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Osorno

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Hot Springs, Nature Preserves, Ski Slopes and Fishing Spots

The people of Osorno, who make their living from farming and livestock activities, are warm and welcoming. If their hospitality inspires you to learn about the region's history, visit the Museo Histórico Municipal, an impressive neo-colonial building that houses exhibits on Mapuche culture and the city's Spanish and German communities. The downtown area boasts streets lined with 19th century homes, the Centro de Artesanía de Osorno, an impressive cathedral and the Reina Luisa Fort on the banks of the Rahue River.

Chile's first car museum, the Auto Museum Moncopulli, is just 25 km from Osorno on the road to Argentina. Check out its antique car collection, which includes a 1920 Model-T Ford and a '46 Studebaker.

Another local highlight is Puyehue National Park and its sophisticated hot springs resort. Explore forests of native Coigüe, Ulmo, Tepa and Mañío trees, watch for members of over one hundred bird species, hike the slopes of the Puyehue and Casablanca Volcanoes and visit spectacular waterfalls and glacier-fed lakes. In the winter, Antillanca is the place to be for ski and snowboard aficionados or anyone looking to enjoy unparalleled snow-capped mountain vistas. If you visit during the summer months, hike the area's stunning trails or try rappelling or sport fishing.

Ranco, Rupanco and Puyehue Lakes are excellent destinations for those looking to enjoy fishing and other water sports.

 

Featured Destinations of Valdivia and Osorno

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Intercity Transportation
Tourism Agencies

Tours you can do

Southern Forts

Huilo Huilo
Lake Panguipulli - Lake Riñihue

Boating on the Calle Calle River
Puyehue National Park

Health Route
Río Bueno and Lake Ranco

Osorno Volcano

 

Getting there

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By Plane
Daily flights from Santiago (1 hour 35 min) arrive at Osorno's Aeropuerto Cañal Bajo, which is 5 km from the city. Shuttle buses and taxis will take you into the city and other points in the region.
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By Bus
Buses depart Santiago daily. The trip to Osorno takes 11 hours, so it is best to travel at night and arrive early in the morning.
Terminals:
• Terminal Alameda: Av. Bernardo O'Higgins 3570, Universidad de Santiago Metro Station. Phone: (56-2) 7762424
• Terminal Santiago (formerly Terminal Sur): Alameda & Nicasio Retamales, 150 meters west of Terminal Alameda. Phone: (56-2) 3761750
Local buses connect the city and other localities in the area.
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By Car
Take Route 5 South (923 km from Santiago).

 

Tips

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Fly fishing in Rupanco Day Trip to Puyehue Hot Springs Getting to and from Argentina
 A paved road surrounded by beautiful Arrayan forests runs the 112 km that separate Osorno and Lake Rupanco. The lake offers fly fishing enthusiasts an opportunity to fish for Atlantic and coho salmon as well as Donaldson Steelhead and rainbow trout. The lake has a fishing lodge. Looking for a place to spend a day relaxing? This fully-equipped hot springs center has a day pass option that includes access to its pools, saunas, gym, restaurants and bar. Located inside Puyehue National Park, 76 km from Osorno. Located just 53 km from Osorno, the Cardenal Samoré border crossing connects the two nations and provides access to the Argentine cities of Villa La Angostura and San Carlos de Bariloche. The border is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. year-round, though vehicles may be required to have tire chains or four wheel drive during the winter months.

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Best in Summer Antillanca
Summer (December to March) is the best time to visit Osorno and the nearby cities, national parks and lakeside beaches. If skiing is your thing, visit between May and September. This ski center is located 98 km from Osorno inside Puyehue National Park on the slopes of the Casablanca Volcano. It has a hotel, a ski lodge and two restaurants with views of the native Lenga forest as well as 14 runs that cover a total of 400 hectares.

 

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