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Chile - Argentina Lakes (7 days / 6 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Pucon
v/   San Martin de los Andes
v/   Bariloche
v/   Puerto Varas
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A stunning self-drive exploring the lake region of Chile and Argentina, one of the most picturesque such regions worldwide.
Day 1:Arrive in Temuco - Pucón (112 km / 70 mi)
Day 2:Pucón (Huerquehue National Park)
Day 3:Pucón - San Martín de los Andes (192 km / 120 mi)
Day 4:San Martin de los Andes - San Carlos de Bariloche  (163 km / 101 mi)
Day 5:Bariloche -  Puerto Varas (310 km / 194 mi)
Day 6:Puerto Varas
Day 7:Puerto Varas - Fly out from Puerto Montt (20 km / 12 mi)


Hotels used in this tour
(hotels can be changed on request for most tours)
 SuperiorStandard
Pucon
Hotel Monte Verde, Pucon
Monte Verde
22 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Landhaus San Sebastian, Pucon
Landhaus San Sebastian
13 rooms
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hotel site
San Martín de los Andes
Hotel La Chimenee, San Martín de los Andes
La Chimenee
19 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Le Chatelet, San Martín de los Andes
Le Chatelet
32 rooms
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hotel site
Bariloche
Hotel Sol del Nahuel, Bariloche
Sol del Nahuel
12 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Ayres de Nahuel, Bariloche
Ayres de Nahuel
12 rooms
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hotel site
Puerto Varas
Hotel Puelche Hotel, Puerto Varas
Puelche Hotel
21 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Casa Kalfu, Puerto Varas
Casa Kalfu
14 rooms
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hotel site
Day 1:  Arrive in Temuco - Pucón (112 km / 70 mi)
Pick up your car at the airport or city rental office. Your destination for today will be the town of Pucón, located beautifully below the peak of the volcano Villarrica. At the eastern end of the Villarrica Lake and surrounded by extensive areas of native forests, this town will be a good base for visits to the nearby national parks, hot springs, waterfalls and lakes. Overnight in or close to Pucón.
Day 2:  Pucón (Huerquehue National Park)
For this day, we recommend a combination of hiking (5-6 hrs.) in the Huerquehue National Park, which will offer you the experience to see the famous Araucaria trees from close by, with a visit to one of the many relaxing thermal springs. Overnight in or near Pucón.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 3:  Pucón - San Martín de los Andes (192 km / 120 mi)
For today’s border crossing to Argentina you will be able to choose from two very interesting options: You can cross the Andes by taking the Mamuil Malal Pass at 1200 m / 3937 ft above sea level, where the scenery changes surprisingly from farmland to the lush vegetation of native coigüe and araucaria forests to the dry Argentinean Pampa. A second optional ride to San Martín will lead you to the Huahum Pass. Follow the road south of Pucón to Panguipulli and then board the small ferry on Lake Piriheuico for a 2 hour crossing of the quiet and peaceful lake. Upon arrival continue your trip to Argentina border and nearby San Martín (prior reservations are recommended to guarantee space on the ferry and can be done by phone). Overnight in San Martin de los Andes.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 4:  San Martin de los Andes - San Carlos de Bariloche  (163 km / 101 mi)
Explore the 7 beautiful lakes on the route to San Carlos de Bariloche and pass through 2 national parks, first Lanin and then Nahuel Huapi. The (unpaved) Seven Lake Route will take you to the tranquil village Villa Angostura; from there you will drive along Nahuel Huapi Lake to Bariloche. An excellent option to get to Bariloche is to use the highway 23/237 via Junín de los Andes. Here, a stunning and totally different scenery can be observed, especially passing through, Valle Encantado“, a vast area with rocks in unique shapes formed by erosion. Condors are frequently spotted along this route. Overnight in or close to Bariloche.

(Included meals: breakfast) 
Day 5:  Bariloche -  Puerto Varas (310 km / 194 mi)
Today you will drive back to Chileon the Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass at an altitude of 1,308 m / 4,291 ft above sea level. Here you will cross from Nahuel Huapi National Park into the Chilean Puyehue National Park. At the Hotel & Hot Springs Puyehue you can rest, have lunch or enjoy a soothing bath in the thermal pools. Continue southbound on the Panamerican Highway to Puerto Varas, located on the shores of the enormous Llanquihue Lake. Overnight in Puerto Varas.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 6:  Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas is a good starting point for excursions to the nearby national parks like Alerce Andino or Vicente Pérez Rosales. Both offer interesting hiking trails.Choose from a wide variety of activities, including the crossing of the Lake Todos los Santos to Peulla in a catamaran. Overnight in Puerto Varas.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 7:  Puerto Varas - Fly out from Puerto Montt (20 km / 12 mi)
Return your car at Puerto Montt Airport or the downtown rental office.

(Included meals: breakfast)
 
Some comments by past clients
 
Bernd L (from USA)
Everything went well though the weather was not very cooperative on the trip so we were unable to do many of the things we had hoped to do in the second half of the trip. The room we had in Pucon was the best out of all of them. When we picked up the car in Temuco they gave us all the paperwork for taking the car across the border and the infomation package was excellent. They had made an error in the paperwork by having the incorrect year for the return date for the car to cross the border. The paperwork would have expired before our return date from Argentina. A person working for Hertz drove to our hotel in Pucon from Temuco to give us the correct paperwork which we are very appreciative of. This would have presented a major problem for us. 
The hotel in Puerto Varas was excellent as well.

In San Martin the room overlooked the parking lot in the back of the Hotel and the room was sparten at best. The hotel lobby and entrance was very nice. In Bariloche I would recommend not staying in town at the Edelweis but along the lake as you originally tried to book us. I had received some input from a friend to stay in town which proved not to be the best choice.

 
Overall the trip worked out for us and we would recommend it to anyone else. The country is beautiful to see.
 

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Trip type:
  Private service
Departures:
   Daily