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Tour from Pucon, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina. Daily activities include hiking, biking, canyoning, rafting, fly fishing and visiting hot springs. All stays are in hotels and cabins. There is a masseuse available some of the evenings.

Hot Spring Visits:
  • Los Posones

  • Rio Blanco

  • Panqui

  • Geometrico



  • Arrival to Temuco airport via Santiago.

    Fly into Temuco via Santiago, Chile. Meet your ATAC trip leader at the airport where you will also meet other ATAC guests. Board a private transfer two hours to the town of Pucon, set between Lago Villarrica and the Villarrica Volcano. On the way, drive along Lake Villarrica through the small town of Villarrica. Arrive at Pucon and dine at Ecole.



    Option 1: Climb Villarrica Volcano
    Villarrica towers 8600.ft above the town of Pucon. Take a chairlift to the top of the ski hill or begin hiking at the bottom of the hill. Climb through snow and rock bands to the top of the volcano to get views of neighboring volcanoes. If the weather permits, peer down into the smoking crater and catch a glimpse of smoldering lava.

    Option 2: Explore Pucon’s local hiking trails and waterfalls
    Wander the local trails of Pucon. Explore volcanic caves at the base of Villarrica Volcano, tour water falls, learn the local flora of the region.

    Option 3: Flyfish in the Trancura river just ten minutes from town (for beginners to experts). Either fish from shore, or from boats at the delta of Lake Villarrica.

    Eat at the La Maga steakhouse in the evening and stay another night in Pucon.

    (Depending on snow conditions on the volcano ascent, there is a possible hotsprings soak at the Termas Geometricas in the evening for the whole group.)



    Bike Riding

    Ride bikes to Lago Caburgua on back roads, stopping for lunch at the Ojos de Caburgua.

    Experience Los Posones hotsprings in the evening before driving the final leg of the journey to a cabin set on the border of Parque Nacional Huerquehue and near Lake Tinquilco. Experience a healthy and hearty vegetarian meal at the Tinquilco Lodge.



    Hiking at Parque Nacional Huerquehue


    Option 1:
    On a six to eight hour journey, hike through Huerquehue. Stop at Lake Verde for lunch and enjoy the majestic views at the water’s edge. In Huerquehue, get to know the plants and trees of the region, including the ancient Araucaria, a species that can grow to be 2000 years old. After lunch, split up from the rest of the group and hike over passes and across the park to the Termas del Rio Blanco.

    Option 2:
    Hike with the group from Option 1 to Lago Verde. After splitting up after lunch, hike a loop around the three lakes and back down to the van. Drive the rest of the way on a scenic journey to the Termas de Rio Blanco.

    Meet up and stay at the hotsprings in cabins. Feast on locally raised lamb for dinner.



    Rafting or Hiking

    Option 1:
    Raft and/or paddle inflatable duckies on a class II section of the Maichin river through basalt gorges.

    Option 2:
    Day hike to Lake Escondido at the base of the dormant volcano Sollipulli. Lunch at the lake, perched at the top of a butte.

    Meet up in the afternoon to drive the rest of the way to the Termas de Panqui where we spend the night. Enjoy a vegetarian meal for dinner. Relax in the hotsprings before retiring in your private room.



    Cross Into Argentina

    Option 1:

    Day hike in the morning after breakfast or ride to Curarrehue where we meet for a traditional sampling of Mapuche foods for lunch at the Mapuche museum.

    Option 2:
    Canyoning for the ultra adventurous. Repel and jump waterfalls to descend a small river gorge. Swim across deep pools with 100 ft tall walls. (option availability dependant on river water levels.)

    In the afternoon, drive across the border to San Martin de Los Andes. Explore the town and meet up in the evening at the Ku Steakhouse.



    Hike and Lounge

    Day hike along Arroyo Secreto and then enjoy a barbeque on Lago Lacar, a perfect place for swimming and lounging.

    In the evening, return to San Martin. Dine in the restaurant of your choice.



    Raft or Flyfish the Meliquina

    Option 1:
    On the way to Bariloche, hop into rafts and inflatable kayaks to float a class 1-2 section of river. In the afternoon, board the vans and continue to Bariloche via Paso Cordoba.

    Option 2:
    Learn basic fly fishing, or fish on your own along the shores of Meliquina. In the afternoon, meet up with the rest of the group on the way to Bariloche.

    Dine at Alberto’s in Bariloche.



    Hike Tronador

    Option 1:
    In the morning, get up early for an adventure on Mount Tronador, the largest mountain in the area. Spend the whole day hiking in view of rivers, glaciers and granite.

    Option 2:
    Explore the Llao Llao peninsula just 25 km from the center of Bariloche. Hike, wander and/or sip drinks and enjoy the Llao Llao café’s expansive views over Lago Nahuel Huapi.

    Option 3:
    Raft the class III upper section of the Rio Manso to the border of Chile



    Fly home via Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile.

    Optional Trip Extensions:
    Arrive two days early to Santiago and explore the coastal town of Valparaiso (2 hours from Santiago) as well as the famous wine country of Chile’s Central Valley (2 hours from Santiago).
    Please contact us if you are interested in the trip extension.

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    Views from the road on the Hotsprings and Hikes Tour in Argentina.





    Canyoning on the Hikes and Hot Springs Tour in Chile.





    Hiking at the entrance to Huerquehue, Hikes and Hot Springs, Chile.





    Araucaria set against Sollipulli in Huerquehue National Park, Chile.





    Waterfall near Reigolil on the Hikes and Hot Springs Tour, Chile.




    Choosing wine for the Hikes and Hot Springs Tour, Argentina.





    Looking over Lago Verde, Huerquehue, Chile.





    Paola enjoying the water while kayaking on the Maichin, Chile.





    Pollo al Disco, done right!





    Paola enjoying the river on the Hikes and Hot Springs Tour, Argentina.
     
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    Nov 17 - Nov 26, 2006
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