About Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas is a Chilean city and commune, located in the Llanquihue Province of the Lakes District on the shoreline of the Llanquihue Lake.

It is inhabited by 32,000 people and is situated at about 230 feet above sea level. The city was initially established by German immigrants who settled in this location between 1852 and 1853. The local tourism industry places great pride and emphasis on the city’s unique history.

Puerto Varas’ exact foundation date is uncertain, but it was sometime early in the year 1853, when the government took a series of steps intended to incorporate uninhabited southern regions with the rest of the country. A supreme decree mandated by the Ministry of Interior of Chile on June 27th, 1853 established the Llanquihue Lake Colonization Territory. Gradually, immigrants, primarily German and Swiss, began to settle the region. Therefore, by the end of that year, the first German settlers had established their presence on the shoreline of Llanquihue Lake, arriving at the Factory area, at the end of the road from Melipulli (now known as Puerto Montt).

In the 1960s, thanks to the improvement of Route 5, Puerto Varas’ connectivity with the rest of the country improved significantly.

More Information: http://puertovaras.org/

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Organizing Committee
  • General Chair:
    Prof. Marco Rivera
  • Committee:
    Doctor José Riveros
    Doctora Yamisleydi Salgueiro
  • Honorary Chair:
    Prof. José Rodríguez
  • Mrs. Paola Poblete
  • Prof. Javier Muñoz
  • Prof. José Espinoza
  • Prof. Braham Ferreira
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