We went around Lake Llanquihue. An excellent proposal to understand the German colonization of the area, immersed in a scenery of singular beauty.
This traditional circuit may be accessed through any of the riverside cities. The perimeter of Lake Llanquihue –whose name means "submersion"- is 186 kilometers long, half of which are fully paved.
The picturesque cities of Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Puerto Octay lie on its shores. They are famous for a great German influence on their architecture and particularly for the interesting events celebrated there in the summer season. Many tourists visit this quiet area of Chile in order to rest after a having worked for the entire year, and become impregnated with the calm of this place and the crystal clear beauty of the lake.
Leaving from Puerto Varas, we continued eastwards along the road leading to Ensenada. We soon reached the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. We left the Hermosa, Niklitscher, Punta Cabras and Poza Loreley beaches behind. The Verde Lagoon lies in the middle of this natural shelter and it may be visited on foot. At this point, we recommend that visitors take a deep breath and forget about all worries and especially intensify their senses in order to enjoy the series of landscapes following one another.
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Level of Difficulty: low
Recommendations: This circuit may be enjoyed on a private vehicle or the excursion may be hired at various tourist agencies. One way or the other, we recommend that you hire the services of a local guide, who will explain details about the history of every place and about the wonderful ecosystem this place protects. The journey around Lake Llanquihue may start at any of the cities mentioned in the circuit and in both directions. Where to Sleep: in the event that you wish to spend the night, the cities of Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Puerto Octal have a wide range of accommodation options according to each guest's demands.
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