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The Lake District Things to See and Do

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This Land of Blue Mirrors, with many lakes reflecting elegant snowy mountains that shadow native forests, has a number of activities for travelers. Whether you are interested in the great outdoors or history and culture, you will not be disappointed in the lakes district.

 

The hiking and trekking in Conguill铆o, Huerquehue, Vicente P茅rez Rosales and other national parks is perhaps the biggest draw of the region. Many come to Puc贸n to climb active Volc谩n Villarrica to gaze into its glowing crater. The area is also a fly fisher鈥檚 paradise. And winter sports fans will be eager to hit the slopes of the region鈥檚 premier ski centers, manyof which are on the slopes of the district鈥檚 mighty volcanoes. Not only can you go downhill skiing (esqu铆 alpino), but you can also ski cross country (esqu铆 de fondo) or even try alpine trekking (esqu铆 randon茅e). These activities, along with snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice fishing make the lakes district an exciting cold weather destination.

 

The rich and complex history of Valdivia, Temuco and other cities will hold the attention of history buffs. Reenactments in period costumes are performed at the Spanish fortresses near Valdivia. The German culture is also striking throughout the Lakes District, in both architecture and gastronomy. The best place to soak in this atmosphere is in Puerto Varas and in the other villages ringing Lago Llanquihue. The Mapuche presence here is also quite strong, so be sure to save time to visit their cultural centers in Temuco, Curarrehue and other neighboring villages.



Other Activity pages in The Lake District that may be of interest: Temuco Activities, Puc贸n Activities, Puerto Varas Activities, Villarrica Activities, Valdivia Activities, Osorno Activities, Puerto Montt Activities, Parque Nacional Puyehue Activities and Near Valdivia Activities.








By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

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