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peter wrote a review Oct. 2020
33 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful place to see waterfalls and be in touch with nature. Surrounded by mountains, the forest and the lake you can find here are one of the most peaceful spots in the Andes.
Date of experience: November 2019
Ron S wrote a review Jan. 2020
Olympia, Washington25 contributions6 helpful votes
We are usually not big fans of group tours, but this was fantastic!! We got there early enough to get a seat on the top of the boat (hightly recommended) and had absolutely spectacular views for the entire ride up the lake. There were plenty of opportunities for photos and coffee and a snack during the trip. Once at the top of the lake, you can hang and hike, or pay for a second ferry up to another part of the lake. Some have mentioned the cost, and yes, seemed a little like it should have been included, but....we're on vacation, how else would we have seen the second half?? Again the views were spectacular. After leaving the Puerto, there is a quick trip to a second dock which allows for a short hike up to some amazing falls and a lake. The views are spectacular and well worth it. Have your camera ready on the way back because the boat literally pulls right up to some huge waterfalls for photo opportunities. Highly recommend!…
Date of experience: December 2019
1 Helpful vote
Steve wrote a review Aug. 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia40 contributions29 helpful votes
A beautiful hike around the lake that is relaxing and beautiful. The views from the trail that is next to the lake are wonderful. The hikes along the trail do not take as long as projected by the map if you walk at a decent pace.
Date of experience: November 2018
John H wrote a review Apr. 2019
Manitowoc, Wisconsin61 contributions20 helpful votes
Very nice tours of the islands, lake and waterfall. The trees are amazing, The hotel very nice for lunch and the waterfalls nice starting a mirror lake. There are lots of steps going up to the mirror lake all wooded.
Date of experience: March 2019
Dilbertfan wrote a review Feb. 2019
Surrey, United Kingdom359 contributions178 helpful votes
This excursion cost 5,320 Pesos plus another 844 Pesos of National Park entry fees and embarkation fees – so about £150 for the pair of us. Arriving shortly after 12 o'clock at Puerto Panuelo, our guide bought the boat tickets while we paid the park passes and bought a sandwich lunch to take on the boat. By 12:30 we were queuing in pre-embarcation, and the boat left at 1pm. We got back to our hotel at just about 9pm, so it made for a very long day. The first hour was a slow boat to the Los Cantaros Waterfall where we trekked through the forest on the nicely built boardwalk to the various viewpoints overlooking the waterfall. But since we had seen the Iguazu falls less than a week previously, this waterfall was pathetic in comparison. It also requires about 350 steps (ie: stairs) each way, so many people struggled. The boat then took us the 10 minutes needed to cross to Puerto Blest, where we waited around until we were picked up by a coach and taken the 3.3kms to Puerto Frias on a dusty road, where we took a second boat for a 15-minute ride to admire a view of Cerro Tronadero (the “Thunderer”, the highest peak in the area, half of which lies in Chile, the other half in Argentina). At the end of that boat ride we were given 15 minutes to go and look at Che Guevara's old Norton motorbike replica he used to cross the Andes at some point, and to stretch our legs etc.. Then it was back again by boat and coach to Puerto Blest. There we hung around for the better part of an hour before being picked up by the original boat and taken back to Puerto Panuelo, an hour away. There we boarded another coach and were driven into Bariloche, with stops along the way to drop off passengers in various hotels. If the weather had been poor (and generally it rains in this area), the trip would have been a disaster. As it was, it was pretty dire. It's an awful waste of time, and far too expensive for what you get. The optional Lago Frias extension is rather a waste of time and money. Beware of the recommendations of the tour guides: you can bet your life they are under pressure to get commissions for their travel agencies.…
Date of experience: February 2019