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There are many things to see and do in Puerto Varas and surrounding, such as museums, historic churches, handcraft markets, national parks, and many more. Click here for a full list of attractions and recommendations
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales
Vicente Perez Rosales National park is located about 64 km from Puerto Varas along road CH 225. It covers about 2.530 km2 and is almost entirely in the Andes mountain chain. The park includes the outlet of the Todos los Santos lake and gives rise to the Petrohué river and the Petrohué waterfalls. The Park also contains the eastern slope of Osorno volcano, and Mountain Puntiagudo and Tronador, all year round snow giving a strong imprint to the landscape. Click Here for more information.
This lake is situated in the south of Region the los Lagos, part of the shore of Puerto Varas. The lake’s fan-like shape was created by successive piedmont glaciers during the glaciations. With a road surrounding all the lake is possible to admire the great splendor of the second largest lake entirely within Chile.
Is one of the most beautiful cities in Chile located at the shore of Llanquihue lake, about 63 km from Puerto Varas. Frutillar offers diverse touristic attractions, such as the landscape of volcanos Osorno, Calbuco, Tronador and Puntiagudo in the shore of the Lake, the Colonial German Museum, the handcrafts and desserts with german style, beautiful hiking routes around the lake, and the most popular nautic sports.
Located 46 km from Puerto Varas, was a harbour intented for tourist landing on their way to Argentina, before the construction of main roads. Today is the principal touristic place in the east shore of Llanquihue lake. You can find soft-sand beaches of 2.5 km long, restaurants, camping and cabins.
On the road to Ensenada, you can access to a beautiful lake located between cliffs and lush vegetation. Here you can find small cruising boats that allow you to visit the island and practice sport fishing.
In the main streets of Puerto Octay you can find many houses dating from 1800, legacy of German colonies. From this point you can visit the small town called Las cascadas. After a 30 min hiking you can visit a 40 m waterfall inside the lush vegetation, rivers and beautiful landscapes: a real paradise.
Only 20 min from Puerto Varas, you can find the capital of Region de los Lagos. Puerto Montt is the center of salmon industry in Chile, reflected in the abundant restaurants with fresh seafood and shellfish, along with the great handcraft market of Angelmó.
Isla de Chiloé
Chiloe is the second largest island of the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean. With a natural landscape almost without human intervention, it combines a cultural scenario of great tradition and magic. The architecture becomes relevant for the “Palafitos”, features wooden buildings, and the regious influence of the eighteenth and ninetheenth centuries in chapels and churches, recognized by UNESCO as world heritage. The destination offers visitors the chance to practice addition agritourism and exquisite sea food and cazuelas, and roasted pork, lamb and veal.