A trip to Chile requires good health and mobility. While we have time scheduled for rest and recuperation, your itinerary has a moderate pace, involving wildlife activities and transportation from place to place to ensure that you have maximized opportunity to interact with the wildlife and local culture. Consult your physician if you are in doubt about your ability to enjoy this adventure and please contact our office with any questions.
The drive between the airport/port in Puerto Montt and the hotel in Puerto Varas is about 30 minutes. Your visit to Puerto Alguirre is while the ship is docked. You will have to walk up hill through the town and through the park. This can be a little strenuous but we will take our time. You will have several excursions from the ship where you simply board the ship’s Hercules excursion boat. This boat is very sturdy, covered, and not easy to enjoy. Walking at Quitralco Hot Springs will involve going uphill on a steep incline but with steps. We will have level walking here as well. Upon disembarkation you’ll drive a short ways from Puerto Montt to the ferry at Pargua. The ferry ride is about 35 minutes. From there you spend the day on the road, visiting Puñihuil to see the penguins and for lunch before heading south to Parque Tepuhueico. At Puñihuil you will explore by boat and on foot. Here you will be on the ocean where you can experience some waves. The drive to the hotel is over good roads most of the way. Once you enter the park the roads get bumpy, as park roads do. Roads are in generally good shape other than that stretch. Your excursions in Parque Tepuhueico and Parque Quilquico are on foot and by boat. Your walking excursions at Tepuhueico are on mostly flat terrain but with some hills and steps. Parque Quilquico excursions involve walking up and down some steep hills on small, well-maintained paths. This can be muddy but rewarding as you walk through farmers’ fields and meet the locals. You will need to be able to walk and stand for up to three hours at a time.