puerto varas, chile
A unique natural setting along the LLanquihue Lake, in full view of three majestic beasts: Volcán Osorno, Volcán Calbuco and Volcán Puntiagudo.
Between these volcanoes is the breathtaking Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, which protects the body of the lake Todos los Santos, giving rise to the Petrohué River.
Itineraries from La Colmena
13 mile / 25 mins
Lago Todos los Santos
It is also known as Emerald Lake because of the color of its waters and, although it is not one of the largest lakes in the country, it is one of the most beautiful, since volcanoes and steep mountains rise around it.
You can embark on a boat or catamaran for a ride with wonderful views from a different perspective.
Path Los Alerces
The route begins in Petrohué and runs along a path between lush forests and views of the Osorno Volcano, the mountain range and the Todos los Santos Lake, passing through silent beaches, ideal for resting with your snack or picnic. Circular path of about 9 miles, approx 4.5 hours. Technical difficulty: easy.
12.5 miles / 30 mins
Just 10 minutes from La Colmena you will find Laguna Verde, where you can walk beautiful self-guided trails and surely see some curious fox. The facilities have a CONAF office, souvenir shop and restrooms.
Going forward 20 minutes along route U-99-V towards Las Cascadas, you will arrive at Canopy Chile where you will jump from tree to tree! Through cables you will fly through the forest! (children as of 5 yrs). Located a few kilometers from Ensenada, on the way to Cascadas.
HALF DAY +
Rio Pescado: 19 miles / 30 mins
Apitourism Raíces del Sur
Raices del Sur invites you to be a beekeeper for a day. Covered in beekeeping suits we will approach the bees in complete safety. We will learn the honey extraction process and we’ll share a delicious tea with flowers and cookies. You will take a jar of honey as a gift.
Reservations: +569 6106 8372
Aremko Hot tubs
Hot tubs, massages and spa just half an hour from Ensenada. Enjoy the sound of nature next to the river from your hot tub.
HALF / FULL
8.5 miles / 20 mins
Parque Hueñu Hueñu
The Park is located on Route V-69, 4 miles from Ensenada, about 20 minutes from La Colmena. Enjoy trails with access to the river, cafeteria-pizzeria, pump-track, bike rental, games and more! Fun for all ages.
Workshops, experiences and educational meetings in nature are given.
9 miles / 20 mins
Fantastic waterfalls of the Petrohué river within the territory of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. The waterfalls are the drainages in the Petrohué River of the waters of Lake Todos Los Santos, which fall between rocks of volcanic origin that form immense natural pools. It has lush vegetation that combines wonderfully with its emerald waters. Walk of approx 30 minutes.
Walking and breathing fresh air is undoubtedly a therapy for the soul… but if you add to that the fact that it is between the Valdivian forest and in the treetops, it is undoubtedly a wonderful experience. Activity that can be done from 4 years.
12.5 miles / 30 mins
The Osorno volcano is part of the Parque Nacional Vicente Pérez Rosales, and its height is 8.700 feet. A complete panoramic view of Lake Llanquihue and part of the Andes is possible on a sunny day.
Located just 6km from Ensenada, the vehicle reaches an altitude of 1,200 meters on a paved road where there is a Ski and Mountain Center, Cafeteria service and different activities for all ages.
Treking and biking
From the slopes of the Osorno Volcano, a 3-hour walk begins in the direction of the Glacier viewpoint (1800 meters above sea level) to observe the characteristic Seracs of the glacier.
We’ill descend to the Red Volcano and return to the starting point. We’ll ride our bicycles to Ensenada.
Contact: +56 9 8640 5042
Departure at 7.5 miles / 20 mins
El Solitario trail
A classic trekking of the area crossing temperate rainy forests and volcanic lahars on a 3.7 mile trail of low difficulty that crosses the southern slope of the Osorno volcano to the Petrohué river valley.
This hike begins with a 40-minute ascent to the valley between the volcano and Cerro La Picada, where we’ll enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the basin and the volcanoes adjacent to Todos los Santos Lake. The trail descends to the lake and ends in the Petrohué sector.
Technical difficulty: easy, approx 2 hours per section.
Discover the mountain
Volcano ascents and hikes led by excellent certified guides.
“From forests and lakes to the highest peaks of the Andes, we accompany you to enjoy the world of adventure and exploration.”
OSORNO VOLCANO & PETROHUé RIVER
We will begin this adventure from the oldest National Park in Chile where we will visit different points of interest such as Laguna Verde, Red Crater, Petrohué Falls, among others.
After the tour we will taste a homemade lunch sponsored by a family that resides in the Park.
Enjoy the best slopes available in the Lake District inside and outside the ski center, guided by Chilean skiers who will take you to discover wonderful places.
Our programs are designed to satisfy the appetite for winter adventure of experienced skiers and riders.
Tours available between July and October.
From 8 years old.
Enjoy the impressive scenery from the raft as you face class III and IV rapids on the Petrohué River. No previous experience required.
