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.
The beauty of the lakes located in the Patagonian area or the large sea bathing its Atlantic coast offer the ideal frame for the practice of nautical sports.
Surfing is a very complete sport, which forces sportsmen to train. It is intriguing, exciting, exhausting and it breaks with the activities you can perform on solid ground.
Cold blood and steel nerves are required in order to practice kayaking.
Among the adventure travel outstanding air activities you can find the practice of paragliding, hang gliding and glider flights.
These sports or hobbies are aimed at making the ancient dream of flying come true.
Paragliding and hang gliding are practiced when taking off from a mountain, taking advantage of the wind streams going up the slopes to glide and ascend, managing long duration flights.