A picturesque hub of activity, the popular Chilean lakes region is the gateway to Patagonia.
Verdant forests and crystal clear waters combined with hot summers and snowy winters create an activity paradise. Fly fishing, white water rafting, horse riding, volcano trekking, hot springs and birdwatching are just a few options for the active traveller on a tailor made holiday to this region. Close to the charming town of Pucon, the magnificent snow-capped Villarica volcano dominates the skyline. The valleys below house other lovely lakeside towns which have an atmosphere similar to the villages of the European Alps. Here you can swim in the lake in the summer, ski in the winter, and relax at the end of a busy day with a stein of locally brewed, German-inspired beer. As you travel south, the villages become smaller and less frequent, and the scenery explodes with beauty. There are more volcano peaks on the horizon, wide stretches of untouched forest which hummingbirds call home and huge azure blue lakes. The close proximity to the lakes region of Argentina means this area is ideal for a road trip – hire a car either side of the border and spend a week or two exploring the waterfalls and mountains whilst staying in luxurious lodges. This is the perfect introduction to the glaciers, fjords and rugged peaks which can be found in the more southerly areas of Patagonia.