Video Postcard: Chile’s Lake District

In this video, IL editor Glynna Prentice is in Frutillar in Chile’s Lake District. This region is a popular summertime destination for Chileans, thanks to its unspoiled beauty—plenty of lakes and volcanoes—cool summertime weather, and wealth of outdoor activities, from boating to hiking to fishing to horseback riding.

First settled by Germans in the 19th century, the Lake District in Chile has a strong Germanic influence. Here you’ll find Swiss- and Bavarian-style chalets on the green hillsides or along the lake, and even the food—including lots of home-baked breads and pastries—has a Germanic touch to it.

Frutillar itself lies along the shores of Lake Llanquihue, a large fresh-water lake from which you can see the perfect peak of snow-capped Volcán Osorno. Frutillar is known for its opera house, a large, modern wood building right on the lakeshore, and especially for the music festival that is held here every January/February. During the December to February high season, accommodation can be hard to find in Frutillar. But the other 10 months of the year the town is tranquil.

For full-time living, you’ll pay around $600 a month for a 1,500- to 2,000-square-foot house.

In this video you’ll see:

  • Frutillar’s lakeshore area, with the opera house in the distance, and views of Lake Llanquihue
  • A typical Germanic-style house that has been converted to a small hotel
  • Typical teatime (“onces”) fare in the Lake Region

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