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 A rugged landscape of peaks, lakes, streams and forest beckons you to discover the spectacular scenery on two wheels 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 through a bucolic scene of tidy farms, green pastures and grazing cows Parque Futangue, a remote nature reserve of virgin forests, lava fields and waterfalls, is our home for the night.
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 and by boat.
5-7 Villarrica Volcano and its namesake lake create a dramatic backdrop for Pucón, Chile's adventure capital A biking journey through Southern Chile wouldn't be complete without riding a portion of the classic Seven Lakes Route Bike the Pucón Ironman route, following the Trancura River and enjoying views of several mighty volcanoes—Villarrica, Quetrupillán and Lanín 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 We're welcomed into the home of a local Mapuche family for a farewell meal and traditional ceremony.