Located on the southern shore of Lago Llanquihue, the charming town of Puerto Varas has long been a popular tourist destination for its surrounding natural beauty and excellent array of outdoor activities. Boasting exquisite views of the perfectly conical Volcán Osorno as well as the jagged, snow-capped peak of Volcán Calbuco, Puerto Varas is the ideal place to base yourself for excursions around the southern region of Chile's Lake District. The attractive town also provides an excellent range of accommodation, some of the country's best restaurants and bars.
From Puerto Varas it's possible to visit the Petrohué waterfalls and white-water raft on the rapids of the Río Petrohué. Canoeing, kayaking and fishing trips abound on Lago Llanquihue and Lago Todos Los Santos whilst land-based activities include climbing Volcán Osorno and hiking in the forests of Parque Nacional Vicente Pérez Rosales, Chile's oldest national park. Equestrian fans will find plenty of horse-riding opportunities with treks available on the slopes of Volcán Calbuco and in the foothills of the Cochamó valley.
The main appeal of Puerto Varas is in its surrounding scenery and outdoor pursuits though the quaint addition of 19th century German architectural styles, including the onion-domed Casa Kuschel and hilltop Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón, makes it a pleasant place to explore on foot. The Plaza de Armas is often filled with a lively crafts market whilst you'll find an attractive strip of sandy beach at Puerto Chico as well as a host of bars and nightclubs.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Puerto Varas, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to South America