Santiago Central, Lake & Volcanoes district and Easter Island Rapa Nui

Chile has been named the best adventure travel destination in South America at the World Travel Awards from the last 3 years.
Why? Unique nature, climate diversity, and geographic contrasts are the principal characteristics that make Chile an incomparable destination. The great geographic barriers that surround Chile, such as the Atacama Desert, the Pacific Ocean, the Andes Mountains, and Patagonia and the Antarctic Territory give a distinctive character that allows you to take part in adventure activities in places in which man has barely set foot.

Discover Santiago, the multi-faceted capital of Chile, with its fine parks and numerous sporting and cultural activities. Explore Cajón del Maipo — an oasis just outside of Santiago — and connect with nature, a sense of tranquility and fresh mountain air when
you hike at “El Morado” Natural Monument in the heart of the Andes Mountain Range.
The Lake District, which stretches 339km from Temuco in the north to Puerto Montt in the south, is a region of lush farmland, dense forest, snowcapped volcanoes and deep, clear lakes, hidden for the most part in the mountains. The real action lies in the region’s many national parks and around the adventure sports capitals of Pucón and Puerto Varas, where the options abound for Hiking, Volcano-climbing, Rafting, Kayaking, Canyoning, Horse riding and Soaking in the many Thermal Springs. In the winter, Skiing down volcanoes draws an adventurous crowd.
Finally, Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called “Moai”, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

Welcome to the Adventure country in Sudamerica…Chile!

REGION: Central district Santiago & Easter Island North Patagonia Lake District.
1 (Easy) to 3 (Medium)** as shown per day.
10 days, roundtrip Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas – Chiloe Island – Easter Island – Santiago airport.  Cultural days, Adventure, and Multi-days activities custom program. 
10 days/ 9 nights (or as customized).
4-12 people (more can be arranged as Private Small Groups).
From September to May.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  3 – 5 stars (Can be arranged).
English speaking local Tour Guide during the full program and accredited with Wilderness First Response or Pre-Hospital Care courses, Local Guides at destinations, Professional First Aid Kit, VHF Radio (handy), and Mobile phone(emergencies only), all excursions mentioned in the program, National Parks entrance fees, all accommodations based at hotels, lodges, refuge, cabins or rural family B&B according to the custom program you choose, meals mentioned in the program (Breakfast, Box – Lunch – Dinner) and water, all transfers in private services with seat insurances, airfares tickets from Santiago – Puerto Montt – Santiago – Easter Island – Santiago(under request) and COVID-19 kit.
Personal insurance, meals not mentioned at the program, personal equipment, tips for Staff, or anything not listed in the program.
Appropriate clothes for the activity (Weather may be hot, cold, or windy in Patagonia), trekking boots or good tennis shoes, walking sticks (optional), sandals, towel, day backpack, camera, extra water, cap or hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses(CE certified eclipse glasses you will need it). Rapa Nui has better weather and can be hot and nice in spring and summer. The full list and other details will be provided at the time of your booking.

OPERATED BY: Patagonia SouthernLand Expeditions and partnership staff.


Pick up at Santiago Airport. Welcome to Chile! Meet your Personal Tour Leader to start our Multi-Adventure Program in Chile! Private transfer and drop off Hotel in Santiago city.

After a couple of hours rest, we will lunch together in a nice place in Santiago. Then we’re off to the nearby “Cajon del Maipo” Valley, where we will enjoy our first Active excursion “Rafting” It is the best and most popular river and rafting destination in Central Chile. The river is located at Maipo Valley, at the foot of the spectacular Andes mountain range, just 30 miles (49 Km) away from the city of Santiago. Maipo River, which is rated class IV between November and February (during thaw) and class III during the rest of the year, according to the international scale of river difficulty (which goes from I to VI).
The Maipo river starts its journey as a small mountain stream on the eastern slope of the volcano that gave the river its name but quickly transforms into a raging torrent as it descends towards the ocean. When passing through Cascada de las Animas the river has an elevation of 3,600 ft above sea level and descends between large rocks forming obstacles and an important challenge for rafters. It is precisely in those places where we encounter the most demanding rapids. On the descent, you will encounter 34 rapids, 8 of which are categorized class III and IV!. After our exciting rafting trip, we will start back in Santiago city. In Santiago, our welcome dinner offers a glimpse of the city’s lively nightlife. Overnight Santiago hotel. Santiago Meals: L, D.

Activity Level: Moderate.



