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Northern Patagonia Adventure

  • 8 - 14 Days

    All Prices:

    • 8 Days - USD $6699
    • 14 Days - USD $7499
  • 14 People Max

    This trip has a maximum of 14 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and specialist local guides in select locations.

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Bariloche
  • Trip End: Bariloche
Northern Patagonia Explorer

Charming culture meets pristine wilderness on our Northern Patagonia Adventure.

Where there are volcanoes, there are hot springs, and there's no shortage of either on our 14-day Northern Patagonia Adventure. Starting and finishing in Bariloche, you'll fall in love with the relaxed Patagonian culture and postcard-perfect landscapes of Chile and Argentina. From the views atop Cerro Llao Llao and Osorno Volcano to the calm waters of Reloncavi Fiord and Lake Machonico, your camera will be filled to the brim with jaw-dropping moments. Along the way, you'll stay in comfortable accommodations, enjoy delicious local cuisine and learn the ins and outs of Patagonian culture from expert guides. If you love exploring by day and relaxing by evening, our Northern Patagonia Adventure is an adventurer's dream come true.

Northern Patagonia Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Bariloche Trip End: Bariloche
  • Day 1Arrive, explore San Carlos de Bariloche

  • Day 2Hike Cerro Llao Llao and Playa Tacul

  • Day 3Hike Cerro Bella Vista or free time in Bariloche

  • Day 4Journey through “Ruta de los Siete Lagos”, kayak Lake Machonico

  • Day 5Hike Cerro Falkner

  • Day 6Hike Lacar Lake, ferry to Huilo Huilo Reserve

  • Day 7Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve & Botanical visit

  • Day 8Free day in Puerto Varas

  • Day 9Hornopirén National Park & boat trip to Llancahué Island

  • Day 10Boat journey to Quintupeu Cahuelmo Fiords in Parque Pumalín

  • Day 11Sea kayak Reloncavi Fiord

  • Day 12Hike Osorno Volcano

  • Day 13Cross Lago Todos Los Santos and journey over the Andes

  • Day 14Depart for home

  • Day 1

    Arrive, explore San Carlos de Bariloche

    Our trip begins in Bariloche, a fantastic little town set on the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi and the National Park of the same name (the oldest National Park in Argentina). You’ll have the afternoon to explore the town centre with its log and stone buildings, quaint shops and endless views across the lake to stunning Andean peaks. A town and setting this perfect might make you think it’s all too good to be true, but there’s really no catch here – it’s the perfect starting point for an adventure into one of the world’s most stunning regions. Before dinner this evening your trip leader will go through the plan for your adventure in plenty of detail, building the excitement for the days to come - then we’ll experience a typical Patagonian evening meal together.
    Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Hike Cerro Llao Llao and Playa Tacul

    Our first outing on foot in this region is a hike to Cerro Llao Llao. After breakfast Patagonian style, we’ll take a short ride along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi to the trail head of Cerro Llao Llao. The trail weaves through spectacular forest and zig-zags its way up to the rocky outcrops that dot the ridge line, overlooking three different lakes as well as the peaks of Cerro Lopez and Cerro Capilla. Not a bad place for a morning tea break! After soaking in the spectacular views we’ll descend to lake level and walk the shoreline to the pristine lake beach Playa Tacul. Patagonian rivers and lakes are pure, clean and refreshing – we’ll have time to take a dip in the crisp lake waters and soak in the views before heading back to Bariloche.
    Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 
    200 metres (656 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 
    200 metres (656 feet)

  • Day 3

    Hike Cerro Bella Vista or free time in Bariloche

    After breakfast this morning, we’ll head a short distance out of Bariloche and begin our hike to the Cerro Bella Vista, which literally means “beautiful view”. No surprises as to what’s in store for us today then! It’s a heart pumping hike as we head above the treeline of the Cerro Bella Vista peak, but the views are well worth the effort as we’ll take in 360 degree views of the myriad lakes and crowded horizon line of huge peaks. If you’d prefer to spend the day with some down time or with other activities, the day is yours to explore Bariloche and its surroundings.
    Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 12km (7.5 miles), 6-7 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    800 metres (2,624 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    1,000 metres (3,280 feet)
    OR
    Free time in Bariloche

