Lake Ranco, meaning "crayfish waters" in Mapudungún, has a surface area of 102,500 acres (41,000 ha), and it boasts countless islands, most of which are occupied by cabins and summer houses. Unlike other lakes in the area, Ranco has a coastal road going all along its shore, allowing you cover its entire circumference.
The lake has a first class tourist infrastructure, its main attraction being sport fishing. Also, on the center of the lake there is Huapi Island, a Mapuche reserve that strengthens the indigenous influence in the area.
This area of the country cuisine is known for good food, has a great variety of traditional food due to the influence of the mapuche, but also the German influence that arrived in the country.
Within typical dishes is the curanto, a soup made with meat, sausages seafood and potatoes, chapaleles, which are a mixture of potatoes and flour cooked in the broth of the curanto, milcao which is also made from potatoes, since it is one of the most important foods in the area along with meat and seafood.
On the other hand the German influence has allowed this area to be characterized by their cakes and pies of berries and fruits that grow in the place such as raspberries, blueberries or Myrtle.
The weather on this place is oceanic and rainy, with a bit of Mediterranean influence, there’s abundant and constant rainfall, even in summer. The annual average temperature is 11° C.
We advise you to wear clothes that are suitable for rain, because the weather is constantly changes at any time of the year.
Stores in rural areas are open all day, but they close between 13.00 and 15.00. We advise you to carry local currency (Chilean pesos), since it isn’t possible to pay with debit or credit cards in kiosks and rural stores.
Do not litter on parks or streets. Taking care of our environment is everyone's responsibility. Avoid fines by following the rules.