Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt

This is a beautiful and easily accessible area full of wonderful scenery, ranging from rainforest, to snow-capped volcanoes, crystal clear lakes and farming settlements. A few towns are visibly influenced by historic German, Swiss and Austrian settlement.
The Chilean Lake District is a gloriously beautiful place, and well worth visiting if you would enjoy easy trekking, fishing and soaking up stunning landscapes. 

The Lake District – Things to do

When exploring the Lake District, most people fly into Puerto Montt and head to nearby Puerto Varas the "City of Roses" on the shores of the lake with views of the two volcanoes, Osorno and Calbuco. Whether you are self-driving, trekking or enjoying the vast array of outdoor activities in this area you are sure to enjoy this stunning region of Chile that is often overshadowed by the superstar National Park, Torres del Paine, in Patagonia. But we would say that the Lake District can certainly hold its own.  This is a great stop off for any honeymooner.

Places to visit include the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, which is located close to Lake Todos los Santos. If you are lucky, you will see puma here and Andean deer roaming around the dramatic Petrohue Falls.

An alternative area of the Lake District to Puerto Varas is flying to Pucon. Equally as gorgeous with lots to see and do in the area. Much like Puerto Varas and its surroundings, it is all about the great outdoors and spectacular scenery.

The Lake District – Where to stay

For a luxury home away from home, it has to be the small 6 bedroom property, Quincho Country Home ideally located in the beautiful rolling hills. For a fairly new property which includes all meals and excursion’s, look no further than Tierra Chiloe for a really supreme stay – lovers of the modern will absolutely love this property.   

The Lake District – Our opinion

It really is a beautiful part of Chile. However, The Lake District is better for either a second trip or an extended trip in Chile as highlights remain Patagonia and Atacama. However for lovers of outdoors and skiers, fisherman and hikers, it will provide a fantastic getaway in a really peaceful part of the world.

The Lake District – Top tip

Self-drive is a really freeing option in this part of Chile and it will just give you that bit more flexibility on your travels, making the whole trip that bit more adventurous. You can explore the region and stop off at points of interest at your own will – this area also has a thriving Mapuche culture which allows for a fantastic insight into Chilean history and traditions.


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