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National Parks-Lakes, Volcanoes & Culture

From every angle, Chile's Lakes and Volcanoes District elicits wide-eyed wonder. Stalactites hang in the depths of a volcano's core and smoke billows from its snowcapped peak. Sprawling forests bustle with unique flora and fauna. Sparkling rivers and glacial lakes meet rolling hills and the towering Andes. Wherever you turn, Chile's natural beauty inspires awe. And on this special December 13, 2020 departure, experience a total solar eclipse!

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

Walk/Hike
Bike
Raft
Kayak
Horseback Ride

Chile

Start Temuco / End Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt Airport

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Witness a total solar eclipse—one of nature's most exciting phenomena—from a perfect viewing location at Santa Amalia Polo Ranch near Lake Colico
  • Hike, bike, kayak and raft with stunning vistas of Villarrica, Mocho and Osorno Volcanoes, plus waterfalls, lagoons and the Patagonian Andes
  • Venture into the remote sanctuaries of Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve and Parque Futangue—teeming with diverse flora and fauna
  • Learn about ranch culture and polo techniques at an exclusive family ranch, plus experience wine pairings and traditional cuisine
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
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Days 1-2

Pedaling through a forest, pass striking views of Llaima Volcano (one of Chile's largest and most active) and Villarica Volcano | Ride to Santa Amalia Polo Ranch,  set within the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO, for a warm welcome from the Mayol family and see why they're famous for their polo and rodeo traditions | Learn about ranch culture and polo techniques from the petiseros (horse workers) | On your second day, get ready for the special event! From our ideal eclipse viewing location near the polo field, witness the mesmerizing display of day turning into darkness | Spend the afternoon at the lake and take out a stand-up paddleboard or kayak | Delve into polo life—don a polo uniform and equipment and let the petiseros get you ready for the first chukker of your match.

Santa Amalia Polo Ranch, Chile
Santa Amalia Polo Ranch
Lake Colico

An exclusive and picturesque polo ranch set in the UNESCO-recognized Araucarias Biosphere Reserve on the edge of lovely Lake Colico.

Days 3-4

Pedal along Lake Villarrica for jaw-dropping views | Ride on the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route) | Enter the magical rain forest of Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, one of the planet's most valued eco-regions | ​Hike across the Fuy River and through a rain forest in the company of unique wildlife.

Huilo Huilo Nothofagus Hotel, Chile
Nothofagus Hotel & Spa
Huilo-Huilo

This uniquely designed hotel rises like a tree house in the middle of the temperate rain forest and inside, a spiral wooden staircase winds its way to the top. (pool, spa)

Days 5-7

Raft down Fuy River rapids under a dense canopy of coihue trees with views of the southern Patagonian Andes | Explore Parque Futangue, a private nature reserve on the edge of Ranco Lake | ​Hike past turquoise waterfalls, footbridges and breathtaking lookouts to deep-blue Laguna Pitreño | Continue on foot for 360-degree vistas of volcanoes, lakes and, on a clear day, the distant granite massifs of Argentina | For your final adventure, kayak on the calm waters of picturesque Laguna Pichi.

Futangue Lodge, Chile
Futangue Hotel & Spa
Parque Futangue
| Premiere Hotel

Surrounded by gardens, meadows and lush forest, this remote lodge is set within the borders of a private reserve. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Other
Villarica Volcanic Caves Tour (1 hour)
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 28 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Other
Polo Activity/Horseback Ride (1.5 hours)
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 20 miles* | 1800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 27 miles* | 2400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 34 miles | 3800 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 900 ft. gain
Other
Optional Afternoon Activities at Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain
Rafting
Half Day
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 3500 ft. gain
Day 7
Kayaking
at Laguna Pichi (1.5 hours)
* Includes shuttle.

Note: The Daily Route Options for the eclipse departure vary somewhat from the routes listed here. Download the detailed itinerary for route details.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Travel Time

In order to experience the full grandeur of Chile's Lakes and Volcanoes District, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on a typical Backroads trip. This enables us to explore the incredible variety of ecosystems and scenery this region has to offer. Rest assured, the views from these shuttles are spectacular.

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