Los Lagos is Chile’s answer to the Lake District, but it’s on a far larger and more dramatic scale than its English namesake. Much of the region falls within the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, and the beautiful lakes are surrounded by forests and overseen by magnificent volcanoes.
In the winter months, this is the best place in Chile to come for skiing, and though the Andean resorts are less developed than their European and North American counterparts, there are some wonderfully unspoilt off piste routes. At other times of the year, come fishing and hiking, or take a dip in one of the naturally occurring hot springs.
This part of Chile was settled by indigenous people at least 18,500 years ago. The archaeological site at Monte Verde is of great historical significance as at the time of its discovery it was the oldest inhabited site in the Americas. The remains of burned wood, animals bones, wooden posts, and the footprint of a child preserved in clay suggest that Monte Verde was a village with 20 or so inhabitants.