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Lake District (Chile / Argentina)

Lake District (Chile / Argentina)

Lake District (Chile / Argentina)

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Araucania / Los Lagos / Neuquen / Rio Negro, Argentina/Chile, South America

Lat/Lon: 40.73477°S / 71.9165°W

Object Title: Lake District (Chile / Argentina)

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 12388 ft / 3776 m


Page By: Andino

Created/Edited: Jul 4, 2007 / Sep 20, 2007

Object ID: 307837

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Volcan Calbuco (2015m)

South America has its Lake District. It is located 600 kms south of Santiago on the Chilean side, and 1200 kms south-west of Buenos Aires on the Argentian side. This area includes the region of Araucania & Los Lagos in Chile, and Neuquen & Rio Negro in Argentina.

It offers amazing landscapes with snow-capped volcanoes, huge lakes (lago Llanquihue near Puerto-Varas is the 3rd largest in South America), forests and flowers. It is also provides a large variety of outdoor activities, such as mountainering, hiking and skiing in winter. Undoubtedly it is a region to visit, if you happen to go one day in Chile or Argentina !

Getting There

Frutillar Bajo - flower 03

> From Santiago :
You can take a night bus to one of the three main spots, offering hiking and climbing : Temuco (for Llaima), Pucon (for Villarrica) and Puerto Varas (for Osorno and Calbuco).
Other sites would require to take a local bus.
You can also fly directly to Temuco (for the northern part of Lake District) or Puerto Montt (for the southern part of Lake District).

> From Buenos Aires :
Night bus to Bariloche (Andesmar is a good company). From there you can take another bus to Junin de Los Andes, in order to reach Volcan Lanin.
There are also daily flights with Aerolineas Argentinas.


For the volcanoes located in National Parks (for example Villarrica) you will need to pay a fee.
They will also ask you to show your equipment and a valid mountaineering club card for insurance matters.
Even though these are volcanoes, most of them have crevasses ! Be cautious.
Here is a list of the main ones :

Lanin3776mNeuquen (ARG)
Volcan Lanin (3776m)
Tronador3478mLos Lagos (CHI) / Rio Negro (ARG)
Monte Tronador, Patagonia, Argentina
Llaima3125mAraucania (CHI)
Vol. Llaima, Patagonia, Chile
Villarrica2840mAraucania (CHI)
Volcan Villarrica (2840m)
Osorno2652mLos Lagos (CHI)
Volcan Osorno (2680m)
Choshuenco2415mLos Lagos (CHI)
Quetrupillan2360mLos Lagos (CHI)
Puntiagudo2278mLos Lagos (CHI)
Puyehue2240mLos Lagos (CHI)
Calbuco2015mLos Lagos (CHI)
Volcan Calbuco (2015m)

National Parks

To protect this wonderful area, both countries have created several National Parks : (from North to South)

In Chile :
PN Conguillo (near Temuco)
PN Huerquehue (near Pucon)
PN Villarrica (near Pucon)
PN Mocho Choshuenco (near Choshuenco)
PN Puyehue (near Puyehue)
PN Vicente Peres Rosales (near Puerto Varas)
PN Alerca Andino (near Puerto Montt)

In Argentina :
PN Lanin (near Junin de Los Andes)
PN Nahuel Huapi (near Bariloche)
Map of Lake District

Books & Maps

Petrohue Falls

Two good guidebooks for hiking would be :
Trekking in the Patagonian Andes(Lonely Planet)
Chile and Argentina Trekking Guide(Bradt)

For Climbing a good one is :
Andes - A guide for climbers (John Biggar)

Good maps of the area can be found in any outdoor shops.
Those edited by JLM Mapas are recommendable.


Frutillar Bajo - flower 01

Weather forecast for :

1. Chile
Los Lagos (Region X)
Araucania (Region IX)

2. Argentina

Additions and Corrections

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Ski MountaineerLlaima Elev.

Ski Mountaineer

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Llaima official IGM elevation is 3125m.

No idea where that 3050m number on the map comes from. Stick to official numbers (unless it is an Argentine Map) if in doubt.

Nice page otherwise. Will browse through more and see if I can add something.

Posted Jul 8, 2007 4:54 am
AndinoRe: Llaima Elev.


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Hello T.A.

Thanks for your comment, I update the page, and double-checked all altitudes. I'll be please for more information if you have any, I can add up.

Feel free to vote ;o)
Posted Jul 10, 2007 5:54 am
Jose84Lanin location


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Lanin volcano is also located at the Araucanía region of Chile.
Posted Apr 20, 2013 11:39 pm

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