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SOUTH CORDILLERA

 
     
  Terrain - MOUNTAINS OF THE LAKE DISTRICT  

 

The term "Lake District" in Chile and Argentina is loosely applied to the area north of Puerto Montt and Bariloche at about 42 degrees South Latitude, northward to about 37 degrees.  This involves many large lakes on both sides of the Andes, whose basins were gouged out by glaciers during the ice ages.  The higher mountains tend to be dominated by volcanoes.

 

An area of pinnacles near Bariloche is locally known as Los Dedos del Dios (God's Fingers).  Looks like a good place to practice rock climbing.
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And yes, there are larger towers worthy of a full lead. Click to see big picture (640x441 pixels; 107 KB)
The "Cardinal Tower" stands on the international border above Cardenal Samore Pass on the road between Osorno and Bariloche. Click to see big picture (640x411 pixels; 59 KB)
The "Tromen Towers" are farther north, near the border above Lago Tromen and the international pass out of Pucon, Chile. Click to see big picture (640x385 pixels; 81 KB)
Volcan Osorno (2652 m.), here rising above Llanquihue Lake in Chile, shows why this is a major tourist area. Click to see big picture (603x413 pixels; 63 KB)
The same Volcan Osorno above Petroe Falls (Salto Petroe). Click to see big picture (640x404 pixels; 87 KB)
And a closer look at the icy summit dome of Osorno. Click to see big picture (640x433 pixels; 100 KB)
Volcan Calbuco across Lago Llanquihue Click to see big picture (640x375 pixels; 57 KB)
Volcan Puntiagudo (2190 m.) is a volcanic neck, honed into a steep tower by erosion.  It rises to the north of Todo Los Santos Lake.    Click to see big picture (357x480 pixels; 67 KB)
And in case you thought that there was an easy back-side route.   Click to see big picture (303x430 pixels; 58 KB)
Volcan Villarrica, (2840 m.) rises above the town of Villarrica in Chile.  This photo was taken in 1966 just before it erupted. Click to see big picture (640x473 pixels; 115 KB)
A closer view of Volcan Villarrica in quieter times. Click to see big picture (640x430 pixels; 83 KB)
Tunel las Raices, giving access to the Lonqimay Valley in Chile, is a tunnel some 4.5 kilometers in length.  It was built in the 1930's, but is said to be still the longest car-traffic tunnel in South America.  Here is a view from above. Click to see big picture (640x422 pixels; 164 KB)
Volcan Lonquimay (2865 m.) hosts a ski development which looks out of place in this March photo. Volcan Lonquimay
Volcan Tolhauca is a neighbor of Volcan Lonquimay, and at 2806 m. altitude, almost the same height.  Volcan Tolhuaca
Volcan Callaqui dominates the Malla-malla Range. At 3164 m. it is the highest in the region, and this southern face maintains glaciers lacking on neighboring peaks.
Volcan Antuco (2985 m.) is located above Laguna de la Laja, east of Los Angeles in Chile Click to see big picture (610x402 pixels; 84 KB)