Lago Calafquén

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Lago Calafquén
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Lago Calafquén
Geographical location Chile , Region IX ( Región de la Araucanía ) and
Region XIV ( Región de Los Ríos )
Drain Río PullinqueLago Panguipulli
Location close to the shore Licán Ray , Coñaripe and Panguipulli
Coordinates 39 ° 31 ′  S , 72 ° 9 ′  W Coordinates: 39 ° 31 ′  S , 72 ° 9 ′  W
Lago Calafquén (Chile)
Lago Calafquén
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surface 120 km²
Maximum depth 212 m
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Lago Calafquén is a large lake in southern Chile .

It is located in the north of Region XIV ( Región de Los Ríos ) and borders on Region IX ( Región de la Araucanía ). The lake is located between the towns of Licán Ray and Panguipulli .

Lake Calafquén has an area of ​​around 120 km² (25 km long and 7.7 km wide) and a maximum depth of 212 m. The lake is an old glacial lake from the Ice Age . It is about 200 m above sea level. There are 7 smaller islands in the lake. To the north of the lake is the well-known active volcano Villarrica with a height of 2840 m.

The town of Licán Ray is located on the north shore of the lake and is the center of tourism. The lake is a deep blue, crystal clear lake. There are many bays and beaches. In summer the water temperatures are between 9 and 22 ° C. The sea is very rich in fish. B. Trout and salmon .


Licán Ray was expanded from a village to a tourist resort in 1965 . In 1986 the work for this was largely completed. In 1990 a paved 30 km long road to the northern town of Villarrica was built .

The area was repeatedly hit by eruptions from the Villarrica volcano. The first recorded eruption was in 1558. In 1575 the town of Villarrica was devastated by a severe earthquake, killing 350 people. Other major eruptions followed in 1640 and 1948. In 1971 there was a mudslide created by melted ice and hot lava . The mudslide destroyed a number of houses, farmland and bridges.


Tourism, fishing and forestry play an important role in the area. The lake is ideal for sailing and fishing.

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