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
Hiking in the Chilean Lake District
This area of Chile offers trekking for all levels from easy day hikes to more challenging multi-day hikes. Hike up smoking volcanoes, climb granite peaks, trek past cascading …
Horse Riding in the Patagonian Lake District
Riding through the lush alerce forests, mountain sides and rivers of the Lake District is perhaps one of the most active and thrilling ways of seeing Patagonia whilst at the same …
Kayaking in the Patagonian Lake District
See the Lake District like you should - from the water! Paddle on the region's pristine, blue lakes and see waterfalls, mountain sides covered in lenga forests and snow capped …
Mountain Biking in the Patagonian Lake District
Cycling offers an active way to explore the stunning lakes and mountains of the Patagonian Lake District. Immerse yourself in nature whilst covering a large distance in a …
Places to go in the Chilean Lake District
Chiloé Island is the perfect destination for anyone searching to get off the beaten track, learn about Chilean culture and it's people, see dramatic coastal scenery and be …
At the northern part of the Chilean Lake district,Pucon is a famous lakeside resort for Chileans to spend their summers. It is also the jumping off point for some fantastic …
Puerto Varas sits on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, the largest lake in the Chilean Lake District, the conical 2650 metre high Osorno Volcano rises from the lake on the opposite …
Cochamo is a name synonymous with the small fishing village at the mouth of the river and the valley itself. Visit the Cochamo Valley for a few days, day hiking (or climbing) into …
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.
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.
Patagonia is a vast and varied region, with a wealth of things to see and do, a range of places to stay and a limited transport network.
Why not let us do the hard work for you? Our team of experts will work with you to design a 2–3 week adventure to your exact requirements, from hiking and horse-riding trips to wine-tasting tours and undiscovered lodges.
We’ll work around your budget and arrange flights, transfers and buses, to create your perfect trip.