of more than 6,000 years, their history and legacy. In addition, we will be able to contemplate from the boat (or kayak), the avifauna present on the island.

 

Cultivos artesanales: Later, we will learn about ancestral and organic farming techniques, using only what the land and sea provide for fertilizers, part of the legacy of our Williche ancestors.

 

At the end of the day, we will have dinner with the host family, and then return to our lodge.

 

Mitos Hostel*: Night in the hostel / Private Room / Breakfast Included

*or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: excursion, transport, local guide, lunch, dinner, room with breakfast.

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DAY 11 - HUEQUETRUMAO ALTO COMMUNITY

Huequetrumao Alto Community: This day we will continue our journey to the Community of Huequetrumao Alto, where we will meet a lawentuchefe (Williche's medicine teacher) and longka (community leader). We will walk along a trail collecting natural medicine and then enjoy a delicious lunch with local flavors.

 

Herb preparation: Later, they will teach us their techniques of preparation and use of the herbs and plants collected. Continuing the activities, we will play linao, an ancestral game of training for war, typical of the island of Chiloé.

 

Traditional Once: We will say goodbye with an exquisite "once" (meal served in the middle of the afternoon) prepared by the community to move back to our lodging.

 

Mitos Hostel*: Night in the hostel / Private Room / Breakfast Included

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Included: excursion, transport, local guide, lunch, dinner, room with breakfast

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DAY 12 - LIUKURA COMMUNITY

Navegation: This day we will sail around two hours south, to reach the Liukura Community, where we will be received by the families with a delicious welcome mate and an entertaining conversation.

 

Ancestral basketwork and traditional lunch: After that, we will witness ancestral basketry techniques, as well as a workshop of tiles in the hands of local people. Later, we will enjoy a classic lunch of these locations.

 

Mauche Island: Now it is time to visit the Mauche Island, inhabited by only one Williche family that is in charge of its care and protection because it is a spiritual site or Apeche. Here we will be able to contemplate its beaches, walk through the woods on an interior path and witness the vestiges of ancestral fishing techniques, such as the stone fishing corrals (more than 6,000 years old).

 

Dinner: Back at the Liukura Community's bonfire, we will have our closing ceremony with a typical preparation of Chiloé Island, prepared in a traditional way and explaining its origin by the community. After this, we will return to Quellón.

 

Mitos Hostel*: Night in the hostel / Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: excursion, transport, local guide, lunch, dinner, room with breakfast.

13

DAY 13 - RETURN TO SANTIAGO

Public bus: Bus back from Quellón to Puerto Montt (5.5 hours). Once there, a private transfer will be waiting for you to go to the airport in Puerto Montt.

 

Flight: Flight from Puerto Montt to Santiago (1:45 hours). 

*1 suitcase of 23 kg included.

 

Transfer: Private transfer from/to Santiago airport.

 

Hostal Tambo Verde: Night in Tambo Verde Hostel* / Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: bus ticket, transportation, domestic flight, room with breakfast.

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DAY 14 - VALPARAÍSO, THE JEWEL OF THE PACIFIC

Public bus: Today, early in the morning, you will take public transport to the bus station and then a bus to Valparaiso (2 hours).

 

La Matriz Valparaíso: Valparaíso, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our local guide will welcome you upon arrival and you will have the opportunity to visit the oldest district of the city together with a local poet. Interesting characters and beautiful views towards the colorful hills are waiting for you.

We start at the atrium of the Iglesia La Matriz, in the area of the foundation of Valparaíso, to visit the oldest temple in the city. Later, we continue with a visit to the 421 soup kitchen, where we will learn about the social work done by neighbors and neighborhood volunteers, in benefit of the homeless.

Then we will walk around the Barrio Puerto area, visiting old shops and bars, and then we will go up the stairs of Santo Domingo Hill, the first hill in the port to be inhabited and which keeps countless architectural and heritage secrets, accompanied by our poet.

After this interesting tour, we will meet the 'Chinita', who will receive us in her own house, to enjoy lunch with a pleasant conversation about the life of the Buenos Aires neighborhood.

Duration: 4 hours

 

City tour Valparaíso: You will go through the city center through the hill area to continue with this unforgettable trip in one of the places recognized as World Heritage, UNESCO. You will continue to walk appreciating the street art that highlights Valparaíso as a bohemian city and cultural center at a national level. Together with the local guide you will visit Pablo Neruda's house museum, La Sebastiana.

Duration: 4 hours

* Tickets to the Museum la Sebastiana not included ($7.000 CLP). Mondays closed.

 

Public bus: Bus back to Santiago (2 hours).

 

Hostal Tambo Verde: Night in Tambo Verde Hostel* / Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: transport, guide in Spanish/English/French/Italian, local guide, lunch, room with breakfast.

