Located in the X Lakes Region, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas is one of the main tourist destinations of the country. This beautiful city is habited by over 32.000 people. It was colonized by the German ancestors who settled the region in the years 1852-1853, and were responsible for establishing the cultural and architectural styles that prevail till nowadays.
It is also known as the "City of Roses" in fact of the intense flower gardens in the city, and it keeps a varied German-style cuisine. Traditional foods such as "Kuchen" (cake), cookies, chocolates and jams, beers (produced by German settlers) and other typical dishes, can be tasted at the best hotels and restaurants of the city. You can also enjoy excellent meat (typical of southern Chile), as well as different delicious seafood in the region.
In addition to the impressive tourism development reflected with its hotels and inns with a first class German-style, the city has a modern and luxurious casino nearby the Lake Llanquihue, surrounded by a beautiful coastline that inspires a walk. While tourism is one of the main sectors of economic development, this city offers an excellent range of smoked fish and seafood, and it is a major producer of berries such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and other products that can be found in their natural state, or into jams and liquors of traditional German recipes.
It has a rainforest climate, with maximum temperatures around 27 °C in summer and a minimum of 11 °C in winter. Thousands of tourists are inspired to purchase local crafts, especially pieces in glass, wood, leather, salmon leather, and pieces of pottery, paintings and some tissues.
The beautiful and natural landscapes offered by the city, its volcanoes and national parks, are one of the main reasons why thousands of tourists choose Puerto Varas every year. This natural habitat is ideal to practice sports in contact with nature as fishing, skiing, climbing, golf, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, among others. The thermal tourism, the beaches and big game hunting journeys are other entertainment options.
Vicente Perez Rosales National Park: was built in 1926 and it is one of the oldest parks in Chile. It contains stretches of virgin forest with large areas covered with native trees as coigues, elm, olivillos and myrtles. Inside the park, there is a wonderful landscape that surprise visitors by the contrast between the emerald green of the" Todos los Santos Lake” and the spectacular 3 snow-capped volcanoes that surround it.
Osorno Volcano: is worldwide recognized for its incredible natural features. With 2.652 meters high, it has been inactive for more than 124 years. In winter, the snow related sports including skiing, trekking and mountaineering are practiced. Moreover, it presents a varied flora and fauna.
New Braunau German Museum: is located in New Braunau and holds an important collection of artifacts from the colonial era.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church: is a historical heritage of the city of Puerto Varas. Presents a neo-Romanesque architectural style, Baroque monumental, and it is a real symbol of the city.
Philippi Hill: is the first and most extensive urban green area of Puerto Varas. Ideal for the canopy, observation of flora, fauna and beautiful landscapes.
Puerto Varas Casino: it is modern casino with table games and slots, located on the southern shore of Lake Llanquihue, with an impressive view to the Osorno Volcano.
Other tourist attractions:
· Calvario Mount
· Chico Port
· Rucamalen water mill
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