Crossing The Andes
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).
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.
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.
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.