Lake Llanquihue, mythical and impressive, is the third largest lake in Latin America. Navigating it in an old wooden boat is the ideal choice to see its shores, its small settlements and its salmon traps.
Originally populated by Mapuche tribes, after the Spanish conquest, the shores of Lake Llanquihue were gradually abandoned due to the fight against the Spaniards and the very frequent volcanic activity during the XVII and XVIII centuries, which finally ended with the eruption of the Osorno Volcano in 1834. This caused the rainforest to grow out of control, giving shape to an impenetrable jungle.
As form 1861, roads and bridges started to be built. Towards the 1950s, the new Panamerican Highway reached Puerto Montt, even though it was not paved yet.
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Recommendations: This is an excursion to be experienced without haste. Sailing for several hours enables visitors to relax completely and enjoy a new world with the same comfort they can expect on solid ground.
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Puerto Varas Architectural Heritage
It is by looking at the architecture of this metropolis that we can meet its dwellers and learn about its history. Puerto Varas invites everyone to discover this city through its façades, its historical buildings and its traditional churches.