Tucked between scenic Lago Llanquihue and the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, the enchanting village of Puerto Varas blends a rich German heritage with the stunning natural beauty of southern Chile’s Patagonia region. The quaint town centre features delightful wood-shingled homes, a public plaza teeming with rose gardens and unparalleled access to world-class adventures such as kayaking, canyoneering, rock climbing, fishing, hiking and skiing.
The best way to see the city of Puerto Varas is to walk from one end to another and observe its unmistakable German-inspired architecture, modern residential and beautiful gardens. One of the highlights is the colorful and impressive Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was founded in 1853 by German and Swiss settlers who came to populate southern Chile. Located in central streets and boulevards decorated with roses offer a coming and going of people enjoying their snack bars, tea houses and restaurants. Two natural viewpoints are Phillipi and Calvario hills, from both an overall view of the city, around the notion and extension of Llanquihue lake and lush vegetation that borders is obtained.
Heading up the downtown streets will discover historical treasures declared cultural heritage. The Kuschel House, the Niklitschek House are just a few and the real essence of the German culture of the early twentieth century. In the coastal board a boat and start navigation by the crystalline waters of Llanquihue lake with its beautiful places, admiring the Bay of Puerto Varas that can only be seen in all its glory as a backdrop and see if the weather permits the imposing Osorno volcano which with its daily snowmelt feeds Llanquihue lake. We end our tour tasting a piece of cake, eggs with bacon, jams, ham and cheese, Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate and Juice.
Hotel AWA is located next to the magnificent Lake Llanquihue, 27 km from the city of Puerto Varas and on a 20 hectare estate that boasts a private beach, marina and beautiful natural wilderness. Here guests can enjoy a myriad of excursions from fishing, birdwatching to volcano climbing, zip-lining, kayaking and river rafting. Given its beautiful location, guests can enjoy sensational views of the lake and volcanoes with cosy and well-appointed accommodation that beautifully decorated with local materials; spacious double rooms, junior suites and carefully designed suites – each individually decorated and featuring a spacious ensuite bathroom. The presence of modern art and traditional local craft such as mapuche looms offer a perfect combination of “old and new”. The entire project and finishes, have been oriented towards sustainability and energy efficiency.
Spend two nights at Hotel AWA.