Snow-blanketed volcanoes towering above shimmering lakes. Fine local wines and inspired cuisine. Untamed stands of dense forest. This is Chile's Lakes & Volcanoes District. A place where old-world charm comes alive in lakeside German villages and ancient indigenous culture thrives in Mapuche communities. Discover a region of enchanting beauty that is at once wild and refined.
1 Explore the rugged Lakes and Volcanoes District—a landscape of peaks, lakes and forests | Bike along the shore of Chile's second-largest lake, flanked by snowcapped Calbuco and Osorno Volcanoes | Visit a working dairy farm and sample manjar, Chile's staple sweet.
2-3 Pedal through the quaint colonial villages of Frutillar and Puerto Octay, where German culture, cuisine and architecture are well preserved | Quiet lakeside roads lead past bucolic farms, green pastures and grazing cows | Relax at Parque Futangue, a remote nature reserve of virgin forests, lava fields and waterfalls.
4 Experience the rain forest in Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, recognized by National Geographic as a World Legacy award-winner | In the heart of the reserve's wilderness, Nawelpi Lodge is the perfect luxury base for exploring the area on foot.
5-7 Villarrica Volcano and its namesake lake create a dramatic backdrop for Pucón, Chile's adventure capital | Ride a portion of the stunning Seven Lakes Route | Bike the Ironman route, following the Trancura River and enjoying views of several mighty volcanoes in the distance | Gain insight into the area's indigenous culture while visiting a Mapuche village and cultural center | A ride into Villarrica National Park offers splendid vistas and first-rate cycling | Visit a local Mapuche family for a farewell meal and traditional ceremony.