Petrohue Waterfall and Puerto Varas Tour
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Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
It was the 1840s, a time of political upheaval in the states that would soon come together to form modern Germany, and a time when South American nations wanted to attract skilled European immigrants. The snowcapped mountains and clear lakes of southern Chile so strongly resembled Alpine Bavaria that German visitors had already returned with tales of opportunity in a beautiful land with a similar climate. Chile's 1845 Law of Selective Immigration extended an official invitation, and the influx began – slowly at first, with nine families, building to 200 families within three years.
Both sides in the bargain got what they were hoping for. The Germans brought the latest industrial and agricultural techniques; Chile was able to quickly populate new towns on Lake Llanquihue, including Puerto Varas, named after Chile's interior minister but founded by Germans. They built homes, civic buildings, and churches that looked like they could have been transplanted from their homeland, but gave them Spanish names, like the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (Sacred Heart of Jesus) Church. With its handsome clocktower, it's become the icon of the city, and was modeled after the Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) in the Black Forest region of southwest Germany. It's as beautiful inside as it is outside.
The Germans who arrived in the 19th century promised to be as "honest and laborious" as "the best" Chileans. "Never will the country that adopts us reason to repent," they vowed. They kept their promises.
The difference being that Alpine mountains don't explode
Chile's Lake Region looks like the Alps on the surface, but it's a whole different story underneath. The snow-covered peaks around Lake Llanquihue – Osorno, Calbuco, and Tronador – have erupted many times over the centuries, often in conjunction with earthquakes. Only extinct Tronador is no longer a threat; seismologists keep a wary eye on her sisters.
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