  • Day 4

    Journey through “Ruta de los Siete Lagos”, kayak Lake Machonico

    We’ll leave Bariloche this morning and head through the renowned “Road of the Seven Lakes”, a journey of extraordinary beauty. We’ll wind through lush forests, skirt crystal clear lakes and pass dramatic waterfalls, and a stop for a swim is certainly an option if you’re keen! Once we reach Lake Machonico, we’ll don lifejackets and head out for a paddle in the kayaks, our kayak guide will share insights about the surrounding landscape, including Volcan Lanin, the immense cone which dominates as the centrepiece of the National Park of the same name. Afterward we’ll drive a short distance to San Martin de Los Andes, a beautiful little town on the shore of Lago Lácar that proudly enjoys a laid back pace of life and some of the best mountain views anywhere in the world. For our evening meal, we’ll be treated to views overlooking Lago Lácar, a perfect closing to a wonderful day.
    La casa de Eugenia Hotel, San Martin (All meals)

    Kayaking time: 2 hours

  • Day 5

    Hike Cerro Falkner

    As well as being famous for dramatic granite peaks and lakes, Northern Patagonia and the lakes district is equally renowned for its perfectly conical volcanic peaks. At the northern end of Lago Nahuel Huapi, the base of Cerro Falkner rises up above the shore, the starting point for our hike. A heart pumping trek up through ñire (reed) and coihue trees leads us to the open sky views of the entire Seven Lakes area, with a variety of magnificent peaks, all staking their claim to be the most dramatic - it’s a mesmerising sight. We’ll return to the trailhead later and head back to San Martin with time to relax before dinner.
    La casa de Eugenia Hotel, San Martin (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 10 kilometres (6 miles), 5-7 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    712 metres (2,253 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    712 metres (2,253 feet)

  • Day 6

    Hike Lacar Lake, ferry to Huilo Huilo Reserve

    This morning our hike crosses land belonging to the Mapuche people of this region, skirting around the base of Cerro Curru-Huinca hill, and after a couple of hours or so, leading us to the road where our transport will be waiting. We’ll then take a stunning drive through the Parque Nacional Lanin to the Chilean border crossing. With another stamp in the passport we’ll board a ferry on the shores of Lago Pirihueico (can you keep up with all these lakes?!), and head across to the Huilo Huilo Reserve. This is a 600 km2 private biological reserve in the heart of Chilean temperate rainforest with a high amount of precipitation and relatively warm temperatures during summer. Nature lovers will find themselves in paradise here, with 81 known bird species, and even the elusive puma living here. Today is a day full of highlights, and there’s one more to come – our home for the evening – the Reino Funghi Hotel. Shaped like a mushroom, paying homage to the fungi found in the surrounding forest, this hotel is a feat of architecture and unlike anything you’ll have ever stayed in! Settle in this evening with an onsite brewed beer and views to die for!
    Reino Funghi Hotel, Huilo Huilo (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 3 kilometres (1.9 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    579 metres (1,899 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    579 metres (1,899 feet)

  • Day 7

    Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve & Botanical visit

    This morning you’ll wake up feeling like you’re part of a fairy tale, as you stare out at the forest and volcano. Whoever thought a mushroom-shaped hotel could be so cosy? Today we’re lucky to have an extraordinary walking trail right on our doorstep! Stretching along the banks of the Fuy River, which originates from the glacial run off on the slopes of the Mocho-Choshuenco Volcano, a stunning trail weaves its way through lush Valdivian forest with abundant birdlife, crystal clear tributary streams and picture perfect waterfalls. Of course, if you’d prefer to kick back and soak in the hot pools at our lodgings, or soak in the lakeside views with a coffee or hot chocolate, there’s no better place to do it! Afterward we’ll take a guided tour through the Botanical Gardens where we’ll be taught all about the flora and fauna of the natural reserve. Later today, we’ll head south to yet another picture perfect settlement - Puerto Varas, nestled on the shoreline of Lago Llanquihue, the second largest lake in Chile.
    Hotel Cabaña del lago, Puerto Varas (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 3.4 kilometres (2.1 miles), 2-3 hours, flat

