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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Feb-2020

    It was horrible!!
    You had so many passengers that we had to sit and wait for an hour at the pass control in Chile. We had a diabetic person that almost went into coma because of your way of not handling the situation in a good manner. We had hardly any time to eat at Puella, we had a small old slow ship to take us from there snd we were 2 hours delayed. You too keen on making money and taking abord much too many people. I have paid for 4 persons and it is costly and it was all together terrible. I have done this trip about 6 times before but bever in my life I will go with you again!!!
    The guides did what they could, we did not even have the time to stop at the waterfalls, the bus just rushed by!
    This is not how you should treat people, it was an abuse.
    Lena Nilsdon

  • 23-Dec-2019

    This was a stunningly beautiful trip, in some ways it's positives were undersold!
    We did not know before we checked in, that all of our luggage from beginning to end, would be taken care of. I had envisaged that the day would involve a bit of a struggle for us, getting our 4 pieces of luggage (2 big cases ans 2 small cabin-sized bags) on and off of buses and boats. As we are both in our sixties, i was rather dreading that aspect of the journey! However, when we arrived at the pick-up point, our bags were taken from us, tagged, and then returned to us at the end of the trip, when we arrived at our hotel - wonderful! All we had to do was to relax, enjoy the scenery and take photos!
    The other thing to emphasize is that, in doing this trip, you also get to cover excursions which are also sold separately in Puerto Varas (probably also in Bariloche)....so make sure you don't double-book!
    For example, Petrohue Falls, Puella (you are here for 3 hrs so have time to do an 'activity' as well as have lunch - activities on offer are horse-riding, rafting, zipwire, 4WD across rivers/lakes and all of these cost extra. Puella is very beautiful and you can just go for a walk, which costs nothing. Some people stay overnight at Puella and although we didn't do this, it looked to me an attractive option spending more time in this beautiful place. Natura hotel looked, from outside, to be a v nice hotel and it has a proper restaurant (where you can have a 'proper' lunch, if you want. Otherwise, the other hotel has a comfortable bar/restauant for casual drinks and snacks ( the basket of deep-fried prawns was very nice with cold beers!)
    All buses and boats were very comfortable - some sections more crowded than others, as we joined others going on specific excursions to the places we passed through. I was very impressed how it aĺl worked section by section like clockwork, and to time....we did not have to wait for long for any connection. There was a guide aĺlocated to each section and they did their job well, with good humour, and giving out lots of interesting information, answering questions etc. We arrived in Bariloche about 20.30 hrs.
    Other suggestions - take a few snacks and water/drinks with you, for the journey - (but remember if you are going the other way from Argentina into Chile, that you can't take food into Chile .)
    Remember to have your passports (and, if coming from Chile, your PDI paper) to hand ( and not in checked bags!)
    It's a wonderful trip ...one you'll remember!!

  • 25-Nov-2019

    What an experience!! This was an incredible experience, the views on the Andean Lakes Crossing were just beautiful!! Very well organized and worth every penny of it. We took 4 buses and 3 boats in order to complete the crossing from Pto. Varas to Bariloche, all the tour directors were wonderful and we were even dropped off at our hotel in Bariloche. Highly recommend it!!

  • 13-May-2019

    Expect rain and mud. If you like lakes and mountain views you will like this. Much on and off boats and buses. so pack light. There was a delay so we never got to eat lunch and there was only snacks on the boat.It was basically just a bus and Boat ride.Boats were very nice. It was no clear in the description the round trip was the same route. I recommend taking a different way back or traveling on.

  • 28-Jan-2018

    Very exciting views of volcanos, lakes, mountain meadows, rainforest. However, one way is enough to see almost all of it, and we recommend the one way from Puerto Varas to Bariloche, and then continue on with other travel. Also, Viator requested a return to Puerto Montt, but Cruce Andino the operator only goes between Puerto Varas and Bariloche.

  • 11-Jan-2017

    Beautifull lake views. Too long of a stay in Peulla, making the lake crossing 12-13 hours long. Cristian the tour guy for the second portion of the trip was not friendly. Nevertheless, I highly recommend taking the trip.

  • 14-Dec-2016

    Absolutely loved this day trip between Puerto Varas and Bariloche....actually probably the highlight of our trip.....
    even got to throw a snowball when we stopped at the Chile/Argentinian border crossing. Bariloche is just the right
    size to walk everywhere and enjoy the atmosphere and the beautiful lake and snow capped mountains. DONT MISS IT!

  • 27-Nov-2016

    The trip from Puerto Varas and return was great - amazing scenery and well organised.
    However, I'm afraid Viator can take no credit for this, as it was all done by local operators who charge just a fraction of the price that Viator charges. Go local!

  • 22-Oct-2016

    This was an extraordinary viewing of an amazing place--sourounded by volcanoes is crystalline ponds, which were sometimes a pale green. Tour guides were well rounded and quite informative. This is an amazing opportunity.

  • 21-Apr-2016

    Para los amantes de la naturaleza.

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