The City of Llanquihue is located by the lake bearing the same name, opposite the Osorno Volcano, 27 kilometers away from Puerto Montt, between the Districts of Puerto Varas and Frutillar. Its name stands for “sunken, submerged site”. It is accessed at the 1,000th kilometer marker on the Chilean Panamerican Road, officially known as Route 5 South. There are daily buses from Puerto Montt every 10 minutes.
Quietness and peace reign over this lake city. The surrounding hills feature fantastic panoramic views of the volcanoes, the lake and the slopes with green meadows. The main activities in the City of Llanquihue are agricultural industry, agriculture, cattle raising and tourism.
The first colonists to settle down in the area were German immigrants, who left their imprint on the architecture and the urban organization of the city. The German community continues to practice their traditions over a century after they became established on the lake shores. The Beer Festival is one of the clearest examples of this fact.
"The ride around Lake Llanquihue", a traditional circuit accessed through any of the cities lying on the coast, may of course start in Llanquihue. It covers a total length of 186 kilometers and more than half that distance is paved.
Visitors may also tour around Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, lying 60 kilometers away, after crossing Puerto Varas. This is the oldest national park in the country and it presents large extensions of native forest and cascades crowned by the Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador Volcanoes. Diverse activities such as hiking, angling and wildlife mapping may be enjoyed at this place.