Early breakfast. Pick up from your hotel and drive up to the Andes Mountain Range to enjoy our great trekking excursion “El Morado”. This spectacular excursion at “El Morado Natural Monument” located at 90 km away from Santiago, is one of the most emblematic hikes from Andes Centrales near to Santiago city. We are going to start our walk from “Baños Morales”, a small mountain town located at an altitude of 1.900 meters above sea level. The pathway will bring us up to the impressive “San Francisco Glacier” (2500 meters ir 8,200 ft) and to “Morales lagoon”, of glacial origin. On our way, we will have a refreshing stop at “Aguas de Panimávida”, water enriched by minerals which spring out directly from the ground. We will find native birds and flora from this place and two unmatched beauties of the Andes mountain range: El Morado and San Francisco mountains, both above 5.000 meters of altitude (16,400 ft). Back to Santiago. Overnight Santiago hotel. Meals: B, BL.

Activity Level: Moderate / High.



Breakfast included. Pick up from Santiago and drive to Santiago airport “Arturo Merino Benitez”. Flight to North Patagonia, Lake &
Volcanoes District (1 hour 30 minutes). Pick up from Puerto Montt Airport “El Tepual” and Welcome by your personal Tour Guide. We will be heading to Castro, Capital of the Chiloé Island at Lake district the Chilean North Patagonia gate. After an hour’s drive, we will take a 30 minutes ferry ride across the Chacao Channel, watching for a large variety of birds and sea lions, before arriving at Chiloé. This full-day excursion allows us to visit the north and central parts of Chiloe Island and the Gulf of Ancud. We will get to know its history and its forts, customs and legends. Chiloé’s Isla Grande (Main Island) is the second-largest island in Latin America, after Tierra del Fuego.

Like a great ship moored off the Chilean coast, it seems to float, surrounded by several smaller constellations of islands called the Chauques, Quenac, Quehui, Chaulinec, and Desertores.     Some of these islands are so close to each other they are joined at low tide. The low mountains along the west coast of the main island are nevertheless high enough to stop the damp winds blowing off the Pacific, creating a slightly drier microclimate along the interior sea, where virtually all the settlements are located.      We will pass through Ancud, a town that we will visit later, and travel southwest to the coast of Chiloé to reach Islotes de Puñihuil in the Pacific Ocean.

These islands are a national monument, and the only place in the Pacific, where Magellanic and Humboldt penguins are found interacting with each other and nesting together as they migrate in the summer season. The secluded fishing village of Puñihuil has conserved and helped to maintain these three islets that make up this unique ecosystem. We will embark on a boat excursion to observe and admire the penguins and other marine species such as otters, Carancas, cormorants, and sea lions. Lunch (at your own expense) is optional here, where you will find delicious fish & seafood menus. After a long day, we will back to your hotel in Puerto Varas. Dinner at your expenses. Overnight at Puerto Varas hotel. Meals: B, L.

Activity Level: Easy.



Breakfast included. Today we will immerse in a Patagonia Horseback ride through rural paths and forests while enjoying the view. After lunch, get ready for some exciting white-water rafting on the Petrohué River. Enjoy some shore time or take a dip!
We leave Puerto Varas by car to get the route to the National Park Vicente Perez Rosales. Our horseback riding excursion takes us through rural paths and forests. We see the lake valley and its geological formations. Riding through these fields, we learn about cattle breeding and farming, while enjoying the view and safe and comfortable riding. Time for lunch and then off to the next adventure: white water rafting in Petrohué River! We drive to our base in Ensenada (40 min). After a complete safety talk, we gear up and get ready in our changing rooms. After 5 more minutes in the van, we reach the put-in of the Petrohué River in National Park Vicente Perez Rosales, the first park founded in Chile in 1926. The river flows out of Todos Los Santos Lago (All Saints Lake) and makes its way to Reloncavi fjord surrounded by snowcapped volcanoes such as Osorno, Calbuco, and the antique chimney of Puntiagudo. We put in on a calm section where we can practice our strokes before getting into the action with the first rapid called Ciao Seco (goodbye to dry). From here, there are 15 kilometers of continuous fun-filled class III + and IV rapids like the tricky ESE, Los Pollos, Queso Suizo and El Nadador, and many more. There are a few places where we can stop, get down from the raft, climb on the cliffs, and jump into this clear water. After an hour 30 minutes of rafting, we reach our take out and head to the changing rooms before driving back to the base. Once we get there, a Pisco sour and some snacks are served while we enjoy the footage taken by our photographer who was in a kayak accompanying us on the river.
Drive back to your hotel. Dinner at your expenses. Overnight Puerto Varas hotel. Meals: B, L.

Activity Level: Moderate.



