Lack of public toilet facilities
A base for exploring Volcan Osorno and Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales
Playa Venado Farm is a dairy farm that recently opened its doors to agritourism. Great place if you wish to enjoy breathtaking landscapes of Chile’s southern farmlands on the shores of Lake Llanquihue while learning about the process of milk production and preparation of gourmet manjar (caramel milk spread) on the premises.Located on the route to...more
Holawe have done one of the best multi activity I had ever done travelling .In the Lakes district, with the guys from the hostel Casa Margouya and friends. Few days in the Andes ranges around Puerto Varas.We done, rafting, canyoning, horse riding and trekking...it was amazing !in the Cochamo valley , few days horse riding to go to see Alerces trees...more
The last lake in the crossing is Lago Nahuel Huapi which gives its name to the first national park in Argentina. You leave from Puerto Blest and travel along one arm of this huge lake to Puerto Pañuelos where another bus takes you to San Carlos Bariloche.The lake is much bigger and the scenery quite different. Unfortunately when I saw it the snow...more
Lago Frias is the smallest of the three lakes in the lakes crossing. The ferry also is the smallest because people travelling this leg are crossing from Chile to Argentina or vice versa and not the day trippers that enjoy the return trip on the other two lakes.It is from this lake that you get the best view of Volcan Tronador.The journey ends at...more
One of the best ways to cross into Argentina is by the famous Lakes Crossing. The trip starts in either Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt and goes through Vicente Perez Rosales National Park to Petrohue where a short visit to the falls is included. The fisrt leg is a boat trip to Puella across Lago Todos los Santos also known as the Emerald Lake because...more
Part two of this amazing trip takes place on land and is where you actually cross the border. Stops are made to view Cascada las Mellizas and Volcan Tronador before arriving at Puerto Frias where you go through the border formalities.At the border you also leave Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and enter Nahuel Huapi National Park.At Puerto...more
Osorno Volcano at 2,652-metres is Chile's answer to Mt Fuji. It is on the south eastern shore of Llanquihue Lake and also is a feature from Todos Los Santos Lake. Although considered one of the most active (11 recorded eruptions) of the Andean volcanoes Orsono hasn't erupted since 1869. The upper slopes are covered with glaciers and it is...more
I did the Day Lakes Crossing from Puerto Varas to Bariloche in Argentina in November 2008. It was an interesting experience to travel through The Andes Cordillera and cross three lakes from one country to another.We began our journey at 8.30 am from Puerto Varas; travelled along the Lago Llanquihue's shore until we reached Ensenda, the gateway to...more
It is highly recommended to explore around this national park whilst travelling in the Chilean Lake District. It is the second oldest park in South America after Parque Nacional Huapi in Argentina. You can able to make a trip to the National Park on a day trip from Puerto Varas or as part of the lakes crossing from Puerto Varas to Bariloche (vic...more
For a lovely view of Puerto Varas, nothing beats the view from the top of Cerro Philippi. This wooded hill sits to the north of the town and is easily recignised by the huge (ugly) cross on top. It is easy to get there as well. From the plaza, just head along the lake, past the Club Yates restaurant. On the left is the Cabañas Del Lago Hotel. Walk...more
The Roman Catholic Church in Puerto Varas is quite pretty from the outside but much more interesting on the inside. Constructed of native wood, mainly ulmo and roble, and clad in corrugated iron, this building was constructed between 1915 and 1918. It has sprouted towers in the inervening years. Said to be modelled on the Marien Kirche in the Black...more
There is a small statue of Bernardo O'Higgins (1778–1842) here on the lake. No other person had a bigger impact on the history of Chile than O'Higgins. His unusual name is due to the fact that he was the illegitimate son of an Irishman. His father, Ambrose Higgins, was born in Sligo Ireland and was a military commander for Spain. What is known as...more
