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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 is known for its kayaking trips. It also runs horseback-riding and fly-fishing trips, and handles guided tours for Pumalin Park. Aconcagua 8, (at Imperial), Puerto Varas. 65/232–300. www.alsurexpeditions.com.
Aqua Motion is a longtime provider of rafting and kayaking excursions on the nearby Río Petrohué, as well as trekking, horseback riding, helicopter rides, bird-watching, and fly-fishing tours. San Pedro 422, Puerto Varas. 65/232–747. www.aqua-motion.com.
Margouya Tours specializes in half- and full-day canyoning and rappelling trips near Volcán Calbuco. Santa Rosa 318, Puerto Varas. 65/237–640.
Miralejos offers trekking, kayaking, mountaineering, horseback-riding trips throughout the region. San Pedro 311, Puerto Varas. 65/234–892. www.miralejos.com.
For fly-fishing in Puerto Varas, try Tres Piedras. Ruta 225, Km 22, Los Riscos, Puerto Varas. 65/330–157 or 9/7618–7826. www.trespiedras.cl.