Experience the best of South America's Lake District on this all-encompassing itinerary. Combining Chile and Argentina, this itinerary includes outdoor wilderness, an array of luxury hotels and an adventure not to be forgotten.
Top 5 things to do in the Chilean Lake District
The Chilean Lake District is a fairy-tale land of snow-capped volcanoes, mountain pastures, emerald forests, lush-green rolling hills, turquoise lagoons and crystal-clear lakes. All these varied landscapes make it the most spectacular adventure playground and the perfect holiday destination for the outdoor enthusiast. With such a wide variety of things to see and do, we have narrowed down the top five things that are not to be missed in the Chilean Lake District.
The Lake District has some of the most remote and wonderful properties from which to base yourself while you explore this picture-perfect region of Chile. Here are some of our favourites:
• Hotel Casa Molino – a stay at this gem will offer you a truly personal service combined with sensational views across Lake Llanquihue to the volcanoes Osorno.
• Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira – this activity-packed hotel is surrounded by picturesque lagoons, small creeks and untouched wildlife, making it the perfect base from which to explore the outstanding surroundings.
1. Climb smoking volcanoes
Villarica Volcano and Osorno are iconic symbols of the Chilean Lake District. Take a strenuous climb up Villarica, or a chair lift up to the top of Osorno and admire the spectacular views you are rewarded with.
2. Soak in the hot springs
It has been estimated that Chile has around 280 thermal springs, and many of the best are found in the Lake District. Soothing in these revitalising springs is the perfect way to relax after a day out exploring.
3. Buy an authentic woollen poncho
Be sure to go and meet the Mapuche ladies that can be found a few blocks away from Temuco market and buy an authentic poncho. A visit to the Mapuche community will also allow you to learn about their way of life, including their use of medicinal plants, their unique gastronomy and their fascinating history, in which they had to defend their land against the Spanish conquistadors.
4. Explore the lakes and rivers
The Lake District is an area bursting with pristine waters, varying in deep blues and greens, and offers plenty of opportunity to swim, sunbathe, kayak, sail and more. For the more adventurous, make sure you go white-water rafting along one of the region's various rivers, or experience some of the country’s finest fly-fishing.
5. See monkey puzzle trees
The monkey puzzle tree is an evergreen tree native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina. Go out and spot these in their natural habitat and hike or horse-ride along one of the numerous trails, exploring the thick fairy-tale like vegetation.