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Puerto Varas Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences

  • One of Puerto Varas icon locations, Petrohue Falls with Osorno Volcano, and a highlight on all Chile vacations

Puerto Varas is a city and commune located on the western shore of Llanquihue Lake in the Los Lagos Region of southern Chile.  A popular destination on a Chile vacation, Puerto Varas serves as the tourist capital of the Lakes Region.

Puerto Varas was founded in 1853 by Vicente Pérez Rosales, a Chilean politician and diplomat, to be the main port on the lake.  A homesteading programme was established by the government with the goal of attracting German speaking Europeans to settle the land.  This naturally resulted in a large German influence that still exists.  Today many people choose to live in Puerto Varas while commuting to Puerto Montt and other areas for work. 

What has long been a popular spot for Chile vacations has grown into favourite destination for outdoor adventure sport enthusiasts.  Kayaking is particularly prominent, so too is climbing, canyoning, hiking and even skiing as Osorno Volcano provides a ski resort located less than an hour from the city.  It has been said that Puerto Varas is one of Chile’s most charming villages that provides necessary tourist infrastructure without seeming like a tourist trap.  It is well known for the German influence felt throughout the area, highlighted in incredible cuisine and strong architecture.  This friendly and welcoming city is also the gateway to the Parque Nacional Vicente Pérez Rosales, Chile’s first national park.  


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After your Chile vacation packages,  why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.


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Puerto Varas, Chile

  • Andean Traverse: Bariloche, Peulla & Puerto Varas

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Spend 6 days journeying from Bariloche into Chile and onwards to Puerto Varas gaining a better appreciation for the stunning Andean Mountain range by driving and navigating through them.
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,129
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Andean Traverse Bariloche to Puerto Varas

    Spend 5 days journeying from Bariloche into Chile and onward to Puerto Varas gaining a better appreciation for the stunning Andean Mountain range by driving and navigating through them.
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 957
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers)
    Argentina See Trip Details
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