Breakfast included. We’ll depart from your hotel and travel through Llanquihue Lake or Hueñauca( “Deep Place” in Huilliche – Mapuche)to Villa Ensenada to the skirts of Volcano Osorno or “Pirepillán” in Huilliche – Mapuche language (2.660 meters or 8,730 feet in height), to the entrance of Vicente Perez Rosales National created at 1924. After 20 Km., we will arrive at Las Cascadas village. After this point, we will continue for the other 15 Km., gravel route which connects the old refuge “La Picada” in the Puerto Clöker area. From this point, we will begin our 5 hours trekking climb up the north face of this madness volcano. This route was part of the Jesuit´s Route used by Jesuit Priests at 1640. During our trekking, we will enjoy a fantastic view of the lakes like Llanquihue and Emerald Lake. Also volcanoes like Osorno, La Picada (Osorno Volcano´s Caldera), Calbuco (recently erupted), Puntiagudo, Casablanca, Antillanca, Caulle, Yates, Hornopirén, Tronador, Sierra Santo Domingo and the great Andes Mountain Range. Time for rest, eat our food or take a lot of photos from these massive volcanoes.
Now, we going to take the route called “Desolation Pass”, toward the skirts of Volcano Osorno 2.668 masl.(8,755 feet in height). As we head downwards to Desolation Pass, at an altitude of 5,610 feet between the Osorno and Cerro La Picada volcanoes, we will also see a wide variety of lava formations created by the lava flows that built Osorno. The vistas from this mile-high vantage point are spectacular. While we will descend this trail, we will cross vast areas of black ash that have been brought down by the glacial melt. You will appreciate the might of the volcano as you will see the results of the ash flows experienced during her eruptions. During our excursión, we will appreciate forest species as: Coigues (Notofagus dombey), Radales(Lomatia hirsuta), Avellanos(Gevuina avellana), Bushes as Murtilla(Ugni candollei), About wildlife, we will see Chucaos (Scelorchilus rubecula), Huet – Huet (Pteroptochos tarnii), Tiuques (Milvago chimango), Diucones (Xolmis pyrope), and others local birds. Part of descent trail will take us to Playa Larga to Petrohue beach, where we will pick up our transfer. A brief photo stop will be made at “Petrohue Waterfalls” before arriving at your hotel. Hotel accommodation at Puerto Varas. Meals: B, L.

Activity Level: Moderate.



Breakfast included. Pick up from your Hotel and we will be heading to Puerto Montt, capital of the Lake District, the Chilean Patagonia gate. This beautiful and cultural excursion will take us through the streets, villas, lifestyles, and the markets so typical of this city. We begin our “local experience” visiting one of the markets “Presidente Ibañez” where you can appreciate the local environment of the local people and their villages. We will have coffee and conversation with locals. You will see and experience the local reality of the people who do not appear in the “conventional Guidebooks”. This is a popular market with a great variety of farm products and seafood from the islands. This market is the most popular of the “Puertomontinos” so-called local people of Puerto Montt. During our walk, we are accompanied by the typical daily life of local people. If you are interested, they will share their life with you. Visit the center of the city, it is square and Cathedral. Finally, the most famous and well known in this city, Angelmó Art & Craft Market. The most complete market in Southern Chile. You will have the opportunity to interact with local people and tourists. Here we will have a delicious meal with a good local “cold tea” (white wine glass) in the “Cocinerias” (small local restaurants operated by locals) lunch at your own. Take a break with spectacular views of the inland sea of Puerto Montt, Tenglo Island, and buying a “Souvenirs” in this famous Art Craft & Market.
Then, we will go to El Tepual airport located 30 minutes from Puerto Montt city. Flight to Santiago. Dinner on your own. Hotel accommodation. Meals: B, L.

Activity Level: Easy.



Breakfast included. Pick up from your Hotel. Transfer to the Airport of Santiago “Arturo Merino Benitez”. Flight to Easter Island (5 hours approx.). Welcome to Rapa Nui or “Easter Island”, Chile. Pick up from Easter Island International Airport “Mataveri” and meet your Local Tour Guide at Rapa Nui. At your arrival at Rapa Nui Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional flower collar and taken to your hotel.
Check-in at your Hotel. After your lunch, we will visit “The Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum”. Is a museum in the town of “Hanga Roa” on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in Chilean Polynesia. Named for the Bavarian missionary, Fr. Sebastian Englert, OFM Cap., the museum was founded in 1973 and is dedicated to the conservation of the Rapa Nui cultural patrimony. The museum is administered by the Chilean Directorate of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (DIBAM) and houses the William Mulloy Library. The museum houses the only female Moai, as well as one of the coral eyes that were placed in the Moai. There are wood statuettes, a photographic collection, archives of traditional music, and a three-thousand-volume library. Then, we will visit the “Santa Cruz Church” to observe beautiful wooden carvings. After that, we will ride along the main harbor at Rapa Nui “Hanga Roa” and their “Ahu”. Later, browse through unique stones and wood carvings at the Artisan Market in town. (Ahu means: “Ceremonial Place” at Rapa Nui language). Accommodation in your Hotel. End our services for that day. Overnight Easter Island hotel. Easter Island Meals: B. *Lunch in the flight, dinner at your own.

