The Lake District
Collected by Liz Caskey , AFAR Local Expert
Stretching over 200 miles from Temuco in the north to Puerto Montt in the south, Chile's lake district is a land of lush farmland, dense native forest, snow-capped volcanoes, hot springs, deep clear lakes, and charming European-like villages—a clear nod to the region's Germanic heritage.
Klenner 349, Puerto Varas, Región de los Lagos, Chile
Located in Chile's Los Lagos Region, an area filled with lakes and volcanoes, and situated right atop Lake Llanquihue, Hotel Patagonico is a beautiful haven of warmth and comfort tucked in an area known for its adventure sports and activities....
Bahía Dorita s/n, Cisnes, Región de Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, Chile
Reachable only by boat, Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa has incredible views of virgin forest, mountains, and water. The Aysén region is one of the least accessible, less touristy areas of Chile, and it’s really worth going the extra mile....
San Pedro 311, Puerto Varas, Región de los Lagos, Chile
Get ready for a rush of adrenaline as you splash through the class III and IV rapids of the Petrohue River with Ko'Kayak, located in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. The water is crystal clear, and you'll be suited up with a full wetsuit...
Puerto Varas, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Tucked away in a cozy cabin in the woods, enjoy a home cooked hot meal at Senda Nativa Romahue in the Los Lagos Region of Chile, as you listen to the crackling fire and learn about the native species of this region. A place for trekking, bird...
Puerto Varas, Los Lagos, Chile
Puerto Montt is known as the gateway to Chile’s Lake District and Patagonia but many travelers prefer to explore, eat and shop in nearby Puerto Varas, on Lake Llanquihue, the second-largest lake in the country. You can see the peaks of...
Puerto Montt, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Located on the waterfront of the port city of Puerto Montt, the southernmost point of the Lake District and jumping-off point to the Chiloe archipelago and Carrertera Austral, this busy wharf and market never seems to rest. From the interior bay...
Puerto Octay, Los Lagos Region, Chile
About 20 miles north of Frutillar with stunning vistas of Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno volcano, the road passes along handsome German farmhouses dating back over a century with rolling meadowland. Puerto Octay is an attractive little town on the...
Frutillar, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Located outside of Frutillar in the Fundo Santa Marta, one of the first areas colonized by the Germans arriving in Lake Llanquihue in the mid-1800s, this handsome teahouse has sweeping views of the lake, volcano, and fields of fragrant lavender....
Frutillar, Los Lagos Region, Chile
This little village fuels many a Chilean's vision of the south—Germanic towns nestled among sapphire-hued lakes—and is often synonymous with summer vacation. Frutillar, just north of Puerto Varas, seems to be straight from Bavaria with its...
Pucón, Araucania, Chile
This classic, old-timer hotel built high above the shores of Lake Villarrica has inspired visits from around the world, including the royals during its heyday in the 1960s. Now renovated and under the keen eye of the founder's daughter, it is...
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