Patagonian Fjords + Pumalín Park + Chiloé Self-Drive

Experience the magic of Chile’s Lakes Region. Discover the myths and legends of Chiloé. Explore rugged northern Patagonia. Walk amongst alerce groves where some trees are near 4000 years old. Soak in hot springs surrounded by native rainforest. And so much more.

This self-drive adventure can be done in 5 days, or extended to the amount of days you’d like.

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Pure Adventure in Southern Chile - 8 days/7n example tour

Day 1

  • Flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt - 1.5 hours
  • Pickup rental for 2 hour drive to Chiloé Grande (including ferry)
  • Overnight in Ancud or La Casita del Mar  
Day 2
  • Discover the wild Pacific Coast of Chiloé Grande
  • Include a visit to Puñihuil penguin colony
Day 3

  • We suggest passing through the Chepu River valley to see some of the fantastic and beautiful damage left over from the 1960 earthquake
  • Lunch at agrotourism locale
  • 2 km forest ramble in old growth rainforest - great for birdwatching!
  • Same lodging or possible to stay in Castro
Day 4
  • Explore the East Coast of Chiloé
  • Pass through fishing villages and by expansive estuaries
  • Visit UNESCO churches
  • Arrive in Quellón for the  1:30 AM ferry ride across the famous Corcovado Gulf
Day 5
  • Enjoy the sunrise over the Andes, arriving to Chaiten by around 9:00.
  • Visit the Michinmahuida section of Pumalín Park. Hike to the snow line of this massive glacier capped volcano, soak in the nearby El Amarillo hot springs, or trek up active volcano Chaiten to see the crater and regrowth forest after its 2008 eruption
  • Overnight in Caleta Gonzalo, in rustic luxury in the only cabins inside Pumalín Park, perched high on the edge of the Reñihue Fjord 
Day 6
  • Visit trails in the park for hikes during the day- including the Alerce Trail (taking you into a forest with 4000 year old Alerce trees!). Same lodging at Caleta Gonzalo
Day 7
  • A day of ferries and fjords!
  • Midday ferry through the fjords of Pumalín and later on our last ferry, arriving to Hornopiren around 18:00.
  • Overnight in the emerald village of Hornopiren
Day 8
  • Return journey to Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas. Can opt to keep car one extra day for exploration around Puerto Varas, or can return to PMC for onward travel