Though it implies a longer ride to enter Argentina, the lake crossing gives travelers the chance to behold the charming Andean Range scenes on both sides.
Leaving Panguipulli, a very amusing tour lets travelers reach the City of San Martín de los Andes, in Argentina after sailing across Lake Pirehueico.
We left the city behind and headed for Puerto Fuy, on Lake Pirehueico, where we would get on the ferryboat. We bordered Lake Panguipulli and got past various beaches that get crowded with people who wish to spend the day at this location in the summertime. Choshuenco is one of the small villages we could see during the itinerary.
We finally came to Fuy. As the ferry had not arrived yet, we took a ride around this small town with a fantastic view of the Choshuenco Volcano and the lake. “Pirehueico” stands for “snow ponds” in the Mapuche tongue and it is surrounded by lush native forests. As most likes on both sides of the mountain range, it has a glacial origin.
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Timetables: The international pass is open year round but the ferry operates at different times according to season and weather conditions. Booking is possible only through the company’s website.In general, the ferryboat ticket is paid in Chilean or Argentinian currency, or else in Dollars. However, it is safer to check with the company before reaching the ferryboat station.
How to get here: Drive approximately 55 kilometers along Route 203, most of them paved.
Recommendations: Remember there may be a time zone difference between Argentina and Chile, depending on the season. Like in every international pass between Chile and Argentina, it is forbidden to get fresh vegetables, dairy products and meat through the border.
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