  • Day 8

    Free day in Puerto Varas

    Looming large across the shores of Lago Llanquihue, are the conical peaks of Volcán Osorno and Volcán Calbuco. The views of these imposing peaks are a great indicator of the array of options available to you here in Puerto Varas. The day is yours to explore this incredible adventure playground. Take a boat trip across the lake, walk the plethora of trails just outside town, work on your biking skills on the Osorno Volcano pump track, enjoy the view of four volcanoes whilst rafting the rapids of the Petrohué River - the options are endless. If you’re unsure what to do today, don’t worry, your guides will help you with planning (including best places to eat), and there’s always another approach – simply soak
    in the Patagonia vibe whilst relaxing by the lake, just as the locals do.
    Hotel Cabaña del lago, Puerto Varas (Breakfast only)

    NOTE: The 8-day trip option ends today in Puerto Varas.

  • Day 9

    Hornopirén National Park & boat trip to Llancahué Island

    This morning we’ll continue our journey south along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, until we reach our second mode of transport for the day, a ferry ride that will take us across the Reloncavi Fiord. We’ll head for Hornopirén, a village that gets its name from the nearby volcano and which means “Snow Oven” in Mapudungun, the Mapuche language. There are amazing views here, between the glacier of the volcano and the Andes that fall into Chilean fiords. We’ll grab lunch at the local market – we highly recommend a fresh catch of Merluza or Congrio (Southern Hake and Conger Eel). With our bellies full, and depending on time, we’ll stop off along the drive through Hornopirén National Park for a wander. Renowned for its mountains, glaciers and volcanoes all packed into a relatively small area, along with a wide variety of fauna residing in the untouched temperate rainforest – this is a dreamlike setting. Later, we’ll take a quick boat ride alongside the Isla Pelada and across to Llancahué Island, our home for the evening. After another meal of delicious local fare, we’ll sit in hot pools and stare at the vast night sky.
    Llancahué Hotel, Llancahué Island (All meals)

    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, flat

  • Day 10

    Boat journey to Quintupeu Cahuelmo Fiords in Parque Pumalín

    Today we’ll find ourselves in the heart of Parque Pumalín, created by the late American entrepreneur, philanthropist and ecologist Douglas Tompkins. Tompkins founded The North Face in the 60’s and later the clothing company Esprit. One of the things that makes this park so unique is the way in which the local economy thrives alongside conservation. Within the park you’ll find small organic farms with activities such as animal husbandry, cheese making, ecotourism, wool handicrafts, and honey production. We’ll start by taking a short boat ride deep into the heart of one of the world’s most dramatic fiords, Quintupeu, home to incredible waterfalls and granite peaks. The deep blue waters of the fiord are met with the steep green forested walls of the Andes, rising over 2,400 metres (7,875 feet) above the water. After, we’ll be treated to neighbouring Cahuelmo Fiord where we’ll be able to soak yet again in hot springs that lie under the temperate rainforest. Depending on the tides, we’ll fit in a spectacular short hike to Laguna Abascal before continuing south to reach Porcelana’s hot springs, a great spot to enjoy a picnic lunch and a stroll. We’ll spend the evening back on the island and reflect on a day full of mesmerising landscapes.
    Llancahué Hotel, Llancahué Island (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3 miles), 2-2.5 hours, flat

