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History of Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas is a Chilean commune, located in the Province of Llanquihue in the Los Lagos region, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue.

It consists of about 32,000 inhabitants and about 70 meters above sea level is located. It was formed from the German Colonization with immigrants who settled here between 1852 and 1853. The city has historically been known for its relationship with tourism. Its main urban centers are the city of Puerto Varas and Puerto Chico.

The founding date of Puerto Varas is unclear, but its beginnings date back to 1853, when a series of actions taken by the Government, intended to incorporate uninhabited territories in the south to the rest of the country. Being created the Territory of Colonization of Lake Llanquihue by Supreme Decree issued by the Ministry of Interior of Chile dated June 27, 1853, it begins with a gradual settlement of the area with immigrants coming mainly from Germany and Switzerland. So later that year the first German settlers who settled on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, who arrived at the factory, where ended the way from Melipulli (current Puerto Montt) sector.

The commune itself was created on December 30, 1925 by S.D. No. 8583 of the Ministry of Interior of Chile.

In the 1960s, thanks to the improvement of Route 5, Puerto Varas greatly improved its connection with the rest of the Chilean territory.

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Places to visit in Puerto Varas
Volcán Calbuco Volcán Calbuco
En lengua mapudungun “agua azul”.
Volcán Osorno Volcán Osorno
También denominado Hueñauca, que en lengua mapudungun quiere decir peligro en las alturas.
Parque Phillipi Parque Phillipi
Desde su cima es posible apreciar Puerto Varas y su entorno.
Lago Llanquihue Lago Llanquihue
Su nombre, otorgado por los pueblos originarios, significa lugar hundido o sumergido y su origen geográfico se debe a la acción de grandes ventisqueros que socavaron la cuenca, donde se acumuló el agua de los deshielos hacia el término de la última era glacial.

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