Activity Level: Easy.



Early breakfast. We will depart from the hotel along the main highway to “Anakena beach”. We will turn to the right towards the south-east coast road. We will observe on the way to “Poike” the rugged rock coast passing by many “Ahu” in ruins (Ahu means: Sacred Ceremonial Site). Also, we will drive through the “Rano Raraku” quarry and “Ahu Tongariki” to finally arrive at the most ancient volcano that was formed on Rapa Nui, “Poike”. This magnificent volcano erupted 3 million years ago, therefore, it was the first eruption that formed the island. This means, that it’s the most eroded area found. CONAF (people that were in charge of the national park) tried to reforest it by planting native trees.
We will start our hike and walk along the deforested hill. Oral tradition says that the “Long Ears” or “Hanau E’epe” tribe lived at Poike and that they threw every rock to the ocean, that is why maybe Poike is the only area of the island, without rocks. Its crater called “Pu a Katiki” reaches a height of 370 mts. and it is completely dry with a diameter of 10 to 15 mts deep. From the north side we are going to see the three small mounts “Maunga Parehe”, “Maunga Vai a Heva” and “Maunga Tea Tea”. We will first pass by “Maunga Vai a Heva” and find a huge head –face carved on a rock which served as rituals alluding to water. We will continue walking now to the northeast of the peninsula, and find “Ana o Keke”, the cave where virgin women were kept in order to purify their souls and conserve their white skin. Located on the cliff of Poike this cave is an emblem of Rapa Nui. Popularly known as the “Cave of the Virgins”, we can appreciate petroglyphs that refers to the confinement ceremony of the “Uka Neru” women. We will observe the amazing view of the landscape and deep Blue Ocean, something you will never forget. Box lunch included. Return to our vehicle and back to the hotel.
Dinner on your own. End our services for that day. Overnight Easter Island hotel.  Meals: B, BL.

Activity Level: Moderate.



After breakfast, we will visit the main tourist circuit, where we can comprehend the history of the megalithic culture of Rapa Nui. Here is interpreted everything about the Moai, the emblematic figure of Easter Island. We will also learn about the monarchy social system established on the island between V and XV century.
Our first stop will be at “Akahanga Village”, located on the southeast coast of the island it is considered an emblematic place because according to the oral tradition the colonizer king of Rapa Nui Hotu´to Matu´a was buried here. Then, we will continue visiting “Rano Raraku”. This is the only volcanic cone tuff quarry (the Pilli) existing on the island. This material allowed the construction of the Moai on a larger scale. Here you can find about 400 of them in a different stage of elaboration. It is also one of the most important archaeological sites for the Rapa Nui culture and the main one for the National Park. Then, we will visit Ahu Tongariki.  Located opposite to Rano Raraku this is the larger platform from all of the reconstructed on the island. This altar has fifteen visible standing statues. Lunch at the town. After lunch, we will continuos with our excursion. We will visit Te Pito Kura. Here we find the largest moai transported from the Rano Raraku quarry. It is 11 meters long and about 90 tons of weight. Beside this Ahu platform, you can find the stone called Te Pito ‘o te Henua, formerly known as Tita’a hanga ‘o te henua. Then, we will go and visit Ahu Nau Nau, Located in the area of Anakena is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished Ahu of the island because of the refinement of its moai. Finally, one of the most important places in Easter Island, Anakena beach. Located in the area of Anakena, this beach is characterized by warm turquoise waters and coral sand. It is the main beach of the island and used to be the ancestral residence of the Miru Araki royal family.

After this Cultural day, we will enjoy our last dinner in Rapa Nui with Magical dances and Show performance where we will immerse at Rapa Nui Culture. Then, we will taste a delicious local dinner. End our services for that day. Overnight Easter island hotel. Easter Island Meals: B, L, D.

Activity Level: Easy.



Breakfast. Leisure time to relax or do a nice walk at the Hanga Rosa village or the beach. Pick up from your hotel, transfer out to Easter Island airport “Mataveri”. Flight to Santiago. End our Services at Easter Island “Rapa Nui”. Arrive at Santiago airport and end of the Custom Program in Chile.

Activity Level: Easy.

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