Puerto Varas, Chile

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See an exquisite tableau of natural splendor during a one- or two-day from Puerto Veras in Chile to Bariloche in Argntina. Cross borders, traverse lakes and hike exhilarating woodland trails during this energetic excursion. See the snow-specked volcanoes and mirrored lakes of the Andes Mountains and cruise over the shimmering surface of Todos los Santos, Felix Frias and Nahuel Huapi lakes. Explore the verdant visions within Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and the refreshing spray of the powerful Petrohue Waterfalls. Opt for either a one-way or round-trip journey.
  • Andean lakes crossing between Puerto Varas and Bariloche by bus and boat
  • Visit Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park and see Petrohué Waterfalls
  • Cruise over the lakes of Todos los Santos, Felix Frías and Nahuel Huapi
  • Capture stunning views of Osorno, Pontiagudo and El Tronador volcanoes and lush forest landscapes of the Andes mountains
  • Purchase lunch on the picturesque hamlet of Peulla
  • Pick between a one-way trip from Puerto Varas to Bariloche or a round-trip journey with a return date of your choice
Begin the journey to picturesque Petrohue, a traditional town that borders the expansive Llanquinhue Lake. Admire a dramatic backdrop of snow-drizzled volcanoes as you approach the arresting enclave.
Enter the beautiful National Park of Vicente Perez Rosales and set out to discover the natural highlights of the expanse. As you hike towards the immensely powerful Petrohue Waterfalls, marvel at fragrant forests, rushing rivers and immense volcanoes.
Climb aboard a small ferry and set sail over the tranquil water of Todos los Santos Lake; admire the picturesque perimeter of Andean foothills as you approach the archaic hamlet of Peulla, casting your eye over the prominent peaks of the Pontiagudo and El Tronador volcano.
Disembark at Peulla, a town that rests upon the Argentinian border, and enjoy a light and leisurely lunch in a luxurious hotel (own expense). Next, cross the border between countries, clear customs the continue the curvaceous journey to Puerto Frias, which involves a boat trip acorss the turquoise-tinted water of Felix Frias Lake.
Arrive at the pretty port town of Puerto Panuelo and enjoy a short and scenic bus ride to the stunning city of Bariloche, a popular resort sprawled along the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. If you have selected the round-trip option, see the Itinerary below for further details.


Round-Trip Lakes Crossing: Puerto Varas – Bariloche (2 days)
This option is ideal if you're based in Puerto Varas and would like time to explore Bariloche and the area surrounding Nahuel Huapi Lake before heading back to Chile. If you love to ski, shop, rock the nightclubs, or adore chocolate, spend a few days in Bariloche. Choose a return date that suits your schedule and savor the same stunning passage through the Andean lakes back to Puerto Varas (see tour details above).

Destinations during the return trip do not change, you’ll experience different wonders. As you sail along Nahuel Huapi Lake aboard a catamaran, marvel at its morning-lit beauty. Admire the surrounding lush rainforests and catch sight of diverse birdlife while listening to lake lore and history.

Then take a bus ride for 2 miles (3 km) on a picturesque route that hugs Frías River up to Puerto Alegre. During the 20-minute ship cruise across Felix Frías Lake, capture different angles of the extinct El Tronador volcano, the region’s highest mountain, and then go through customs in Puerto Frias.

During the bus ride to Peulla, soak up views of the dense vegetation that blanket the Andes and ogle at the nine glaciers topping Tronador. Complete entry formalities in Peulla, after which you'll enjoy free time to purchase lunch (own expense).

Midafternoon, set sail on Todos los Santos Lake with new views of Osorno, Tronador and Puntiagudo volcanoes (weather permitting). Stop at Petrohué Waterfalls (admission not included) and take a final gander of Llanquihue Lake and Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes before arriving at Puerto Varas at approximately 7pm.

Important: During winter, there won't be a stop at Petrohué Falls since the viewpoint closes at 6pm. Instead, passengers will stop at a panoramic window to take pictures.


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Jan 2018

Very exciting views of volcanos, lakes, mountain meadows, rainforest. However, one way is enough to see almost all of it, and we recommend the one way from Puerto Varas to Bariloche, and then continue on with other travel. Also, Viator requested a return to Puerto Montt, but Cruce Andino the operator only goes between Puerto Varas and Bariloche.

, Jan 2017

Beautifull lake views. Too long of a stay in Peulla, making the lake crossing 12-13 hours long. Cristian the tour guy for the second portion of the trip was not friendly. Nevertheless, I highly recommend taking the trip.

, Dec 2016

Absolutely loved this day trip between Puerto Varas and Bariloche....actually probably the highlight of our trip.....
even got to throw a snowball when we stopped at the Chile/Argentinian border crossing. Bariloche is just the right
size to walk everywhere and enjoy the atmosphere and the beautiful lake and snow capped mountains. DONT MISS IT!

, Nov 2016

The trip from Puerto Varas and return was great - amazing scenery and well organised.
However, I'm afraid Viator can take no credit for this, as it was all done by local operators who charge just a fraction of the price that Viator charges. Go local!

, Oct 2016

This was an extraordinary viewing of an amazing place--sourounded by volcanoes is crystalline ponds, which were sometimes a pale green. Tour guides were well rounded and quite informative. This is an amazing opportunity.

, Apr 2016

Para los amantes de la naturaleza.

, Mar 2016

Absolutely spectacular crossing. Such beautiful area. Guides were multi lingual and very informative. Hotel pick up in Puerto Varas and drop in Bariloche was great.

, Feb 2016

We really enjoyed the scenery ,it is a very beaytiful part of the world . The guides were great and transfer of luggage worked like clockwork.
The only down was the length of the day which could have been made shorter by having only an hour for lunch before proceeding onto Bariloche

, Jan 2016

Beautiful scenery and well organised trip.

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