Explore the Volcanoes, Rainforests and Hot Springs of Chile’s Dramatic Lakes District

Chile's Lakes District offers adventurers many opportunities for exploration and excitement from volcano summits to rainforest walks past remote lakes to floats down whitewater rivers, all with the chance to end an active day with fine wine and a soak in one of the region's many natural hot springs.

The Lakes District of Chile is a region of lush farmland, dense ancient rainforest, pristine nature reserves, snowcapped volcanoes, rushing rivers, clear lakes and lush hot springs.  Here the Andes form a snowy backdrop over twelve large, magnificent lakes and dozens of smaller ones.  It has rapidly increased in popularity for adventure travelers due to the wide range of winter and summer activities there including skiing, climbing and hiking on its string of six stunning volcanoes  (with Villarica being the highest at 9,341 feet and one of the most active volcanoes in Latin America), kayaking and whitewater rafting, fly fishing and mountain biking.  

The region is a hiker's paradise with routes high on the volcanoes to river and canyon walks to remote lakes to passages through ancient forests.

And where can you do all this during the day and then end the day with fine Chilean wine, farm-fresh food, and a soak in the region’s ubiquitous hot springs?

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Exploring Nature, Global Adventures
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy, Moderate, Strenuous, Very Strenuous
  • 9,300 ft
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 14
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 14

Upcoming Activities

Global Adventure - Explore the Volcanoes, Rainforests and Hot Springs of Chile’s Dramatic Lakes District

Global Adventures & Day Hiking Trip
DATES STILL TENTATIVE! Transfer from the Argentina Adventure on the famed Cruce Andino ferry across
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, Feb 27, 2022 - Sun, Mar 6, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant
Registration closes Sep 20
The Mountaineers Branch
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