Luxury Holidays to the Chilean Lake District

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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Beach in Chiloé
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Horseback Riding on Chiloe

Channel your inner huaso (Chilean cowboy) and explore Chiloe island on horseback. Venture through open prairies and charming farmland where you'll meet locals tending to their crops, encounter impressive Andean vistas and spot beautiful native flowers along the way. Your destination is Quento beach, a wild coastal spot - when the tide recedes, you can dismount and enjoy a picnic on the sand gazing out to the iridescent blue.

Petrophue River
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White-water Rafting

Take a white-water rafting adventure down the Petrophue river. Don your state-of-the-art rafting kit and, from the moment you start paddling, you'll experience a variety of scenery; emerald river water glistening in the sun, lush rainforest and conical snow-capped volcanoes. Hurtle down exhilarating grade three rapids while also taking in quieter moments of serenity.

Unesco Listed Church on Aucar Island
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Biking on Aucar

Explore Chiloe's sweeping coastal landscapes on a fun bike ride. First stop, a museum dedicated to celebrated Chilean author, Francisco Coloane, whose seafaring stories were inspired by island myths. Next, peddle to Aucar Island winding through a beguiling array of endemic flora. En-route, you'll pop into three UNESCO-listed churches, each one representing unique architecture, a fascinating mix of Jesuit and Chiloe style.

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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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