Chile will be privileged once again with another Solar Eclipse that will occur near the city of Pucon in the Chile Lake District on December 14th. A specially-designed Glamping site will be setup in the area with a 4-day itinerary that will allow our guests to explore the different natural and cultural aspects of the Araucania area, home of the Mapuche culture, prior to the Solar Eclipse.
Overnight accommodations are in classic Sibley tents. From an original design dating back to 1856, the Sibley tents provide a luxurious stay in a comfortable environment, to revive the style of the camps that were mounted by European aristocratic travelers. The tents are 220 square feet in area. Made of 100% cotton canvas, they are waterproof with natural breathability.
Pre-trip and post-trip options include the Chile Lake District, Torres del Paine National Park, Santiago and the surrounding Wine Region, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, the Atacama Desert, Easter Island.
Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.
Reception at Temuco airport transfer to Villarrica pier where you’ll be transferred to our GlampCamp. Enjoy the afternoon to finish with a relaxing evening at Huife Hotsprings.
Choose from the following menu of excursions:
FULL-DAY HUERQUEHUE NATIONAL PARK
Leaving the town of Pucon behind, the tour begins with a 33 km (20 mi.) drive to Huerquehue National Park that in the Mapudungun language means “the messenger’s place”. It covers an area of 12,500 hectares (30,888 acres) and stands out for being one of the most beautiful parks in the Andean foothills in southern Chile. The first stop is to admire the crystal-clear waters of Tinquilco Lake, one of the 21 lakes surrounded by the mountain ranges in the area. Visitors may follow a path named “Los Lagos” (the lakes) that extends for some 8 km (4.9 mi.) starting in an esplanade leading to Nido de Aguilas, a lovely waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. The second stop is reached after climbing a rainforest-covered slope where different native tree species grow, including manio and lenga. The path narrows a bit and zigzags until reaching an altitude of 1,500 m (4,921 ft.). At this point, the first Araucaria trees start to appear (monkey-puzzle tree) that surround three beautiful lakes: Toro Lake, Laguna Chica and Laguna Verde. Return to our Camp.
FULL-DAY VILLARRICA VOLCANO
Climbing the Villarrica Volcano requires having the necessary gear to reach the top. Villarrica’s other name in the Mapuche language means Ruca Pillan or “House of the Devil”. This live volcano is one of the most important and imposing in the Araucania Region. It looms over Pucon at 2,840 meters (9,318 ft.) and is one of the most active in South America. The views from the top are really impressive, where one can see the Villarrica, Calafquén, Huelipilum, Pellaifa and Caburgua lakes as well as Lanín, Lonquimay, Quetrupillán, Choshuenco and Llaima volcanoes. The adventure begins with a zigzagging trek starting at the ski resort. This is a fairly easy climb for adventurers in good shape and up for the adventure of reaching the summit of one of the most important active volcanoes in the world. On the way to the volcano’s crater and at all times during the climb, an experienced mountain guide will accompany the group. Going down, the hike ends at the ski resort. Return to Camp.
FULL-DAY TRANCURA RAFTING (UPPER/LOWER) & OJOS DEL CABURGUA
This is a Class IV option (one of the highest in this kind of sport) that is done on this high river. Trancura River is fed by the Quillelhue Lagoon. Its clean and crystal-clear waters are the starting point for this refreshing and thrilling adventure restricted to anyone aged 14 years old or older. It goes through an ideal whitewater section for more adventurer types. Participants are challenged with demanding drops and Class IV rapids. Just in case, a safety kayaker in a single raft accompanies paddlers at all times. Return to hotel after this adrenaline ride.
OJOS DEL CABURGUA
The tour starts out in Pucon heading to the Andes Mountain Range, 25 km (16 mi) and Ojos del Caburgua (the eyes of Caburgua), a beautiful set of waterfalls with turquoise-blue water pools surrounded by the native Valdivian rainforest. The spring comes from underground rivers discharging the waters of famous Lake Caburgua (hence the name). Nearby is Laguna Azul (blue lake) with quiet and crystal-blue waters. The next stop is the Caburgua Lake itself, located in the Huerquehue National Park that has warmer water than other lakes in the area due to the thermal springs in the lake bed. There is also a lovely beach of white sand. Legend goes that there is a large crater of an extinct volcano in the middle of the lake and that for this reason the bottom of the lake can never be seen. Playa Negra is visited next with its attractive landscape of mountains completely covered with the typical Valdivian rainforest. Return to Pucon on a dirt road that follows the river, with beautiful views of the volcanoes in the area.
FULL-DAY TERMAS GEOMETRICAS
The drive departs Pucón on an 86-km (53 mi.) drive to Termas Geometricas (hot springs). The thermal complex has 16 stone carved pools where mineral waters naturally flow from the earth with temperatures ranging from 35 ºC to 43 ºC (95 ºF to 109 ºF). The springs are rich in salts and minerals and are placed in a ½ kilometer long ravine surrounded by the native forest of the Villarrica Volcano National Park. Visitors may also visit the town of Coñaripe, with 1,500 inhabitants, next to River Calafquén. There is time to enjoy the warm thermal baths and then return to our Camp
After a relaxed morning, we head off to our chosen viewing site, where you’ll experience this magnificent Moon’s shadow moment...
The path of the lunar shadow in 2020 brings eclipse seekers back to Chile and Argentina for another shadow crossing less than 18 months after that of 2019, but this time it comes in the Southern Hemisphere summer and at a location 1000 km to the south. The climate along the 2020 eclipse track is largely controlled by three factors: the large sub-tropical high-pressure systems (anticyclones) over the South Pacific and South Atlantic, the cold Humboldt Current along the coast of Chile, and the 3 to 4-km-high Andes Mountain barrier that creates a vast rain shadow over much of south central Argentina. In both Chile and Argentina, summer is the dry season, with the amount and frequency of rainfall well below the winter maximums. Overnight at the GlampCamp.
After breakfast, transfer to the Temuco Airport for your flight to Santiago.
From Santiago you will connect with your international flight home or continue with a trip extension to other parts of Chile:
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