Welcome to Puerto Varas

Two menacing, snowcapped volcanoes, Osorno and Calbuco, stand sentinel over picturesque Puerto Varas and its scenic Lago Llanquihue like soldiers of adventure, allowing only those on a high-octane quest to pass. Just 23km from Puerto Montt but worlds apart in charm, scenery and options for the traveler, Puerto Varas has been previously touted as the 'next Pucón,' but unlike its kindred spirit to the north, Puerto... Read More

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$230 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Puerto Varas to Bariloche Andean Lakes Crossing

One-Way Lakes Crossing: Puerto Varas to Bariloche (1 day)After hotel pickup in Puerto Varas, head northeast toward Petrohué, a town bordering Llanquihue Lake, the second largest lake in Chile. During the drive, gaze in awe at two snowcapped volcanoes stealing the show, Calbuco and the perfectly cone-shaped Osorno.Enter Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, expansive landscapes of soaring volcanoes, fragrant forests, rivers and glassy lakes, and learn about the park’s history with a knowledgeable guide. Disembark and stroll toward one of the park’s top attractions, the raging Petrohué Waterfalls, cascading down lava beds created by Osorno volcano looming in the background.Next, board a ferry and sail across Todos los Santos Lake, enveloped by the foothills of the Andes, to Peulla, a hamlet near the Argentina border. During the 2-hour boat ride on the shimmering green waters, weather permitting, be dazzled by views of Osorno, the ‘sharp-pointed’ Pontiagudo volcano, and El Tronador volcano, ‘The Thunderer,’ located in the southern Andes.Disembark at Peulla and enjoy a leisurely lunch (own expense) at a hotel, perhaps following it up with a pisco sour in the lounge.Then go through customs, board a bus and capture amazing views as you cross the border in the Andes range at 3,202 feet (976 meters) above sea level. Snake your way down the mountains to Puerto Frías, sail across the deep turquoise-colored Felix Frías Lake to Puerto Alegre, where you’ll take a bus to Puerto Blest. In the evening, cruise from Puerto Blest across the last of your lakes of the day, the sapphire-blue waters of Nahuel Huapi, spanning 346 square miles (897 sq km), its fingers stretching deep into beech and cypress woods.Arrive at Puerto Pañuelo after an hour and take a bus ride to the city of Bariloche, a tourism hotspot sprawled along the shoreline of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Your tour concludes at around 8:30pm with drop-off at select Bariloche hotels.If you've opted for the round trip back to Chile, see Itinerary below for details.Note: View departure point info to ensure your hotel is included in the pickup and drop-off zone.

$153 Shore Excursions

Puerto Montt Shore Excursion: Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas City Tours

When your cruise ship docks at the Puerto Montt port, your professional guide will take you on a 3.5-hour shore excursion to give you a great overview of the scenery, culture and architecture of this area of Chile. First, drive north to the town of Puerto Varas, which was founded by German settlers and is known for its German traditions, seafood, natural scenery and luxury hotels. This town is located on the shore of Llanquihue Lake, one of the largest natural lakes in South America, and the perfect cone of Osorno Volcano and the snow-capped peaks of Mt Calbuco and Mt Tronador are visible from the lakefront. Drive up Phillipi Hill for an even better vantage point!You’ll then travel along the lakeside road on your return to Puerto Montt for a city tour. Drive through the beachside village of Pelluco, visit the Tenglo Canal, and end with some free time in the picturesque village of Angelmó, where you can stroll through the streets at your leisure, dine on freshly caught seafood, and shop for locally crafted wooden and woolen items. After your tour, your guide will drop you off at 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.

$71 Day Trips & Excursions

Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Petrohue Waterfalls

After your ship docks in Puerto Montt, 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. 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.From here, we continue our journey to Ensenada, where a beautiful countryside restaurant with a delicious typical Chilean three-course meal, with wine and beer (and yes, Pisco Sour too) awaits. Vegetarian option is available.After lunch, we continue our journey towards Petrohue Waterfalls which is the cherry on the top of this great excursion. 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.

