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Embark on a guided four-day tour of Chile’s stunning lakes region with four-star lodging in Puerto Varas. After flying into Puerto Montt set out on a guided tour of the city in the comfort of a private vehicle, then set out on a catamaran across Lake Todos los Santos the following day. Additional trip highlights include visiting tiny fishing villages and handicraft markets, seeing the brightly painted palafitos of Chiloe Island, and spending leisurely evenings in Puerto Varas—a scenic city guarded by two snowcapped volcanoes.


  • 4-day tour of Chile’s lakes region
  • Take a private tour of Puerto Montt’s attractions and panoramic viewpoints
  • Cruise Lake Todos los Santos to the village of Puella
  • Learn about the history and stunning beauty of the region from your knowledgeable guide
  • See Castro’s multicolored stilt houses on Chiloe Island
  • Choice of two 4-star hotels

What You Can Expect

4-Day Chilean Lakes Region Tour: Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Chiloe Island

Island Town of Castro

Get to know Chile’s lakes region on this 4-day excursion from Puerto Montt to Lake Todos los Santos and Chiloe Island. Choose between two 4-star hotels for accommodations. Private transfers and breakfast are included. All transportation and tours are private with the exception of the activities on Day 2. See Itinerary section below for details.


Day 1: Puerto Montt -- Puerto Varas
After being met at Puerto Montt airport, start your experience with a scenic tour of Puerto Montt by private car. The drive takes you past the Plaza de Armas square and the cathedral, to a viewpoint for panoramic vistas over the town and Chiloe Island. Follow the coastal road to the fishing village of Angelmó for a seafood tasting and to browse the local woven handicrafts. Returning to Puerto Montt, you’ll be transferred to your selected hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Colonos del Sur Mirador (four-star comfort room) or Indigo Cabañas del Lago (four-star, superior room) in Puerto Varas

Day 2: Puerto Varas -- Puella -- Puerto Varas (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, a scenic drive takes you along the shore of Lake Todos los Santos. Stop to admire the Petrohue Falls in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park before boarding a catamaran to cruise on the lake’s emerald-green waters to the small village of Puella. During the nearly two hour cruise, admire the scenic views of Osorno Volcano and the peaks of Puntiagudo and El Tronador ringing the lake. Arrive in Puella in time for lunch (own expense), with free time to explore the tiny village before cruising back to Puerto Varas and return to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore at your leisure.

Accommodation: same hotel

Day 3: Puerto Varas -- Chiloe Island -- Puerto Varas (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before leaving Puerto Varas for a private day excursion to Chiloe Island, the second largest island in Chile. You’ll visit the island town of Castro, famous for its brightly colored houses built on stilts over the water, known as palafitos. Your private tour of Castro includes a visit to the church on the main square, Plaza de Armas, and a tour of the town’s museum. Learn about the 1960 seaquake that devastated Chiloe Island, and see traditional artefacts and exhibits to learn more about the island’s inhabitants. Then take a scenic drive to the Gamboa lookout, where you can clearly see the brightly painted palafitos. The drive back to Puerto Varas includes a stop in the town of Ancud, known for its craft market and handicraft stalls. Returning to your hotel in Puerto Varas, the rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore on your own.

Accommodation: same hotel

Day 4: Puerto Varas -- Puerto Montt (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, a private transfer will return you to Puerto Montt airport to catch your onward flight.

Customer Reviews

Alan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Wonderful tour! Our guide was knowledgeable with very good English. The weather was very accommodating and the sights were postcard-perfect.

Benoit G

4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

The city of Puerto Varas is wonderfully quaint and worth in itself the visit.

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