The Chilean Lake District is a large region some 800km south of Santiago. Pleasant towns and quaint villages lie scattered through fertile fields and hugging the shorelines of vast pristine lakes at the foothills of the Andes. In the 1850’s the Chilean government underwent a major immigration drive encouraging German’s to colonise the undeveloped lakes region to exploit the abundance of agricultural opportunities. Due to this there is a strong German influence in the architecture and cultural makeup of the villages dotting the landscape. Coming from the desert, as well as Bolivia and Peru, this wonderful European charm was a welcome change of scenery.
It’s really hard coming to places like this and seeing the array of activities on offer. We are trying to do everything we want without breaking the bank; the problem is you just can’t do everything. Prioritising our hit list is proving to be difficult. Our travel fund needs to last an exceptional amount of time and adventure activities seem to be the first ones knocked of the must do list if it is something either one of us has already done – like rafting and canyoning.
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Next stop a little bit of Europe in Argentina, Bariloche…