The Chilean Andes: Bariloche

Bariloche, Argentina lies directly east of Puerto Varas, on the eastern slope of the Chilean Andes.

Crossing these mountains is a fine way to view the region’s valleys and lakes.

From September through the end of April, the journey can be arranged as a full-day or leisurely two-day experience (with overnight accommodations in the alpine village of Peulla).

View of El Bolson over lake in Patagonia, photographed on private hiking tour of Chile and Argentina

During the May to August winters, the crossing is only operated as a two-day tour.

Land and Lake Crossings: Vicente Perez Rosales

The full-day, group-basis, land and lake crossing of the Andes begins with an 8:30AM drive from Puerto Varas along the shore of Lake Llanquihue to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Petrohue Falls.

At approximately 10:30AM, the first navigation begins.

Bright red blossoms on a tree overlooking the lake district of Argentine Patagonia

Tronador Volcano

Cross scenic Lake Todos los Santos, enjoying views of the snow-capped Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador volcanoes.

Upon arrival in the village of Peulla, just after noon, take time for lunch before hiking to the black sand beaches. Horseback riding tours are also available.

At approximately 2:00PM, board the tour bus for the drive over the Andes to Lake Frias.

Rainbow over Bariloche in Argentina's Patagonian Lake District

From Lake Frias,  you’ll continue by boat to Puerto Alegre, where you’ll board another bus to Puerto Blest.

At 6:00PM, begin the final leg of your journey. This navigation of scenic lake Nahuel Huapi concludes at Puerto Pañuelo around 8:30PM.

Pañuelo is directly in front of the historic Llao Llao Hotel.

View of the snow-capped mountains acrross the Lake from the Llao Llao hotel in Argentine Patagonia

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