Explore ancient alerce (monkey puzzle) forests and wind your way around picture postcard lakeland scenery on a self-drive tour. Stop to climb a volcanic peak or hike among the forests and cross over to colourful Chiloé Island, where the traditional villages still are filled with the colourful houses on stilts of the fishing communities there.
Bird-watchers will love the tranquil Huilo Huilo Biosphere Reserve close to Temuco, where you can hike and horse-ride before continuing across Lake Pirehueico towards San Martin de Los Andes in Argentina. Then follow the stunningly scenic Seven Lakes road to Bariloche.
This is a perfect uncrowded alternative lakes crossing over the Andes to unite the two lake regions of Chile and Argentina. The more adventurous can venture further south to Pumalin Park, perfect for kayaking and hiking amid breath-taking scenery.