Chile activity tour
Description of Chile activity tour
This fantastic four day activity holiday in the Chilean Lake District is ideal for families and small groups seeking an adventurous few days whilst travelling in South America. Set within the gorgeous Puelo Valley, youll be invited to stay in an energy efficient eco-lodge on the shores of Lake Tagua.
The natural surroundings alone will set your heart racing however, when combined with kayaking, horse riding and treks in the mountain foothills, youll be hard pushed to find anywhere else half as exciting in the whole of South America.
Alternative activities, such as river rafting, fly fishing and cultural excursions, can also be arranged with full board facilities and airport transfers from Puerto Montt providing a stress free experience for families looking for a break by the lake.
As its situated within the confines of Tagua Tagua Park your accommodation has been designed with sustainability and environmental preservation in mind with just 18 guest rooms providing a few home comforts amongst the mountains and lakes of southern Chile.
The onsite restaurant is always particularly well received after a good day spent outdoors with locally sourced specialities, such as lamb, trout, shellfish and wild boar, often to be found on the menu.
If youre interested in undertaking any of the excursions below, as part of a tailor made holiday during December and March, please let us know at the time of making your reservation. Many thanks.
Tagua-Tagua waterfalls rated as easy to moderate duration 3 - 4hrs
Alerce Lagoon rated as moderate duration 7 - 8hrs
Andean Lakes rated as moderate duration 6hrs
Arena Beach rated as easy duration 3 - 4hrs
Llanada Grande rated as easy duration 5 - 6hrs
Mountain bike trip to Puelo rated as moderate to difficult duration 6 7hrs
We use Prijon double and single sea kayaks which are built to European safety standards. All kit including life jackets and protective wet bags are included.
Kayak to the Big Falls rated as easy duration 3 - 4hrs
Kayak to the Tagua Tagua Crossing rated as easy duration 7hrs
All rafting equipment including wetsuit, buoyancy aid, boots, PFD and helmet is included. A kayak guide also accompanies this trip to ensure all safety measures are in place.
Raft on Puelo River rated as moderate to hard duration 4hrs
Ride to South Puelo rated as easy duration 3 4hrs
Puelo Riverside rated as easy duration 7hrs
Rural Experience rated as easy duration 5 - 6hrs
Boat tour rated as easy duration 3 4hrs
Our excursions are all accompanied by an English-speaking local guide who is also equipped with an emergency radio and first aid kit. Excursions are designed for all ages, although we recommend a minimum age of 11yrs for anyone undertaking kayaking, rafting, horse riding and trekking to the Alerce Lagoon. Please get in touch if you require any more info about our optional excursions and/or our accommodation's environmental practices.
PlanetRespect and care for nature is at the core of the lodge and its place in the Lake District.
Some aspects include the use of only dead wood for heating; production of our own electricity; separate our waste, make compost and reuse what is possible -i.e. ecological bricks; we encourage local trade.
In the valley, there is everything - forests covered with native forest; rivers that runs along quiet, green valleys; waterfalls, lagoons and lakes, and even a vineyard. We can discover all this places, doing trekking, rafting, kayak, horse rides and biking (all low carbon activities) - leaving no trace, packing away all rubbish and returning it to the lodge, where it can either be recycled or treated.
The kitchen is fired using local timber, dead wood that is collected, and everything is slow-cooked, reducing the need to use power hungry heat sources.
The lodge aims to exist alongside its environment.
PeopleThe lodge forms a natural part of the valley, its geography, weather and people and is as part of the community as it is the environment.
Most of the staff are born and raised in the valley, proving work, income and employment and a solid community network throughout the Puelo Basin. Your guide will most likely be from down the road, your food fished from just downstream and the cooked on wood collected by a local.
In 1996 the lodge was purchased by a group of four Chilean associates, and is now run by just one Chilean, ensuring all investment and monies earned and generated are kept within the local area and country.
Food is either sourced on the surrounding land or from local fishermen and farmers.
Because of the lodge's remote location, paying fair prices to all suppliers and guide is written into the fabric of the society, so everyone benefits from your stay.