This region of Chile, bordering the region where I live, is overflowing with natural beauty. However it is very different to the lakes region of Argentina, with spectacular volcanoes rising majestically from the earth's surface.
Between lakes and volcanoes, sea and mountains, this region of Chile is a paradise for combining a range of travel and cultural activities in your trip.
Chile is an area of high seismic activity. From north to south of the country, there are more than 2,000 volcanoes, many of which are still active...! To the north of Patagonian Chile it is possible to find a succession of volcanoes, some more beautiful than others, starting with volcano Osorno with its perfectly formed cone topped with snowfall. Numerous magnificent lakes, deep blue in colour, adorn the landscape of this region, including lake Villarrica, Ranco, Puyehue, Llanquihue, Todos los Santos and many others.
Lovers of wide open spaces will be excited by the prospect of hiking, climbing, rafting, fishing or simply walking around the blue waters of the mountain lakes surrounded by stunning landscapes. There are also lakeside beaches, hot springs and ski resorts.
The northern part of this region has the name Araucania. It is here where the majority of the native Mapuche people of Chile live. This tribe has not waived the right to their ancestral lands. They constitute the most numerous group in the Araucania region, and are currently the largest Native American group in the southern triangle of South America.
With a trip to the Island of Chiloé you will experience the "real" Chile. Although the scenery may not be breathtaking, you will have the opportunity to mix with the locals, and learn about the legends and lifestyles they and their ancestors live by. In my programmes I propose a trip to spend one or more days on Chiloe, living in contact with the islanders. The Chiloe Island is known for its unique traditions and picturesque villages.
Chiloé is like the Corsica of Chile, not only because they are both islands but also due to their particular cultural identity which distinguishes the Chilotes from the rest of the continent. The city of Castro, perhaps a little austere out of season, becomes livelier during the summer with the visit of Chilean tourists and thanks to the trade in textiles such as wool and leather. Its wooden cathedral is one of the most striking religious buildings in the country. In the bay during low tide are large areas suitable for catching shellfish. The bay is also the source of numerous myths and legends which are still present within the community today.
On this rainy island are also found vivid green hills, wooden churches, fishing boats and houses on stilts.
Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!