Family Adventure in Patagonia’s Lake District

Glacial Lakes, Snowcapped Volcanoes and National Parks

Trip Details

horses crossing the river in patagonia

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Active Adventure! Two complementary bases – one in Chile and one in Argentina, both in the Lakes District – offer an amazing array of activity options. Whether you prefer to be on the lake, on the river, on the trail, or all of them, you’ll have plenty to choose from each day.
  • Two Cities: Delight in the opportunity to get a feel for two of South America’s capital cities – Chile’s Santiago and Argentina’s Buenos Aires – on the front and back end of your trip.
  • Two Destinations: Many find it joyful to settle into two places, exploring, adventuring, becoming familiar, and gaining a sense of place.
  • Two Countries: The day of travel from Chile to Argentina is a trip highlight, with phenomenal scenery as you traverse the Andes.

Family Adventure in Patagonia’s Lake District

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: South America

Region: Patagonia

Trip Price: $6,000

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Santiago, Chile / Buenos Aires, Argentina

National Parklands: Nahuel Huapi NP;Villarica NP

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or kiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Family Adventure in Patagonia’s Lake District

Family Adventure in Patagonia’s Lake District - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight in Santiago

Arrive into Santiago and spend the night in the Lastarria neighborhood in the heart of Chile’s capital city, just 15 minutes’ walk to the Plaza de Armas. Hop on a bicycle for a guided tour of the city, riding through city parks while taking in eye-catching architecture and art, and the energy of the city. 

Days 2-4: Pucón

Off to Patagonia! Fly to Temuco, and transfer to Pucón in the heart of the Lakes District. Pucon is a small resort town set on the shores of Lago Villarrica in the shadow of Volcan Villarrica. Spend the afternoon strolling the streets of town. There are two additional days to explore, and opportunities abound – hike along cooled lava flows through native flora and forests, explore volcanic caves, soak in the healing waters of Termas Geometricas Hot Springs, ride horses to the El Claro Waterfall, or take a zipline excursion. No matter where you go, Villarrica and Lanin Volcanoes will be hovering overhead. 

Days 5-7: Bariloche and Nahuel Huapi National Park

Embark on an incredibly scenic trip across the Andes Mountains from Chile to Argentina, skirting past Volcan Lanin, traveling through San Martin de Los Ande and Bariloche, winding along the Rio Limay, and following the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi. You have arrived! Your luxurious hotel is right on the lake, so you can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding, fly fishing, and birdwatching right out the door. 

Day 8: Buenos Aires

Return to Buenos Aires, retreating to a boutique hotel in the heart of the Recoleta neighborhood, a perfect “last night” location, within walking distance of area restaurants and attractions. 

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