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Complete a scenic crossing between Argentina and Chile by bus and boat, from Bariloche to Puerto Varas. Cross three lakes Todos los Santos, Nahuel Huapi and Frías on this full-day excursion with views of Chile's Vicente Pérez National Park and Argentina's Cerro Tronador. Enjoy an intimate experience with a small group limited to 10 passengers as you cross the Andes via the scenic route.

Highlights

  • One-way, full-day transfer from Bariloche to Puerto Varas by bus and boat
  • Cross the Cordillera de Los Andes from Argentina to Chile
  • Cruise over Nahuel Huapi Lake, Lake Frías and Todos los Santos Lake
  • Enter Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park in Chile
  • Visit the Petrohué Waterfalls (optional)
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Andean Lakes Crossing from Argentina to Chile by Bus and Boat

Take a scenic bus ride through Perez Rosales National Park

After pickup from your accommodation in Bariloche, board a comfortable coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Puerto Pañuelo.

Upon arrival at the port, board your waiting vessel and set sail on Nahuel Huapi Lake toward Puerto Blest, located about an hour away. Learn about the surrounding forest and its abundant bird life from your guide as you enjoy the alpine scenery.

Board a bus at Puerto Blest for the trip along the Frías River to Puerto Alegre. Sail aboard another boat on turquoise Lake Frías in the shadow of the majestic Cerro Tronador, the region's highest mountain and host to nine glaciers. At Puerto Frías, you'll go through Argentine customs before continuing to Peulla, Chile, by bus.

Enter Vincente Pérez Rosales National Park in Chile and arrive in Peulla, where you can enjoy lunch (own expense) after completing the official entry to Chile.

In late afternoon, set sail on Todos los Santos Lake, with marvelous views of Osorno Volcano, Puntiagudo Hill and Cerro Tronador if the weather cooperates. Continue to your destination, Puerto Varas, with an optional stop at Saltos de Petrohué (Petrohué Waterfalls; admission not included.)

Itinerary

Hotel pickup from Bariloche:
Crans Montana Hotel, Hotel Nevada, Hotel Nahuel Huapi, Kenton Palace, Hotel Tres Reyes, Hotel Edelweiss, Hotel Panamericano, Hotel Cacique Inacayal, Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Villa Huinid Resort, Design Suites, Nido del Condor Resort and Spa, La Cascada Hotel, El Casco Art Hotel, Alma del Lago Suites and Spa, Peñon del Lago Lodge and Spa

If staying at another hotel, please go to the meeting point: Turisur at 8.30am

Drop-off is included at the following hotels in Puerto Varas:
Hotel Cumbres Patagonicas, Hotel Patagonico, Dreams Puerto Varas, Gran Hotel Colonos del Sur, Hotel Canaña del Lago, Solace Hotel, Hotel Bellavista, Hotel Puelche, Borde Lago Hotel

Customer Reviews

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Tour was great, wonderful views, tour companies were efficient. HOWEVER, Viator hadn't confirmed my reservation with the tour company Turisur, and I had to do a LOT of phoning to clear things up.

Norma USA

4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

This was an awesomely beautiful trip. The scenery was magnificent although I must say we were blessed with picture perfect weather allowing us to view the summits of Cerro Tronador and Osorno Volcano in all their glory. It is a long day but certainly worth it. This is a one of a kind experience which can not be found in may other places on earth.

Ed S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2014

Once we cleared up the completely bungled initial booking and got on the bus and boats for the crossing, we had an absolutely splendid trip. However, despite my having paid for the trip March 25 and having fulfilled all the notices to print the tickets and reconfirm in a timely manner, we were informed, following my contact to them, that the local booker had no notice of our reservation, nor did the actual local provider. I was informed about this with about 2 hours left before we would have had our trip canceled. Fortunately the concierge at the Hotel spent an hour on the phone and pulled the rabbit out of the hat and got us reinstated. Do not know who dropped the ball here, your company or the tour operator, but we could have had this trip ruined.

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