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Lakes, Forests and Mountains of Southern Chile Discover vibrant landscapes and a fascinating cultural heritage on this 11-day Chile tour
11 Days, 10 Nights | From USD 8 565 | Santiago, Puerto Varas, Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, Lake District

Your journey at a glance

This tour focuses on the glorious landscapes of Southern Chile, including some destinations that are well off the beaten path. The Lakes District begins once you have crossed the Bío-Bío River, some 500 km south of the Chilean capital of Santiago. From this point on, temperatures are lower, the air more humid, and a landscape of snow-capped volcanoes and ancient forests starts to take over. However, this region is not all about nature. This is also an important cultural destination.

The Mapuche Indians form Chile’s largest ethnic group, and it was in this area that they fiercely defended their land against the Incas and the Spanish, proving themselves stubborn and daunting opponents. Neither empire advanced beyond this area, such was their resilience. German settlers arrived to the area in the 19th Century, and their stamp is particularly visible in-and-around Puerto Varas. Its natural wonders are of course the main attraction, and you will see no shortage of them during this fascinating Chile tour.