Trekking from Antillanca to Rupanco Lake

CLP$200.000 VAT included.


A trekking of several kilometers – which will mainly take us downhill – allows us to enjoy the views from the slopes of the Casa Blanca Volcano towards Lake Rupanco. The Puntiagudo volcano will guide our gaze and will follow us in the direction to our destination. “Las Gaviotas” area and the Rupanco lake hot springs. A journey that is part of the “Sendero de Chile” trail in the Puyehue National Park. Rarely visited forests that connect our volcanoes with their lakes, and that are home to families that live off the land and tourism.

1 day
Group size:
1 to 12 persons
All year
Start / End
Puerto Varas
1 guide every 6 clients
1.248 masl
+- 12 km
+33 m | -1.123 m
Good views Adventure travel insurance Hot springs Transport

Information on reservations and discounts

  • If you are making a reservation less than 7 days in advance, we can only confirm it with the payment of the total cost of the program.
  • If you are booking more than 7 days in advance, you can pay only the reservation fee ($ 50,000CLP), and then coordinate the payment of the difference before the start of the program.
The values of the programs are per person, in Chilean pesos and taxes included. We make discounts for the number of people who book the same program together. At the time of booking, the total amount to be canceled - discounts included - will be indicated for the reserved group.
- CLP$20.000- CLP$30.000- CLP$40.000

Upcoming departures

  • Daily departures upon reservation and adequate weather conditions for a summit attempt between August 2023 and March 2024.
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6 am We start our trip from Puerto Varas to the Puyehue National Park.

9 am From the ski center we will begin a gentle ascent towards the Raihuen Crater and the Casa Blanca Volcano viewpoint.

9:30 am We will continue around the crater to start going down and take the Sendero de Chile.

10 am Already on the path of descent to Lake Rupanco we will enter the forest of lengas, quilas, coihues and other inhabitants of the south.

3 pm When the forest begins to lose height we will find grazing pampas, the Gaviotas river and the lake.

3:30 pm We will sail to the Rupanco lake hot springs.

4 pm On the shores of the lake we will begin to prepare the thermal pools.

6 pm We will sail to Puerto del Buey to find our transportation and return to Puerto Varas.

8 pm End of services.

Special offer

CLP$20.000per person
No limit To No limit
Number adult >=2
CLP$30.000per person
No limit To No limit
Number adult >=3
CLP$40.000per person
No limit To No limit
Number adult >=7


The eastern shore of Lake Rupanco is one of those places where modern infrastructure has come – luckily for us – slowly. The hot springs are right on the shore of the lake, but on the opposite side from where a car can go.

That will be our objective and for this, we will begin by heading to the Puyehue National Park. Although they were discovered by settlers in the early 20th century and a major hotel was built in 1940 (and destroyed on May 22, 1960), they are rarely on the road map of many visitors. We go to them on foot and then by boat. Starting on the other side of the mountain, at the foot of the Casa Blanca volcano, in Antillanca, the heart of the Puyehue National Park. Following a path that begins in the upper part of the forest (1.219 masl), we will descend to Lake Rupanco (124 masl) enjoying how the vegetation changes and adapts to different altitudes.

From the ski resort of “Antillanca”, we will begin our hike towards the crater “Raihuen” and then follow the slopes of the Casa Blanca volcano and begin the descent to Lake Rupanco. We will walk + -12 kilometers in about 5 hours on a trail that merges into the forest, sometimes crosses very dense bushes (the “Quila”) and after or during the rains it can be muddy. We will finish the trek at the mouth of the river “Gaviotas”, from where a small boat will cross us to the hot springs and our well-deserved picnic. After relaxing our muscles we will cross the lake to find our transportation and start our return to the city.


Additional information

- Includes:

Guided service in a non-private program; bilingual guides (Spanish, English); entrance fees to National Parks and/or private land; excursions, transportation and food as described in the itinerary; activity insurance; first aid kit for rugged areas; all group equipment required for the itinerary and per client listed here (trekking poles); in areas without cell phone coverage, a 2-way satellite communicator (with real-time online tracking, SOS function), in areas with cell phone coverage, a 1-way satellite communicator and/or VHF radios.

- Not included:

Guide tips, additional services or upgrades, personal gear, life and/or travel insurance, porters or horses (if available), extra expenses for cities, alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary or not included in the menu, extra nights lodging in cities or due to changes in the itinerary, everything else not mentioned in the program.

