Situated just 21 km from Puerto Montt on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas is known as “the city of roses” for its many flower-lined streets. The best way to see the town is to walk from one end to the other and observe their unmistakable German-inspired architecture, modern residential developments and beautiful gardens. One of the highlights is the colorful and impressive Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, which was founded in 1853 by the German and Swiss colonists who came to populate the south of Chile.
Picturesque and well-equipped, Puerto Varas awaits you with boutique hotels, lodges and charming inns. The city also has a casino and a wide variety of eateries. Don’t miss the locally-made beer, meat dishes and “lomito” (sliced pork) sandwich, a Chilean favorite. If shopping is on your list, head to the shops for handicrafts, woven items, gourmet products and handmade chocolates. Later, enjoy the night life in the city’s bars, pubs and casino.
The best view of Puerto Varas is from the waterfront, where you can admire the vista of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, which serve as a backdrop to the dark blue crystalline waters of Lake Llanquihue, which are mirror-like in the morning.
If outdoor sports are your passion, this nature lover’s paradise won’t disappoint. The region offers the perfect settings for kayaking, fishing, climbing and trekking. You can even ski at the Antillanca Resort. If beaches are more your style, Niklitschek has good amenities and camping. A trip to Philippi Park will help you connect with the beautiful local flora, and you can hike to the peak of Cerro Philipi to the huge cross that is lit up at night.
Don’t forget to visit the amazing Saltos del Petrohué waterfalls, and a little further on, the emerald-colored Lake Todos Los Santos, set amidst steep hillside forests lush with vegetation.
|Puerto Octay||Puerto Varas|
|Alerce Andino National Park||Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park|
|Puerto Varas – Ensenada – Petrohué||Puerto Varas – Frutillar – Puerto Octay|
|Puerto Montt – Hornopirén – Futaleufú|