FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
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Puerto Varas has a plethora of outdoor options. Fly-fishing is king in the region, with many rivers and the huge Lago Llanquihue making attractive targets. But the region has much more to offer: mountain biking, canyoning, hiking in Vicente Pérez Rosales Park, or just enjoying the lake by kayak. You can also hike up the nearby volcanoes, which makes for an exciting and scenic excursion. With so much attractive nature in its backyard, it's no wonder Puerto Varas is becoming a prime destination for outdoor-adventure enthusiasts.
Al Sur Expediciones. This operator runs a variety of excursions in Puerto Varas and the Lake District, including sea kayaking, trekking, and rafting. Aconcagua 8, Puerto Varas, 5550000. 65/223–2300. www.alsurexpeditions.com. From 32,000 pesos.
Tres Piedras. This longtime fly-fishing agency in Puerto Varas organizes day- and multiday trips at nearby lakes and rivers. Puerto Varas. 65/233–0157 or 9/7618–7826. www.trespiedras.cl. From 150,000 pesos.
Aqua Andes. These rafting day trips on the Petrohue River include transportation, guide, equipment, and a snack. Puerto Varas. 9/9711–2793. www.aquandes.cl. From 32,000 pesos.
Birds Chile. Go on bird-watching excursions throughout the Lake District with Birds Chile. Santa Rosa 131, Puerto Varas, 5550000. 9/9235–4818. www.birdschile.com. From 18,000 pesos.
Chile Backcountry. Ski, snowboard, and mountain bike on trips to Osorno Volcano and other areas around Puerto Varas and the Lake District. The ski tours are especially noteworthy. Puerto Varas, 5550000. 9/9458–3722. www.chilebackcountry.com. From 60,000 pesos.
Huella Andina Expeditions. These experts guide excursions to the major volcanoes of southern Chile, including trekking to the summit of Osorno Volcano. Puerto Varas. 9/7548–7967. www.huellandina.com. From 165,000 pesos.
Saltos del Maullín. Go exclusive fly-fishing on the Maullin River, located about 24 km (15 miles) outside of Puerto Varas. Take lessons, go boating on the river, take a guided hike in the nearby forest, and enjoy a Patagonian barbecue. Fundo la Isla, Rio Maullin, Nueva Branau, 5550000. 9/9325–9490. www.saltosdelmaullin.cl. From 160,000 pesos.