  • Day 11

    Sea kayak Reloncavi Fiord

    After an early breakfast, those who’ve not yet had their fill of springs may have time for a quick dip before we head back to Hornopirén village and along the shores of Reloncavi Fiord to Cochamo. We’ll grab a hearty snack before hitting the water on tandem sea kayaks for a paddle in the calm waters of this fiord. Here the clear waters of the Petrohué River meet the salt waters of the Gulf, passing snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls and oftentimes the occasional visitor in the form of a sea lion or dolphin! Lunch today is a highlight, as we’ll stop at a small, locally owned farm for a local meal. This is a great opportunity to spend time with the Yolanda family, who’ve been living on the banks of this fiord for three generations. After our paddle, we’ll head through the wilderness to our lodging for the evening, the stunning and homely Petrohué Lodge. This beautiful place sits on the very edge of the Lago Todos Los Santos and the mouth of the Petrohué River. With the Osorno Volcano in the background, it’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and soak in the views of both the lake and the volcano.
    Petrohue Lodge, Petrohue (All meals)

    Kayaking Time: 2 hours

  • Day 12

    Hike Osorno Volcano

    Petrohué Lodge has its very own pioneer’s museum, which you’ll likely have discovered the night before. When you awake today, you’ll feel like a pioneer as you stare over the lake and imagine what Swiss visionary Don Ricardo Roth imagined when he set out to transform the lodge from a failing transport company to a charming wilderness lodge.  In those days travellers would undertake an arduous multi-day journey to get to the lodge, a strategic resting point on the way to Peulla. These days, it’s the perfect base to enjoy Volcán Osorno, standing tall on the edge of Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. We’ll begin our hike through the barren, tortured volcanic landscape that gradually transforms into lush woodland and finally reveals an astonishing view of Lago Todos Los Santos, when we reach the high point of the hike – Desolation Pass. It’s a breath-taking sight! We’ll return to Petrohué Lodge for the evening and celebrate the days hike with a glass of red wine and an open fire. As if that’s not enough, there are wonderful wood-fired hot tubs dotted around the hotel ready for an evening soak.
    Petrohue Lodge, Petrohue (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (8.7 miles), 4-6 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    592 metres (1,940 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    592 metres (1,940 feet)

  • Day 13

    Cross Lago Todos Los Santos and journey over the Andes

    This morning’s journey will take us on the pioneering lakes route (also known as ‘Cruce Andino’) that you’ll have heard so much about whilst staying at Petrohué Lodge. We’ll board a catamaran for a cruise across Lago Todo Los Santos to Peulla where we’ll stop for lunch. Then, after a dramatic crossing of the Andes into Argentina, it’s a short boat trip across Lago Frías to Puerto Alegre, and a bus to Puerto Blest. A catamaran departs from Puerto Blest for a beautiful one-hour trip along Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo, from there the final stretch takes us back on terra firma to Bariloche. This is an outstandingly beautiful trip that’ll immerse you in the landscapes that Patagonia is so well-known for! We’ll arrive back in the relative hustle and bustle of Bariloche, in time to enjoy a farewell dinner celebrating our discovery of Patagonia’s natural wilderness.
    Las Marianas Family Hotel, Bariloche (All meals)

  • Day 14

    Depart for home

    Today is the final day of your trip exploring the incredible diversity and beauty of Northern Patagonia. You’ll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and invigorated after exploring one of the most dramatically beautiful places on Earth. Your trip leader will arrange transport to the airport for you, if you’re flying out today, and if you’re staying on, we can help you arrange extra hotel accommodation. 
    (Breakfast)

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What Our Guests Say About the Northern Patagonia Adventure

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- May 2022

Amazing trip with great guides

"I had a great time on the Jaguar trip - our guides were friendly, knowledgeable,… read more

"I had a great time on the Jaguar trip - our guides were friendly, knowledgeable, organized, and always helpful. Our porters and camp staff also were friendly and highly competent. The sites chosen by the guides for us to visit were always interesting, and the guides were able to provide great information about them. The information provided to us by Active Adventures was helpful and comprehensive - my only comments regarding the pre-trip information would be to update the materials to clarify that guests need a small day pack for biking and day hikes AND a 30L plus hiking bag for the Inca trail, and the pre-trip information could have included information about tipping for the porters and guides. While it is sensible that the company would not want to pressure guests into tipping a certain amount, everyone in my group had a wonderful time and genuinely wanted to show appreciation to our porters and guides. It would have been helpful to know how much cash we should have with us when departing on the trail to be able to tip each individual adequately, as well as information about when in the trip we would have an opportunity to tip both porters and guides. read less

5 Stars (2056 reviews)

Amy, United States

- May 2022

Bucket list trip for sure!!

