Do you love adventure? Do you love dogs? Would you enjoy sledding your very own dog sled through an ancient forest on a volcano? Then this activity is definitely for you!

Run by German expats, Aurora Austral is an adventure tourism company run outside of Villarrica. They have a small cabin situated in the middle of Araucaria trees (ancient trees that can be over a thousand years old) on Volcano Villarrica, with a whole family of very cute huskies.

Walking to the cabin through fresh snow. You get driven up the volcano in a 4×4, but may have to walk the last bit of the journey. You can see Araucaria tress dusted with snow.

This company have a few options, in both winter and summer, but in winter the magic really comes to life. For $120 AUD (2016) you can have a full day of dog sledding in this breath taking scenery. This includes lunch, transport to and from Villarrica, and your very own sled that you will drive solo.

I highly recommend this experience, it was definitely one of the highlights of my whole trip in South America. Even if you are on a budget, keep in mind that this experience in any other place in the world will set you back a lot more. Plus, you often are never able to drive your own sled with other dog sledding tour companies.

So hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

Hiking back to the car. You can see one of the lakes in the distance.