The Lake District is a region of lush farmland, dense forest, snow-capped volcanoes and deep, clear lakes, hidden for the most part in the mountains. Until the 1880s, when small farm settlements arrived, the entire region was blanketed in thick forests inhabited by the Mapuche (literally “people of the land”), who fought off the Inca and resisted Spanish attempts at colonization for 350 years. Nowadays, native culture still survives in the region: the Mapuche heritage is a badge of honour in today’s Chile and Argentina, and at least half a million of the region’s population claim this ancestry, many of whom reside on the extensive indigenous reservations throughout the Lake District.
Come and join us to explore these hidden gems of Chile and Argentina, where the real action lies in the region’s many National Parks and around the adventure sports capitals of Pucón, Bariloche and Puerto Varas, where the options abound for hiking, volcano-climbing, rafting, kayaking, canyoning, horse-riding and soaking in the many thermal springs. In the winter, skiing down volcanoes draws an adventurous crowd.
Location: Argentina, Chile