$288.59 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Andean Lakes Crossing from Argentina to Chile by Bus and Boat

Depart from Bariloche in the morning upon pickup from your hotel and enjoy the scenic drive to Puerto Pañuelo, your first stop en route to Chile. Relax aboard the coach and keep an eye out for the characteristic Swiss-style architecture of the wooden buildings as well as beautiful gardens and flowers that dot the landscape. When you arrive at the port, board your catamaran – either Victoria Andina or Victoria del Lago – and set sail on Nahuel Huapi Lake for an hour-long ride to Puerto Blest, located about 15 miles away. Your guide will inform you about the history of the area as you take in the grandeur of the landscape, including a variety of birds that inhabit the green forests surrounding the lake. Upon arrival at Puerto Blest, board a bus for a ride that borders the Frías River for just three miles to Puerto Alegre. Then, sail aboard City of Faith over the peaceful and pristine waters of Lake Frías and admire its deep green hue as you take in magnificent views of Cerro Tronador. Hovering approximately 11,500 feet (3,500 meters) above sea level, the extinct volcano is the Lake District’s highest mountain.After a 20-minute voyage, reach the small port of Puerto Frías, where you’ll go through departure procedures at Argentina customs before continuing by bus to Peulla. Along the way, appreciate the lush vegetation of the Cordillera de Los Andes and marvel at Tronador, which has nine glaciers on its summit. Enter Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, Chile’s first national park, and arrive in Peulla. Once you’ve carried out entry formalities, you'll have free time to purchase lunch (own expense).Around 3:30pm, set sail on Todos los Santos Lake with great views of Osorno Volcano, Tronador and Puntiagudo Hill (if the weather allows). Then, continue to your final destination of Puerto Varas by bus, stopping en route for an optional visit to the Petrohué Waterfalls (Saltos del Petrohué), where green falls cascade over volcanic rock in the upper reaches of the Petrohué River (admission not included).

$68.15 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Vicente Peres Rosales National Park

We start the tour from the city of Puerto Montt, a port and industrial city that was founded by Spanish settlers over 150 years ago. This city is the north gate of Patagonia, because from here numerous excursions to southern Chile and Patagonia travel begin. Here, you'll visit the Plaza de Armas, cathedral and viewpoint of the city, from where the view to the whole breast of Reloncaví open. Also, visit the market Angelmó, famous for its handicrafts in the area and fresh seafood. Then, head over to Puerto Varas, a city founded by German settlers and located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Driving around th lake, you'll reach the foot of the Osorno volcano in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, where you can explore the lake Todos los Santos and Petrohue Falls River. These jumps were formed by the eruption of the volcano, where the lava river locked. Head up the Osorno volcano and climb to 1,200 meters (3,940 feet), to see a landscape of immeasurable scenic beauty. After taking a few panoramic shots, head back to Puerto Montt and stop off for lunch at Laguna Verde on the banks of Lake Llanquihue (optional, not included in tour price).

$69 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Ancud and Chiloe from Puerto Varas

Tours from Puerto Varas. You will arrive at Pargua Community to board one of the ferries that carry people and vehicles from Pargua and Chacao. After sailing for about 30 minutes on the Pacific Ocean through Chacao Channel, you will arrive at Chacao village where a typical square is one of the attractions. Nice and picturesque constructions stand out. We will visit the wooden church in addition to the more than 150 churches existing in Chiloè. Most of them are declared National Monuments. Next stop is the City of Ancud where we´ll enjoy a spectacular view from the Huaihuen Hill lookout. Visit to Arena Gruesa (thick sand) beach, and San Antonio fortress, which is an old Spanish fortress dating back to 18th century. Visit to the interactive and handicraft museum of Ancud, Municipal Market, downtown and Costanera avenue (promenade). The myths, customs, traditions and magical tales will be narrated by our guides. The passengers will be immersed into the interesting world of the unknown that surrounds this island called Chiloé. During the tour we have the chance to stop at a typical restaurant (food not included). Return to Puerto Varas and the respective hotels.