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Puerto Varas to Bariloche Andean Lakes Crossing with Optional Return

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Snow-drizzled volcanoes and mirrored lakes nestled in the Andes mountains — see mother nature at her best on this extraordinary journey from Puerto Varas in Chile to Bariloche in Argentina. Sail across three lakes, Todos los Santos, Felix Frías and Nahuel Huapi, with Osorno, Pontiagudo and El Tronador volcanoes dominating the expansive landscapes. Inside Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, feel the mist of Petrohué Waterfalls. Enjoy these breathtaking sights on a one-way or round-trip journey. Bus and boat transportation.
Highlights
  • Hassle-free transportation between Puerto Varas and Bariloche
  • Travel by bus and by ferry, across mountains and over lakes
  • In the company of a guide, take the stress out of border and customs control
  • See the region's best natural wonders: volcanoes, waterfalls, and lakes
What to Expect
After meeting your guide in the center of Puerto Varas, ride a bus to picturesque Petrohue, on Llanquinhue Lake, to enjoy views of snow-covered volcanoes, including the perfect cone of Osorno. Upon arrival at Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, hike to the Petrohue Waterfalls. Then, board a ferry for a cruise on Todos los Santos Lake, admiring views of the Andean foothills. Disembark at Peulla on the Argentinian border, and enjoy lunch at your own expense. Then, cross the border, taking in amazing views of the Andes, and snake your way down the mountains to Puerto Frías. You’ll sail across the deep turquoise-colored Felix Frias Lake to Puerto Alegre, where you board a bus to Puerto Blest. Later, cruise from Puerto Blest across Nahuel Huapi lake, then ride a bus to Bariloche. If you've opted for the round trip back to Chile, see Itinerary below for details.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Meeting point in Puerto Varas or Bariloche (for return)
Departure Time
7:30am from Puerto Montt 
8:00am from Puerto Varas
Duration
13h
Return Details
Offices in Puerto Varas or Bariloche
Inclusions
  • Boat and bus transportation from Chile to Argentina
  • Professional guide
  • Return trip from Argentina to Chile (if option selected)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Boarding fee at Petrohue Waterfall (USD $3)
  • Boarding fee at Puerto Pañuelo (USD $3 - Round Trip Option only)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring a waterproof jacket
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • You must carry your passport with you on the day of travel
  • Important: Please specify your drop-off hotel upon booking
  • Note: If you choose the 'Round Trip' option, you must contact the local tour operator to determine your exact return date
  • Note: During winter the Petrohué Waterfalls viewpoint closes at 6pm. Passengers taking the round trip option and traveling from Bariloche to Puerto Varas will not stop there. Instead, they will stop at a panoramic window to take pictures
  • Please note: hotel pickup and drop-off will only be included until 31 October, 2017
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 5 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 2 and 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 1 day of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviewed 13 April 2019

It was this tour that made me chose our overall tour to start with and it didn't disappoint. It was a very long day and we were all pretty tired by the time we settled into our hotel in Bariloche, but definitely worth it. We...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank razza61
Reviewed 16 February 2019 via mobile

Be prepared for a 13 hour day, 4 buses and 3 boats. But is it worth it ? Yes. Absolutely gorgeous views everywhere. Wonderful journey. Well organized. Tiring but nice. If you can do this in 2 days instead of one, spend the night at...More

3  Thank kbatlanta
Reviewed 22 November 2018

This is a complicated review to make. The positive: the scenery is simply splendid, you cannot ask for more when you have snowcaps and lakes and rocks in a natural setting. The negative: 1) the experience depends on the weather, if sunny its gonna be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank S1PRA
Reviewed 30 April 2018

This really was the highlight of our month travelling around South America. We were lucky to get a lovely clear sunny day which meant the lakes and volcanoes looked stunning. It is a long day but it is great fun. The arrangements all went smoothly...More

Date of experience: March 2018
5  Thank Persephone20
GrayLineChile, reservas OTA's at Gray Line Chile, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Hello, Greetings from Gray Line Chile. Thank you very much for taking time to share your experience with our TripAdvisor community. It makes us very happy that your stay in Chile was of your liking. So good you had clear sunny day! We hope having...More

Reviewed 30 March 2018

We had a great, unique and memorable journey from Puerto Varas to Bariloche with our 3 kids, aged 8, 10 and 12. Because this was a complicated, unknown and long journey, I did a lot of reading online before deciding whether to bring the kids...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank ews525
GrayLineChile, reservas OTA's at Gray Line Chile, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Hello, Greetings from Gray Line Chile. Thank you very much for taking time to share your experience with our TripAdvisor community. It makes us very happy that your stay in Chile was of your liking. This feedback really helps us improve. For example about the...More

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Stuart J
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You perfectly can do it! It is an amazing trip! Check at TripAdvisor For the only company that do this trip. You go by bus, and boat through the lakes and forest. We did it in one day, but it is allowed to stop in the... More
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