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Home > Activity > Chile's Lake District Self Drive

Chile's Lake District Self Drive

Chile’s Lake District is a beautiful water garden region providing a slightly gentler if no-less awesome experience than the wilder Patagonia that lies further south.

This area is perfect for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to explore its native forests, countless lakes, gleaming snow-capped volcanoes, waterfalls and hot-springs. Facilities for outdoor pursuits are plentiful and generally well-maintained.

Roads are largely traffic-free and generally a good standard and well-signed compared to most of South America. This makes this self-drive option perfect for those wanting take to the open road by themselves.


  • Day 1: Temuco - Pucon (112 Km / 70 Mi)
    (7 days/6 nights) Pick up your car at the airport or city office in Temuco. Your destination for today will be Pucón, nestled on the eastern end of the Lake Villarrica and surrounded by extensive areas of native forests and impressive mountains. Overnight in or close to Pucon.
  • Day 2: Pucon
    Time to explore the attractive natural surroundings of Pucón. Hike in the national parks and reserves, see nearby waterfalls and enjoy a relaxing bath in one of the numerous hot springs. Overnight in or close to Pucon. (B)
  • Day 3: Pucon - Huilo Huilo Reserve (155 Km / 91 Mi)
    Cross the northern part of the Lake District; time to choose one of the several side excursions into national parks or to hot springs. In the afternoon arrive at the private reserve of Huilo Huilo. Overnight in Huilo Huilo. (B)
  • Day 4: Huilo Huilo Reserve
    After breakfast start to explore the diverse attractions of the reserve; you will be able to walk the trails through the forest and up the Choshuenco Volcano, visit the falls of Huilo Huilo, enjoy a canopy excursion through the native forest or just relax on the beach of Puerto Fuy. Overnight in Huilo Huilo. (B)
  • Day 5: Huilo Huilo - Petrohue (240 Km / 149 Mi)
    Drive from Huilo Huilo to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, the oldest national park in Chile. Arrive at the falls of Petrohué and then reach the emerald Lake Todos los Santos. Overnight in the National Park in hotel Petrohue. (B)
  • Day 6: Petrohue
    The Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park offers several attractive hiking trails, whitewater rafting and canoeing. Another option is to sail by catamaran to the other side of the Todos los Santos Lake to Peulla. We recommend to book in advance! Overnight in a selected hotel. (B)
  • Day 7: Petrohue - Puerto Montt (90 Km / 56 Mi)
    After breakfast drive to the airport or downtown Puerto Montt to return your vehicle. (B) Hotels we use in this program: Landhaus San Sebastian, Hotel Montaña Magica and HotelPetrohue Program includes: 6 nights including breakfast, 7 days car rental (Hertz category C) including unlimited free mileage, local tax, full CDW coverage with deductible (for details see rental contract), drop off charge, roadmap and descriptions. Not included: in Chile car rental companies charge an additional airport service fee (Hertz rate: USD 6 per day aprox.) when vehicle is picked up from airport. This service charge is not included in the rates published above and has to be paid upon returning the car. Pick up: Temuco Airport Drop off: Puerto Montt Airport
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