Surrounded by stunning scenery, the quaint, lakeside town of Frutillar offers an unforgettable Southern Chile getaway. For years, visitors have come for the town’s unique mix of German-influenced culture and exceptional access to the outdoors. Whether you’re out exploring the town’s hilly streets, or zipping around Lake Llanquihue in a boat, you’ll find a comfortable, end-of-the-day retreat in one of our Frutillar vacation rentals.
Situated on the western shores of Lake Llanquihue, Frutillar lies in Chile’s Lake District, an area of sprawling freshwater lakes surrounded by Andean peaks and vast forestlands. It is one of several lakefront communities, alongside Puerto Octay (14 miles north), Llanquihue (13 miles south), and Puerto Varas (18 miles south), Frutillar has a population of just over 16,000 residents, offering a small-town look and feel.
Frutillar was founded by German immigrants in the mid-1800s, and even in modern times, you’ll find Bavarian influences around the town. Take a leisurely walk through the town’s fascinating history at the Museo Colonial Aleman de Frutillar, a well-preserved village of historic buildings surrounded by manicured gardens and beautiful landscaping.
Continue the town tour along the waterfront, where you’ll find the Teatro del Lago, a modern performance hall. Order a fresh lunch on the theater’s outdoor patio and dine with sweeping views looking out toward Osorno volcano to the east. You could also buy a ticket for a tour of the facility, or catch an evening show from performance artists, symphonies, and seasonal events throughout the year.
If you’ve come during the warm spring and summer months, make sure to bring along your swimsuit for a dip in Lake Llanquihue. Water sports are abundant in this small town, so head down to the Cofradia Nautica de Frutillar to rent a watercraft for a day of fun under the sun.
Much of Southern Chile’s allure lies in its incredible landscape of lakes, snow-capped volcanoes, and old-growth forest. Lucky for you, our Frutillar vacation rentals guarantee you’ll be close by every bit of the beauty.
If you like to hike, you’ll find winding trails leading to breathtaking lookouts in the Alerce Andino National Park (53 miles southwest), or up the challenge factor with a heart-pounding trek up either of two volcanoes – Osorno and Calbuco – within 56 miles of Frutillar.
Twenty-eight miles south you’ll find the blue collar town of Puerto Montt at the gateway to Chilean Patagonia. Here, you can catch a cruise south to witness icebergs that are as big as buildings floating in open ocean water.
If you prefer adventures on land, there’s still plenty more to explore by horseback, paddling down whitewater rivers, and even flying high above the Andean valleys on a paragliding trip.
Experience the best of Southern Chile’s jaw-dropping geography and lakefront culture when you book a stay in one of our vacation rentals in Frutillar!
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