Puerto Varas to Bariloche Andean Lakes Crossing with Optional Return
After meeting in our local offices, head northeast toward Petrohué, a town bordering Llanquihue Lake, the second largest lake in Chile. During the drive, gaze in awe at two snowcapped volcanoes stealing the show, Calbuco and the perfectly cone-shaped Osorno.
Enter Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, expansive landscapes of soaring volcanoes, fragrant forests, rivers and glassy lakes, and learn about the park’s history with a knowledgeable guide. Disembark and stroll toward one of the park’s top attractions, the raging Petrohué Waterfalls, cascading down lava beds created by Osorno volcano looming in the background.
Next, board a ferry and sail across Todos los Santos Lake, enveloped by the foothills of the Andes, to Peulla, a hamlet near the Argentina border. During the 2-hour boat ride on the shimmering green waters, weather permitting, be dazzled by views of Osorno, the ‘sharp-pointed’ Pontiagudo volcano, and El Tronador volcano, ‘The Thunderer,’ located in the southern Andes.
Disembark at Peulla and enjoy a leisurely lunch (own expense) at a hotel, perhaps following it up with a pisco sour in the lounge.
Then go through customs, board a bus and capture amazing views as you cross the border in the Andes range at 3,202 feet (976 meters) above sea level. Snake your way down the mountains to Puerto Frías, sail across the deep turquoise-colored Felix Frías Lake to Puerto Alegre, where you’ll take a bus to Puerto Blest.
In the evening, cruise from Puerto Blest across the last of your lakes of the day, the sapphire-blue waters of Nahuel Huapi, spanning 346 square miles (897 sq km), its fingers stretching deep into beech and cypress woods.
Arrive at Puerto Pañuelo after an hour and take a bus ride to the city of Bariloche, a tourism hotspot sprawled along the shoreline of Nahuel Huapi Lake.
If you've opted for the round trip back to Chile, see Itinerary below for details.
- Boat and bus transportation from Chile to Argentina
- Professional guide
- Return trip from Argentina to Chile (if option selected)
- Food and drinks
- Boarding fee at Petrohue Waterfall (USD $3)
- Boarding fee at Puerto Pañuelo (USD $3 - Round Trip Option only)
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- It is recommended that you bring a waterproof jacket
- Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- You must carry your passport with you on the day of travel
- Important: Please specify your drop-off hotel upon booking
- Note: If you choose the 'Round Trip' option, you must contact the local tour operator to determine your exact return date
- Note: During winter the Petrohué Waterfalls viewpoint closes at 6pm. Passengers taking the round trip option and traveling from Bariloche to Puerto Varas will not stop there. Instead, they will stop at a panoramic window to take pictures
- Please note: hotel pickup and drop-off will only be included until 31 October, 2017
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
Beautiful scenery and well organised trip.