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Puerto Varas

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Introduction

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Puerto Varas is a city in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region. It is located just about 20 kilometres from Puerto Montt along the shores of the Llanquihue Lake with the Osorno Volcano as its background.

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Getting There

By Plane

Nearby Puerto Montt has one airport, El Tepual (airport code: PMC). LAN Chile and Sky Airline both offer flights to Balmaceda, Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile.

By Boat

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Lago Llanquihue von Puerto Varas aus

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Bordemundo Bed and BreakfastCamino a Ensenada km 3.5GUESTHOUSE84
Canales del Sur CostaneraVicente Pérez Rosales Ave.Guesthouse-
Casa Ko Bed and BreakfastCamino a Ensenada Km. 37Guesthouse-
Casa MawencoPasaje Ricke 224HOSTEL-
CasaMusica 4 BackpackersImperial 567HOSTEL-
Chimanga HostelSan Pedro 410 Puerto VarasHostel76
Compass del SurKlenner 467Guesthouse88
Hostal Opapa JuanArturo Prat 107 Puerto VarasHotel-
Hostel Melmac PatagoniaWalker Martínez 561HOSTEL-
Hosteria OutsiderSan Bernardo 318guesthouse-
Hotel Boutique Ignacia VilloriaSanta Rosa 714 interior Puerto VarasHotel-
Margouya 2Purisima 681Hostel90
Ruca HostelSan Ignacio 1100Hostel77
Tradicion AustralTerraplen 765Guesthouse86
Turismo ChancerelDecher 400Guesthouse80
Estancia 440Decher 440GUESTHOUSE-
Casa Margouya ChileSanta Rosa 318HOSTEL-
Hostal Vermont Puerto VarasPasaje Ricke 224HOSTEL-
El Refugio de la PatagoniaRuta 225 kilómetro 39,5 Camino EnsenadaGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are cybercafes in every major and midsize city and at all tourist destinations. Some libraries are in a program called Biblioredes, with free computers and Internet. Wifi is getting more and more common. They're usually in metro stations, airports, malls, cafes, public buildings and several public spaces. Check for the ones that say gratis - for free. McDonald's and Starbucks are chains which almost always have free wifi.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Chile is: 56. To make an international call from Chile, the code is: 00. Emergency phone numbers include 131 (Ambulance), 132 (Fire) and 133 (Police).

Public phones located on streets are very likely to be tampered or vandalized, so it's better to use a phone located inside a commerce or a station. Prepaid cards for mobile phones and public phones are sold at most newspaper kiosks, supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies and phone dealers. Mobile GSM networks are ubiquitous in all major cities and most of the territory of central and southern Chile. A basic prepaid cellular phone usually costs about 15,000 pesos, most frequently charged with 10,000 pesos worth of prepaid minutes. No ID is required to buy a prepaid phone. GSM SIM cards from ENTEL, Movistar or Claro are usually available for 5,000 pesos, but without credit, so you'll need to buy some prepaid minutes to be able to call. Money can be charged into a cellphone from some pharmacies (Ahumada, Cruz Verde and Salco Brand) on the counter and in cash, or by using a credit card through an automated service operator, with directions in Spanish or English.

Post

Correos de Chile is the national postal service, and although relatively slow it is reliable with post offices throughout the country. On the website you can find more information about prices to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. Post offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday until 2:00pm, although there are sometimes longer opening hours in the bigger central post offices and shorter ones in small places. Ask around. If you want to send packages internationally, you might consider companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, which are fast, reliable and usually competitively priced as well.

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