The experience: Volcanos, forests & fiords - SELF Drive

The progam

6 days / 5 nights

Welcome to the south of Chile! After arriving at the airport, you will have to go to pick up your Europcar rental car and drive via Puerto Varas along the beautiful shores of Llanquihue Lake, passing Frutillar to the German colonial village of Puerto Octay. On the way there, right at the airport, it is worth visiting, the small park Lahuen Ñadi, where thousands of old Alerce trees are located. This place is amazing and these trees are an important part of nature and the history of the area. 
Accommodation at Posada El Colono

From Puerto Octay, continue along the Llanquihue Lake passing the impressive Cascadas waterfall to the volcano Osorno up to Teski Refuge. From here you can enjoy a view over the entire lake region, the Pacific, and even you get to see distant volcanoes of the Araucanía Region.

Especially at night, when the lights of the surrounding villages and towns approach, it is an unforgettable spectacle when one observes it from one of the heated wooden baths on the slope.
Accommodation: Refuge on the volcano

When you go back from the volcano, you will have this surreal volcanic dominating landscape until you get back to the Llanquihue Lake. The you continueto the Reloncaví Fiord. On the way there you can visit the waterfalls of Petrohué, the thermal baths of Ralún & the Lake Todos Los Santos.

When you get to Puelo, you leave the car and take a boat to the Puelo Mitico Lodge, which is located on the eastern shore of Tagua Tagua Lake. Incredible experience. 
Accommodation: Puelo Mítico Lodge

A brand new day, ready to live a new experience.

After breakfast, you can go on a hike to the virgin Tagua Tagua Valley. It is about 2 hours on a good hiking trail through a protected area until you get to a lagoon in the middle of the mountain range where you will see a refuge. On the way you can see, you will see Alerce trees that are thousands of years old. 
Accommodation: Puelo Mítico Lodge

Back in the car you will start driving on the south bank of the Reloncaví Fiordes to Caleta Puelche where you take the ferry to Caleta Arena.

From here, you drive a few kilometers along the Carretera Austral with a view to the Pacific and then you keep driving until you reach the Alerce Andino National Park.
Accommodation: Campo Santy

From the Alerce Andino National Park, head north via Puerto Montt to the airport.

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