- Lago Lanalhue, Bio Bio
Lanalhue Lake is Best For
Directions to Lanalhue Lake
AboutThe lake that extends its 32.1 square kilometers between Cañete and Contulmo, is characteristic for its native forests of coigües and maníos and also for its bays, beaches and peninsulas. The attraction offers the possibility of practicing water sports and enjoying incredible tourist services due to its optimal infrastructure and the variety of activities that can be carried out on site.
Thanks to its proximity to the sea, the 150 km of travel from Concepción to Lanalhue, with a double route, are already a good visual spectacle, bordering the coasts of the Province of Arauco, to enter a winding road until you reach Cañete. The lake is 10 km from this city and about 7 from Contulmo.
In the summer months the entire shore of Lake Lanalhue becomes a family resort and its 32 km2 is the paradise of water sports, where windsurfing, water skiing and kayaking stand out.
The lake is located in the Cordillera de la Costa. It is surrounded by native forests and plantations, where you can enjoy nature, go hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and observe the birdlife that congregates, where hundreds of black-necked swans stand out.
After enjoying the lake, we recommend you to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the area in the Ruka kimvn Taiñ Volil-Juan Cayupi Huechicura Museum, erected as a tribute and conservation site of the Mapuche culture. Through audiovisual resources, exhibitions and photographs, the museum tells us the stories of a living town that has inhabited the territory since time immemorial.
When southern Chile was an inhospitable place, German settlers made their way through the extensive vegetation and installed their homes in search of a new life. Helmut Grollmus, a descendant of the 4th generation of immigrants, tells the story of his family through his Grollmus Eco Museum. Through objects and tools, you can learn a little more about the cultural fusion of our country.
In the same place is the mill of the same name, artisan machinery that for years was responsible for providing electric light to the entire town of Contulmo. Today it is used for grinding and preparing apple chicha.
Another option is to travel to Contulmo, located at the foot of the Nahuelbuta Mountain Range and very close to Lake Lanalhue. It is known for the influence that German settlers had in its foundation in 1884, and its architectural and gastronomic legacy.
It is a very picturesque place with very well preserved wooden heritage houses and worthy of photography. And although Contulmo in mapudungún means “place of passage”, here you can dimension the legacy that the German settlers left since the end of the 19th century.
For nature lovers the best is the Contulmo and Salto Rayén Natural Monument. It has a forest conservation area of 82 hectares, and currently houses about 146 species of plants (26 varieties of ferns), of which 120 are native. The fauna is also present with at least 51 species, such as pudú, chilla and Darwin's frog.
There are trails and rest areas for visitors, so walks and picnics cannot be missed during the visit. In addition, next to the Contulmo National Monument is the Rayen jump, waterfall with a height of 22 meters, a show like no other.