Northern Patagonia and the Lake District are often overlooked by visitors who concentrate on the north, south and central parts of Chile. It's a beautiful area, though, and if you're prepared to put in a few long hours, you'll be well rewarded with some of the most exceptional lodges in the country
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Squeezed between the mountains and the sea, Chile's beautiful Lake District region stretches over a large distance. Sparkling lakes, snow-capped peaks and rich green primary forest have caused the area to be compared with both New Zealand and Switzerland, but it has a personality all its own.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Similar to its counterpart across the mountains in Argentina, the Lake District in Chile is all about nature and the great outdoors
- This is the perfect self drive territory for those who like being a little more independent and exploring on their own time
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Holidays in the Chilean Lake District: the Detail
Similar to its counterpart across the mountains in Argentina, the Lake District in Chile is all about nature and the great outdoors. General Pinochet's famous Carretera Austral road is an unforgettably scenic journey, which connects Temuco and Pucon in the north with Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt in south, where the land ends and the fjords and ocean take over.
Pucon is known as the adventure capital of the region, offering a plethora of water sports on Lake Villarrica as well as volcano climbing. Puerto Varas is a rather gentler place, where small villages and farmhouses sit around Lake Llanquihue, the Osorno volcano soars, and excursions include the waterfalls at Petrohue. There is a strong Germanic heritage here, and quaint colonial villages such as Frutillar and Puerto Octay are well worth a visit.