Chile Lake District Hiking Tour

Chile
Walking
Partially Guided
Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour

Chile Lake District Hiking Tour

Prices

From $1,775USD

Difficulty

Partially-guided

Hostels, family homes

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Highlights

Spend an unforgettable week hiking the Chilean Lake District

Discover the beauty of the Chilean Lake District as you hike to uncover the majestic landscapes of Chile’s coastal region, Caleta Condor.

Strike the perfect balance of guided excursions and free time, as you hike, explore and relax in picture-perfect settings.

Learn about Chile’s indigenous Huilliche people as you break bread alongside them and are welcomed into their homes.

Experience the exceptional natural beauty of the region and its rainforests, dreamy beaches, secluded bays and much more.

Discover the beauty of the Chilean Lake District on the 7-Day partially-guided Chile Lake District Hiking Tour. Starting out in southern Chile’s idyllic lake region, you’ll explore the coastal region around Caleta Condor, as you hike into the remote and pristine homeland of the indigenous Huilliche people.

Enjoy spectacular hiking through primeval forests and along picturesque rivers and dreamy sandy beaches. Meet hidden communities along the coast and get to know and enjoy their traditional way of life and hearty cuisine.

Revel in the flexibility of this partially-guided Chilean Lake District tour that allows you to tailor some days of the tour to your interests with options of hiking, adventures by boat, horseback riding, or fishing.

Come to know the magical landscapes of southern Chile and its fascinating cultures on this week long Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour in one of most beautiful regions in South America.

Chile Lake District Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and Transfer to San Juan de la Costa

Your Chilean Lake District adventure begins in Southern Chile’s stunning Lake Region. Following your arrival, you’ll be picked up at Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt to make our way via Osorno to the Pacific coast. After two hours, you’ll reach the village of Bahia Mansa, located in the coastal district of San Juan de la Costa. On the way, you’ll visit the family of Maria Huisca — a charismatic pioneer for the preservation and revival of Mapuche traditions. After lunch, Maria takes you through a small forest to show you the ceremonial site where the most important rituals are held.

Overnight Location
Hostel in Maicolpue
Distance
1 hour
Meals
Lunch, dinner

Day 2 Hike through Coastal Forests to Huellehue Village

After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to lace up your boots for a stunning hike through dense coastal forests to the village of Huellehue, where you’ll spend the next two days.

On the way, you’ll pass through the typical native forest of Southern Chile with an impressive variety of plants, shrubs, vines, ferns and mosses, as well as mushrooms, insects, birds and other creatures! The trail leads alongside native trees, such as the coastal Olivillo, Luma, Tepu and the southern beech. A large part of these endemic plant species are found nowhere else in the world.

After a 20-minute boat ride, you’ll reach the small village of Huellelhue on the banks of the river of the same name. The center of this Huilliche community are three houses and the local school. With an average of 12 students, this school takes care of the education of all the children in the area, including those from Caleta Condor.

Overnight Location
Huilliche family house in Huellelhue
Distance
8-9 hours
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Free Day in Huellelhue

Today you are free to choose among various activities to spend the day in and around Huellelhue. Options include: a boat trip on the river, fishing, or a horse ride along the pristine beach. You can also opt in for a hike today to discover the diverse wildlife of the area.

Back in the village, join in on the fun in the kitchen and help to bake some fresh bread or mouth-watering empanadas.

Overnight Location
Huilliche family house in Huellelhue
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Beaches and Rainforest Hike to Caleta Condor

A beautiful hike awaits you today, taking you past long sandy beaches that alternate with dense rainforest. You’ll cross the last meters to the village Caleta Condor by boat; where you’ll stay with a local family tonight.

Located in a secluded bay, Caleta Condor is made up of around 30 families, most of them part of the Huilliche indigenous people. Their main sources of income are fishing, tourism and the production of wooden shingles from dead Alerce wood. Due to its very remote location — beneath the coastal cordillera and without access roads – the village still has no public power supply. This isolation has led to the fact that the natural integrity of the valleys, forests, and rivers of this region has been incredibly well preserved to this day!

Overnight Location
Huilliche family house in Caleta Condor
Distance
6 hours
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Experience Caleta Condor

Today is all about exploring the stunning natural landscapes and getting to know the people of Caleta Condor. Take it slow or explore the beautiful surroundings on a short hike.

As an alternative, a local family offers diving excursions in the bay of Caleta Condor which are always a favourite among visitors here.

Overnight Location
Huilliche family house in Caleta Condor
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Trek to Mountain Hut

This morning, on the Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour, you’ll leave the picturesque bay of Caleta Condor and cross through an area of untouched rainforests. Many young Alerce trees, once cut down for their precious wood and nowadays under protection, flank the way. After several hours of hiking, you’ll reach the mountain hut, where you’ll spend the last night in a natural oasis.

Overnight Location
Mountain hut
Distance
5 hours
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Hike to Manquemapu and Depart

A final hike today leads mostly downhill and invites you to enjoy beautiful sea views on the way! Once you arrive in Manquemapu, a transfer will take you back to “civilization” in either Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt where your adventure concludes.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
4 hours
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This guided hiking tour in Chile is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price per person depends on the size of your group.

The prices below are per person:

  • Guided group of 2+: $1,775USD per person
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Accommodation on Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour

This tour is based in hostels and family homes.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Standard rooms are of double occupancy and those willing to have single rooms will need to pay a supplement (on request).

Night 1

Hostel in Maicolpué

Kick back and relax in a beautiful setting at a comfortable hostel in Maicolpué.

Night 2-5

Accommodations with local families in Chilean Lake District

Come to know local life as you enjoy unique homestay experiences with local families who will welcome you with open arms.

Night 6

Mountain refuge at Chilean Lake District

This cozy mountain hut is tucked away amongst the rainforest and mountains.

2-3-star accommodation

What’s Included in the Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners are included on this tour. Lunches are mostly provided in lunch boxes.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes all transfers and excursions as mentioned in itinerary. Flights or airport transfers are not included.

Also Included

  • English or German speaking guide on day 1
  • Spanish-speaking local guides from day 2 to day 7
  • All taxes

Not included

  • Meals not noted as included
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Flights

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Chile Lake District Hiking Tour

How hard is the Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. Although most of the hikes on this tour can be swapped for easier alternatives, being reasonably fit will help you to get the most out of this tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Chile?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour?

6 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners are included on this tour. Lunches are mostly provided in lunch boxes.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Puerto Montt to start this tour?

Fly into El Tepual International Airport in Puerto Montt which can be reached from several cities in Southern America.

Is the Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour in English?

Only on day 1 your guide will be English (or German)-speaking. On days 2-7 you will be led by Spanish-speaking local guides.

Where does the Chilean Lake District Hiking Tour end?

The tour ends where it starts, in Puerto Montt. Alternatively, you can choose to end your tour in Puerto Varas.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Chile?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Chile?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $1,775USD

Difficulty

Partially-guided

Hostels, family homes

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate the Chile Lake District Hiking Tour as a 3/5. Although most of the hikes on this tour can be swapped for easier alternatives, being reasonably fit will help you to get the most out of this tour.


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