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Calafquén Lake

Calafquén Lake

 

 

Location: Araucanía Region and Los Ríos Region  Map

Area: 120.6 km²

 

 

 

Description of Calafquén Lake

Calafquen Lake is a beautiful mountainous lake in Araucanía Region and Los Ríos Region of Chile. Calafquen Lake surface area is 120.6 sq km. Calafquén Lake in a native Mapudungun tongue can be translated as "Lake like a sea". It stands on the border between the La Araucanía Region and Los Ríos Region. It is one of the Seven Lakes and forms part of the drainage basin of the Valdivia River. The Villarrica Volcano is situated in the vicinity, north of the lake.

 

The coasts of the western sector are rocky, clayey, covered with vegetation and with formation of sandy beaches in the bottoms of the inlet. In the northeastern and eastern sectors, the coast is low, easily accessible, rocky and with volcanic sand. The water is blue-green, transparent, with temperatures of 9.6 ° C in winter and 22 ° C in summer. It has seven small islands among which Trailafquén, Balboa, Los Monos and Las Cuevas stand out. On its banks are the towns of Licán Ray, Coñaripe and Calafquén.

 

 

 

 

It drains through its central part through the short Pullinque river, which connects it after crossing the small Pullinque lagoon with Panguipulli lake, part of the upper Valdivia river basin. It has a surface area of ​​120.6 km², 25 km maximum length and 7.7 km maximum width; its depth is 212 m and it is located at 209 meters above sea level.

The west coast is rocky, clayey, covered with vegetation and with the formation of sandy beaches at the bottom of the cove. In the northeastern and eastern sectors, the coast is low, easily accessible, rocky and volcanic sand. The water is blue-green, transparent, with temperatures of 9.6 ° C in winter and 22 ° C in summer. It has seven small islands, including Trailafquén, Balboa, Los Monos and Las Cuevas. On its banks are the towns of Licán Ray, Coñaripe and Calafquén.

Lake Calafquén and its villages are an important tourist center in the lake area of ​​southern Chile; These have a wide range of cabins and tourist services. The conditions of Lake Calafquén allow swimming, sport fishing and yachting.

It is part of the tourist circuit known as the Seven Lakes along with the Riñihue, Panguipulli, Pirihueico, Pullinque, Neltume and Pellaifa lakes.

 

 

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