There is a route connecting Bariloche (located on the Argentinian side) and Puerto Varas (located on the Chilean side) that has been visited throughout the centuries by marching Spanish armies, Jesuit missionaries and cattle dealers. Today, it is tourists that navigate this route full of amazing scenery.
The route begins in Puerto Pañuelo, 19 miles from Bariloche. From here the catamaran departs for a 1 hour and 15 minute trip through one of the seven arms of Lake Nahuel Huapi until reaching Puerto Blest. Snow capped peaks, forests, flowers and a typical mountain hotel located on the peninsula convert this scenery into a picture perfect postcard.
|Lake Nahuel Huapi|
A bus departs from Blest for a 15 minute ride to Puerto Alegre, where another catamaran awaits. The next phase of the trip takes you through the green and peaceful waters of Lake Frías for another 20 minutes – sufficient time for enjoying the beautiful mountains covered in coigüe and larch trees. The tour ends in Puerto Frías, the last stopover in Argentina, where you can take your time observing the scenery dotted with flowers.
After clearing customs, a 4×4 bus takes you to Peulla located 19 miles (or 1 hour and 20 minutes) away, in Chilean territory. At the halfway mark you will see a Welcome to Chile sign. For centuries this region served as a passageway for those needing to unite both sides of the mountain range and for over a century Peulla served as a central traffic point for transporting wool and animal products to the Pacific. Today, it is a storybook town located on the border of Lake Todos Los Santos (or Esmeralda – Emerald – named after the color of the lake). Peulla is a destination in itself. With the snow capped Techado Mountain as a backdrop, it is possible to enjoy activities such as canopy tours and fly fishing. A great alternative for fishers is jet skiing, which takes place in Río Negro, a tributary of Lake Esmeralda.
|LakeTodos los Santos or Esmeralda|
The last leg of the tour takes you through Lake Todos los Santos or Esmeralda towards Petrohué. The catamaran tour lasts almost 2 hours during which time you can photograph the Puntiagudo and Osorno volcanoes and become completely spellbound by the same scenery that captivated so many explorers in the past. In Petrohué you then take a bus to Puerto Varas.
This route can also be taken in the opposite direction. The southern summer is the best time of the year to enjoy this excursion since it rains with less frequency.
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