Without doubt, Puerto Varas is one of Chile’s most emblematic cities. Located in Region X (known as the region of lakes and volcanoes), it is just 20 kilometers from Puerto Montt. This city is magical from every perspective and its many attractions can be enjoyed during the daytime as well as at night. It is located on the shore of Lago Llanquihue (Llanquihue Lake), where there is a lovely walkway along the beach, which is where part of the daily life of the inhabitants takes place. Puerto Varas and Lago Llanquihue are emblematic of the German Colonization in the region, which began in 1853.
Flora and Fauna of Puerto Varas
The area around Puerto Varas is rich in flora and fauna. Among the endemic flora, special mention must be given to the Notro, with its bright red drooping flowers, and the Ulmo, which has large white flowers. The fauna include the mammal species of the pudú, the smallest deer in the world, pumas, mountain cats (güiña), the Andean fox, river otters and lesser grison (quiques). Birdlife include the Ringed Kingfisher with its blue green and orange colors.