Reasons to go

Whatever your appetite for adventure, your budget or interests, the Chilean Lake District combined with the island of Chiloe will keep you captivated with its stunning, diverse scenery, charming local residents and sheer contrast to Southern Patagonia.

Things to do in the Chilean Lake District

Places to go in the Chilean Lake District

How To Get There?

Flying in from Chile: Santiago, the capital city of Chile, is where the domestic flights leave from to get you to the two gateway cities of Temuco and Puerto Montt. Temuco is a 1.5 hour drive from Pucon and is the access point for the Northern Lake District. Puerto Montt is a 30 minute drive from Puerto Varas to the north or a 1 hour drive to Chiloe in the south.

Overland from Argentina: If you are in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, then you can make your way to Bariloche, the gateway to the Argentinian Lake District. There are some fabulous ways to cross the border into Chile either by lakes or overland.

Coming from Torres del Paine: If you are hoping to visit the Lake District before or after visiting Torres del Paine then there are daily flights between Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas, the gateway city for Torres del Paine. For the more adventurous there is also a 4 day ferry that travels through the fjords between both these cities.

Landmarks in the Chilean Lake District

Where to stay

Accommodation options in the Argentinian lakes range from luxury lodges and working estancias set in beautiful scenery, to hotels and hostels in the regions towns.

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Our top trips in the Chilean Lake District

Classic Lake District with Chiloe Self-Drive

5 Days    £632

Enjoy views of the glistening lakes and smoking volcanoes of the Chilean lake district from a base in the lakeside town of Puerto Varas, followed by Chiloe Island with its curious combination of foods, folkloric tales and music.

This is the classic way to experience the Chilean Lake District & Chiloe and is one of our most popular trips. You can combine this with ‘Classics’ in other parts of Chile and Argentina to tailor your 2-3 week holiday.


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