Ensenada – Chile (Lake District)
Ensenada is a little village at the southeastern corner of the Llanquihue Lake. It’s becoming more and more popular for nature lovers and outdoor fanatics due to its tranquility, scenic volcanic beaches with amazing views of the Osorno Volcano and its proximity to all of the region’s highlights.
Ensenada is located 45km east of Puerto Varas at the entrance of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, which is one of the main reasons why it’s fantastic to stay here, saving you lots of precious time: the Osorno Volcano is situated at your doorstep; the Lago de Todos Los Santos and the Saltos de Petrohué are at cycling distance; pretty Laguna Verde is around the corner; and you’re already half-way to gorgeous Cochamó … In other words, Ensenada is the perfectly located strategic centre for all your outdoor activities and nature outings like mountaineering, hiking, cycling, rafting, kayaking, horse riding, climbing, fishing and winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.
Ensenada is a calm destination, not overrun by tourists and you’ll spend lots of time in nature. If that’s what you’re looking for and you can miss the luxury of a city, you should hop on one of the hourly buses leaving from Puerto Varas. And don’t worry; Ensenada also has some shops to buy food & supplies and restaurants if you don’t feel like cooking.
BARLOVENTO CABINS, HOSTAL & CAMPING – Budget & Flashpacker Category
Imagine sleeping at the waterfront of the Llanquihue Lake, on the doorstep of the Vicente Pérez Rosales NP, where all the action is, and saving daily transport from Puerto Varas. Barlovento offers double and triple rooms (shared bathroom), cabins (3-6 beds) and camping spots with roofs. Laundry service available.
At Barlovento you can find also the excellent operator called Terrasur EcoAventura for all your adventure activities.
Several buses per day leave from Puerto Varas to Ensenada. Bus stop: ‘Carabineros de Ensenada’, 50 metres from Barlovento.
TERRASUR ECOAVENTURA – Rafting & Adventure Activities
Terrasur is located 44km from Puerto Varas, in Ensenada. Nature & adrenaline junkies are gonna love their thrilling, high quality activities organized at rock bottom rates!
– Rafting, hydrospeed, kayaking and sports fishing on the Río Petrohue.
– Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes ascents (Oct to Feb).
– Mountain biking, trekking, canopy.
– Rental of MTB’s, kayaks and climbing gear.
We recommend spending some nights here too, close to the national park. Barlovento cabins, hostal & camping is located on the same spot as Terrasur.
Several buses per day go from Puerto Varas to Ensenada. Just get of at the ‘Carabineros de Ensenada’ bus stop, at 50 metres from Terrasur.