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Things to do in Los Lagos Region

Our most recommended things to do in Los Lagos Region

Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

1. Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

Discover both a lake originating from a glacier and an active volcano famous for its perfectly-shaped crater with this package. Choose to depart from Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt. After pickup from selected hotels in Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt, head to the southern shores of the Llanquihue Lake, where you'll learn about the German settlers and agriculture in the region. Once in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, admire the imposing Petrohué Waterfalls, which stun visitors with their turquoise waters. From there, make your way to the origin of the Petrohué River, Todos los Santos Lake, and visit some of its sleepy beaches. By then, you'll be at the foot of the Osorno Volcano to enjoy a stop for lunch in the village of Ensenada (lunch not included), before continuing up to the ski resort on the volcano. En route, take in stunning panoramic views of the Petrohué River Valley and the beautiful Llanquihue Lake.

Puerto Varas: Peulla Day Trip

2. Puerto Varas: Peulla Day Trip

Explore Chile's Los Lagos Region on a day trip. See lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. Take in stunning scenery, incredible nature, and local villages. Start your trip early in the morning at the local supplier's office in Puerto Varas, where you will meet your host for the day. Climb aboard the bus to be taken into Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, bordering the beautiful Llanquihue Lake. See the mouth of the Rio Pescado river and small towns such as La Poza before heading to the city of Ensenada. Here, you have the chance to visit Petrohué Falls. Cross the walkways installed amidst lush vegetation and beautiful scenery on the River Petrohué and admire the turquoise waterfalls. Then, continue your tour with Todos los Santos Lake, where you will board an Andean Lakes catamaran. Navigate through the Andes to the green village of Peulla. Enjoy free time to explore the village and find somewhere for lunch. There will also be the chance to enjoy activities such as canopy tours, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, motorboat rides, or a 4x4 safari. Finally, your host will tell you when it's time to head back to Puerto Varas.

Puerto Montt: Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls Guided Tour

3. Puerto Montt: Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls Guided Tour

Explore the Chilean Lake District on this guided day tour to the Osorno volcano and Petrohué falls in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Climb the imposing volcano and enjoy panoramic views over the region. Walk through lush forest and admire the cascading turquoise waters at Petrohué. After pickup in Puerto Montt, travel along the shore of lake Llanquihue to the conical Osorno volcano. Drive up through verdant forest with amazing views over the lake and the Calbuco volcano as you ascend Osorno.  Reach the Ski and Mountain Center, located at 1,240 meters, where you can take photos of the stunning landscape views and look up to the glaciers at the volcano’s summit. Optionally, pause for a coffee and a snack at the cafe, or ride the chairlift to the glacier station. Descend the volcano to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Enjoy a walk through the evergreen forest and along the Petrohué River to the falls. Watch the river water jump over great masses of lava from Osorno which have been polished and crystallized over centuries of erosion. After some time taking pictures and admiring the sparkling river water, travel back to Puerto Montt to be dropped off.

Puerto Varas: Todos los Santos Lake and Villa Peulla Tour

4. Puerto Varas: Todos los Santos Lake and Villa Peulla Tour

Sail on the wonderful Todos Los Santos Lake, with its emerald-colored waters and its surrounding forests. Also discover Peulla, a small ecological village of 120 inhabitants, which is on the route of the famous Andean Crossing. Enjoy a 2-hour boat trip on Todos Los Santos Lake, taking in the views of the majestic Osorno, Puntiaguado and Tronador volcanoes. However, the adventure does not end when you arrive at Peulla, as there you can choose to take part in a large variety of activities such as canopying, horse riding, and a 4x4 safari, all in a stunning setting that will take your breath away. Optional activities not included.

From Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt: Chiloé Island Tour

5. From Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt: Chiloé Island Tour

Depart from Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt, depending on the option selected. Begin your day by taking a boat down the Chacao canal for 30 minutes, where you spot a wide variety of birds, before arriving at the village of Chacao to visit its square and church. Continue to Castro to stop for lunch at your own expense. Visit the typical stilted houses in the Gamboa district, the main square, and the Nercón Church which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally constructed around 1890, the church is considered a national monument. Travel onwards towards Dalcahue, where you will stop on the waterfront to take in the wonderful natural landscape and visit the local artisan market, museum, and the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and national monument.

