Northern Patagonia Explorer

Start: San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina Finish: San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

Visiting: San Carlos de Bariloche, Cerro Llao Llao, Nahuel Huapi Lake, Cerro Capilla, Cerro Bella Vista, Camino de Los Siete Lagos, Lago Machónico, San Martín de los Andes, Cerro Falkner, Lácar Lake, Huilo Huilo Reserva Biológica, Huilo Huilo, Puerto Varas, Hornopirén National Park, Llancahue, Pumalin Park, Reloncaví Estuary, Petrohue, Osorno, Todos los Santos Lake


Duration: 13 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, Activity Level 3

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Kosher, Jain, Halal

Tour code: 161

Tour operator: Active Adventures

Group size: 3 - 14

Age range: 15-99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $6399

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Tour Overview

Exploring Northern Patagonia, you'll develop a new-found respect for the pioneers, who found passages over the immense Andes Mountains, across fiords and through huge temperate rainforests. Luckily, these days, nestled in the renowned parks and reserves, there's comfortable lodgings - making for the perfect combination of adventure by day and relaxation by night.

Highlights

  • icon "Explore The land of volcanoes
  • icon "Kayak One of the “Seven Lakes” Sea kayak Reloncavi Fiord"
  • icon “Ring of Fire” Huilo Huilo Reserve Parque Pumalín The “Cruce Andino” route 4 National Parks"
  • icon "Hike Cerro Llao Llao and Playa Tacul Cerro Falkner Bella Vista Osorno Volcano "

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Arrive, explore San Carlos de Bariloche

Location: San Carlos de Bariloche

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche

Meals: Dinner

Our trip begins in Bariloche, a fantastic little town set on the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi and the National Park of the same name (the oldest National Park in Argentina). You’ll have the afternoon to explore the town centre with its log and stone buildings, quaint shops and endless views across the lake to stunning Andean peaks. A town and setting this perfect might make you think it’s all too good to be true, but there’s really no catch here – it’s the perfect starting point for an adventure into one of the world’s most stunning regions. Before dinner this evening your trip leader will go through the plan for your adventure in plenty of detail, building the excitement for the days to come - then we’ll experience a typical Patagonian evening meal together.

icon Day 2 : Hike Cerro Llao Llao and Playa Tacul

Location: Cerro Llao Llao, Nahuel Huapi Lake, Cerro Capilla, San Carlos de Bariloche

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our first outing on foot in this region is a hike to Cerro Llao Llao. After breakfast Patagonian style, we’ll take a short ride along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi to the trail head of Cerro Llao Llao. The trail weaves through spectacular forest and zig-zags its way up to the rocky outcrops that dot the ridge line, overlooking three different lakes as well as the peaks of Cerro Lopez and Cerro Capilla. Not a bad place for a morning tea break! After soaking in the spectacular views we’ll descend to lake level and walk the shoreline to the pristine lake beach Playa Tacul. Patagonian rivers and lakes are pure, clean and refreshing – we’ll have time to take a dip in the crisp lake waters and soak in the views before heading back to Bariloche.Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (All meals)Hiking Distance: 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), 2-3 hoursElevation Gain: 200 metres (656 feet)Elevation Loss: 200 metres (656 feet)

icon Day 3 : Hike Cerro Bella Vista or free time in Bariloche

Location: Cerro Bella Vista, San Carlos de Bariloche

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast this morning, we’ll head a short distance out of Bariloche and begin our hike to the Cerro Bella Vista, which literally means “beautiful view”. No surprises as to what’s in store for us today then! It’s a heart pumping hike as we head above the treeline of the Cerro Bella Vista peak, but the views are well worth the effort as we’ll take in 360 degree views of the myriad lakes and crowded horizon line of huge peaks. If you’d prefer to spend the day with some down time or with other activities, the day is yours to explore Bariloche and its surroundings.Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (All meals)Hiking Distance: 12km (7.5 miles), 6-7 hoursElevation Gain: 800 metres (2,624 feet)Elevation Loss: 1,000 metres (3,280 feet)ORFree time in Bariloche

icon Day 4 : Journey through “Ruta de los Siete Lagos”, kayak Lake Machonico

Location: Camino de Los Siete Lagos, Lago Machónico, San Martín de los Andes

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: La casa de Eugenia Hotel, San Martin (or similar0