Una taza de té o café, pancitos calentitos con mantequilla, cecina , queso , mermelada o paté son ingredientes imprescindibles para tomar una rica “once , que aunque parezca raro se toma entre las 16 y las 20El origen de esta frase es que antiguamente, a las once de la mañana, muchos trabajadores se tomaban un descanso para en comer unos pancitos y...more
Club Yeats is a restaurant that nestles picturesquely right on the lovely shores of Lake Llanquihue, Chiles largest lake.I visited as part of a trip arranged by our cruise and I must say they chose very well.As we dismounted the bus it was pouring rain and we ran into the shelter of the restaurant. I was immediately stunned by the elegance of this...more
Llegamos de Argentina con ganas de probar pescado y marisco y fuimos a "La Olla" que nos había recomendado un amigo de VT y la verdad es que nos gustó mucho la mariscada , el caldillo , congrio en salsa...We arrived from Argentina wishing to have seafood and fish and we went to "La Olla" that a VT friend had recommended and really liked to us the...more
En el centro de Puerto Varas al lado de la gasolinera del mercado está "Donde el Gordito"Esta dirección nos la dieron en España y la verdad es que no nos perdimos y además acertamos ya que comimos un pescado y un marisco estupendos In Puerto Varas center , besides the petrol station and the market is "Donde el Gordito"They gave us these...more
Puerto Varas is one of the bigger villages of the area (although the nearby Pueto Montt is significantly bigger). Consequently there are numerous shops that focus on both locals and tourists. A disadvantage of shopping in Puerto Varas is that there is no pedestrian zone, and all transit traffic (though less than in comparable towns in Europe or North America) goes through the city center.
The is easy to find – in person. Very difficult using the internet. They are located at San Francisco 431 and the telephone number is: 065-232437. There is also a privately owned office on the pier called Casa de Turista. Their neat little glass hut (pictured) is located across from the central square directly on the lake. They are very helpful and...more
Chile es uno de los primeros productores del mundo de "choros" mejillones , por eso es muy frecuente ver las "bateas" para criar los mejillones , sobre todo en esta parte que el Pacífico es tranquilo , pues está protegido por la Islas de ChiloeChile is one of the first world producers of "choros" mussels , for this reason is very common to sea the...more
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Hot molten lava reaches a temperature of about 1000 degrees Celsius (1832F) and is fatal if touched. I don’t want to scare you, but Puerto Varas has 2 volcanoes – and 1 is active! Osorno and Calbuco dominate the skyline. Calbuco (the one with its top blown off and still smoking) is the more likely to ruin your holiday fun. It had gigantic eruptions...more
Have you worked hard all year to visit Chile? Found this peaceful village on the edge of a beautiful lake with 2 volcanos just across the tranquil blue waters. You could loose ALL of your money in just an hour or 2 here! Casinos always win, you never do. Just remeber that. The Casino is pleasant and clean and I am sure you could have a good time there. You could also ruin your holiday. Don't do it.
One of the best things you can do is the "Cruce de lagos" this means to cross the lakes from Puerto Varas to Bariloche - Argentina. To book this is much more expensive than doing it by bus, when I was there I took a bus early in the morning one day that brought me to Barilche where I spent some time eating some chocolates, and the next day I book the cruce de lagos to go back to Puerto Varas what takes around 10 hours... long? No, not really. The scenery is amazing, it´s full of surprises, you cross 3 lakes and inbetween you do short distances by bus, amazing!
Favorite thing: I had a milestone Birthday here. Virtual Tourist has me down for being born in 1900. I am old, just not that old. I wanted to cross the Equator and visit the Southern Hemisphere as part of my big adventure – and here I am. I also asked family and friends to send me pictures so they could come along – Virtually of course. And so the BIRTHDAY WALL was created. Part love, part nostalgia, part shame. Yes there is a picture of me with a moustache. This is a great place to have a Birthday and celebrate Valentines Day. Yep, I was born on February 14th. I mean, wow. A lake front view of 2 volcanoes! Perfection.