Chile Solar Eclipse 2020 - Lake & Volcano Family Trip

A special family event - witness the 2020 Solar Eclipse from the Chile Lake District for
5D/4N Starting at $2070 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 family-friendly hiking, a "river ducky" kayak excursion, 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
  • Araucaria forest hike
  • Parasite Craters Hike & Volcanic caves
  • River Ducky kayaking
  • Cultural immersion experience with a local Mapuche family
  • Hot springs visit

Lake Villarrica

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

If you are looking for a more challenging trip, check our 2020 Eclipse - Lake & Volcano Adventure Program which includes river rafting and the Villarrica Volcano climb.

 

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 and head out on a kayak trip on river duckies. 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 - hike the Parasite Craters Trail & Volcanic Caves

Today we will drive to the Villarrica National Park where we will do an easy 3-hour hike through the ancient forest.  At the Parasite Craters, formed from the Villarrica Volcano’s past eruptions, we will learn all about its amazing past before visiting the world’s only caves open to the public that are inside an active volcano.

From here you can walk hundreds of meters to see the hardened remains of what was once an active lava flow. Tonight is yours to go out and explore Pucon, and maybe try a local restaurant. For our dining and shopping recommendations, ask your guides.

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 $2,070.00 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
  • Private transportation

 

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

"Amazing trip."

Our travel agency worked with me to craft the trip exactly they way I wanted to get the mixture of natural beauty, wildlife, wine tasting and historic sites.

The hotels and guides they selected were top quality and more than met my expectations.  We got personalized service throughout the entire trip.

- Maureen C, March 2016

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