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.
Lodge Cantarias
Tripadvisor
This picture postcard alpine bolt hole perfectly epitomizes the region with just five rooms it seamlessly blends the hospitality of a hotel with the relaxed nature of a personal home. Javier the owner is always on hand to look after you and recommend which of the awesome portfolio of activities would best suit. Specialists in fly fishing but with a great array of outdoor adventure available we highly recommend trekking up volcano Casablanca, trying your hand at kayaking some crystal waters, and why not some morning yoga in front of the lake?