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Puerto Varas to Bariloche Andean Lakes Crossing with Optional Return provided by Gray Line Chile

Puerto Varas to Bariloche Andean Lakes Crossing with Optional Return

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 20-09-04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-09-04 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Enjoy hassle-free transportation from Puerto Varas, Chile, to Bariloche, Argentina, while taking in the sights along the way. You’ll enjoy several lake cruises, visit small towns, cross the Andes, and hike in a national park. Admire plunging waterfalls and snow-capped volcanoes as you make your way by bus and boat to the charming town of Bariloche. Choose between a one-way or return journey to best suit your vacation schedule.
  • Hassle-free transportation between Puerto Varas and Bariloche
  • Travel by bus and by ferry, across mountains and over lakes
  • In the company of a guide, take the stress out of border and customs control
  • See the region's best natural wonders: volcanoes, waterfalls, and lakes
What to Expect
After meeting your guide in the center of Puerto Varas, ride a bus to picturesque Petrohue, on Llanquinhue Lake, to enjoy views of snow-covered volcanoes, including the perfect cone of Osorno. Upon arrival at Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, hike to the Petrohue Waterfalls. Then, board a ferry for a cruise on Todos los Santos Lake, admiring views of the Andean foothills. Disembark at Peulla on the Argentinian border, and enjoy lunch at your own expense. Then, cross the border, taking in amazing views of the Andes, and snake your way down the mountains to Puerto Frías. You’ll sail across the deep turquoise-colored Felix Frias Lake to Puerto Alegre, where you board a bus to Puerto Blest. Later, cruise from Puerto Blest across Nahuel Huapi lake, then ride a bus to Bariloche. If you've opted for the round trip back to Chile, see Itinerary below for details.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Del Salvador 72, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos, Chile
Return Details
Mitre 150, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
  • Boat and bus transportation from Chile to Argentina
  • Professional guide
  • Return trip from Argentina to Chile (if option selected)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Boarding fee at Petrohue Waterfall (USD $3)
  • Boarding fee at Puerto Pañuelo (USD $3 - Round Trip Option only)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring a waterproof jacket
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • You must carry your passport with you on the day of travel
  • Important: Please specify your drop-off hotel upon booking
  • Note: If you choose the 'Round Trip' option, you must contact the local tour operator to determine your exact return date
  • Note: During winter the Petrohué Waterfalls viewpoint closes at 6pm. Passengers taking the round trip option and traveling from Bariloche to Puerto Varas will not stop there. Instead, they will stop at a panoramic window to take pictures
  • Please note: hotel pickup and drop-off will only be included until 31 October, 2017
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 5 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 1 day of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel between 2 and 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
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James S wrote a review Mar. 2020
5 contributions
A long but lovely trip from Puerto Varas to Bariloche. We were blessed with great weather so the views were fabulous. The visit to the waterfall in Puella is worth the time. Crossing the border is pretty easy and very different from most entry points. The only negative is the
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Date of experience: January 2020
Katrien S wrote a review Mar. 2020
Ghent, Belgium1,992 contribution404 helpful votes
We did the reverse trip, from San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina to Puerto Varas in Chile. The problems already began with the need to check in the day before. There was also an option to do it via e-mail, but as we never received a reply, we decided to go in person, which
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Date of experience: February 2020
David McClure wrote a review Dec. 2019
Lambton Shores, Canada27 contributions16 helpful votes
It was heavenly cruising across a beautiful blue lake and seeing many snow capped volcanic peaks and bridal veil and hanging waterfalls. And spending nights in beautiful Puerto Varas with such hospitable hosts in a lovely old German style hostel.
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Date of experience: October 2019
razza61 wrote a review Apr. 2019
Gatton, Australia253 contributions84 helpful votes
It was this tour that made me chose our overall tour to start with and it didn't disappoint. It was a very long day and we were all pretty tired by the time we settled into our hotel in Bariloche, but definitely worth it. We were blessed with pretty good weather, just a couple
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Date of experience: March 2019
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kbatlanta wrote a review Feb. 2019
Atlanta, Georgia243 contributions122 helpful votes
Be prepared for a 13 hour day, 4 buses and 3 boats. But is it worth it ? Yes. Absolutely gorgeous views everywhere. Wonderful journey. Well organized. Tiring but nice. If you can do this in 2 days instead of one, spend the night at a hotel in the middle, I would but not sure
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About the operator

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By: Gray Line Chile
Humbling exu
Good day...The guy on the boat took the time to explain...The captain took us near to see the sea lions and on the
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A good day!
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Amazing experience.
Everything was perfect. The highlight of my time in chile was this trek. From the tour guides to the food, it was p
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Amazing tour!
The tour was super fun and well-planned. Everything went according to schedule - we got to see dolphins on the boat
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Tripadvisor rip off.
The trip to Magdalena Island in the Straits of Magellan was cancelled do to weather. Those thinks happen, but imagi
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Melanie T
Guide Really Knows Her Subject, Super Fun
Daniela really know so much about the island, the history, the culture. There's so much going on that we can 'read
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Pureto Natales
Drive and trip was good. Lunch was below average. Should have covered more areas in the park. Park entrance fees sh
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Gets you out to appreciate the numerous sealife
Seabourn side trip for us. Friendly staff in a good boat. The islands penguins were fun to observe and there were r
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Bonnie K
Once in a lifetime experience
Our group took a boat to the Island of Magdalena. the boat ride itself was a great experience but once we got to th
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Great way to see a glacier … tour guide needs to be more attentive
I guess tripadvisor last my last review… Great way to get up-close-and-personal to a glacier! The boat (Grey II
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A great day out with the penguins
Bought our tickets on the dock, cheaper than cruise ship. Well equipped vessel with WC, bar for alcohol or coffee.
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John dodds
Valentine was excellent and very informative and fun . She took a lot of time to me helpful telling us lots of stor
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Highlight of Punta Arenas
Well-organized trip with a literal boatload of strangers through beautiful Patagonian fjords. My daughter and I sat
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Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales
This was a comprehensive visit to the park and we were blessed with excellent weather that permitted a great view o
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Definitely worth a visit, but you must be there before dawn.
We visited El Taito in early January. The sun appeared above the mountain peaks at 7.30. That's why we arrived at s
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Key Details
  • Nahuel Huapi Lake, Lago Llanquihue, and 7 more
  • Duration: 13h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 5 days in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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