Upon arrival in Puerto Montt, the lakeside gateway to Chilean Patagonia, you’ll travel by land to Puerto Varas, which is just 30 min. away.
Welcome to Puerto Varas! This beautiful lakeside town, better known as the “City of Roses”, is the gateway city to the Chilean Lake District, and faces the great Osorno Volcano.
First inhabited by German immigrants, Puerto Varas has kept most of its traditional architecture; wooden houses, alerce trees and German Jesuit churches can be seen all over the place, as well as rose bushes covering every street.
On your first evening in Puerto Varas, visit the rose bushes in Plaza de Armas, or go to Parque Phillipi’s viewpoint to admire Lake Llanquihue from above, walk the different pathways inside the park, and zipline from one treetop to another in the adventure activity center of the park.
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The gastronomy of the city is something to savor as well! Taste the “Kuchen” pie, a traditional dish of the first German immigrants, the homemade marmalades (Puerto Varas is famous for their blueberry production!), and the best smoked salmon in the whole country.