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We’ll leave Bariloche this morning and head through the renowned “Road of the Seven Lakes”, a journey of extraordinary beauty. We’ll wind through lush forests, skirt crystal clear lakes and pass dramatic waterfalls, and a stop for a swim is certainly an option if you’re keen! Once we reach Lake Machonico, we’ll don lifejackets and head out for a paddle in the kayaks, our kayak guide will share insights about the surrounding landscape, including Volcan Lanin, the immense cone which dominates as the centrepiece of the National Park of the same name. Afterward we’ll drive a short distance to San Martin de Los Andes, a beautiful little town on the shore of Lago Lácar that proudly enjoys a laid back pace of life and some of the best mountain views anywhere in the world. For our evening meal, we’ll be treated to views overlooking Lago Lácar, a perfect closing to a wonderful day.La casa de Eugenia Hotel, San Martin (All meals)Kayaking time: 2 hours

icon Day 5 : Hike Cerro Falkner

Location: Cerro Falkner, Nahuel Huapi Lake, San Martín de los Andes

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: La casa de Eugenia Hotel, San Martin (or similar0

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As well as being famous for dramatic granite peaks and lakes, Northern Patagonia and the lakes district is equally renowned for its perfectly conical volcanic peaks. At the northern end of Lago Nahuel Huapi, the base of Cerro Falkner rises up above the shore, the starting point for our hike. A heart pumping trek up through ñire (reed) and coihue trees leads us to the open sky views of the entire Seven Lakes area, with a variety of magnificent peaks, all staking their claim to be the most dramatic - it’s a mesmerising sight. We’ll return to the trailhead later and head back to San Martin with time to relax before dinner.La casa de Eugenia Hotel, San Martin (All meals)Hiking Distance: 10 kilometres (6 miles), 5-7 hoursElevation Gain: 712 metres (2,253 feet)Elevation Loss: 712 metres (2,253 feet)

icon Day 6 : Hike Lacar Lake, ferry to Huilo Huilo Reserve

Location: Lácar Lake, Huilo Huilo Reserva Biológica, Huilo Huilo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Reino Funghi Hotel, Huilo Huilo (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning our hike crosses land belonging to the Mapuche people of this region, skirting around the base of Cerro Curru-Huinca hill, and after a couple of hours or so, leading us to the road where our transport will be waiting. We’ll then take a stunning drive through the Parque Nacional Lanin to the Chilean border crossing. With another stamp in the passport we’ll board a ferry on the shores of Lago Pirihueico (can you keep up with all these lakes?!), and head across to the Huilo Huilo Reserve. This is a 600 km2 private biological reserve in the heart of Chilean temperate rainforest with a high amount of precipitation and relatively warm temperatures during summer. Nature lovers will find themselves in paradise here, with 81 known bird species, and even the elusive puma living here. Today is a day full of highlights, and there’s one more to come – our home for the evening – the Reino Funghi Hotel. Shaped like a mushroom, paying homage to the fungi found in the surrounding forest, this hotel is a feat of architecture and unlike anything you’ll have ever stayed in! Settle in this evening with an onsite brewed beer and views to die for!Reino Funghi Hotel, Huilo Huilo (All meals)Hiking Distance: 3 kilometres (1.9 miles), 2-3 hoursElevation Gain: 579 metres (1,899 feet)Elevation Loss: 579 metres (1,899 feet)

icon Day 7 : Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve & Botanical visit

Location: Huilo Huilo Reserva Biológica, Puerto Varas

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Cabaña del lago, Puerto Varas (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you’ll wake up feeling like you’re part of a fairy tale, as you stare out at the forest and volcano. Whoever thought a mushroom-shaped hotel could be so cosy? Today we’re lucky to have an extraordinary walking trail right on our doorstep! Stretching along the banks of the Fuy River, which originates from the glacial run off on the slopes of the Mocho-Choshuenco Volcano, a stunning trail weaves its way through lush Valdivian forest with abundant birdlife, crystal clear tributary streams and picture perfect waterfalls. Of course, if you’d prefer to kick back and soak in the hot pools at our lodgings, or soak in the lakeside views with a coffee or hot chocolate, there’s no better place to do it! Afterward we’ll take a guided tour through the Botanical Gardens where we’ll be taught all about the flora and fauna of the natural reserve. Later today, we’ll head south to yet another picture perfect settlement - Puerto Varas, nestled on the shoreline of Lago Llanquihue, the second largest lake in Chile.Hotel Cabaña del lago, Puerto Varas (All meals)Hiking Distance: 3.4 kilometres (2.1 miles), 2-3 hours, flat

