A fast-growing resort town on the edge of Lago Llanquihue, Puerto Varas is renowned for its view of both the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Stunning rose arbors and Germanic-style architecture grace the many centuries-old houses and churches that dot this tranquil town. Well-situated, it’s not far to Chiloé, Puerto Montt, Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, Cochamó, and other regional hot spots. With literally dozens of big hotels and smaller B&Bs added in recent years, as well as several cafés and trendy restaurants, a modern casino, and an interesting bar scene, the town is now an honest rival to Pucón as the region's top vacation spot.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More