Cruce Andino: Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche

6. Cruce Andino: Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche

Depart from Puerto Varas, Chile and enjoy views of beautiful landscapes, natural landmarks, and spectacular lakes as you travel by boat and bus to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. The route you will travel has been used for more than 400 years by the native Huilliches and Mapuches. The Andean Crossing is the only crossing that navigates the Andes Mountain Range through 3 lakes connected by 4 land sections, linking San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina with Puerto Varas in Chile.   Itinerary 8:00 AM - Travel overland from Puerto Varas to Petrohue 10:30 AM - Sail from Petrohue to Peulla on Lake Todos los Santos 12:30 PM - Free time in Peulla for lunch 3:00 PM - Travel overland from Peulla to Frías Port 5:00 PM - Sail from Frías Port to Blest on Lake Frías76:00 PM - Sail from Blest to Pañuelo Port on Lake Nahuel Huapi 7:00 PM - Travel overland from Pañuelo Port to San Carlos de Bariloche 8:00 PM - Arrive in San Carlos de Bariloche

From Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls Day Tour

7. From Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls Day Tour

Starting from Puerto Varas, begin your tour of the Osorno Volcano by Llanquihue Lake. The unique landscape featuring both the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes will keep you company until you arrive at Ensenada where we start to ascend to the Osorno Ski and Mountain Center. You have an hour's time for sightseeing, taking pictures, and appreciating a unique view of the summit of the Calbuco volcano with glaciers, Lake Llanquihue, and the Pacific Ocean. You can use this moment for a cup of coffee or a snack, as well as take the lift to the Primavera Station at 1450 meters above sea level, or the Glaciar Station at 1750 meters. Next, go to Petrohué at the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, enjoying the landscape and magnificent view of the volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco until you reach Petrohué. There you can walk surrounded by an evergreen forest, the Osorno volcano, and the beautiful Turquoise color of the Petrohué River. You will visit one of Chile's most dreamy sites, the Petrohué River Falls, where the river flows over great masses of solidified lava.

Cruce Andino: San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas

8. Cruce Andino: San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas

Depart from San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina and enjoy views of beautiful landscapes, natural landmarks, and spectacular lakes as you travel by boat and bus to Puerto Varas, Chile. The route you will travel has been used for more than 400 years by the native Huilliches and Mapuches.   Itinerary 8:00 AM - Travel overland from Bariloche to Pañuelo Port 10:00 AM - Sail from Pañuelo Port to Blest on Lake Nahuel Huapi 11:00 AM - Sail from Blest to Frías Port on Lake Frías 12:00 PM - Travel overland from Frías Port to Peulla 2:00 PM - Free time in Peulla for lunch 3:30 PM - Sail from Peulla to Petrohue on Lake Todos los Santos 5:30 PM - Travel overland from Petrohue to Puerto Varas 8:00 PM - Arrive in Puerto Varas

From Puerto Varas: Chiloe Island Full-day Tour

9. From Puerto Varas: Chiloe Island Full-day Tour

Spend a full day touring around the Island of Chiloe. Reach the island by ferry to explore the towns of Chacao, Castro, and Dalcahue. Marvel at the houses on stilts in the water. See churches and experience craft markets. Relax with an easy and convenient return hotel transfer. Begin your tour as you are picked up at your Puerto Varas hotel. Drive south along Panamericana Route 5 for about 80 miles (129 km) to arrive at the town of Pargua. Cross the Chacao channel by ferry to go to Isla Grande de Chiloe. Visit the town of Chacao, founded in 1567. Admire the town square and the picturesque buildings. See the church and travel to the city of Ancud. Take in the Plaza de Armas, crafts market, the museum and Fort of San Antonio, and other historic sites. Continue to Castro, the capital of Chiloe Island. Appreciate the handicrafts market and head to Mirador del Barrio Gamboa, known for its famous Palafitos, which are houses sitting on stilts in the water. Finish your trip with a visit to the port city of Dalcahue, known for its Sunday craft fair where locals from the islands bring their handicrafts.

Chiloe Island: Ancud, Castro and Dalcahue

10. Chiloe Island: Ancud, Castro and Dalcahue

Begin the tour on a ferry to the Chacao Channel, separating the continent of Chiloe Island. During the sail, you might see native seals, pelicans and sea birds. The ferry berths at Chacao pier, where you will take the route to Ancud city, where you can see the San Antonio Fort; this historic place is located in the highest part of the city as one of the last Spanish fortifications. Continue the trip to Dalcahue’s market, where you can find traditional gastronomy. This market is special, this construction is named Palafito, because it is built over the water with a spectacular view. Visit the market and visit the local church, a World Heritage Site. Later, continue the trip to Castro, the capital of Chiloé Island, taking pictures at Manuel Montt palafitos. Visit the San Francisco Church in front of the main square and visit the biggest artisan market of the island.

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What people are saying about Los Lagos Region

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 127 reviews

A very nice tour with Jenny, a very nice English speaking companion. At the individual stations we had time to explore the area on our own.

Victor is very good at explaining Chiloe information both in English and Spanish. Highly recommended

Very good tour. The guide was very experienced and explained in detail. The lunch was excellent!

Fascinating historic towns, plus great guide and very comfortable van. Highly recommended.

Yenni a love person, worried about everything even the photos