icon Day 8 : Free day in Puerto Varas

Location: Puerto Varas

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Cabaña del lago, Puerto Varas (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Looming large across the shores of Lago Llanquihue, are the conical peaks of Volcán Osorno and Volcán Calbuco. The views of these imposing peaks are a great indicator of the array of options available to you here in Puerto Varas. The day is yours to explore this incredible adventure playground. Take a boat trip across the lake, walk the plethora of trails just outside town, work on your biking skills on the Osorno Volcano pump track, enjoy the view of four volcanoes whilst rafting the rapids of the Petrohué River - the options are endless. If you’re unsure what to do today, don’t worry, your guides will help you with planning (including best places to eat), and there’s always another approach – simply soak in the Patagonia vibe whilst relaxing by the lake, just as the locals do.Hotel Cabaña del lago, Puerto Varas (Breakfast only)

icon Day 9 : Hornopirén National Park & boat trip to Llancahué Island

Location: Hornopirén National Park, Llancahue

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Llancahué Hotel, Llancahué Island (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we’ll continue our journey south along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, until we reach our second mode of transport for the day, a ferry ride that will take us across the Reloncavi Fiord. We’ll head for Hornopirén, a village that gets its name from the nearby volcano and which means “Snow Oven” in Mapudungun, the Mapuche language. There are amazing views here, between the glacier of the volcano and the Andes that fall into Chilean fiords. We’ll grab lunch at the local market – we highly recommend a fresh catch of Merluza or Congrio (Southern Hake and Conger Eel). With our bellies full, and depending on time, we’ll stop off along the drive through Hornopirén National Park for a wander. Renowned for its mountains, glaciers and volcanoes all packed into a relatively small area, along with a wide variety of fauna residing in the untouched temperate rainforest – this is a dreamlike setting. Later, we’ll take a quick boat ride alongside the Isla Pelada and across to Llancahué Island, our home for the evening. After another meal of delicious local fare, we’ll sit in hot pools and stare at the vast night sky.Llancahué Hotel, Llancahué Island (All meals)Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, flat

icon Day 10 : Boat journey to Quintupeu Cahuelmo Fiords in Parque Pumalín

Location: Pumalin Park, Llancahue

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Llancahué Hotel, Llancahué Island (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we’ll find ourselves in the heart of Parque Pumalín, created by the late American entrepreneur, philanthropist and ecologist Douglas Tompkins. Tompkins founded The North Face in the 60’s and later the clothing company Esprit. One of the things that makes this park so unique is the way in which the local economy thrives alongside conservation. Within the park you’ll find small organic farms with activities such as animal husbandry, cheese making, ecotourism, wool handicrafts, and honey production. We’ll start by taking a short boat ride deep into the heart of one of the world’s most dramatic fiords, Quintupeu, home to incredible waterfalls and granite peaks. The deep blue waters of the fiord are met with the steep green forested walls of the Andes, rising over 2,400 metres (7,875 feet) above the water. After, we’ll be treated to neighbouring Cahuelmo Fiord where we’ll be able to soak yet again in hot springs that lie under the temperate rainforest. Depending on the tides, we’ll fit in a spectacular short hike to Laguna Abascal before continuing south to reach Porcelana’s hot springs, a great spot to enjoy a picnic lunch and a stroll. We’ll spend the evening back on the island and reflect on a day full of mesmerising landscapes.Llancahué Hotel, Llancahué Island (All meals)Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3 miles), 2-2.5 hours, flat

