- 13 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Snow-drizzled volcanoes and mirrored lakes nestled in the Andes mountains — see mother nature at her best on this extraordinary journey from Puerto Varas in Chile to Bariloche in Argentina. Sail across three lakes, Todos los Santos, Felix Frías and Nahuel Huapi, with Osorno, Pontiagudo and El Tronador volcanoes dominating the expansive landscapes. Inside Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, feel the mist of Petrohué Waterfalls. Enjoy these breathtaking sights on a one-way or round-trip journey. Bus and boat transportation.
- Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
- Boat and bus transportation from Chile to Argentina
- Professional guide
- Return trip from Argentina to Chile (if option selected)
- Food and drinks
- Boarding fee at Petrohue Waterfall (USD $3)
- Boarding fee at Puerto Pañuelo (USD $3 - Round Trip Option only)
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Meeting point in Puerto Varas or Bariloche (for return)
7:30am from Puerto Montt
8:00am from Puerto Varas
Offices in Puerto Varas or Bariloche
One-Way Lakes Crossing: Puerto Varas to Bariloche (1 day)
After meeting in our local offices, head northeast toward Petrohué, a town bordering Llanquihue Lake, the second largest lake in Chile. During the drive, gaze in awe at two snowcapped volcanoes stealing the show, Calbuco and the perfectly cone-shaped Osorno.
Enter Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, expansive landscapes of soaring volcanoes, fragrant forests, rivers and glassy lakes, and learn about the park’s history with a knowledgeable guide. Disembark and stroll toward one of the park’s top attractions, the raging Petrohué Waterfalls, cascading down lava beds created by Osorno volcano looming in the background.
Next, board a ferry and sail across Todos los Santos Lake, enveloped by the foothills of the Andes, to Peulla, a hamlet near the Argentina border. During the 2-hour boat ride on the shimmering green waters, weather permitting, be dazzled by views of Osorno, the ‘sharp-pointed’ Pontiagudo volcano, and El Tronador volcano, ‘The Thunderer,’ located in the southern Andes.
Disembark at Peulla and enjoy a leisurely lunch (own expense) at a hotel, perhaps following it up with a pisco sour in the lounge.
Then go through customs, board a bus and capture amazing views as you cross the border in the Andes range at 3,202 feet (976 meters) above sea level. Snake your way down the mountains to Puerto Frías, sail across the deep turquoise-colored Felix Frías Lake to Puerto Alegre, where you’ll take a bus to Puerto Blest.
In the evening, cruise from Puerto Blest across the last of your lakes of the day, the sapphire-blue waters of Nahuel Huapi, spanning 346 square miles (897 sq km), its fingers stretching deep into beech and cypress woods.
Arrive at Puerto Pañuelo after an hour and take a bus ride to the city of Bariloche, a tourism hotspot sprawled along the shoreline of Nahuel Huapi Lake.
If you've opted for the round trip back to Chile, see Itinerary below for details.
Round-Trip Lakes Crossing: Puerto Varas – Bariloche (2 days)
This option is ideal if you're based in Puerto Varas and would like time to explore Bariloche and the area surrounding Nahuel Huapi Lake before heading back to Chile. If you love to ski, shop, rock the nightclubs, or adore chocolate, spend a few days in Bariloche. Choose a return date that suits your schedule and savor the same stunning passage through the Andean lakes back to Puerto Varas (see tour details above).
Destinations during the return trip do not change, you’ll experience different wonders. As you sail along Nahuel Huapi Lake aboard a catamaran, marvel at its morning-lit beauty. Admire the surrounding lush rainforests and catch sight of diverse birdlife while listening to lake lore and history.
Then take a bus ride for 2 miles (3 km) on a picturesque route that hugs Frías River up to Puerto Alegre. During the 20-minute ship cruise across Felix Frías Lake, capture different angles of the extinct El Tronador volcano, the region’s highest mountain, and then go through customs in Puerto Frias.
During the bus ride to Peulla, soak up views of the dense vegetation that blanket the Andes and ogle at the nine glaciers topping Tronador. Complete entry formalities in Peulla, after which you'll enjoy free time to purchase lunch (own expense).
Midafternoon, set sail on Todos los Santos Lake with new views of Osorno, Tronador and Puntiagudo volcanoes (weather permitting). Stop at Petrohué Waterfalls (admission not included) and take a final gander of Llanquihue Lake and Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes before arriving at Puerto Varas at approximately 7pm.
Important: During winter, there won't be a stop at Petrohué Falls since the viewpoint closes at 6pm. Instead, passengers will stop at a panoramic window to take pictures.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- It is recommended that you bring a waterproof jacket
- Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- You must carry your passport with you on the day of travel
- Important: Please specify your drop-off hotel upon booking
- Note: If you choose the 'Round Trip' option, you must contact the local tour operator to determine your exact return date
- Note: During winter the Petrohué Waterfalls viewpoint closes at 6pm. Passengers taking the round trip option and traveling from Bariloche to Puerto Varas will not stop there. Instead, they will stop at a panoramic window to take pictures
- Please note: hotel pickup and drop-off will only be included until 31 October, 2017
If you cancel at least 5 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 2 and 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 1 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Expect rain and mud. If you like lakes and mountain views you will like this. Much on and off boats and buses. so pack light. There was a delay so we never got to eat lunch and there was only snacks on the boat.It was basically just a bus and Boat ride.Boats were very nice. It was no clear in the description the round trip was the same route. I recommend taking a different way back or traveling on.
Very exciting views of volcanos, lakes, mountain meadows, rainforest. However, one way is enough to see almost all of it, and we recommend the one way from Puerto Varas to Bariloche, and then continue on with other travel. Also, Viator requested a return to Puerto Montt, but Cruce Andino the operator only goes between Puerto Varas and Bariloche.
Beautifull lake views. Too long of a stay in Peulla, making the lake crossing 12-13 hours long. Cristian the tour guy for the second portion of the trip was not friendly. Nevertheless, I highly recommend taking the trip.
Absolutely loved this day trip between Puerto Varas and Bariloche....actually probably the highlight of our trip.....
even got to throw a snowball when we stopped at the Chile/Argentinian border crossing. Bariloche is just the right
size to walk everywhere and enjoy the atmosphere and the beautiful lake and snow capped mountains. DONT MISS IT!
The trip from Puerto Varas and return was great - amazing scenery and well organised.
However, I'm afraid Viator can take no credit for this, as it was all done by local operators who charge just a fraction of the price that Viator charges. Go local!
This was an extraordinary viewing of an amazing place--sourounded by volcanoes is crystalline ponds, which were sometimes a pale green. Tour guides were well rounded and quite informative. This is an amazing opportunity.
Absolutely spectacular crossing. Such beautiful area. Guides were multi lingual and very informative. Hotel pick up in Puerto Varas and drop in Bariloche was great.
We really enjoyed the scenery ,it is a very beaytiful part of the world . The guides were great and transfer of luggage worked like clockwork.
The only down was the length of the day which could have been made shorter by having only an hour for lunch before proceeding onto Bariloche