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.