Duration: 3 hours aprox.
From 8 years old.
Kayak La Poza
You can enjoy the beautiful surroundings with gorgeous views of the Calbuco volcano. The perfect activity for the whole family and for those who want to discover kayaking. Half day tour.
Duration: 3 hours aprox
Sail the wonderful Todos los Santos Lake, visit the León River lighthouse and Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.
Duration: 6-7 hours aprox.
From 8 years old.
River Friends offers theoretical-practical kayak classes designed for three levels: Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced. Individual, group and clinic programs with certified instructors.
A relaxed and intimate trip, designed for everyone, even the little ones. A different and personalized way to enjoy the natural splendor of the Petrohué River and our area.
Where to eat in Ensenada
La Base Restaurant
Ruta 225 Km 40, Ensenada – Puerto Varas
+569 3862 8520
Homemade meals will take you to live a unique experience, with exquisite preparations full of delicious flavors. Homemade food, meat, fish.
Ruta 225 Km 42, Ensenada – Puerto Varas
+56 9 6516 7075
Signature cuisine on the shore of Lake Llanquihue.
Wednesday-Sunday: 1- 5 PM
Thrusday-Saturday: 6:30 – 9 PM
Ruta 225 km 42, Ensenada – Puerto Varas
Cafetería Ranchito Express
Pastries with a homemade concept. Cakes, cheesecake, kuchen, waffles, cookies, chot dogs, sandwich, etc. Friendly service in a calm and relaxed environment.
Ruta 225 km 42, Ensenada – Puerto Varas
+569 6109 2158
Restaurant El Toqui
Typical dishes of the region.
Ruta 225 Km 42.2, Ensenada – Puerto Varas
Il Viaggio Pizza e Pasta
Ruta 225 km 39,5, Ensenada – Puerto Varas
+56 9 9449 6458
25 miles / 40 mins
Walk the streets of the beautiful city of roses. You are sure to find fairs of local artisans and producers in the square and surroundings. Wide gastronomic offer.
Antonio Felmer Museum
Housed in an old barn of German colonial architecture, you’ll find three fantastic floors of galleries that span decades of German colonization history, including their tools, toys and inventions.
A guided tour that will make this an educational, entertaining and enriching experience. ¡A can´t miss! For all ages.
Daruma Tea House
Fish and shellfish with a view of Lake Llanquihue.
Phone: 9 9079 3938
Around the lake: 100 miles
Puerto Octay and Frutillar
On this tour of Lake Llanquihue you will drive through bucolic landscapes and get to know these 2 characteristic towns of the area.
Take route 225 towards Ensenada and from the roundabout take route U-99-V towards Las Cascadas. Turn sharply to the left towards U-55-V to Puerto Octay.
40 miles / 80 mins
It offers a beautiful waterfront in a quiet environment among historical buildings. Around the square you will find local cheeses and other local products for sale. You can visit the Parroquia San Agustín, and then cross the street for lunch at Café Mesón Carpintero.
15.5 miles / 25 mins
Walk along the waterfront, stroll along the beach, visit La Faunoteca in front of the pier and go to the Teatro del Lago. Visit the German Colonial Museum. It’s time to try delicious German Kuchen!
47 miles / 1 hour
Return to La Colmena
Take highway 5 to Puerto Varas. Go down towards the waterfront and turning right you will access route 255 to Ensenada.
Where to eat
El Pan de la Pao
Se Cocina Frutillar
Chilean cuisine by chef Francisca Acuña Kuschel.
Reservations: +56 989728195
34 miles / 1 hour
A place where its visitors can walk the streets with smoking chimneys that indicate that a teapot is waiting for some good mates and conversation, walk along the waterfront and see its church, which dates from 1901.
From this valley you can make multiple trails that lead to spectacular peaks, waterfalls, lagoons and forests. Ideal destination for climbers.
Cochamó Travel offers unique and unforgettable experiences that allow you to discover the beauties of the territory we inhabit, its natural and cultural history.
56 miles / 2 hours
Las Termas del Sol, Puelo
It has 10 natural thermal pools, and 1.000 feet of walkways in a unique setting. In the cafeteria you will find coffee, tea, natural juices, pizzas, sandwiches, cakes, etc.
Coihue de los columpios
When you start heading back to La Colmena, we recommend you make a stop at the swings of Cochamó. You will park near the hosts’ house and after a steep 20-30 minute walk up the hill, you will reach the swings. Enjoy a fabulous view of the Reloncaví Estuary, from where you can see the Yates Volcano in the background and between the hills the majestic Osorno volcano.
Port: 13 miles / 25 mins
Peulla is a small lake port along the east coast of Lake Todos los Santos, very close to the border with Argentina. To get there you must get to Puerto Petrohué, from where you can take a catamaran to sail for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
In Peulla there are restaurant services, walks and hikes such as the path to the Velo de Novia waterfall, which is very easy to access.