The Lake District

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As you travel the winding roads of the Lake District, the snowcapped shoulders of volcanoes emerge, mysteriously disappear, then materialize again, peeping through trees or towering above broad valleys. With densely forested national parks, a dozen large lakes, vastly improved hotels and restaurants, and easy access to roads and public transportation, Chile's Lake District has come pretty close to perfecting tourism. It’s great for adventure travel and outdoor sports, but also has outstanding local cuisine, especially seafood, and a rich cultural past.

The Lake District is the historic homeland of Chile's indigenous Mapuche people, who revolted against the early Spanish colonists in 1598, driving them from the region. The Mapuche kept foreigners away for nearly three centuries. Though small pockets of the Lake District were controlled by Chile after it won its independence in 1818, most viewed the forbidding region south of the Río Bío Bío as a separate country.

Eventually, an 1881 treaty ended the Mapuche control over the territory, and in the middle of the 18th century Santiago began to recruit waves of German, Austrian, and Swiss immigrants to settle the so-called empty territory. The Lake District quickly took on the Bavarian-Tyrolean sheen that is still evident today.

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Language

Spanish

Nearby Airports

ZAL, PMC, ZCO, ZOS, ZPC

Electrical Outlets

220v/50 cycles; plugs are UK standard three-prong or Chilean standard with three linear round prongs

Currency

Peso

Language

Spanish

Electrical Outlets

220v/50 cycles; plugs are UK standard three-prong or Chilean standard with three linear round prongs

Currency

Peso

Nearby Airports

ZAL, PMC, ZCO, ZOS, ZPC

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Most Chileans head here during southern Chile's glorious summer, between December and March. For fishermen, the official season commences the...Read More

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Most Chileans head here during southern Chile's glorious summer, between December and March. For fishermen, the official season commences the...Read More

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