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