A little more than 120 km from Valdivia we came across this square-shaped lake with several islands in it. Huapi Island (inhabited by Indians) stands out. On the road that borders the lake, there are many small resort towns, including Futrono, Llifén and Lago Ranco. There is a large tourist infrastructure in the area, visitors can go fishing and do all kinds of sports here. A good vantage point to look out over the lake is the Alfonso Brandt park, outside the town of Lago Ranco (gravel road but you don't need a 4x4).
This park is a must for those who like to see things from above, in this case, Lake Ranco. It's located about 3 km from the lake, on a narrow and very steep gravel road but luckily very little traffic. It on a plot of 25 acres of lush native forest, where you can find many species of temperate rain forest trees, such as oak, notro, tepa and pitra, plus all the wildlife that is associated with this type of forest.