The Osorno Volcano lies a few kilometers away from the cities that surround the spectacular Lake Llanquihue, such as Puerto Varas, Puerto Octay, Puyehue and a little more distant Osorno. That is the reason why it has become one of the main attractions in the area when the snowfalls begin.
Volcanic activity started in the area 200 thousand years ago. History reflects a complicated process of growth and interaction with the vast glaciers which nestled in the region during the glaciation period, which gradually changed the shape of the volcano. At present, both the top of the volcano and its main crater are fully covered by a permanent glacier.
Most visitors, who come along both during the winter and summer season because chairlifts operate year round, stay at the City of Puerto Varas. Only 60 excellently paved kilometers separate this beautiful city from the volcano within the context of a wonderful scene combining mountains, woods and lake.
The chairlift, the year-round hiking tours and the Tyrolean crossing -said to be the longest in Chile- are part of the added value at this ski resort. Amusement is guaranteed for children and grown-ups alike and so is safety at each of the services provided.
Patagonia has a great deal of geographical faults with remarkable geothermal and volcanic activity. These features explain the existence of various sources with hot spring waters. The diversity existing in this area of South America ranges from warm water issuing from the ground, rich in minerals, to geysers with boiling water.
Approximately 65 million years ago, a large percentage of vegetables and animals suddenly became extinct. It was in the late Cretaceous period and there are various theories about it. Some scientists attribute this event to a gradual process that finally led to selective extinction. Others assert that a catastrophe, such as an asteroid hitting the Earth, caused these species mass extinction.