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DAY 15 - SANTIAGO, THE VIBRANT CAPITAL

City Tour in Santiago: The tour starts in the traditional center of Santiago, walking among heritage buildings such as La Moneda, Plaza de Armas, The Cathedral, etc. Later, we continue through the emblematic Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, passing by the Santa Lucía Hill with the best views of Santiago, the Lastarria neighborhood, the Parque Forestal and the Fine Arts Museum. This neighborhood, full of art, shops and alternative cafes, has the most beautiful architecture of the city center. Finally, the Barrio Bellas Artes is connected to the Cerro San Cristobal and the Museo Casa la Chascona*of the poet Pablo Neruda.

Afterwards, you will be in Barrio Bellavista, a famous bohemian neighborhood where you can taste typical Chilean food or drink pisco or wine.

Duration: 4 hours

* The guide leaves the passengers at the Museo la Chascona and does not accompany them, because there is an audio guide. Entrance fees not included ($7.000 CLP). Museum closed on Mondays.

 

Hostal Tambo Verde: Night in Tambo Verde Hostel* / Private Room / Breakfast Included

* or similar, depending on availability at the time of booking (prices may change).

 

Included: excursion, guide in Spanish/English/French/German/Italian, room with breakfast.

16

DAY 16 - END OF YOUR ADVENTURE, SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

Transfer: Don Rodrigo will take you by private transfer to the airport in Santiago, so you can take the flight back home.

 

End of activities and of an incredible journey!

 

Included: transport.

Location

Chile

CHILE

Chile is a magical country that remains unnoticed by many. Being the longest country at 4,00 km, Chile has a lot to offer: from the world's driest desert and the clearest skies of the Atacama, numerous wine cellars in the central part, to the magnificent landscapes of Patagonia. 
 
But as not many know, Chile is not only landscapes. It is full of different cultures and deep knowledge from its inhabitants. Originally, Chile was populated with more than 9 etnias of indigenous people. As Mapuches say, their biggest richness and legacy are not huge pyramids or constructions, but the Words. Words that come from Mother Nature who expresses itself through the people
 
Each of them has managed to preserve their traditions up until today and they are always very happy to share their time and experience with visitors. Here in Travolution, we work every day to help travelers meet the indigenous and rural communities and transform traveling into something meaningful and sustainable.
 
Chilean modern history goes back to the 16th century when Spanish conquistadors arrived to discover new territories in their American rade. Arriving in Chile, the Spanish tried to colonize the country but weren’t able to cross the Biobio river, where the Mapuches stood unwavering.
 
Nevertheless, after the independence of Chile, Mapuches have been relegated to smaller areas, and the conquerors have spread through all the country.
 

DIVERSITY OF CLIMATES AND LANDSCAPES

If you consider the distinct climates through Chile, different flora and fauna and the mix of cultures and ethnicities, you will understand how diverse this magical country is in every term you may imagine.
 
If you go to the north...
...prepare to very hot days and quite cold nights. It almost never rains in the north of Chile and, of course, it’s reflected in the panorama from Arica to La Serena. The most famous place around here is the Atacama desert, but we insist that you have a closer look and add a couple of other stops in your journey around Chile. Some of them are Putre, Chañaral de Aceituno, La Serena, Valle del Elqui and more..
 
If you decide to stay in the centre...
...Unless you travel by land, your first city in Chile will most probably be the capital, Santiago. And it’s fantastic. The city of contrasts has a lot to offer, from colonial and modern architecture, bohemian neighborhoods, hikes in the mountain, wineries, and much more. You can even meet some indigenous communities who live right in the city and welcome travellers to their homes. Isn’t it the best way to break some stereotypes and finally learn what indigenous people really mean!?
 
If you go to the south...
... What comes to mind when you hear the word Patagonia? Mountain ranges? Cleanest rivers and lakes? Glaciers? Numerous national parks? Yes! All of those are something you can expect in Patagonia, whether it is in Chile or in Argentina (we share this paradise on Earth). The climate in the south is way more cool and wet than in the central part, so prepare to have a jacket and raincoat always with you, even in the summer (from December to February). However, it’s the climate who we have to thank for the wonderful landscapes that attract so many visitors. As soon as you get there, you’ll understand what we are talking about. Its ancestral inhabitants will be waiting for you.
 
Why choose only one part and not visiting them all? In Travolution we prepare tailor-made trips, and yours can include the north, the centre and the south, and all of them can be sustainably visited in just 21 days! You are welcome to contact us if you need some help organizing your trip to our such naturally and culturally diverse country!
 

Come and experience it for yourself in this unique adventure!

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