Puerto Varas

A top destination among lakes and volcanoes

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.

Featured Destinations of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt


Touristic Services

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Tours you can do

Cochamó Lake Crossing
Alerce Andino National Park Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park
Puerto Varas – Ensenada – Petrohué Puerto Varas – Frutillar – Puerto Octay
Puerto Montt – Hornopirén – Futaleufú

Getting There

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By Air
Flights (2 h) depart daily from Santiago to El Tepual Airport in Puerto Montt, where you can get a shuttle or taxi to Puerto Varas and other localities in the region.
By Bus
Buses depart daily from Santiago to Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas. The trip takes 13 hours, so it is best to revel at night and arrive early in the morning.
• Terminal Alameda: Av. Bernardo O’Higgins 3570, Universidad de Santiago Metro Station. Phone: (56-2) 7762424
• Terminal Santiago (formerly Terminal Sur): Alameda & Nicasio Retamales, 150 meters west of Terminal Alameda. Phone: (56-2) 3761750
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By Car
Take Route 5 south from Santiago to Puerto Varas (1008 km).


Lakeside Summer Skiing and Hot Springs in Winter  Cycling Llanquihue
If you want to enjoy the beaches, lakes and parks and take part in the wide array of adventure and water sports, come between December and March. Don’t forget to bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes and a jacket for the rain, which can fall at any time here. Ski season runs from May to September here. Winter is also a great time to visit the zone’s hot springs, which can range from natural pools to sophisticated resort complexes. Take a three-day guided bike tour around Lake Llanquihue. The tours begin in Puerto Varas and pass through Ensenada, Puerto Octay and Frutillar, stopping at the Saltos del Petrohué and at lakeside beaches, where you can take a well-deserved rest.
Museo Alemán Antonio Felmer  Jet Boat to Petrohué 
Located on Nueva Braunau Street, the museum’s exhibits illustrate the history of the region’s German community and include machines, photographs from as far back as 1850, and relics donated by the residents of Puerto Varas. The museum’s café serves delicious local specialties. The monumental Saltos del Petrohué are one of the greatest local attractions, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than aboard a jet boat. You can catch one at the pier at the end of Los Enamorados Trail. They operate year-round, and reservations can be arranged in Puerto Varas.

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