This circuit is 100 years old and is the most beautiful natural way to connect Argentina and Chile. The crossing sees unique landscapes with lakes and mountain roads of north Patagonia, some of which may only be accessed via the Andean Lakes Crossing.
The voyage covers 180 km / 112 mi., sailing across three pristine lakes connected by four overland tranches from San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, to Puerto Varas, Chile, or in the opposite direction.
This trip, that reveals the Andean landscapes, crosses the most colorful region of Patagonia, and along the way visitors may admire views of lakes found in glacier troughs, mountains, volcanoes and the typical woods of the Patagonian forest or “selva fría” (cold jungle).
It takes one day to get to the destination, but there is an optional halfway stay-over at Peulla and/or Puerto Blest.
Patagonian lakes at their best!
SUMMER (December 21 – March 20):
temperatures of about 30 ºC / 86 ºF. Warm and sunny days, with sporadic rainfalls and wind.
FALL (March 21 – June 20):
temperatures between about 4 ºC / 39 ºF and 13 ºC / 55 ºF. Cool and temperate days with rainfall.
WINTER (June 21 – September 20):
Temperatures between about 5 ºC / 41 ºF and -5 ºC / 23 ºF. Cold days with snowfall.
SPRING (September 21 – December 20):
temperatures between about 7 ºC / 45 ºF and 20 ºC / 68 ºF. Temperatures rise during the day.
Comfortable clothes, light rain cape, sunglasses or sunscreen and sunblock protection.
Cruce Andino operates all throughout the year from Chile to Argentina. From Argentina to Chile, operation is all year long, except on May 1st.
Luggage is carried by Cruce Andino. Passengers check their baggage at the meeting terminal and collect it back at the redemption point. The route of the Andean Lakes Crossing is the same for both the 1-day and the 2-day tour programs.
For the 2-day program, travelers need to add accommodation and food and beverage costs at Natura Hotel in Peulla or Puerto Blest Hotel in Puerto Blest.