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Running between the Chilean lakes towns of Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt and the Argentinian counterpart; Bariloche, the trip across lakes and borders includes several different modes of transport as the roads and lakes weave their way directly through the mountains. No chance to get bored, and even the kids won’t ask if you’re nearly there yet, as you swap the bus for a catamaran and do the same in reverse when you’re back on solid ground again.

There is the option to take two days and to stay overnight en route in Peulla, at the hotel by the same name; if you are making the trip in one day, it will take approximately eight hours and includes lunch in Peulla.

Additional info: you will be required to show your passports and all documents at the border check, and please be aware that the boats can get busy during peak times; this is not a private trip.

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