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Chile: Chilean Lake District (north)

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It seems that each of the royal blue lakes in this region of chocolate-box prettiness is overlooked by its own snow-dipped volcano. On the lake shores are resort towns with an Alpine flavour and traditional villages of neat wooden cottages. The region is carpeted with pine forests and studded with youthful streams.

The north is dominated by the snowy peak of the volcano Villarrica towering over the lake of the same name. Pucón is a lively outdoor lakeside resort, a base for adventure activities. To the south there is a necklet of seven exquisite, sinuous lakes reached by a network of scenic roads.

Our holidays to Chilean Lake District (north)

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Hiking in Torres del Paine National Park

Active Chile: Hiking, cycling and kayaking in the lake district and Patagonia

Private journey

13 days from £3,545pp

Lake General Carrera

Patagonia and the Chilean fjords expedition cruise - 6 Nov 2017

Private journey

16 days from £5,583pp

Torres del Paine National Park Chile

Nandu: Peaks and plains of Patagonia

Group tour

21 days from £3,528pp

self drive in lake district

Self-drive Chile: Lake district and Torres del Paine

Private journey

14 days from £4,003pp

Things to do in Chilean Lake District (north)

Hike in a Monkey Puzzle Forest

Hike in a monkey puzzle forest

White-water Rafting

Rio Trancura white-water rafting


Self-Drive in the Lake District

Self-drive in the Chilean lake district

Hot Spring in Chile

Soak in a Chilean hot spring

Our insider tips for Chilean Lake District (north)

David

David Nichols

The view from the summit of Mount Villarrica. With its permanent cap of snow it’s a challenge to get to the peak but there are blissful panoramas from the lower slopes.
Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

A fondue at one of Pucón’s pavement restaurants after a day out of doors exploring the highlights of the area.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Lying back in the thermal baths hot springs of Huife, surrounded by woodland, breathing in the fresh, sparkling air.
Lina

Lina Fuller

Driving around seven lakes in your own hired car, stopping off to visit exotically named villages such as Panguipulli and Licán Ray.

What our experts say

Think lake district and your mind may wander to the UK version - in Chile, there are certain facets in common: For Windermere read Pucon, with its well developed tourist infrastructure and lake and mountain bound location. Roads can be choked in the summer in both regions, when the fertile fields and hill-slopes are bedecked with flowers and blooming shrubs. But in Chile you have the added delights of views over the chain of permanently snow-capped volcanic cones, with their occasional hissing and seething; ancient moss-stifled forests; quaint Germanic towns and youthful rivers bearing hot springs. Spring and autumn can be a riot of colour, and more peaceful.  

David

David Nichols

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