Why You Should Visit the Chilean Lake District
- Spend your days exploring this beautiful region by hire car, allowing for access to the more remote national parks
- Sample the freshest of seafood at Puerto Montt’s historic harbour-side fish market
- Visit Chiloe, an island of cultural and wildlife interest with its historic churches, whales and penguin colonies
- The region offers some of the world’s top fly fishing with rivers and lakes plentifully stocked with sizeable trout and even salmon
Our Specialists 'Must Do'
For the more adventurous, stay in Pucon, to the north of the region, a superb destination for outdoor adventure from white-water rafting to horse riding through the Andes. One of the undoubted highlights is to climb to the top of the active Villarrica Volcano for unrivalled views of the region’s mountains, lakes and forests.
A little more about the Chilean Lake District
The Chilean Lake District is a land of beautiful glacial lakes, snow capped volcanoes, hot springs and national parks stretching from Temuco in the north to Chaiten in the south. This region has so much to offer, with exploration made easy by a good road network allowing visitors to spend days in their own hire car travelling from north to south or even cross the Andes to the Argentine Lake District.
Find pretty Pucon to the north with its idyllic setting on the edge of Lake Villarrica beneath snow-capped Villarrica Volcano. Visit hot springs and waterfalls, walk through the Huerquehue National Park, raft and fly-fish the Trancura River (October to April) or horse ride.
Puerto Varas to the south, on the corner of stunning Lago Llanquihue, is a popular destination and base. Overlooked by the impressive snow-capped cone of Osorno Volcano, this pretty resort town is a good starting point for a wide variety of excursions in the surrounding area. These include walking amongst 4000-year-old alerce trees in Alerce Andino National Park, and exploring the lush, green and cultural Chiloe Island with its tight-knit farming and fishing communities.
Heading east from Puerto Varas by road and boat, travellers can traverse the Andes via a series of lakes en route to Bariloche in Argentina, or head south through the magnificent glaciers, isles and fjords of remote Patagonia all the way down to Cape Horn.
When to go
A year round destination with distinct summer and winter seasons. Take the unique opportunity to ski down active volcanoes in the winter months of June to September.