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Getting to and Away from Lago Llanquihue

You can get to the villages around Lago Llanquihue from Osorno or Puerto Montt. Buses connect Puerto Octay with Las Cascadas and Frutillar. Puerto Varas is the jumping-off point for Ensenada and Parque Nacional Vicente Pérez Rosales.


From Osorno:

Osorno's Terminal de Buses is at Errázuriz 1400 (Tel.: 23-4149, URL:

To Puerto Octay: $2.60-3, 1 hour — Vía Octay (hourly 7 a.m.-8 p.m., last back 8 p.m., $2.60, 1 hour). Also, a kiosk on the east end of the bus terminal lot sells tickets for Octay (22 departures 6:50 a.m.-7:40 p.m., last back 7:40 p.m.)

To Frutillar: Buses Fierro (half-hourly 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., last back 8:30 p.m., $2.60, 1 hour)

To Puerto Varas / Puerto Montt: Not all services to Puerto Montt pass through Puerto Varas; $3-4, 1.5 hours — Jac (19 buses 5:30 .m.-10:40 p.m.), Bus Norte (Puerto Montt only, 5 departures in p.m.). Also Buses Pirehueico, Fierro, Igi Llaima.


From Puerto Montt:

The Terminal de Buses is at Avenida Diego Portales s/n (Tel.: 34-9011). Micros to villages around Lago Llanquihue leave from Andenes 1-15 every 5-15 minutes.

To Puerto Varas: $1.20, 20 minutes.

To Llanquihue: $1.40, 30 minutes.

To Futillar: $1.60, 40 minutes.

For Puerto Octay: go by way of Frutillar; for Ensenada, transfer in Puerto Varas; for las Cascadas, change in Puerto Octay.

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