- Personal Gear required by the client:

Activity-appropriate clothing for trekking (layered, synthetic clothes, gloves, and hat), trekking/hiking boots, sunglasses, backpack (+30lt or big enough to carry your personal items and those we will provide*), water bottle/platypus (min. 1L), camera, sunscreen (for lips and skin). Recommended: depending on the season, rain cover for your backpack and gaiters. If we will be in a river or lake, swiming suit and towel! For more details, make the program checklist!

- Experience and technical expertise required:

Apt for people without previous climbing experience but with an adequate shape to participate in 4-8 hours per day of physical activity in wilderness terrain. Physical condition is subject to guide evaluation. Physical condition is subject to guide evaluation.

- Description of actions to be followed by the participant for the proper development of the activity:

It will be required of those who participate in the program to respect and protect the historical, natural, and cultural heritage in which the activities take place. Besides being cordial and respectful with those who share the program and with local communities visited. All program participants will be governed by a code of “Leave No Trace”, which may be introduced by the guides during the development of the activity.

- Criteria used to suspend or modify the activity:

The participant puts activity or participants safety at risk; the participant does not follow actions for the good development of the activity; cloudiness between elevation comprising glacial areas; wind, rain or snow between elevation comprising glacial areas or that may affect the physical and/or psychological conditions of the participants; physical and/or psychological assessment of participants by the guide responsible for the activity; volcanic activity and/or other natural phenomena that endanger the safety of the trip; weather/nature conditions change; accidents or incidents.

- Insurance:

Throughout the program whenever adventure tourism activities take place: hiking, trekking, climbing volcanoes participants will be covered by complimentary additional insurance against accidents or death. The insurance is given through HAE Ltda. and its coverage is limited to the duration of said activity. Contact us for further information. It is the responsibility of each participant to contract their own life and/or travel insurance coverage for the remainder of their trip.

- Pricing:

The prices of each program are presented in Chilean pesos (CLP, CH$) and correspond to the price per 1 person taxes included. All our programs have a maximum number of clients per guide (ratio) defined by our risk management guidelines, which directly affects the cost of the program. The cost of the program is calculated based on the guide rate per client/itinerary, and the costs associated with it, seeking that always the guide received the better rate for his work.

- Reservations:

Bookings are made via email ( We will confirm availability within 24 hours after receiving the form “HAE – Excursion & Clients INFO” (ES, EN, DE). A non-refundable deposit of $25.000 CLP per person is required to confirm your booking. Reservations must be done at least 2 days before the program start date.

- Payment methods:

Payment in Cash (only Dollars, Euros, or CLP), Credit Card, Online bank transfer (Chilean – CLP or Austrian – EUR Bank). If payment is made in foreign currency, the prices of the programs are based on the exchange rate set by HAE Ltda.
at the time of payment. The total cost must be paid in full before the program start date. More information

- Cancellation conditions:

– Cancellation requested by the client more than 2 days before the program start date: refund available with a penalty equal to the reservation fee paid.
– Cancellation requested by the client less than 2 days before the program start date: no refund is available but the date can be rescheduled (subject to availability).
Once a trip begins no refunds or rescheduling available.

HAE Ltda. reserves the right to cancel an excursion prior to start time due to weather conditions or other factors that may affect the security of the participants, as assessed by the lead guide and/or the “criteria used to suspend or modify the activity” listed in this document. As well, but it is not limited, to cancellations caused by not reached the minimum participants required, logistical problems such as strikes, acts of nature, or any other circumstances which may make operating the trip unadvisable. We will keep you informed regarding any aspect that we consider that may affect your trip and in case we can not develop the booked program we will offer the possibility to change your booking to an alternative one, change the goals of it, or we will refund the payment made. The limit for this refund will be the limit of HAE Ltda.’s liability.

We will honestly inform you of the conditions that we may predict you should expect during the development of the program and if they may affect the normality of it. Be aware that the forecast is a human interpretation of diverse variables and it can be wrong or variables can change. If during the development of the program there are adverse weather conditions or other factors evaluated by the responsible guide and/or the “criteria used to suspend or modify the activity” listed in this document, and/or a request from the client to cancel the activity, HAE Ltda.
reserves the right to cancel or modify the itinerary, itinerary details or objectives without any refund or rescheduling available.

HAE Ltda.
is not responsible for expenses incurred by you in preparation for travel, including – but not limited to – purchases of “passenger liability equipment” or non-refundable or penalty airline tickets.

