Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas, a town of 37,000, is a German influenced town south of Osorno and about 30 minutes north of Puerto Montt. The town is a major tourist attraction for foreigners and Chileans alike. The “city of roses” is centrally located around many attractions such as scenic views, mountains, volanoes, lakes, forests, and national parks. One of the main attractions in the area is the Petrohue Falls (spanish: Saltos de Petrohue), which is a international attraction for many tourists. In the summer there are buses that run every hour (or sooner) that leave from the city square. The trip takes approximately one hour.


The town sits right on the waters edge of Llanquihue lake, the second largest lake in Chile, and has a clear view of the famous Osorno volcano. The snow capped peaks of Mt. Calbuco and Mt. Tronador are clearly visible from the city of Puerto Varas.


Puerto Varas is well known for traditional German dishes and hosts an annual Kuchen Day on the first Saturday of February. Artesanal beers, pastries, cakes, chocolate and marmalades can also be found throughout the town’s shops, restaurants, bakeries, and cafes.


The weather in Puerto Varas is mild year round with the summer averaging at 70 degrees and the winter averaging at 39 degrees. The yearly precipitation is around 70 inches.


Although Puerto Varas is a popular tourist attraction, it is also a popular expat destination. Expats will find themselves at home in Puerto Varas with large grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, medical care, a large mall, clothing stores (including many high end stores), adventure tourism centers, and endless opportunities for outside activities.