"After having had my retirement bucket list trip snatched from under me in 2020, I… read more

"After having had my retirement bucket list trip snatched from under me in 2020, I was delighted to finally take it this April. Active Adventures deserves huge kudos for honouring its commitment to the trip. I travelled with two friends, and we were in a group of 15 on the trip - from the US and Canada. What a fantastic group of people! Best of all though, were our two tour guides from the Galapagos, Pepo and Paulo. They were the best ambassadors for the islands and Ecuador - very knowledgeable, professional, kind hearted - and just plain fun. They made us feel safe and relaxed throughout the trip. The islands are gorgeous - and the wildlife does not disappoint. I found deep ocean snorkelling a bit out of my comfort zone, and wished I had practiced a bit in a pool before I left. However, it is an essential part of the trip, and cannot be skipped. Learning about tectonic plates, volcanoes and the conservation efforts for the giant tortoises was food for thought. As for helpful tips, bring lots of sun screen, sun protective clothing, and bug spray. These items are not readily available on the islands, but they are absolutely essential. Also bring a reusable water bottle as recommended by AA, because although bottled water is available for purchase everywhere, it makes more sense to fill up from the large reusable containers provided and not create plastic waste. I would definitely recommend this beautiful active adventure - my first with this company, but not my last. read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Serena, Canada

- May 2022

Bucket List Trip

"We loved our trip to Galapagos! Our guides, Pepo and Paulo were so knowledgeable… read more

"We loved our trip to Galapagos! Our guides, Pepo and Paulo were so knowledgeable about the islands and loved sharing it all with us. The warm weather was so welcome after a winter in New England. All of the logistics were handled smoothly so that all we had to do was enjoy the varied land and marine wildlife. An amazing trip that I highly recommend! read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Claudia, United States

- May 2022

Somethings really do live up to the hype. This was AMAZING!!

"To be honest, I was a little leery traveling with a new company, with new… read more

"To be honest, I was a little leery traveling with a new company, with new people and well, Covid. But this was abso-fricking-lutely the BEST ADVENTURE TRIP! From our guide, Pepo (who completely hit it out of the park), to the places we saw, to the organization behind the scenes and those wonderful meals, this was amazing! If you want the best way to SEE the Galapagos Islands, this is it. I can't say enough great things about Galakiwi (Active's partner) and our guides. They made this trip unforgettable. Pepo and Paolo answered our flora/fauna questions (we had lots!) and happily shared us what makes this place so special. And man, Pepo can dance - and surf! We're already talking about our next Active Adventure - we can't wait! :) read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Lori, United States

Ultimate Patagonia & Chile Adventure - April 2022

Wonderful Patagonia

"Although initially disappointed that the border with Argentina remained closed, the Torres del Paine hiking… read more

"Although initially disappointed that the border with Argentina remained closed, the Torres del Paine hiking with Alvaro and Christian was compensation aplenty. read less

4 Stars (1175 reviews)

Nick, United Kingdom

Ultimate Patagonia & Chile Adventure - April 2022

Bucket List Trip!

