First German settlers  1856

Villa Frutillar 1863

Villa Frutillar was founded november 23rd 1856 by order of the president of Chile, Manuel Montt, with support from the interior minister Antonio Varas. The naturalist Bernardo Enom Philippi discoverer of Lake Llanquihue and manager of the colonizing policy of this region, saw the region a resemblance to Switzerland. In February 1842, upon discovering this immense lake inserted in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, he described it as follows:


The water of this lake is clear as that of the Geneva in Switzerland, its surface is seven leagues more or less in length, by others as much in width, in such a way that I could not distinguish the front edge. It has, like Geneva the snow-capped Alps, the Andes mountain range that rises from its eastern shores, with a volcano covered with snow up to the middle that ends in the water.


In December 1853, Vicente Pérez Rosales chief of the colonization of Llanquihue described the Villa Frutillar as follows:


With persevering faith and constancy, this newly born establishment will soon become, the jewel of the south of the republic.


The intensity of its views and contrasts, the purity of the air and waters, reflect the natural clarity of frutillar bay. The city is preserved virgin in Chilean Patagonia, like a jewel of the republic. Thanks to 162 years since its foundation and the continuous concern for nature and particularly respect for the waters of the frutillar bay, this great objective has been achieved, as opposed to disproportionate growth of other towns in Lake Llanquihue.


In Frutillar, a unique culture springs up, as the German settlers saw it in 1856. Today, the immense colors and forms is appreciated in all the seasons of the year. Thus, the magic of Frutillar Bay offers a spectacular paradise at the end of the world, with a unique atmosphere. The Bay of Frutillar is projected as the cultural and innovation capital in Chile, declared by UNESCO in 2017. It is also considered the capital of southern Chile in sailing and golf.


Frutillar rises today with a strict regulatory plan that protects it and will turn it into the urban model city of the country. Frutillar has Teatro del Lago, with a powerful installation unique in America. The yacht club Cofradía Náutica de Frutillar has a solid marina, with port facilities that make the bay the sailing capital of southern Chile. Patagonia Virgin Frutillar Golf Club designed by NICKLAUS and tennis courts, offers outdoor sports, next to a shore with sunny views of the Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador volcanoes. 

As Charles Darwin described it in 1834 on his trip to Patagonia on board the HMS Beagle, he indicated the following.


The flora of this region is diverse and ranges from the Andean-Patagonian forests to the semi-desert vegetation of the southern territory of the American continent. However, it is possible to find abundant native forests in the northern continental Patagonia, from the mountain range to the Pacific Ocean, in the valleys near the lakes.