The South 2
This picture shows the Araucarias, which are the tall trees that look like umbrellas, courtesy of Viviana Croquevielle.
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This picture shows an old Coihue in the Arco Iris Lagoon, courtesy of Robert Sommerhoff.
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This picture shows a group of Arrayanes in a little hill of Ranco Lake, courtesy of Maria Jose Sommerhoff.
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In the other hand, Ranco Lake has not been protected formally; however, this area is very well preserved and offers great places to do out doors activities in precious places.
This lake is the fourth largest one in Chile; it is fed by many rivers such as Iculpe, Riñinahue, or Futangue rivers. Unlike most of southern lakes, Ranco has a coastline road that circles the lake completely, making possible for people a better visit to the place.
This picture shows Ranco Lake from above, courtesy of Robert Sommerhoff.
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The lake has many islands of which the more outstanding ones can be the Deer Island and Huapi Island. The first is named after the deer families that live on it and that can sometimes be seen. And the second one, Huapi Island, is a Mapuche (Chile’s aborigine) reserve that gives a lot of indigenous influence to the region. (letsgochile.com)
THis picture shows a group of deer near the beach of the Deer Island, courtesy of Robert Sommerhoff.
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The main attraction of the lake is sport fishing and there are many different places you can visit around the lake. You can see el Salto de la Mula (were a river has formed a deep fissure in the rock), Saltos Nilahue, or visit Pitreño among many others. Moreover, this lake is very close to many others that are available for visiting too like Maihue, Puyehue or Riñihue Lake.
Salto de La Mula
This picture shows the Salto de La Mula a few minutes from Ranco Lake, courtesy of Maria Jose Sommerhoff.
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This picture shows the Saltos Nilahue, which is a waterfall in Ranco Lake, courtesy of Maria Jose Sommerhoff.
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