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Chile: Chilean Lake District (south)

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Chile’s lake district is a picturesque region of ancient forests straddling rugged hills lorded over by snow-capped volcanoes, hot springs and crystalline streams, interspersed by flowery meadows and cattle pasture.

The southern part of the region includes the Bavarian-style resort Puerto Varas on the shores of the vast lake Llanquihue, overlooked by the perfect cone of the Osorno volcano. Not far from here are the Petrohue Falls, a popular break in the journey for visitors on the Lakes Crossing route to Argentina. Puerto Montt is a large town with a busy fishing port from where it’s a short ferry ride to the deeply traditional island of Chiloe.

Our holidays to Chilean Lake District (south)

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Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

Private journey

17 days from £4,874pp

Austral Road

Self-drive Chile: Off the beaten track

Private journey

14 days from £3,174pp

Puerto

Tangara: Blue lakes and emerald coasts

Group tour

15 days from £2,798pp

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 (south)

Chiloé

Discover the traditions of Chiloe island

Cycle to Fruitillar

Cycle to Frutillar


Visit Osorno Volcano

Visit Osorno volcano

Coastal Fjords of the Austral Road

Coastal fjords of the Austral Road

Our insider tips for Chilean Lake District (south)

David

David Nichols

Enjoying a curanto seafood stew on a day trip to Chiloé, an island of mists and mysteries with a strong rural tradition, unique wood-shingled churches and fishermen’s houses on stilts.

Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

Visiting the fish market at Puerto Montt, heaving with exotic sea creatures of all shapes and sizes.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Coming across sleepy little villages with wooden houses and friendly people as you explore the gravelly roads by hire car.
Lina

Lina Fuller

Visiting the riparian town of Valdivia, with a boat trip along one of its fjords.

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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