Trekking and excursions

There are lots of things you can do in the area. Chile Spanish will help you find what you are looking for.

Puerto Varas and its surroundings

  • Saltos de Petrohué and Lago Todos los Santos

    Saltos petrohue

    The Petrohué river will surprise you with its falls and beautiful and easy hiking trails (senderos), like the Sendero de Los Enamorados, which is 600 m long and can be hiked in 30 minutes. The Sendero Carilemu, is 980 m long and lasts 45 minutes. Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park: If you still have some energy left, you can go hiking in the Vicente Pérez Rosales national park – the oldest in Chile, founded in 1926 – along its emerald green lake or have a picnic on the beach, where you can see its volcanoes, Puntiagudo (2.490 m above sea level), Osorno (2.661 m above sea level) and Tronador (3.491 m above sea level). Some hiking trails you can reach by public bus or private transportation.

  • Trekking and boat trips through the temperate rainforest:

    Senderismo

    14 km from Puerto Varas away there is a nature-sanctuary where you can hike, navigate through the river watch the flora and fauna of the zone and share your experience at a tasty homemade lunch (accessible by private transportation).

  • Trekking in the National Park Alerce Andino: this park is 46 km from Puerto Montt and you get there by private transportation or a rental car. It has wonderful trails under thousand-year-old trees, where you will be able to listen to the birds as you walk your way to its beautiful lakes. It also offers a campground and three shelters.
  • Horseback riding:

    Senderismo

    there are some beautiful places you can ride to on the back of a horse, native woods, green meadows or impressive mountains that fall into the sea.

  • Puerto Varas / Frutillar / Puerto Octay: This is a tour through the green countryside with beautiful views of the lake. Frutillar is a little village of German settlers that has conserved its architecture and where you can taste delicious cakes. In the Museum “Colonial Alemán”, you can see how the life of the settlers was in the past centuries. Very close to it is the Reserva Forestal Edmundo Winkler, a 35-hectare native forest. During the summer guided tours are offered. If you want to continue the tour Puerto Octay is a good choice. It has quiet beaches for having a picnic and a nice architecture (by public bus or private transport).

 

Looking for adventure? You will enjoy these activities, for sure

  • Kayak: If water is your element, you cannot miss the chance to travel along the shore of the Lake Llanquihue by kayak or paddling through the rivers of southern Chile. If you dare, you can even paddle in the ocean.
  • Rafting: You can raft down the river Petrohué form the Park Vicente Pérez Rosales to the Reloncaví Estuary or descend through rapids of type III and IV. A real adventure.
  • Diving: Now you can see the region in a completely different way. Diving in to the turquoise water of a lake and travelling through its volcanic caves is emotion in itself.
  • Fishing: There are interesting places where you can learn fishing in beautiful natural scenarios. This region is famous for salmon and trout.
  • Bike tour: Riding along the countryside by bike and being able to feel nature on your own rhythm is a call to forget routine and just enjoy.
  • Canopy: Adventure in the heights. Puerto Varas has one circuit on the Philipi Hill. There are also circuits including tree-climbing in the area next to Ensenada.