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Lake Crossing between Chile and Argentina

The route was first used by indigenous inhabitants and Jesuit missionaries and then established by the German colonists who settled the region in the mid-19th century.

The trip can be made from San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina to Puerto Varas, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue in Chile, or vice-versa. If you depart from Puerto Varas, a charming German colonial town of around 30,000 people, don't miss the chance to visit Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park and the spectacular Petrohué Cascades.

Next, you'll cross the emerald green waters of Lago Todos los Santos, where you can take a boat to Peulla, a picturesque border town, and then journey on to the Argentinean border post in Puerto Frías. From there, you'll go from Lake Frías to Puerto Alegre – in Argentina's Nahuel Huapi National Park – and then Puerto Blest, where you can visit the Los Cántaros waterfall. The route's final boat trip crosses Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Pañuelo, 25km from San Carlos de Bariloche.

 

Featured Destinations of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt

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cPuerto Octay dPuerto Varas

 

Tours you can do

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Lake Crossing
Alerce Andino National Park

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park
Puerto Varas - Ensenada - Petrohué

Puerto Varas - Frutillar - Puerto Octay
Puerto Montt - Hornopirén - Futaleufú



 

Getting There

en avion
By Air
Flights depart Santiago daily for El Tepual Airport in Puerto Montt (2 h). You can take a minibus transfer or taxi from the airport to Puerto Varas.
bus
By Bus
Buses from Santiago to Puerto Varas leave daily (13 h). Local buses run frequently between
Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas (25 min).
en auto
By Car
From Santiago, take Route 5 south to Puerto Varas (1,008 km).
 

 

Tips

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Customs  Tours  
The Vicente Pérez Rosales border crossing, better known as Peulla, is open year round. It is staffed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the winter and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during summer. You can book all-inclusive tours from Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas. It takes one day to reach Bariloche and the journey takes two days round-trip.  

 

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