Welcome to Frutillar

There is an attractive pier, a long, drawn-out lakeside beach and, above all, quaint German architecture and küchen aplenty with a soundtrack provided by buff-necked ibises, who cackle from rooftops all over town. Though the Germanness of this town can sometimes feel forced and too touristy compared to Puerto Octay, it remains a serene spot that makes for a pleasant alternative to staying in more chaotic Puerto Varas.

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$71 Day Trips & Excursions

Frutillar, Puerto Varas, Petrohué Waterfalls from Puerto Montt

After pickup from cruise port or hotel, you will head to Frutillar. Walk alongside Lake Llanquihue, the largest lake in Chile, with the view of Volcano Osorno in the background. Here, you shall enjoy seeing the majestic German houses with beautiful gardens full of fragrant roses, and the begonias. After you have walked around town accompanied by your expert guide, head to the van where you will go see the monumental “Theatre of the Lake” of Frutillar. You can enjoy some "kuchen" (Chilean dessert) in this town or at any of the other stops during the day. From here, head back south 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. From here, we continue our journey to Ensenada, and then towards Petrohue Waterfalls which is the cherry on the top of this great excursion. If time allows, we always stop along the way and visit the friendly llamas and alpacas that love to be fed! Once you get to the location where the falls are located, you'll embark on an easy walk with your guide to a pathway that leads to the waterfalls. You will see water tumbling over the lip of volcanic rocks, with the waters turning beautiful shades of blue and green. Surrounded by a thick forest, the falls stand against the gorgeous backdrop of Osorno Volcano, making for amazing photo opportunities. The mysterious and breathtaking emerald color of the lake is due to a microscopic algae and minerals in the water. Legend says that whoever drinks from its waters will have good luck for the rest of his or her life.

$44.10 Private & Custom Tours

Puerto Montt and Frutillar Shore Excursion from Puerto Varas

You start the tour from the port visiting the main square, the most important church and the viewpoint of Puerto Montt from where you can appreciate all the city located in front of the Bay of Seno de Reloncaví.You continue visiting the city of Puerto Varas, which has a population of 35 thousand people. This city is known for its streets adorned with roses and beautiful gardens, located in front of Llanquihue Lake, an icon of tourism in southern Chile, which still retains the typical wooden houses of larch and a rich cuisine, the result of the legacy of German colonization since 1852.Later you arrive at Frutillar, a typical small town of German colonization, a pearl in the south of Chile. An oasis of peace and calm with wooden houses, beautiful gardens and the incredible Lake Theathre, where they perform important classical music events. Walk on his lakefront street, with the Andes Mountains and volcanoes line view. Visit its craft emporiums, take a delicious coffee (optional) with a rich German cake, it is a delight difficult to compare.At the end you return to the port to complete this tour.Optional services: coffee/food and German Museum ticket.

$48 Shore Excursions

Puerto Montt Shore Excursion: City Tour and Frutillar Tour with German Colonial Museum

When your cruise ship docks at the Puerto Montt port, your professional guide will pick you up and take you to the commune of Llanquihue on the border of Lake Llanquihue, one of the largest lakes in Chile. Spend some time in this farming town before continuing north along the lakeside road to Frutillar. This pretty town is known for its wonderful gardens and German style-houses overlooking the lake. Your guide will take you to the German Colonial Museum, which depicts the history of German colonial settlement in this region. Travel back in time as you browse exhibits with your guide and then enjoy free time to wander around the town at your leisure. You’ll then be taken back to the Puerto Montt port. Note: beginning January 1, 2014, all services are privateWorry-Free Shore ExcursionWe will ensure your timely return to the Puerto Montt port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$40 Day Trips & Excursions

Llanquihue Town Tour from Puerto Varas

From Puerto Varas  We start our trip to Frutillar, first visiting the Llanquihue city, famous for their sausages, and it is where Maullin River begins, and this area is part of the ancient Route of Settlers. We will continue along the Llanquihue Lake to the Frutillar city.This city is a beautiful village that recalls the old Bavaria, from there were the first settlers who arrived to this area. The city started in 1856 as a boarding pier, son appeared tanneries, mills, breweries, etc. We will walk around its beautiful old houses of German style, admiring the gardens and incomparable views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes.As an option, passengers can go to the German Colonial Museum which portrays the life of the settlers, and at the lake shore, observe the Teatro del Lago (Lake Theatre) here each year is presented the famous Frutillar Musical Week, this is a Summer Festival, presents classic music from Chile and abroad that offer each year, approximately 40 concerts.

$75 Day Trips & Excursions


ITINERARY We will commence our tour along the southern shore of Llanquihue Lake to visit Ensenada and the lovely Green lagoon, then we will visit  the most magnificent waterfalls in the area after doing a trekking of 2 km. The next visit point will be Port Octay, a town which long time ago was the most important port of Llanquihue Lake, here we will stop for having lunch. Then, heading south, we will arrive at Frutillar, a city known for its musical weeks, its German gastronomy and its peaceful beach with view to the Calbuco and Osorno volcanoes. Return we will take the coastal route called "route of the settlers” to arrive at the Llanquihue city. THIS TOUR INCLUDES Shared transport English guide Visit to Ensenada Visit to Green Lagoon Tekking Cascada (difficult: media) Visit to Puerto Octay Visit to Frutillar “Route of the settlers” Visit to Llanquihue THE FOLLOWING POINTS ARE NOT INCLUDED Lunch and beverage Entrance to German Settler Museum of Frutillar Tips And all that does not appear in the description

$32.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Tour Frutillar

Discover this charming lakeside destination, with a landscape formed by the Llanquihue Lake and several stunning volcanoes. You can see the influence of the German settlers, with the spectacular old cottages, many converted into guest houses, the delicious Bavarian gastronomy as well as the kuchens and apple strudel sweets. Located on the eastern bank of Llanquihue Lake, Frutillar charms visitors with its beauty all year round. On our tour, we will take a rural road used by the local farmers, where we can see the agriculture and the cattle which are so common to the region. You will also discover another reason to fall in love with Frutillar – the Teatro del Lago.

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