This tour is perfect for people arriving on cruises, you can make the most of your time with this excursion. First you will go on a drive through Puerto Montt's highlights. You'll later visit the picture-perfect town of Puerto Varas (also known as the "City of Roses"). Afterwards, you'll visit a traditional Chilean ranch where you'll enjoy seeing a rodeo demonstration (our national sport) and also see our national Chilean dance, the Cueca. All the while enjoying a Pisco Sour and snacking on chicken skewers and Chupe de Jaiba. For lunch you'll enjoy a spit-roasted barbeque lunch and entertainment.
Enjoy complimentary pick-up on a private vehicle with a/c from your cruise port or hotel. You will first go on a panoramic drive around Puerto Montt while your guide points out areas of interest as you make your way towards the city center. Once you reach the town square (plaza de armas) you will see the oldest standing building; the famous wooden cathedral built in 1857, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Then you will continue to to the town of Puerto Varas. Puerto Varas was colonized by German settlers and is known for its German traditions, seafood, natural scenery and luxurious hotels. This town is located on the shores of Llanquihue Lake and the perfect cone of Osorno Volcano and the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Calbuco and Mt Tronador are visible from the lakefront. You will enjoy walking around town filled with fragrant roses and historical statues that represent the history and founding of the town. If you enjoy shopping for souvenirs to take back home or simply enjoy looking at the local crafts this is a great place to do it. You can also enjoy having a cold German beer at one of the many cafes in front of the lake. The German beers they sell were all originated and are still made right here, in southern Chile. Then it's time to visit the fundo (ranch). You'll be warmly greeted by the huasos; similar to America's cowboy or Argentina's gaucho, the huaso is an excellent horseman and ranch hand. Here, you'll learn all about the world of los huasos, their customs and traditions all the while enjoying some Pisco Sour, skewers and "chupe de jaiba." You'll also be able to watch their skills at work as they show off their Chilean horses in a rodeo. Afterwards, enjoy folk music and dancing while you sit down for a hearty lunch of empanadas, barbecued beef, and salads all accompanied by refreshments including Chilean wine. Seasonal fruit or kuchen, a German pie, for dessert rounds out your meal. At the end of the day, you'll return to port along the same scenic route with a better appreciation of the acclaimed huaso and the Chilean horse, and their contributions to Chile.