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Chile: Chilean Lake District (north)

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It seems that each of the royal blue lakes in this region of chocolate-box prettiness is overlooked by its own snow-dipped volcano. On the lake shores are resort towns with an Alpine flavour and traditional villages of neat wooden cottages. The region is carpeted with pine forests and studded with youthful streams.

The north is dominated by the snowy peak of the volcano Villarrica towering over the lake of the same name. Pucón is a lively outdoor lakeside resort, a base for adventure activities. To the south there is a necklet of seven exquisite, sinuous lakes reached by a network of scenic roads. To the west, the watery river port Valdivia sits at the confluence of three rivers which debouch into the Pacific half way between Temuco and Puerto Montt. Oft isolated by geography, conflict and earthquakes, its hinterland is still best explored by boat. A lively university city, it has a multitude of cultural events celebrating its diversity.

Our holidays to Chilean Lake District (north)

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Lake General Carrera

Patagonia and the Chilean fjords expedition cruise - 5 Nov 2018

Private journey

16 days from £6,719pp

tdp

Luxury Chile: Exclusive lodges and untamed landscapes

Private journey

13 days from £10,314pp

self drive in lake district

Self-drive Chile: Lake district and Torres del Paine

Private journey

14 days from £3,358pp

Torres del Paine National Park Chile

Nandu: Peaks and plains of Patagonia

Group tour

20 days from £3,659pp

Things to do in Chilean Lake District (north)

valdivia

explore-valdivia

Hot Spring in Chile

Soak in a Chilean hot spring


White-water Rafting

Rio Trancura white-water rafting

Self-Drive in the Lake District

Self-drive in the Chilean lake district

Our insider tips for Chilean Lake District (north)

David

David Nichols

The view from the summit of Mount Villarrica. With its permanent cap of snow it’s a challenge to get to the peak but there are blissful panoramas from the lower slopes.
Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

A fondue at one of Pucón’s pavement restaurants after a day out of doors exploring the highlights of the area.

Lina

Lina Fuller

Lying back in the thermal baths hot springs of Huife, surrounded by woodland, breathing in the fresh, sparkling air.

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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