P U E R T O V A R A S is the largest city around lake Llanquihue, in Lake District and the great outdoors and local food take center stage. Visitors from all over the world gather here in winter for skiing and winter sports and in summer for trekking, biking, fishing, sailing, kayaking, boating and more.The city is located by a huge lake called Lago Llanquihue. The church del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in the center of town gives visitors a clue to the city’s German heritage. This red and white building is one of the most photographed landmarks of Chile’s Lake District. It was built in 1915 based on architecture found in the Black Forest of Germany.The dining scene is impressive in Puerto Varas. Other than kuchen, the German cake that is found everywhere in town, you must dine at a simple Italian eatery called Tratoria de Carusso located in Calle San Bernardo 318, Puerto Varas. Mr. Carusso cooks his Italian pasta in his old kitchen without modern cookware of equipment.The homemade ravioli and gnocchi are absolutely delicious. Please note, he does not take credit card. Another restaurant that locals go to, is Café Mamusia, located at Calle San Jose 316. Try their pichanga, a local dish filled with French fries, onions, beef, eggs and peppers.Puerto Varas is the gateway to the rest of beautiful Lake District Chile. You can also reach Puerto Varas and The Lake District by crossing the three lakes and taking three buses from Bariloche Argentina with Cruce Andino.

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19:47 February 17, 2014


My visit with Juan to Puerto Montt and the surrounding districts was fantastic and a highlight of my recent South America cruise. Juan tailored a tour to accommodate my limited mobility and his tour exceeded my expectations. Juan’s local and expert knowledge combined with his warm and friendly personality ensured I enjoyed a comprehensive overview of this amazing region. I would highly recommend his professional guiding service.Karyn Scanlan / Australia

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