Offering far more than just spectacular lakeside scenery, Chile’s Lake District is overflowing with areas of astounding diverse natural beauty; snow-topped volcanoes tower over ancient forests and the mountainous paths that wind through the area lend themselves particularly well to self-driven adventures. The rural landscapes are punctuated with the occasional lively town, each offering a selection of adventure pursuits: from gentle kayaking through to arduous summit accents of the impressive Villarica Volcano. Popular destinations in the area include the vibrant towns of Pucon and Villarica and the more sedate, German-influenced Puerto Varas. The town of Puerto Montt has fewer draws for the visitor, but is does have a well-served airport, meaning it is likely to feature as an arrival or departure point for your onward journey.
Culturally rich and distinctive in style, the picture-postcard island of Chiloe sets itself apart from the mainland with its unusual architecture, hearty cuisine and spiritual culture. UNESCO wooden churches and colourful, stilt-built houses are generously dotted throughout the island, whilst unique dishes such as curanto (a meat and fish stew) should not be missed. The island is located in the south of Chile near to the town of Puerto Montt and is accessible by road and a car ferry. The island has a reputation for changeable weather, but when the rain and fog lift the lush undulating landscapes offer a dreamlike simplicity unlike any other place in South America.