Chilean Lake District

May 27, 2014
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This week we’re focusing on one of the lesser-known regions of Chile – the Chilean Lake District. A stunning haven of outstanding natural beauty, this region has it all – mountains, volcanoes, pristine blue lakes and dense green forests. With a photo opportunity around every corner, the Chilean Lake District will certainly not disappoint!

The Area 

This region features around twelve major lakes located in and amongst rivers, waterfalls, forests and thermal springs, all framed by the towering Andes Mountains. Seven of these lakes feature along a single road, known by its popular name ‘Road of the Seven Lakes’ (who would have guessed). This 107km road stretches between San Martin de Los Andes and Villa La Angostura, providing views over 7 of the main lakes in the district, including the beautiful Espondido andCorrentoso lakes. The area is perfect if you’re looking to explore independently – hiring a car and visiting the multitude of highlights along the way is a fantastic way to see as much as possible at your own pace.

The Lake District is a large area, so most visitors head to the beautiful town of Pucon or alternatively the sleepy town of Puerto Varas. The latter is located just a 30 minute drive from the main airport at Puerto Montt, and this attractive town has great views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes!

Best Time To Go

Although the scenery is incredible all year round, it can get cold in the winter months, so an ideal time is between October and April (remember the summer and winter months are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere). Contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist for more information about the best time to book.


The Petrohue Waterfalls are a real highlight of the area, not only offering an awesome view of the Osorno Volcano, but also showcasing the incredible natural power of the water flowing through it. Because of the sand and silt that filters into the river when the Osorno is active, the rocks in this fast-flowing river have a beautiful polished quality. For keen wildlife enthusiasts as well, the Torrent Duck is a regular sight in these waters, and is particular to the Andes region. A powerful swimmer and diver, you might be able to spot one or two in and amongst the rapids of the river, which has, on average, over 200 cubic metres of water flowing over it every second!

Another active volcano in the area, Villarricca, is a great place to visit. There are a number of opportunities to hike up the volcano and see smoke rising from the top. If you have time while you’re there, visit some of the spectacular naturally formed caves – another amazing highlight of the region!

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