Exhilarating adventure, Mapuche-inspired cuisine and prehistoric monkey puzzle trees
Heading south through string-bean Chile, the colors become increasingly vibrant. Deep blue lakes, stark white snow-capped volcanoes, and lush green Araucaria forests compose a spectacular landscape. A stronghold of the native Mapuche people and home to thousands of colonial German immigrants, the Lakes District is an area rich in culture – festivals, artisan craft, and traditional food. It is also home to some of the best outdoor activities in Chile, from trekking and rafting to climbing and biking.
- Make sure to take a rain jacket regardless of what time of year you visit.
- January and February have the least amount of rainfall and warmest temperatures.
- In March, taste a freshly picked “murta” from a bush as you trek through the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. In April, visit the spot where the salmon spawn in the Petrohue River.