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
Experience four of Chile’s most dramatically contrasting landscapes: the hustle and bustle of the city; verdant forests, glistening lakes and smoking volcanoes; iconic peaks and electric blue glaciers; and vast desert with erupting geysers, high altitude lagoons and salt…