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Full-Day Caburgua Lake & Huerquehue National Park Hiking Tour
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Trekking, Eco Tourism

  • Duration

    8 Hours

  • Activity Level

    Medium

  • Language

    English, German, Spanish

Description

Embark on the most popular trek in the Chilean national park, Huerquehue. Its main attraction is the forest of ancient araucaria trees surrounding the crystal-clear lakes in the higher zone. Get amazed by the magnificent views and wonder how small a human being is in comparison to nature.

Highlights
  • Visit and gaze upon the Caburgua Lake
  • Marvel at the different species of native trees in the Valdivian Rain Forest
  • Delight in the picturesque beauty of the lakes Lago Verde, Lago Chico and Lago Lago Toro
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    • Meet your Chilean guide at 8 am at your hotel in Pucón for pick-up and transfer.

    • Drive through the lovely countryside towards Caburgua.

    • Make a short stop to get a view of Caburgua Lake.

    • After 45 minutes, reach Lake Tinquilco and park entrance with the ranger station. A dirt road continues for about 15 minutes, and finally, you get to the trailhead.

    • You will pass some lookouts with great views to Tinquilco Lake and Villarrica volcano on your walk uphill. The hike is mostly inside the lush “Valdivian Rain Forest”, where you will see different species of native trees like arrayán, tepa, coigüe, and mañío, among many others.

    • After about 2 hours of hiking, you will get to the first of the mountain lakes, Lago Chico, with many araucaria trees on its shore. A bit further, you will meet Lago Toro and, after another 10 minutes uphill, Lago Verde. There are several beautiful spots for a relaxing lunch break beside the lakes.

    • For most excursions, these 3 lakes are visited. With tough hikers, it is possible to make an extension and the tinier ponds Los Patos and Huerquehue (about 2 extra hours).

    • After lunch, start your way back to the car. If there is still enough time and energy left, you can make a short side trip to visit the waterfalls Trufulco and/or Nido de Águila.

    • Ride back to Pucón, which leads through the Liucura valley with other great views of the Villarrica volcano.

What's Included
  • Private transport from Pucón to Huerquehue National Park and back

  • English-speaking Chilean guide

What's Excluded
  • Entrance fee of the national park (USD 5-10 p.p.)

  • Meals

  • Personal expenses and tips

Know before you go
  • In winter, according to snow conditions, access to the lakes maybe not permitted.

Meeting Point

Your hotel at Pucon

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
Adult
1 To 1 USD 150 Per Person
1 To 2 USD 80 Per Person
1 To 3 USD 60 Per Person
1 To 4 USD 50 Per Person

This is a private tour

Tour Reviews
  • Kate

    In March 2019 my colleagues I had a chance to visit Santiago de Chile as part of the business trip to Chile and Colombia,and as soon as there was one free weekend between workshops, we decided to take a flight to Pucon to see Villarrica volcano and National Park area.

    Seeing Los Andes and volcanos in Chile was my dream for many years, therefore it was clear that if we want to see as much as possible during these 1.5 days,  we need a real professional guide.

    Hans from TravelAid Pucon agency replied very quickly to my request I left on their webpage, and I was really impressed by the variety of the tours and options he could offer after asking just a couple of questions to understand what we would like to see.  In addition to trekking and sightseeing tours Hans offered us also the transfer from/to Temuco airport. I was so happy to arrange the two-days program so easy with him just sitting at home in the South of England, but I couldn't even imagine at that moment how amazing will be the reality (or 'sur-reality') of that weekend.

    It wasn't just a sightseeing tour with the guide, I had a feeling that this is a V.I.P. tour where every single step is well-thought-out, so we shouldn't have cared of anything at all! All transfers, places to eat, to rest, and the most important the tour program itself was organised on a highest level! 

    On the Day 1 after leaving the luggage in Hotel Villarrica Park Lake, we started our trip to Lagos Andinos (Andean Lagoons) to see the three lagoons Quillelhue, Escondida and Huenfiuca and the native forests and ancient araucarias. Walking through the forest of these ancient trees was like a deep dive into prehistoric period. Breathtaking views of Lanín volcano and the stories about local Mapuche traditions narrated by Hans during our trekking complemented the perfect picture of that day. 

    Next morning Hans picked us up early from the hotel again and we visited Salto Léon and  La China waterfalls. Again, amazing photos, stories, demonstration of some intresting flora species - I can't even describe how interesting it was to spend time with Hans for all four of us.  The last destination before coming back to Santiago was Villarrica volcano visit, unfortunately only to take some pictires, we didn't have time to do the Sendero los Cráteres hike. Being honest, I'd stay in this magical place at least a week or even more to see all these lakes, mountains, volcanos, to learn more about the local culture, but even 1.5 days were like a week thanks to the professionalism of our guide, we learned so much new, we've seen so different landscapes and took hundreds of photos.

    I'll definitely come back to Pucon and hope to meet with Hans and his family again. This is not just a commercial tour agency, these people truly love this land, take care of it and will show you it's beauty in full! 

  • Jeff

    My wife and I had the pleasure of hiking with Hans for several days in 2018.  The hikes he selected were excellent and gave us a  good "taste" of the area around Pucon.  The interpretation he provided of the flora and fauna  along the way greatly enhanced our experience.  For example, he was able not only to identify the native trees, but to explain their historical uses and importance.   Hans even planned ahead and prepared some  trail snacks for us made from the seeds of the monkey puzzle tree.  He was easy to relate to, prompt, and reliable.

    Based on our experience, I would heartily recommend Hans as your hiking guide of choice in the Pucon area!

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USD 150 / person

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