We recommend that you consider trip cancellation and/or interruption insurance. Such a policy will offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during the trip.

By hiring or participating in an adventure travel service operated by HAE Ltda. you declare to understand and accept the “Terms and Conditions” for HAE Ltda. Adventure Travel Programs (, the “program of the activity” and the declaration of “Knowledge and acceptance of risks, terms and conditions” (

All HAE mountain or climbing programs do not guarantee to reach a mountain summit.

Is it recommended for children?

For the experience and environment, yes! But it is necessary to evaluate well if the children will have the physical capacity to walk trough the trail and enjoy. We have done this trek with families and groups of friends, physical effort is always important, but the experience of the environment - regardless of how far you go - has always been one of the best memories. In any case, we recommend that children are at least 12 years old and that they be accompanied by family members. If this is your case, we will make a private group so that everyone feels good, we can go up and enjoy it in the rhythm of the youngest of the group.

Is previous experience required?

No, for the trek to Las Gaviotas no previous experience is required! Of course, any experience is welcome, but the program is designed for anyone who is physically and psychologically fit for a full day of activity in mountainous terrain (you can think of up to 6 hours in terrain that can include slopes with volcanic scree and forest).

Can I rent the equipment that I am missing?

Yes, we have available trekking poles, mountain boots, gloves, backpacks, sunglasses for rent. So if you need something do not forget to let us know in the booking process.

From and to where is the transportation included in the program?

The program includes the transportation from/to Puerto Varas, Ensenada, Petrohue, Puerto Octay or Cascadas. Picking or dropping from Osorno, Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt/Osorno airport, Llanquihue or Frutillar have an extra cost of $15.000 CLP per way. Other places are available upon request. If you want to arrive on your own at the meeting point we will deduct the cost of transportation ($10,000CLP per person). For this you can use the coupon "transport-1p" when making the reservation (you must change the number according to the number of people who are booking, if there are 3, the coupon to use would be transport-3p). There are some programs that include transportation from other cities, if indicated in the description, so it will be!

What type of transport will be used?

Because most of our trips are small groups, it will be just you or a couple of other people, we rent the car from the guide (or our family) to develop the program: A normal car, clean, in good condition and of course with all the required permits. For bigger groups, we hire a driver with a Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van or similar.

Can I book if it's just me?

Yes! The minimum to perform the program is one (1) person, so there is no problem in doing the program just for you. But keep in mind that it is a shared service, so if there is another person interested in the program and the date they could share the service. But don't worry we'll let you know if that happens!

I want to do a private program

While most of our programs are small groups and it's almost always just the group you've booked together, our regular programs are shared services. So if you would like to book a private program in advance, it will be priced accordingly to the capacity of the clients that the guide or guides could have on that trip. Write to us to see it in detail!

What equipment is required for trekking?

The most important thing for a trek is to have good boots. It is essential that they remain comfortable and we are used to them, but also that they have a good sole: that they have good grip and are non-slip. If we are in mountain terrain, it is also important that it be relatively rigid. It is also important to consider that they protect the ankle, so you have to consider medium or high cane shoes. Regarding clothing, we should prefer those made of materials that do not retain moisture. So everything that is cotton should be left at home or to change when we return. For the rest, we will prioritize that they cover most of the body. Of course, always consider some warm clothing and a windbreaker. A backpack of a size that allows us to carry all our things inside it. Along with it, a bottle to carry our water. Depending on the season and conditions, we can also consider gaiters. Trekking poles are always recommended!


– Personal Gear required by the client

“Trekking from Antillanca to Rupanco lake”

  • Zapatos de trekking: Trekking boots: ideal with a rigid sole, waterproof and that go over the ankle
  • Quick-drying shirt or shirt (not cotton !!)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Water and windproof jacket
  • Pantalón de trekking
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack +30L (or big enough to carry your personal items plus the ones that we will provide to you)
  • Spare clothes, bathing suit, and towel.
  • Trekking poles
  • Bottle with water(minimum 1 liter)
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen (skin and lips)

If the program takes place during winter or with rainy, snowy, or wind conditions, it is also recommended to consider:

  • Waterproof pant
  • Insulated jacket: goose down or synthetic
  • Beanie or balaclava or buff
  • Gloves (ideal waterproof and windproof glove with a liner or a pair of wool/fleece gloves and a pair of ski gloves.Recommended to have 2 pairs)
  • Gaiters

  • Please consult for more information or advice on the selection of clothing and/or equipment.
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