Puerto Varas Mini Trip
This small town in southern Chile is idyllically situated in the "Los Lagos Region", on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, the second largest lake in Chile. Enjoy a magnificent view of the snow-peaked Osorno Volcano or stroll through the German-influenced old town. During your trip to Puerto Varas, not only will you be able to fully explore the beautiful city, but you’ll also leave the mainland, cross the Chacao channel and venture to the island of Chiloé. There, you’ll find many colorful houses, wooden churches and have a chance to get to know the locals.
Depending on your vacation package through SC Travel, you’ll be arriving to Puerto Varas by various means of travel. From Santiago de Chile, you can either go by bus (the trip takes about 12-15 hours) or by plane. From Argentina, it is best to take a bus to ferry connection. No matter your route, we will be waiting at your arrival to bring you to your hotel. You’ll immediately notice the charm of the city through its unique panorama of Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno Volcano and German-style architecture. You’ll have this first day to explore as you please. From the main road off the hotel, you’ll reach the pier with a wonderful view of the Osorno Volcano. Here you can sit down at one of the cafes or restaurants and enjoy the cute village charm. If you’re wanting to try the local dishes, we recommend the ceviche or congrio, which pair well with a glass of Carménèr wine or a Pisco Sour cocktail.
Hotel Terrazas del Lago* (Classic) / Hotel Weisserhaus* (Comfort)
Today you’ll be embarking on a day trip to the nearby island of Chiloé. After driving south on Ruta Panamericana to Puerto Montt, you’ll hop on a ferry to reach the island. Here you’ll also find German-influenced architecture and all-wooden churches! Another unique sight are the Palafitos – small fishermen houses built upon stilts in the water. Then, around noon, you’ll experience a traditional Chiloean lunch (not included), Curanto, a mix of meat, seafood and potatoes all prepared together, covered in leaves, over a coal-filled hole dug in the ground. You’ll also be enjoying this meal with some island locals, so you will have the opportunity to speak with them and learn more about Chilean traditions. After a few hours, you’ll head back to the main land in the late afternoon. First to Puerto Montt and then on to Puerto Varas.
Terrazas del Lago Hotel* (Classic) / Weisserhaus Hotel* (Comfort) Breakfast
- 2 nights in hotels including breakfast
- Transfer from the airport to accommodation upon arrival
- Excursion to Chiloé Island with English speaking guide
- Other meals and drinks (1 lunch, 2 dinners)
- Tips and Gratuities
Osorno Volcano (and optional rafting)
Don’t miss this chance to climb the Osorno, one of the most splendid volcanoes in Chile! At the foot of the volcano, in Ensenada, you’ll start with a drive through the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Marvel at the huge Red Crater on the volcano slope and enjoy panoramic views of the mountain, deep blue shimmering Llanquihue Lake and the valley of the Petrohué River with its cascading waterfalls. Trek through forests along the 6 km "El Solitario" path. Still craving adventure after that? Then plunge into the roaring waves of the crystal clear Petrohué River for white water rafting!
Price excluding rafting: on request
Price including rafting: on request
included: Transfer, English speaking guide, trekking pass
Not included: Meals, entrance to the National Park (4000 accordance with CLP approximately € 5.60, as of 25.07.16)
Duration: full day, including 2-3 hours of hiking
Rafting distance: 13 km
Want to escape to a serene atmosphere, whose journey is in itself an adventure? Frutillar is waiting for you. Your journey will take you along the western Lake Llanquihue shore, through local farmland on a rural gravel road. Once in Frutillar, you’ll be entranced with magnificent gardens, colorful houses, cozy tea rooms and the fantastic concert hall – Teatro del Lago – off the shore of Lake Llanquihue. This idyllic town has much to offer.
Price on request
Included: Transfer & English speaking guide
Not included: Meals, and entry to the German Colonial Museum (Museo Colonial Alemán de Frutillar)
Duration: Half-day trip