Puerto Varas sits on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, the largest lake in the Chilean Lake District. The conical 2,650 metre high Osorno Volcano rises from the lake on the opposite shore. The inhabitants of this area of Chile are an interesting fusion of the indigenous Mapuche people, German settlers from the 1850's and people of colonial Spanish decent, which makes the food, architecture and history very different from Southern Patagonia. While staying here, you can visit the nearby emerald waterfalls, hike to the summit of the Osorno Volcano (a day hike), visit the enchanting Chiloe island or kayak on the Petrohue river.
Map of Puerto Varas
Trips that visit Puerto Varas
Classic Lake District with Chiloe Self-Drive
Enjoy views of the glistening lakes and smoking volcanoes of the Chilean lake district from a base in the lakeside town of Puerto Varas, followed by Chiloe Island with its curious combination of foods, folkloric tales and music. This is…
- 5 Days