Thousands of kilometers south of Santiago, there is a world of surprising natural beauty, in the Lake Region. It is comprised of hundreds of kilometers, between the ocean and the Andes, peppered with crystalline lakes and snow-capped active volcanoes. Here you will find forests, waterfalls, hot springs and pure air, and you will be able to take part in excursions and sports, such as hikes or horse-back riding, or simply relax and enjoy the landscape.
Pucón, on the shores of Lake Villarrica and with a volcano of the same name in the background, is a recognized ski center, and it is perhaps the only place in the world where you can ski on an active volcano.
Fishing fans can enjoy the sport at Ranco Lake. Further south, it is recommended to visit Frutillar, alongside Lake Llanquihue, an enchanting locale whose architecture and local fare are evidence of the German colonists who populated the area.
Other can’t-miss destinations are Puerto Varas, called “the city of roses”; the waterfalls of the Petrohué River, Lake Todos los Santos and the island of Chiloé. Puerto Montt is the embarkation point to cross to Bariloche, Argentina via Peulla, by way of one of the most scenically beautiful routes in the world, known as the Cruce de Lagos or the Cruce Andino.
Climate in the South:
Rainy from April to October. The average temperatures range from
The best time to visit this region is between November and March,
which coincides with fishing season.