Puerto Varas & surrounding areas

Before we started our trip we hadn’t really planned on visiting the Lake District area in Chile but I’m so glad we added it to our itinerary as the area is spectacular, unspoiled and very picturesque. We stayed in a great little bed and breakfast in Puerto Varas. We were not sure whether to pick Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt but having visited Puerto Montt for the day we knew we had made the right choice. Puerto Varas is on Lake Llanquihue and has amazing views of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. It’s a very chilled out town and we felt very safe here. There are cute little restaurants on every corner and there is even a casino in the town. There are little buses that run from Puerto Varas to the nearby towns.

We spent one afternoon walking around the very small and cute town of Frutillar which was founded by German immigrants in 1856 and has retained its European feel. It is also known as the City of Music, there is a huge theatre/concert hall, an iron piano sculpture and small bandstand along the lake front. We grabbed a coffee and sat by the lake looking at the snow capped Osorno volcano in the distance. It was one of those days that you are glad you made the decision to travel and see some of the amazing places in world.

Tip – If you are visiting the area we recommend staying in Puerto Varas, it’s a gorgeous little place. We had a great meal at Caffe El Barista, nice atmosphere, good food and wine. We didn’t like Puerto Montt, it lacked charm.

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