Located only 21 kilometers away from Puerto Montt and on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas is known as the “City of the roses”, by the large amount of this type of flowers that adorn the streets. It is highly recomended to walk, visiting the houses of unmistakable German architecture and the impressive and colorful church, another reason to fall in love with this city, founded in 1853 by Swiss and German settlers who arrived to populate the south of Chile. Go and have fun at the local casino and the wide gastronomic offers that the city provides, in which stands out the artisan beers, meats and the steak sandwiches (typical Chilean). To shop, take a walk around its craft shops, where you will find items such as tissues southerners, gourmet products and aromatic chocolate shops. At night, the city awakes in its bars, pubs and at the casino. The best postcard of Puerto Varas is in its waterfront. From here you can admire in the fullness of the Osorno Volcano and the Calbuco Volcano, which are imposed on the Lake Llanquihue, of intense blue, always crystalline and that in the morning is almost a mirror.
Outdoor sports are very typical in this places, is the ideal place for kayaking, fishing, climbing, trekking and even skiing in the winter center Antillanca ski center at the Osorno volcano. If you prefer the beaches, it is recommended the Niklitschek, which has an infrastructure and camping. A walk to the park Philippi will connect you with the beautiful vegetation of the area and you will be able to reach its summit, where is the great catholic cross which is illuminated at night. An unmissable is to visit the impressive jumps of the Petrohué, to then go down to the Lake All the Saints, emerald waters and surrounded by craggy forests full of vegetation.
After crossing the Chacao Channel with your motorhome in a ferry from the mainland, appears the Isla Grande de Chiloe (a rectangle of 250 km long by 50 km wide) that form part of the archipelago of the same name, consisting of some thirty islands. Iterates through its geography of gentle hillsides where will appear peaceful villages with their wooden houses of vivid colors. Very soon you will find with the genuine charm of its inhabitants, the Chilotes, mixing the Spanish colonizers and the people huilliche, recognized for their hospitality. The colorful houses, built on stilts over the water, are called “palafitos”, a classic of the island. As well as what are its churches of wood and built between the 18th and 19th centuries, sixteen of them declared World Heritage by Unesco. Ancud, Castro and Quellón are its main cities, in addition to the emerging Rilan Peninsula, at the north of Castro, these are the starting points to discover the abundant landscapes and the rich gastronomy that saves this enclave, its mythology and local festivals.
Kayaking between the channels or take a ferry to other islands of the archipelago as Quinchao, Lemuy, San Pedro or group Chauques is an experience not to forget. It is as well as you can live the particular culture of the people of Chiloe, participate in its festivities and listen to their myths and legends. As if this were not enough with its culture, on the Big Island of Chiloe the sea and forests converge in a solitary and wild environment. You can visit the Chiloé National Park, in the western part, and the Park Tantauco in the south, where you can watch wild foxes, hundreds of birds and humpback whales, and many other animals of Patagonia. This park also surprises with its network of trekking trails between larch, arrayanes trees and cypresses.