Most of Chile's larger cities - such as the bustling capital of Santiago and the seaside metropolis of Valparaíso - lie in the north of the country. While these are certainly worthy destinations in their own right, tourists would be remiss to ignore the wealth of natural beauty and small-town sights in the south. Our vacation rentals in Panguipulli of the Los Ríos region serve as an excellent home base for experiencing both!
With a population around 35,000, Panguipulli is one of the larger cities in Los Ríos. Visitors in search of a sleepy, laid-back locale for their vacation home shouldn't let that deter them from considering this town, though. Lush, verdant trees, charming architecture, and plenty of friendly restaurants, shops, and street stalls create a low-key atmosphere perfect for rests between visits to the great outdoors. Step out of your rental and enjoy some amazing sights right in town, like the twin spires of the Parroquia San Sebastian cathedral or learn about the history of the indigenous peoples in the Casa de la Cultura.
Fans of freshwater fun will find plenty in Panguipulli. The northwestern tip of Lake Panguipulli is accessible right from town, with a small beach for relaxing and beautiful mountains visible in the distance. Lake Pullinque and Lake Calafquen lie just to the north, with Lake Riñihue in the south. The smaller lakes of Pellafia, Neltume, and Pirihueico are tucked behind the nearby mountains and hills. All seven of these stunning Chilean lakes are worth visiting, and you might enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and relaxation on the shores. With some searching, you might even find a natural hot spring! You'll have even more fun knowing that a nice, relaxing home is waiting for you back in sleepy Panguipulli just a short drive away.
Panguipulli and the shores of the nearby lake make for a great vacation all on their own, but the real value of the town is its location. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better home base for natural exploration in all of Chile! Even ignoring the placid, azure waters of the Seven Lakes, Panguipulli is perfectly positioned for natural exploration thanks to Villarica National Park, which offers hiking in the Andes just 31 miles to the north. The Reserva San Pablo de Tregua, meanwhile, is just 15 miles due east, where you can explore acre after acre of stunning, lush Chilean forests, teeming with wildlife.
Don't forget about the Reserva Biológica Huilo Huilo to the south. In addition to more wildlife and forests to explore, the preserve lets you enjoy snowy exploration in the mountains. While you're in the area, be sure to visit the nearby settlement of Puerto Fuy. The lakeside town is just 39 miles away and offers an almost magical setting with native plants and views of mountains across the lake.
Vacations to bustling cities and towns by the sea can be nice, but such trips can't overshadow the amazing sights and sounds awaiting you in Chile's Lake Country, stretching from the southerly reaches of Los Lagos and small towns like the village of Puerto Varas all the way to Los Ríos. Check out our vacation rentals in Panguipulli today!
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