Lago Llanquihue

The second largest lake in Chile and the third largest natural lake in South America, Lago Llanquihue is one of the highlights of the Lake District. Three snow-capped volcanoes can be seen across the vast expanse of water: the perfect cone of Osorno (2680 m), the shattered cone of Calbuco (2015 m), and the spike of Puntiagudo (2480 m), as well as, when the air is clear, the distant Tronador (3460 m). On a cloudless night with a full moon, the snows reflect eerily in the lake and the peace and stillness are hard to match.

Getting there

Access from the south is from nearby Puerto Montt, while there are direct transport links with Santiago along the Pan-American Highway. The northern tip of the lake is also easily reached from Osorno.

Getting around

The largest towns, Puerto Varas, Llanquihue and Frutillar are all on the western shore, linked by the Pan-American Highway. Although there are roads around the rest of the lake, the eastern shore is difficult to visit without transport, and beyond Las Cascadas, the road is narrow with lots of blind corners, necessitating speeds of 20-30 kph at best in places . Beware of lorries that ply the route servicing the salmon farms. There no public transport between Las Cascadas and Ensenada and hitching is very difficult.


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