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A hotel in Puerto Varas is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Puerto Varas hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Puerto Varas are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Puerto Varas hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Puerto Varas hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Puerto Varas have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Puerto Varas
An upscale full service hotel facility in Puerto Varas that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Puerto Varas hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Puerto Varas
Full service Puerto Varas hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Puerto Varas
Boutique hotels of Puerto Varas are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Puerto Varas boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Puerto Varas may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Puerto Varas
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Puerto Varas travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Puerto Varas focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Puerto Varas
Small to medium-sized Puerto Varas hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Puerto Varas traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Puerto Varas hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Puerto Varas
A bed and breakfast in Puerto Varas is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Puerto Varas bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Puerto Varas B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Puerto Varas hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Puerto Varas
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Puerto Varas hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Puerto Varas lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Puerto Varas often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Puerto Varas on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Puerto Varas
A Puerto Varas motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Puerto Varas for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Puerto Varas motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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City and Commune
View of Puerto Varas with Osorno Volcano and Llanquihue Lake in the background.
Coat of arms
Location of Puerto Varas commune in Los Lagos Region
Puerto Varas, also known as "La ciudad de las rosas" or “the city of roses”, is a city and commune located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region.
The city is famous for its German traditions, its natural environment, and its popularity as a tourist destination. It enjoys a scenic location close to mountains, lakes, forests and national parks. It is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the city of Puerto Montt on the shore of Llanquihue Lake, the second largest lake in Chile. The conical Osorno Volcano and the snowcapped peaks of Mt. Calbuco and Mt. Tronador are clearly visible from the lakefront. Puerto Varas is the southernmost of a string of towns on the western shore of Llanquihue Lake that includes Frutillar, Llanquihue and Puerto Octay. It spans an area of 4,064.9 km (1,569 sq mi).
Panoramic view of Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas: History
The city of Puerto Varas dates back to 1853 and is named after Antonio Varas, the Minister of the Interior at the time. It was founded by German immigrants who settled the shores of Lake Llanquihue as part of a government colonization project during the presidency of Manuel Montt.
The area known as the “Llanquihue Lake Colonization Territory” was created by the government on 27 June, 1853, and by the end of 1853, the first 212 German families had immigrated to what would be Puerto Varas.
The first area to be settled was known as La Fabrica, where the road from Puerto Montt and the coast reached Llanquihue Lake. Other landmarks in its early history include the opening of a Catholic church in 1872 and the founding of the Deutscher Verein (“German Club”) in 1885. The town received official status in the form of a Título de Villa (“Town Certification”) in 1897. The commune of Puerto Varas, as it exists today, was formed in December 1925, when the Ministry of the Interior divided the country into provinces, and communes..
Puerto Varas: Demographics
According to population projections from Chile’s National Statistics Institute, in 2012 the commune of Puerto Varas had 41,255 inhabitants (21,093 men and 20,162 women). The population had increased by 25% since the 2002 census.
Puerto Varas: Architecture
Puerto Varas is characterized by traditional German architecture, with houses built from alerce wood using tools brought over from Europe by the 19th century colonial inhabitants. It was designated a Zona Típica (heritage zone) in 1992 and has a number of protected buildings, including the Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesus (Sacred Heart of Jesus Church). Built in 1918 on one of the highest points in Puerto Varas, the wooden church is one of the city’s iconic landmarks. Other notable protected structures include Casa Kuschel (1915) and Casa Yunge (1932).
Puerto Varas: Culture
Cultural institutions in Puerto Varas include the Antonio Felmer Museum, the Molino Machmar Art Centre, the Nativo Bosque Gallery and the Pablo Fierro Museum. Nearby Frutillar hosts the annual Frutillar Musical Weeks in January and February.
Puerto Varas: Cuisine
Baumkuchen, literally translated "tree cake" or "log cake"
Puerto Varas is known for traditional German dishes, especially Kuchen, which is celebrated on the annual Kuchen Day on the first Saturday of February. Craft beers, pastries, cakes, chocolate and marmalades can also be found in the town’s shops, restaurants and cafes.
