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Patagonia cruises & tours Lake District hotels

Lake District at first glance

Chile's Lake District is famous for its spectacular scenery of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanos, pristine beauty of alerce (larch) forests, popular resorts, year-round sports, and traditional folklore, handicrafts and legends.

Chile's Lake District is aptly named. There are twelve major lakes in the district, with dozens more dotting the landscape. Between the lakes there are rivers, waterfalls, forests, thermal hot springs, and the Andes, including six volcanos with Villarica being the highest at 9395 ft (2,847 m.)

Most of the best quality modern hotels are located in this region

Getting There
Arrive to the district is relatively easy;  You can come by air, by bus, by sea, by lake, by land 

When to Go
The Lake District is an all-season destination, with an overall temperate, if rainy, climate. Spring and summer, from November to April, are drier months than the winter months, but expect rain at any time.
Rain is heavier during May to October, and cold. Be aware that flooding can alter travel plans.

Shopping Tips
The Lake District is the home of the Mapuche Indians, and their colorful handicrafts are sold in craft fairs, shops and boutiques.  You'll also see the large handicraft market representing the area's traditions.

Food and Drink
Chilean seafood is superlative. With so much water, it's no wonder that seafood is so good. Try the local specialties, including Parillada de Mariscos - grilled mixed seafood.  Cancato - grilled fish stuffed with a variety of vegetables, cheese or sausage, such as in Cancato Chileno: Stuffed Grilled Snapper with Oregano.  Curanto - various meats and sausages, fishes, mollusks and crustaceans, potatoes and corncobs cooked in an earthen pit overlaid with leaves.  and usually reserved for major fiestas and holidays, with Chilean wine, of course!