This is a really beautiful region, and hugely photogenic. Snow-capped volcanoes tower above enormous, sparkling lakes and there are great stretches of verdant forest. Pretty towns and villages show you a different side of Chilean culture, with the influence of German settlers clearly seen in the architecture and food. It’s key area for crafts - artisans sell their wares by the roadside - and it’s a great place for hiking, kayaking, biking, fly fishing, horse riding or lake and canal cruising.
Reasons to visit the Lake District include:
Like much of Chile this is a year-round destination. You get lovely displays of flowers in the spring (October-December).
A stylish hotel on the shores of picturesque Lake Llanquihue offering a range of sightseeing and activities.
A stylish small hotel on the shore of a picturesque lake offering a choice of outdoor activities and with strong links to the local community.
Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas and Osorno Volcano from this family run hotel in Chile's Lake District.
A modern boutique hotel in a quiet location on the outskirts of Pucon, close to restaurants and Lake Villarrica.
Time: GMT -4 hours
There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.
Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.
Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.
Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.