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hiking in chile's lake district: volcano osorno

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known as the symbol for chile's lake region, volcano osorno is a breathtaking landmark and natural beauty. osorno is one of the most active volcanoes in the southern andes and the several eruptions over the past couple hundred years leave the trails pristine and sprinkled with lava rocks. straddled between llanquihue lake (chile's lake tahoe as we dubbed it) and the turquoise todos los santos lake, the setting makes it pretty easy to understand why this is chile's most visited national park. we did the hike in early march, only passing 1 other group and getting great weather. thinking of checking out this national park? check out the details:


DISTANCE | anywhere from 5-12 miles, depending on the route you take
TIME | about 4 - 5 hours
WHERE TO SLEEP | the hike is about 1.5 hours from puerto varas, which is likely the best place to stay. scroll down for more information about our cozy cabin.
NEED TO KNOW | we rented a car and drove, which is probably your best bet. taking public transit will limit your freedom to explore, but it's cheap and will get you close to the trailhead. bring your own lunch & water, the top is a great place for a picnic. you can find a bit more information HERE


if you're going to spend some time in the puerto varas region, we really enjoyed these cozy cabanas right on the lake. the cabins vary in size, and we chose the smallest based on our budget. a studio style room easily slept 4, with a well equipped kitchen and grill for preparing your meals. i only wish we could have stayed here longer! about $200/night


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