Puerto Varas - Photos: Jorge González
here is no doubt that Puerto Varas is one emblematic city in Chile. Located in the X Region of Chile, the so-called Lakes and Volcanoes District, and only 20 kilometers away from Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas is magical from all points of view and it may be enjoyed both during the day and at night.
Resting on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, its coastline is so beautiful that most of its inhabitants spend part of their lives there.
The Osorno Volcano, whose summit is always covered with snow, is one of the most famous attractions. It is visited by tourists who hike up to its mysterious mouth. Besides the hiking tours, the city is ideal to enjoy the beaches and bathing resorts during the summer.
Those who like sport fishing can find an ideal site to tempt trout and large salmon in the nearby Petrohué River and in the turquoise waters of Lake Todos los Santos. Downstream, river rafting and rowing are other activities chosen. Zip-lining and Tyrolean crossings go through several spots in the forest, one of them inside the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, a favorite destination for lovers of adrenaline and adventure.
Cities such as Frutillar, Puerto Octay, Puerto Montt and Llanquihue are located in the surroundings of Puerto Varas and may be visited on a one-day trip. The chapels and churches located in the area represent interesting attractions during a stay in the city.
At night, Puerto Varas becomes unforgettable. The local casino, one of the most beautiful in Chile, invites visitors to enjoy the shows performed there everyday. They just need to let themselves be carried away by music and chance. Puerto Varas has everything for all dreams to come true.