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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.

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.

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A Note on Price

Chile doesn't come cheap, but don't let that put you off! Many of the hotels are all-inclusive (meals and excursions included), so you usually don't need to worry about expenses when you are there. A two week luxury holiday to Chile staying at some of our top choice hotels could cost around £6,000 per person.

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Santiago, Valparaiso and the Chilean Lake District

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