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Lakes Crossing Extension

4 Days FROM USD 1,040

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Overview

Traverse the Andes across Chile and Argentina while marvelling at the awe-inspiring scenery around you.

On this four day extension you will have a chance to witness some of the most stunning scenery in the region. Staring in Puerto Varas, on the shore of Llanquihue Lake with impressive views of Orsono Volcano, explore the surrounding town of Frutillar. Then embark off on an well-paced, overnight journey across the Andes on a lakes crossing by boat and bus. Sit back and enjoy the scenery of the mountains and lakes in this amazing region, before arriving in Bariloche. 

On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary. Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service. 

Trip Code: CLFTLC

Travel Style: Extension package

Location: Chile, Argentina

Flights: Ask us about booking your internal flights with your flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more info.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Cross over the Chile Argentina boarder by land and water on this four day Lakes Crossing Extension. 

  • Check out some of the most beautiful lakes in the region by boat.

  • Explore Puerto Varas and the quaint town of Frutillar.

  • Take some time to appreciate the majestic views of Orsono Volcano from Puerto Varas. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it.

Transfer Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt lie at the southern end of the Lake District under the shadow of the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Puerto Varas sits on the shores of Lake Llanquihue and is known as “The City of Roses”. Puerto Montt is 20kms from Puerto Varas on the Seno de Reloncaví Bay, the capital of the Lake District, and the last significant outpost of the region.

Arrival in Puerto Varas

You will be collected from your hotel to visit Frutillar. Enroute stop at the city of Llanquihue and visit the Memorial to the German Colonists, then continue along the Llanquihue Lake to Frutillar. Founded in 1856 by German settlers, it is undoubtedly one of Chile’s most beautiful towns. Walk around its beautiful old houses of German style, admiring the gardens and incomparable views of the volcanoes Osorno and Puntiagudo. Also visit the German Museum which chronicles the life of the early settlers. Please note this is a small group tour. Tour includes entrance fee to the German Museum which is open daily except 25 December and 01 January.

Half Day Frutillar Tour

Transfer to the lake terminal for your onward journey from Puerto Varas.

Transfer to the Lake Terminal for onward destinati

From Puerto Varas, your journey across the border will be a combination of scenic bus rides and lake crossings for the next two days. Set off from Puerto Varas at 8.30am by bus to Petrohué. The road hugs the shores of Lake Llanquihue and affords fantastic views of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. Entrance to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park before heading off for Peulla by boat. This cruise on Lake Todos Los Santos, widely considered to be one of Chile’s most beautiful lakes, offers spectacular views of Osorno Volcano and the Puntiagudo and Tronador mountain peaks when the weather is clear.

On arrival to Peulla, you can enjoy lunch before checking into your hotel where you will spend the evening. Peulla is a paradise for nature lovers with a range of activities at your disposal, including canopying, horse-riding, 4x4 safari's. The afternoon and evening is at your own leisure, allowing you time to enjoy the spectacular views of Peulla with the lakes and mountains that surround it. Or taking part in any activities that might interest you (at an additional cost and booked locally).

Lake Crossing: Puerto Varas - Peulla

Set off from Peulla at 10:00am by bus to Puerto Frias. Complete the Customs procedures to exit Chile and enter Argentina. Cross the Andes (altitude 976m) and descend to Puerto Frías for the onward cruise on Lake Frias to Puerto Alegre. Continue by bus to Puerto Blest where there’ll be time for lunch (not included). Continue via Cascada los Cantaros (included) and board your final cruise of the day on Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo. The final leg is a bus ride, taking in the lovely flower gardens and Swiss-style architecture that characterizes this area, arriving to Bariloche in the early evening.

*Please note the schedule is for guidance only and may change according to weather conditions and the number of passengers. Please note there is also a boarding tax that must be paid locally in Argentinean Pesos for lake crossing services (approximately US$5 / AR$50 payable only in cash).

Peulla - Bariloche Andean Lake Crossing
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Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service

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Important Information

  • Inclusions 

    Private airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as detailed in the itinerary
    Other meals where stated

    Exclusions 

    International and internal flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Contact us for more details.

  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will piece together one of our Signature packages and customise your travel plans by adding extension packages.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:
 
1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.
 
2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.
 
3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America. 

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.
 
5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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