Crossing via Isla Bandurrias

A unique way to travel from Puerto Varas to Bariloche, you will visit Lakes Las Rocas and Tagua Tagua en route to the Island, where you will enjoy homemade dinner. You can explore and swim on this beautiful Island. Continue to Bariloche by boat. Can be done in reverse direction.

2 Days


Crossing via Isla Bandurrias - 2 - $1,670

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Private transfer from Puerto Varas, Take ferry across Lake Tagua Tagua, short walk to Las Rocas Lake & boat to Island.
  • See the source of the Puelo River, and take a boat across Inferior Lake, lunch in El Bolson and transfer to Bariloche.

Start from Puerto Varas and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Crossing via Isla Bandurrias

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Varas / Las Bandurrias Island.

Timing: 4 hrs private transfer including several stops; 45 minutes ferry crossing, 50 minutes walk; 10 minutes motorboat to Las Bandurrias Island.

The trip starts at your hotel in Puerto Varas where a private transfer will pick you up. The transfer will take you to the east where you will be able to see some spectacular views of the Reloncavi Fjord, the traditional little town of Cochamo with its wood church to finally get inside the Andes. Here, time for an exquisite picnic lunch at the shore of the Lake Tagua Tagua before sailing. Leaving the ferry behind, the road will slow down inside the Puelo Valley to amaze and delight. Once you arrive to La Colina Farm, a baquiano will be waiting for you with pack horses for the luggage. 50 minutes walk on easy terrain until we reach Las Rocas Lake. Here, 10 minutes motorboat. Welcome to Las Bandurrias Island! The time has come to enjoy life, walk around the island or go for a swim. Dinner with delicious ingredients.

Accommodation: Retreat, Las Bandurrias Island

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Las Bandurrias Island / Bariloche.

Timing: 10 minutes motor-boat, 50 minutes walk, 1 hrs private transfer from La Colina farm to Lake Tagua Tagua, 45 minutes ferry crossing, 3 hrs until we reach the town of Puerto Varas.

After a homemade breakfast we will take the motorboat and head to the east side of Lake Las Rocas. You will see the stunning beauty of Inferior Lake and the source of the Puelo River, a major river that flows into the Pacific Ocean. We arrive at customs and immigration post for Chile from where it is a short walk to reach Inferior Lake. Here, a motor-jet boat will take us across the lake and then down the river through a short rapid, the natural border between both countries. Before Argentine border formalities we will arrive at Lago Puelo National Park. From the far end of the lake we will take a private transfer to El Bolson where we will enjoy a nice lunch. It is possible, if the day matches, to make a quick overview of the traditional handy craft market. In the afternoon, arrive to the town of Bariloche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Please note:

This trip can run anytime from Late September to Late April, departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people

It is also possible to visit this Island traveling from Bariloche to Puerto Varas.

This trip can be extended to a two or three night itinerary including activities such as horse-riding and fishing, please enquire for more details.


  • In/out private transfers
  • Full-board accommodation & Meals
  • 1 night at a fabulous retreat on Bandurrias Island
  • Picnic lunch on day 1
  • Lunch at a restaurant on day 2.
  • Pack horses
  • Jet motorboat
  • Local guides, huasos and tour leader
  • VHF radio & communication equipment


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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