When it's time to take a break from the more tourist-heavy locales, slow down the pace and immerse yourself in tranquility in the charming town of Puerto Octay. Resting on a hillside with a view of the lake, this adorable little city (which still maintains its Bavarian flair after being settled by Germans in the 1800s) offers visitors a serene and beautiful spot to rest and recharge.
Come stay in one of our vacation rentals while you're here and make your peaceful getaway that much better. Not only will you have more privacy than when staying in a hotel, you'll also be closer to nature, oftentimes with access to this gorgeous city's black sand beaches just steps from your front door.
Puerto Octay is located in Chile's Los Lagos region, on the north shore of Llanquihue Lake. This beautiful city is just 15 miles north of Frutillar, 19 miles west of Puerto Clocker, and 32 miles north of Puerto Varas, the city of roses.
The beaches that dot the shores of Llanquihue Lake are a central feature in Puerto Octay. Visit unique Fonck Port Beach, where the water of this seemingly boundless inland sea meets and mingles with the forest. Maitén Beach and Rupanco Islet are popular stops for swimming, fishing, and sunbathing, with Centinela Peninsula being one of the most frequented spots for outdoor activities in the summer.
When you want a break from the action, take a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk at Octay Harbor and Marina and feel as if you've gone back in time, surrounded by the tranquil simplicity Puerto Octay is known for.
One of the perks of renting one of our vacation homes is that you can make your own delicious favorites at mealtime, but on those days when you want a break from cooking or you want to sample the local cuisine, head to one of Puerto Octay's excellent dining establishments. Worthy possibilities are Restaurant Puerto Muñoz Gamero, a charming, family-run restaurant which serves up fish and meat dishes, or El Fogon de Anita, featuring grilled and roasted skewers.
Rancho Espantapajaros is worth a visit, too, offering Chilean-German fusion fare in honor of the city's original settlers. A dining establishment with a commitment to sustainability and eco-sensitive practices, Rancho Espantapajaros offers stunning views of Calbuco, Puntiagudo, and Osorno volcanoes and Llanquihue Lake while you dine on their all-you-can-eat buffet, which rotates determined by the seasonal harvests from the garden. When you've finished your meal, you can take a nice barefoot walk on a sand and flat stone path for a relaxing foot massage. Afterward, be sure to visit their boutique, which offers jams and souvenirs that you can take back home!
Learn about Puerto Octay's rich history that dates back to 1852 in one of the town's wonderful museums. Visit the Parish Church, built in 1911, as well as the original nun's school, built in 1913, to learn more about the German settlers who established this area. The Casa de la Cultura Emilio Held Winkler museum, which houses historical photos and documents of the original settlers, is another excellent option when you want immerse yourself in the beginnings of this beautiful, unique lakeside city.
One of the most important passenger ports in Chile's diverse Los Lagos Region, Puerto Octay offers travelers a glimpse at the remains of its German beginnings, found in its architecture and its businesses. When it's time to slow down and treat yourself to a getaway, stay in a vacation rental in this culturally unique and naturally stunning city and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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