THE LAKE DISTRICT & NORTHERN PATAGONIA

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.

WHERE TO STAY

Our favourite luxury hotels

Vira Vira The Lakes Chile

Vira Vira

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira is located near to the laid back town of Pucon. The hotel operates a fully-fledged farm and has been designed by the owners to offer spacious, luxurious and above all very cosy and comfortable suites.

Antumalal The Lakes Chile

Antumalal

Beautifully located within private gardens and with its own pebble beach, Hotel Antumalal sits on the edge of Lake Villarrica. The hotel delivers a quality, relaxing and luxurious experience.

Quincho Casa Hotel

Quincho brings together traditional home comforts and modern luxury to create a home-away-from-home guest experience in the Chilean Lake District. Surrounded by beautiful forest and nestled within 4 acres of gardens, this hotel has a wonderful sense of escape and guests will benefit from the relaxing ambiance that this creates.

Hotel AWA, Luxury hotel in Puerto Varas, Chile

Hotel AWA

Set amid forest on the shoreline of the stunning Lake Llanquihue, Hotel AWA is an architectural masterpiece offering guests a private beach, first class service and much more within it’s 20 hectare estate.