icon Day 11 : Sea kayak Reloncavi Fiord

Location: Reloncaví Estuary, Petrohue

Accommodation: Petrohue Lodge, Petrohue

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast, those who’ve not yet had their fill of springs may have time for a quick dip before we head back to Hornopirén village and along the shores of Reloncavi Fiord to Cochamo. We’ll grab a hearty snack before hitting the water on tandem sea kayaks for a paddle in the calm waters of this fiord. Here the clear waters of the Petrohué River meet the salt waters of the Gulf, passing snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls and oftentimes the occasional visitor in the form of a sea lion or dolphin! Lunch today is a highlight, as we’ll stop at a small, locally owned farm for a local meal. This is a great opportunity to spend time with the Yolanda family, who’ve been living on the banks of this fiord for three generations. After our paddle, we’ll head through the wilderness to our lodging for the evening, the stunning and homely Petrohué Lodge. This beautiful place sits on the very edge of the Lago Todos Los Santos and the mouth of the Petrohué River. With the Osorno Volcano in the background, it’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and soak in the views of both the lake and the volcano.Petrohue Lodge, Petrohue (All meals)Kayaking Time: 2 hours

icon Day 12 : Hike Osorno Volcano

Location: Osorno, Petrohue

Accommodation: Petrohue Lodge, Petrohue

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Petrohué Lodge has its very own pioneer’s museum, which you’ll likely have discovered the night before. When you awake today, you’ll feel like a pioneer as you stare over the lake and imagine what Swiss visionary Don Ricardo Roth imagined when he set out to transform the lodge from a failing transport company to a charming wilderness lodge.  In those days travellers would undertake an arduous multi-day journey to get to the lodge, a strategic resting point on the way to Peulla. These days, it’s the perfect base to enjoy Volcán Osorno, standing tall on the edge of Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. We’ll begin our hike through the barren, tortured volcanic landscape that gradually transforms into lush woodland and finally reveals an astonishing view of Lago Todos Los Santos, when we reach the high point of the hike – Desolation Pass. It’s a breath-taking sight! We’ll return to Petrohué Lodge for the evening and celebrate the days hike with a glass of red wine and an open fire. As if that’s not enough, there are wonderful wood-fired hot tubs dotted around the hotel ready for an evening soak.Petrohue Lodge, Petrohue (All meals)Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (8.7 miles), 4-6 hoursElevation Gain: 592 metres (1,940 feet)Elevation Loss: 592 metres (1,940 feet)

icon Day 13 : Cross Lago Todos Los Santos and journey over the Andes

Location: Todos los Santos Lake, San Carlos de Bariloche

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning’s journey will take us on the pioneering lakes route (also known as ‘Cruce Andino’) that you’ll have heard so much about whilst staying at Petrohué Lodge. We’ll board a catamaran for a cruise across Lago Todo Los Santos to Peulla where we’ll stop for lunch. Then, after a dramatic crossing of the Andes into Argentina, it’s a short boat trip across Lago Frías to Puerto Alegre, and a bus to Puerto Blest. A catamaran departs from Puerto Blest for a beautiful one-hour trip along Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo, from there the final stretch takes us back on terra firma to Bariloche. This is an outstandingly beautiful trip that’ll immerse you in the landscapes that Patagonia is so well-known for! We’ll arrive back in the relative hustle and bustle of Bariloche, in time to enjoy a farewell dinner celebrating our discovery of Patagonia’s natural wilderness.Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (All meals)

icon Day 14 : Depart for home

Location: San Carlos de Bariloche Airport

Meals: Breakfast

Today is the final day of your trip exploring the incredible diversity and beauty of Northern Patagonia. You’ll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and invigorated after exploring one of the most dramatically beautiful places on Earth. Your trip leader will arrange transport to the airport for you, if you’re flying out today, and if you’re staying on, we can help you arrange extra hotel accommodation. (Breakfast)

What's Included

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    All domestic transport

    Comfortable air-conditioned van travel. Departure airport transfer.

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    All accommodations

    Charming hotels in the towns and cities.

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    All guiding services

    You'll have an experienced Active Adventures guide with you for the entire duration, as well as specialist local guides in select locations - a perfect mix!

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    All activities

    To us Kiwis, Northern Patagonia reminds us of Fiordland here in the South Island... it's packed with fiords and lakes! So naturally you'll be hiking and kayaking, and occassionally resting your legs on incredible scenic cruises.

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    All meals

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner, except on your free day.

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit
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