"I finally made it to Patagonia! And I couldn't have done it with a better… read more

"I finally made it to Patagonia! And I couldn't have done it with a better company! This was my 5th tour with Active!
The landscape was even more breathtaking than I had imagined. And every guide was so much fun to hang out with and incredibly knowledgeable about the culture and the land. If you are planning a trip to Patagonia and you love being in the outdoors, this is the tour company for you! read less

5 Stars (1175 reviews)

Jolene, Canada

- April 2022

West Coast is a must visit

"This is our second Active Adventures trip and we weren't disappointed. The itinerary was excellent… read more

"This is our second Active Adventures trip and we weren't disappointed. The itinerary was excellent and food and accommodation of a high standard. We loved the West Coast scenery. The walks were amazing, particularly around Lake Matheson and Punakaiki. Kayaking on Okarito Lagoon, heli-hiking on Franz Joseph Glacier and the scenic flight over Mt Aspiring National Park out to Milford Sound were fantastic experiences. Our guide Clare was first class. Everything was organised to perfection and nothing was too much trouble. read less

5 Stars (2 reviews)

Robert, New Zealand

- April 2022

Fabulous trip!

"First “big” trip in 2 years due to the pandemic. Honestly, more anxiety than excitement… read more

"First “big” trip in 2 years due to the pandemic. Honestly, more anxiety than excitement prior to the trip but once I arrived in the Galapagos, the excitement hit and so glad my friend and I decided to go on the adventure together. AA tour made the trip really easy. I really like the balance of being “active” and some downtime of my own. The tour guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. The meals were all very good except for the first night dinner on San Cristobal Island…to me, it wasn’t good. I thought the fish weren’t well prepared and tasted too fishy. Another person ordered the same meal and I noticed she hardly touched hers. Later I found out hers was too salty. Another low light for me was the accommodations on Floreana Island. Apparently, very limited hotel selections on the island. Hotel Wittmer was ran down and we all had cold showers that night. I also found a smashed dead mosquito with blood on the wall! Isabela Island was fun and where we stayed was wonderful. I wish we had more time on Santa Cruz Island. All in all, I had a fantastic trip and would recommend this trip to my friends who enjoy the outdoor and animals! read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Hui-Chien, United States

- April 2022

Wonderful wildlife adventures

"The Tortuga trip was full of once in a lifetime experiences. Pablo, our guide was… read more

"The Tortuga trip was full of once in a lifetime experiences. Pablo, our guide was so passionate about the islands and knowledgeable about the wildlife and all aspects of our trip. We swam with sea turtles, rays, sea lions, and sharks!. The land tortoises were great to see in their natural habitat and in the breeding centers. I learned so much about the history of the islands, the environment, Darwin's studies and plans for the furture on the island. The snorkeling in Los Tunels was the highlight as well as the hike to the volcano lava fields. The Galapagos is truely a unique and fascinating place. read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Barb, United States

- April 2022

Great experience

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5 Stars (863 reviews)

Adrian, New Zealand

Ultimate Patagonia & Chile Adventure - April 2022

Almost to Antarctica

"The Condor trip and the W Trek were wonderful. I was there in early February… read more

"The Condor trip and the W Trek were wonderful. I was there in early February and the weather was good; clouds mixed with sun, and surprisingly warm…but windy. The guides, as always, were special and took care of everything. The scenery is amazing, and constant for the entire 4+ days. The Argentina border was closed so the trip was modified to include the Chile Lake District, and I opted out of that portion of the trip because it was similar to the Active Adventures Puma trip which I did a couple years ago (also a great trip!). Even doing only the W Trek was great…and I hope to return for the whole trip! read less

5 Stars (1175 reviews)

Mark, United States

- April 2022

Great trip with Great people

"I could write pages about our Tortuga trip in April . Instead I will just… read more

"I could write pages about our Tortuga trip in April . Instead I will just say that we were so surprised how much we enjoyed traveling with Active Adventures. We are typically not "group travel" people but in the Galapagos it seems necessary...so many things to line up and local people and facilities to communicate with. AAdventures did this with amazing competency. Things flowed seamlessly. Our guide Pepo and his assistant Paolo were amazing. They seemed to do all this and yet still ENJOY being with us, answering questions and getting everyone excited for the next adventure. I will advise that this is an active trip, not intense but lots of exercise, sweating and moving every day. It is important to know that and be prepared or know that you might skip some of the longer things. I also want to add that the guides' English was beautiful and Pepo's knowledge about the area, the geography and the animals was impressive. To anyone who is worried about the "group" aspect but needs the logistics AAdventures can provide, be assured. They still respect your privacy, your right to skip something if its not for you and the small size makes it not feel chaotic. Food was also very good, fresh and simple but abundant and well prepared. I had dreamed of this trip since I was a little girl and read about the tortoises in National Geographic. I never thought the experience would live up to the dream, but it truly did and I think Active Adventures had a big part in that. read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Lynn, United States

