Chile Solar Eclipse 2020 - Lake & Volcano Adventure

A special Eclipse adventure - witness the 2020 Solar Eclipse from the Chile Lake District for
5D/4N Starting at $2685 per person

Witness the 2020 solar eclipse on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure beside active snow-capped volcanoes and azure lakes. We throw in all the classics of a Lost World Adventure with trekking, river rafting, volcano climbing, and a soak in one of the South's most stunning hot springs, as well as getting to know the local Mapuche people.

  • Highlights
  • The unique view of 2020’s solar eclipse
  • Villarrica Volcano Climb
  • Araucaria forest hike
  • Lake kayaking or river rafting
  • Cultural immersion experience with a local Mapuche family
  • Hot springs visit

Villarrica Volcano Climb

  • Brief Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrival in Chile’s adventure capital, Pucon.  Walking tour of the city and rafting trip
  • Day 2: Araucaria forest hike past Andean lakes.  Dinner with local Mapuche family
  • Day 3: Villarrica Volcanic Climb
  • Day 4: Visit Pichilancahue Glacier to witness the solar eclipse.  Stop at Geométric Hot Springs.
  • Day 5: Temuco airport transfer

If you are looking for a less challenging family trip, check our 2020 Chile Eclipse - Lake & Volcano Family trip.

 

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.

Day 1 - December 11, 2020: Pucon - walking city tour and kayaking

Welcome to Chile’s Lake District, an area of rolling green fields, snow-capped volcanoes, and deep blue lakes. From Temuco airport, we will drive you to Pucon, Chile’s adventure capital, to your hotel base.  Pucon is a charming town known for its excellent gastronomic fare, regional arts, and crafts scene, and spectacular views of the Villarrica Volcano, rising 9,340 feet above sea level.

You will explore the shores of La Posa and Playa Grande on the black sand beaches on Lake Villarrica. We will then head out on a half-day rafting adventure on the Trancura River, or kayak on River Duckies instead. We finish the day with a delicious dinner with your guides.

Overnight at a Pucon hotel, daily breakfast included - 4 nights. 

Day 2 - December 12, 2020: Pucon - hike the Lagos Andinos Trail

Start the day by driving into the heart of the Andes mountains to the border with Argentina. This stunning area is a paradise for birdwatching, where we visit 2 to 3 Andean lakes surrounded by forests of ancient Araucarian trees.

We explore the woodlands (of mostly Nothofagus trees) with a gentle 3-4 hour hike offering striking views across to Lanin Volcano (3,780m), the highest volcano in all of the Lake district.  

Afterward, we head back to town to get our mountain gear fitted for tomorrow. We end the day with the Colipi Family, a local Mapuche family who will prepare your dinner and share their culture and stories. 

Overnight hotel. 

Day 3 - December 13, 2020: Pucon - Villarrica Volcano Ascent

We have a 6:30 am departure today, because if the weather conditions are favorable we'll start driving to the Ski Resort located at the base of the Villarica volcano (1,400 meters above sea level).

Ascending this active volcano is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry - while the climb is not technical, you will need to be in good shape to get to the summit.

We can also take the chairlift to the higher part of the resort, at 1,800 m., which will save you about an hour of climbing. From the top, we will begin the ascent, taking regular brief breaks and a longer one to eat at about the halfway point to the crater. If we find hard snow or ice we can pop on the crampons and use the ice axes.

After 4 to 5 hours we will reach the pinnacle of our trek, the crater which sits 2,847 meters above sea level. The views from here, overlooking five lakes and several volcanoes such as Llaima and Lanín, will take your breath away. We then descend, returning to the vehicles around 5 pm and return to Pucón.  You will have the night to go out, celebrate and explore Pucon. 

Overnight hotel. 

Day 4 - December 14, 2020: Solar Eclipse at Pichilancahue Glacier and Geometricas Hotsprings

Today we drive 60 km to Coñaripe, a small village located in Los Rios Region, and take a back road through the Llancahue River valley to Villarrica National Park. Expect to see more incredible views here, over to majestic snow-capped volcanoes of Quetrupillan and Rucapillan, and witness the vegetation change from rauli and hualle forests (Nothofagus) to 1000-year-old araucarias.

We reach Chinay, the day’s highest point at 1.250 meters above sea level, where we take the trail to the ash-covered, Pichi Llancahue Glacier,  a phenomenal glacier which is absolutely covered by the blackish volcanic ashes of the Villarrica volcano. This stunning backdrop is where you will experience the solar eclipse, followed by a visit to the Geometric Hot Springs.

This unique spot offers the perfect combination of 16 thermal pools, nature views and simple but cozy facilities (a simple meal is available at the hot springs’ cafeteria). Hike - around 4-6 hours, depending on pace. 

Overnight hotel. 

Day 5 - December 15, 2020: Transfer to Temuco Airport - Departure 

The time has come to leave the magical forests and volcanoes of Chile’s Lake District behind. After breakfast, we will transfer to Temuco Airport for you to catch your flight back to Santiago.

 

Price from $2,685.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 5
Nights 4
Includes:

Price based on a group of 6-7 persons and standard room accommodations. Prices vary based on the number of group members. 

  • 4 nights 3-star hotel accommodations (standard or superior room)
  • Excursions and meals per the itinerary
  • Professional tour guide
  • Climbing gear (backpack, ice axe, crampons, helmet, pants, windbreaker)
  • Rafting gear (helmet, life vest, raft, paddles, wetsuit, river shoes, splash top)
  • Private transportation

 

Excludes:
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and beverages not listed on itinerary

"We had a wonderful trip. Our travel agent did a wonderful job."

I really had a lovely time working with him and his suggestions and his willingness to accommodate all our needs was remarkable. Even while we were traveling we wanted to add something which he worked with us and provided all that.

I will recommend to anyone. We loved Patagonia, Iguassu Falls, Glaciers, Torre Del Paine.

- Kanak S, March 2014

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