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Petrohué Waterfalls, Lake District, Chile

Chilean Lake District

Chilean Lake District holidays


The Lake District is one of Chile's stand-out attractions, popular with Chileans and overseas visitors alike, and a highly recommended inclusion in a tailor-made tour. There are around a dozen major lakes and many more smaller ones to explore in the region between Temuco and Puerto Montt. Together, these sparkling waterways and surrounding snow-capped volcanoes and rushing rivers comprise one of the most picturesque lakes regions in the world.

Puerto Montt is the main city in the Lake District region, although visitors rarely stay there for more than a day or two - preferring instead to head out to the lakes as soon as they can, to take luxury cruises, walk along lakeside trails and try adventure sports. Lago Llanquihue and Lago Todos los Santos are two of the largest lakes, and a popular combination on the scenic Lakes-Crossing tour into Argentina. Pucon, in the north of the Lake District, attracts lots of thrill seekers, for world class white-water rafting and fly-fishing, as well as horse riding, volcano trekking and sky-diving.


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Top itineraries in Chilean Lake District

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Highlights of Chile

13-day tailor-made holiday from £6,405 pp incl. flights

From the austere landscapes of the north to the granite spires of the Patagonian south and the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso in between, this tailor-made holiday takes in the best of Chile’s history, heritage, landscapes and wildlife.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made holiday from £9,425 pp incl. flights

Witness the best of Chile's stunning natural world, from the vast expanse of the Atacama Desert to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south, staying throughout at some of the country's finest hotels.

Guanaco, Chile

Highlights of Chilean Patagonia

11-day tailor-made holiday from £4,650 pp incl. flights

Explore the very best of Chilean Patagonia on this tailor-made tour to the Lake District town of Puerto Varas, mysterious Chiloé Island and the imposing granite spires of the Torres del Paine National Park.

Top places to stay in Chilean Lake District

Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa, Chiloe Island

Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa, Chiloé Island

Designer hotel

See Chiloé’s natural and historical sights from this design hotel, which effortlessly combines cutting edge design, a wonderfully relaxing spa and a full complement of island excursions.

Vira Vira Hacienda Hotel, Pucón

&Beyond Vira Vira, Pucón

Contemporary hotel

Set on a working farm near the Lake District town of Pucón, this Relais & Châteaux hacienda effortlessly combines all the indulgence of a luxury hotel with an ethos grounded in the highest ecological standards.

Hotel Cumbres, Puerto Varas

Hotel Cumbres, Puerto Varas

Contemporary hotel

This contemporary hotel occupies a prime position on the shores of Lake Llanquilhue. With striking views of Osorno Volcano from its rooms and restaurant coupled with a relaxing spa, it’s a wonderful base for exploring the beautiful Chilean Lakes.

Quincho Casa Hotel, Puerto Varas

Quincho Casa Hotel, Puerto Varas

Small & intimate hotel

Explore the deep blues and conical peaks of Chile’s Lake District from this intimate four-suite hotel just 10km from the town of Puerto Varas.

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Where to go in Chilean Lake District

Palafito houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Patagonia, Chile


Chiloé is a misty and mystical group of islands, which developed independently from the rest of Chile. As a result it has its own culture and history, and an altogether different feel to the mainland.

Petrohue, Los Lagos Region of Chile


Petrohué lies at the western end of Lago Todos los Santos, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Chilean Lake District. Boat trips are a popular activity for holidaymakers here, some of whom combine cruises on several lakes as part of the Chile-Argentina Lakes-Crossing.

Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas - or the ‘city of roses'- is regarded as one of the loveliest places to live in all of Chile. One reason for this is the small town's beautiful setting, overlooking Chile's second largest lake, Lake Llanquihue, and with views towards volcanic peaks whose reflection can be seen in the w…

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Chilean Lake District articles

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira, Pucón, Chile

An insider's guide to Chile's &Beyond Vira Vira

Wexas commercial director Dave Warne provides the lowdown on &Beyond Vira Vira – a blend of modernity and tradition in Chile's spectacular Lake District.

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