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Puerto Varas, an Imperdible of Chile by Marcelo Uribe

Puerto Varas by marcelo

Located at 1000 kms of the country's capital, Santiago. It can be accessed by air on a 1.30 flight or by buses in a 12 hour journey through the Pan-American highway that begins in Alaska. When arriving to the region of the lakes we find a very green area, a great lake called Llanquihue with 877 km2 of surface, a great amphitheater formed by the mountain range of the Andes and its volcanoes, Yates, Calbuco, Tronador, Osorno and Puntiagudo . Located in the center of the region, Puerto Varas is very cosmopolitan because it was born and grows by the mixture of three cultures, HUILLICHE - ESPAƑOLA - GERMANA besides several foreigners who passed as tourists and fell in love with the place.

Today Puerto Varas has become one of the main highlights of Chile as it is considered a gateway to the Chilean Patagonia. Its hotel is of high range with hostels, cabins, bed & breakfast and hotels of 3-4-5 stars. Its gastronomy is very varied and of high quality, cafes that offer German pastries like kuchen and struddel, beers of different types. This region is characterized by the production of meats like Angus and Hereford as well as fish and seafood.


Puerto Varas chile

To the north of the region you can access the national park Puyehue with its thermal baths and international route that connects with Villa la angostura and Bariloche - Argentina, to the east the national park Vicente Perez Rosales and the imposing Osorno volcano with its ski center in Where you can enjoy the snow all year round, the world-famous jumps of the Petrohue river (beautiful geological formation of basalt or volcanic rock that mixes with the water of emerald color) Through this route also there is access towards Argentina by the CruceAndino .

To the west you can visit the Coast Range with small towns or fishermen's shelters that are dedicated to the extraction of seafood and seaweed.



The south of the region is magical, an hour by the Pan-American highway is accessed the archipelago of the island of Chiloe, the second largest in South America after Tierra del Fuego. In this island its attractions are mixed with architecture with wooden churches that are World Heritage, coastal towns, national parks and a beautiful Sanctuary of nature where every September arrive the penguins of Humbolt and Magallanes in addition to a rich fauna composed by different Coastal birds.

In this region of Chile you can develop activities such as hiking, ski kayaks, birdwatching, sport fishing such as Flyfishing, trolling, spinning, the roads are adapted with cycle paths for cycling, trekking, hiking, horseback riding.


In addition to this, walk along the coast or malecon of the city and feel the breeze of the lake Llanquihue hitting in the face, a beautiful view of the Andes mountain range and its volcanoes crown Puerto Varas as the ideal place for your family vacations, Honeymoon or group trip of friends for the south of Chile.

marcelo uribe

 * Guest Blog Post by: Marcelo Uribe

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