The Chilean Lake District hosts 12 major lakes, the Puelo River, and numerous waterfalls, hot springs, and volcanos including Villarrica, Croshuenca, and Osorno. The Lake District resembles areas of Switzerland and Austria at times - due to emerald valleys, snowcapped mountains and volcanoes, and picturesque turquoise lakes.
Chiloé Archipelago, a cluster of hundreds of islands, has become increasingly popular with tourists for outdoor sports such as hiking and kayaking. As these islands were fairly isolated from mainland Chile for a long time, they have managed to maintain many of their traditions and customs such as the unique dialect of Spanish - Chilote - that is spoken here. The low-lying fog that is often present on the islands, combined with the rich folklore of Chiloé gives the islands an eerie feel at times.
Also worth a visit in the Chilean Lake District is Conguillio National Park, accessible through the city of Pucón. The park hosts the Llaima volcano, the Sierra Nevada mountain ridge, and animals native to Chile such as quiques (similar to weasels) and güiñas (a small wild cat).