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Puerto Varas in Winter?

Vaucluse, Australia
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Puerto Varas in Winter?

We will be in Chile end June next year and have a few spare days on our hands, so were wondering whether a short visit to Puerto Varas would be a good idea. If not, where else would be an option, apart from Santiago and Vina del Mar? Thanks for any suggestions!

Bath, United Kingdom
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1. Re: Puerto Varas in Winter?

It's winter, the weather will be coldish and unpredictable, but the real problem is the lack of visibility for views.

I'd go north to either San Pedro de Atacama or Lauca, although you may still get snow at high altitude. The five hour flight to Easter Island from SCL may also be worth considering.

Vaucluse, Australia
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2. Re: Puerto Varas in Winter?

Thanks for this, I guess we'd better leave Puerto Varas for some other time. San Pedro and Easter Island are already part of our itinerary. Cheers

Brussels, Belgium
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3. Re: Puerto Varas in Winter?

You can check out the weather forecast and decide at the last minute if it is good.

Bath, United Kingdom
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4. Re: Puerto Varas in Winter?

Have a look at Lauca then, near Arica.

Vaucluse, Australia
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5. Re: Puerto Varas in Winter?

Thanks for the suggestions, I had looked at Lauca, but how do you get from San Pedro to there? As to last minute, I'm not really a last-minute person when I'm travelling overseas, but I guess if we were basing ourselves in Santiago for an extra few days in accommodation that can be cancelled without penalty it would be an option. Cheers

Bath, United Kingdom
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6. Re: Puerto Varas in Winter?

You would need to bus from Calama to Iquique or Arica, or you could fly from Antofagasta.

Vaucluse, Australia
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7. Re: Puerto Varas in Winter?

Thanks, I'll look into that. Cheers!

8. Re: Puerto Varas in Winter?

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