Puerto Varas: Tourism
Puerto Varas is a popular tourist destination with its distinctive German-inspired architecture, wide variety of hotels and inns, a casino, a beach and striking views over the lake to the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes.
Visitors can take part in a range of outdoor sports including kayaking, fishing and trekking, and there is a winter ski centre on the slopes of Osorno Volcano. It is a good base for excursions to nearby natural landmarks including the emerald Todos los Santos Lake, the picturesque Petrohué Falls (Spanish: Saltos de Petrohué), Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park and Puyehue National Park as well as Osorno Volcano. Trips are also possible to other towns around Llanquihue Lake including Frutillar, Puerto Octay and Llanquihue.
Puerto Varas is the starting point for bus-and-boat crossings of the Andes, through spectacular forested mountains reflected in shimmering lakes, to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. The trip is best made west to east with an overnight at a hotel in the midst of the wilderness.
Puerto Varas: Education
Instituto Aleman Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas: Transportation
German influence is visible in the town's prominent Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
Conveniently nearby, El Tepual International Airport for Puerto Montt is served by many daily non-stop flights from Santiago, as well as numerous flights from other cities. More than 1,100,000 passengers a year use the airport.
Puerto Varas: Administration
As a commune, Puerto Varas is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2012–2016 alcalde is Álvaro Berger Schmidt (PS).
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Puerto Varas is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Fidel Espinoza (PS) and Felipe DeMussy Hiriart (UDI). It is part of the 56th electoral district, together with Puyehue, Río Negro, Purranque, Puerto Octay, Fresia, Frutillar, Llanquihue and Los Muermos. The commune is represented in the Senate by Rabindranath Quinteros (PS) and Iván Moreira (UDI) as part of the 17th senatorial constituency (Los Lagos Region).
Puerto Varas: Geography
Puerto Varas: Climate
Puerto Varas has an oceanic climate (Cfb, according to the Köppen climate classification), with an average annual precipitation of 1,762 mm (69 in). Summers are mild and winters are rainy and somewhat chilly.
Climate data for Puerto Varas
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Puerto Varas: Photo gallery
Puerto Varas, Chile
Tourist information centre
The wooden Sacred Heart Church, now almost 100 years old
Typical wooden architecture
Dawn over Llanquihue Lake
La Burbuja Ski Center
Llanquihue Lake and Osorno Volcano, Puerto Varas
A ketch on Llanquihue Lake, with a rainbow in the background
Puerto Varas: References
"Municipality of Puerto Varas" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 January 2011.
"National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010.
(in Spanish) Puerto Varas, 150 Años de Historia (1852 -2002)
El turismo en Puerto Varas se consolido en el verano 2013 SoyChile.cl, 3 March 2013, retrieved 18 January 2015
 Educar Chile, retrieved 18 January 2015
(in Spanish) Varas, Su Historia PuertoVaras.org, retrieved 18 January, 2015.
(in Spanish) Historia de Puerto Varas PuertoVaras.cl, retrieved 18 January, 2015.
History Infopuertovaras.com, retrieved 18 January 2015.
NSI Puerto Varas population report National Statistics Institute, retrieved 18 January 2015.
Colonial Architecture of Puerto Varas WelcomeChile.com, retrieved 18 January 2015.
Museums and Culture PuertoVaras.org, retrieved 18 January 2015.
Unique museum in southern Chile is a snapshot of the past ThisisChile.cl, retrieved 18 January 2015.
(in Spanish) Día del Kuchen en Puerto Varas TurismoChile.com, retrieved 18 January 2015.
"Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" (Archive). Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. Retrieved on 12 March 2016. p. 23/51.
"Climate: Puerto Varas". Retrieved 2 April 2015.
Puerto Varas: External links
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Puerto Varas.
(in Spanish) Municipality of Puerto Varas
(in Spanish) Lago Llanquihue weather forecasts
(in Spanish) Puerto Varas – Virtual Reality Panorama in 360ª
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