The lakes

Volcanoes and lush green forests reflected in crystalline lakes View on Google maps

Whether you’re whitewater rafting down the Trancura River or sipping a locally-brewed beer overlooking Lake Llanquihue in the charming colonial town of Puerto Varas, Chile’s Lake District offers high adrenaline pursuits, complete tranquility, and everything in between. Easily reachable from Argentina via a breathtaking Andes crossing over azure mountain lakes, the region’s snow-capped volcanoes, unspoiled forests and idyllic lakeside villages lend the place a distinctly Alpine feel.

"I first visited Puerto Varas and the surrounding area by bike, camping beside beautiful lakes with ridiculously perfect snow-capped volcanoes as our morning view and staying in quaint cabins in local villages. Mountain biking was the objective of the trip and the region did not disappoint! Near Pucón we went snow shoe walking on a volcano in the morning and trekking through a monkey puzzle tree forest in the afternoon."

Katy Chester
Glove Travel Designer

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Hand-selected properties:

Vira Vira
Tripadvisor
The new kid on the block in terms of Lake District luxury, Vira Vira is a totally unique family run farm-come-luxury hotel nestled in nature – volcanoes, rivers and lakes all twinkle around the extensive grounds. They have their own dairy and honey production on site, the organic garden is a dream to walk around and the villa suites backing on to the peaceful Liacura river are simply vast. Private hot tubs make it hard to leave your room, but the all-inclusive excursions offered cannot be missed.
Los Caiquenes Hotel
Tripadvisor
Los Caiquenes Hotel Boutique is a charmingly small hotel on the shore of the Llanquihue Lake. It offers a peaceful haven right next to the centre of Puerto Varas, spectacular views come rain or shine, as well as the unique chance to cook alongside the hotel´s chefs using the freshest local produce. The spacious bedrooms are designed to provide peace and tranquility all year round, making this hotel a great choice if you´re after typical southern charm in a unique, natural setting.
Awa Hotel
Tripadvisor
Awa Hotel is committed to the absolute satisfaction of its guests, with an incredible staff team constantly striving to deliver a unique and different (or surprising) service, privileging the local culture and products and putting at the highest level of importance the environment and the surrounding community. And incredible property to enjoy a yoga lesson with the pristine views of the lakes and the Osorno volcano. The rooms have a special aura, with comfortable beds, great breakfast and lovely touches like poems left on your bed and a log fire in your room at turndown service.
Parque Futangue Hotel
Tripadvisor
Located in Riñinahue Valley, Futangue is a unique property located in the heart of the Futangue National Park. With a mesmerizing beautiful park and spectacular views to the mountains, it's a new on the scene location to enjoy the different paths and excursions the landscape has to offer. This lodge perfectly epitomizes the region with the relaxed nature of a personal home.