Ecuador Volcano and Jungle Adventure - April 2022

Tapir with Alberto

"This was an excellent way to see more of mainland Ecuador. The scenery was… read more

"This was an excellent way to see more of mainland Ecuador. The scenery was breathtaking with waterfalls, rushing river and majestic mountains. Got to sample local cuisine with I enjoyed very much. read less

5 Stars (294 reviews)

Sandy, United States

- April 2022

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"This was a trip down memory lane for me revisiting old haunts & visiting new… read more

"This was a trip down memory lane for me revisiting old haunts & visiting new ones. I was thrilled with how it all went & with the experience of our guides & their enthusiasm. The weather was perfect & I achieved everything on my bucket list! read less

5 Stars (863 reviews)

Colleen, New Zealand

- April 2022

Our 4th trip with Active

"Another great guide. Beautiful diving, biking and hiking adventures. Great local food and accommodations. We… read more

"Another great guide. Beautiful diving, biking and hiking adventures. Great local food and accommodations. We have loved every single Active Adventure. As always though, the Active guides are what make the trip special. This time Pepo and Paulo were absolutely awesome with their knowledge and communication. The people in the group always seem to come together as great friends and we have the guides to thank for that! Can't wait for the next one! read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Paul, United States

- April 2022

Amazing trip

"We loved our Active Adventures trip. The guides were amazing, super organised and great company. read more

"We loved our Active Adventures trip. The guides were amazing, super organised and great company. read less

5 Stars (64 reviews)

Kate, New Zealand

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Accommodation

We’ve selected the accommodation on the ‘Puma’ trip for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip is not designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Patagonia. We prefer to stay in quaint, comfortable B&B’s and lodges.
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If your plans change or you decide to travel to another destination, you can change your trip to any of our departures in any destination or request a refund (less deposit) up to 90 days out from your original trip start date.

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Useful Info

What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 14 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and specialist local guides in select locations.

Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip you’ll meet your Active Adventures South America trip leader and the rest of your group at Las Marianas Hotel in Bariloche, Argentina at 6pm. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Bariloche if you arrive before the first day, though you must make your own way to Las Marianas Hotel at the pre-designated time.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Bariloche Airport (BRC) in time for flights below. 

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving at San Carlos de Bariloche airport (BRC), the main northern gateway town to Argentinian Patagonia, by 4pm.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, you can depart at any time after breakfast. If you're considering an early morning flight please let us know so that we can make arrangements.

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

As an Activity Level 3 trip, you’ll need a solid level of fitness and typically hikes on the trip range between three and six hours to complete. So get out there with a daypack on and train so you’ll be ready to join us! While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally involving some up hills and down hills and carrying a pack! With some preparation before your trip begins, you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We’ve selected the accommodation on this trip for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip is not designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Patagonia. We prefer to stay in quaint, comfortable B&B’s and lodges.

We recommend bringing enough clothing to only have to do laundry once during your trip, and the best time will be on your free day in Puerto Varas.

Is tipping expected in Patagonia?

Most people do choose to tip their Active Adventures Trip leader at the end of an awesome trip. US$100 per person per Trip leader (and US$10 each per day for your W-trek guide if you’re going to Southern Patagonia) seems to be the norm, however, less, more or not at all is also fine too. During your Active Adventures trip, your trip leader will take care of all included restaurants and service tips for you.

For other restaurants or services during your time in Patagonia, 5-10% is a typical gratuity amount.

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Why Travel With Us

benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

benefit guides

Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

benefit inclusive

You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

benefit family

Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

benefit wow

"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”

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