Puerto Varas To Bariloche Andean Lakes Crossing With Optional Return

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 13 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30am from Puerto Montt , 8:00am from Puerto Varas Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Meeting point in Puerto Varas or Bariloche (for return)
  • Return Details :
    Offices in Puerto Varas or Bariloche
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 5 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 2 and 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 1 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Snow-drizzled volcanoes and mirrored lakes nestled in the Andes mountains see mother nature at her best on this extraordinary journey from Puerto Varas in Chile to Bariloche in Argentina. Sail across three lakes, Todos los Santos, Felix Fras and Nahuel Huapi, with Osorno, Pontiagudo and El Tronador volcanoes dominating the expansive landscapes. Inside Vicente Prez Rosales National Park, feel the mist of Petrohu Waterfalls. Enjoy these breathtaking sights on a one-way or round-trip journey. Bus and boat transportation.


Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

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One-Way Lakes Crossing: Puerto varas to Bariloche (1 day)
After meeting in our local offices, head northeast toward Petrohu, 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 Prez Rosales National Park, expansive landscapes of soaring volcanoes, fragrant forests, rivers and glassy lakes, and learn about the parks history with a knowledgeable guide. Disembark and stroll toward one of the parks top attractions, the raging Petrohu 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 Fras, sail across the deep turquoise-colored Felix Fras Lake to Puerto Alegre, where youll 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 Pauelo 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.


Round-Trip Lakes Crossing: Puerto Varas – Bariloche (2 days)
This option is ideal if you're based in Puerto Varas and would like time to explore Bariloche and the area surrounding Nahuel Huapi Lake before heading back to Chile. If you love to ski, shop, rock the nightclubs, or adore chocolate, spend a few days in Bariloche. Choose a return date that suits your schedule and savor the same stunning passage through the Andean lakes back to Puerto Varas (see tour details above).

Destinations during the return trip do not change, you’ll experience different wonders. As you sail along Nahuel Huapi Lake aboard a catamaran, marvel at its morning-lit beauty. Admire the surrounding lush rainforests and catch sight of diverse birdlife while listening to lake lore and history.

Then take a bus ride for 2 miles (3 km) on a picturesque route that hugs Frías River up to Puerto Alegre. During the 20-minute ship cruise across Felix Frías Lake, capture different angles of the extinct El Tronador volcano, the region’s highest mountain, and then go through customs in Puerto Frias.

During the bus ride to Peulla, soak up views of the dense vegetation that blanket the Andes and ogle at the nine glaciers topping Tronador. Complete entry formalities in Peulla, after which you'll enjoy free time to purchase lunch (own expense).

Midafternoon, set sail on Todos los Santos Lake with new views of Osorno, Tronador and Puntiagudo volcanoes (weather permitting). Stop at Petrohué Waterfalls (admission not included) and take a final gander of Llanquihue Lake and Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes before arriving at Puerto Varas at approximately 7pm.

Important: During winter, there won't be a stop at Petrohué Falls since the viewpoint closes at 6pm. Instead, passengers will stop at a panoramic window to take pictures.


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 Pauelo (USD $3 - Round Trip Option only)

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Additional Info

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 Petrohu 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

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