Los Lagos Region Chile: A Beacon of Sustainability, Biodiversity, Culture, and Innovation

Nestled in the southern reaches of Chile, Los Lagos is also a hotbed of sustainability, biodiversity, culture, and innovation, making it the ideal host for the upcoming WSA Global Congress. As WSA-winning projects, international delegates, and the Chilean innovation ecosystem descend on Los Lagos for the 18th WSA Global Congress, here is everything you need to know to prepare for your Los Lagos adventure.


Ecotourism in Los Lagos Chile

From implementing eco-friendly tourism practices to harnessing renewable energy sources, the region is committed to preserving its pristine environment while promoting economic growth. Visitors who are trying to keep the carbon footprint of their visit low should look for the Distinción Turismo Sustenable seal certification programs ensuring businesses follow environmental, social, and economic sustainability criteria, The region prioritises the conservation of natural areas and biodiversity, including national parks, reserves, and protected landscapes enhanced through hard and soft infrastructure.


Indigenous and Colonial Influences

There is evidence of human habitation of Los Lagos Region as early as 15 thousand years ago but the main influences today are the indigenous Huilliche and the German colonisers. Both Huilliche and German are still spoken in the region today, though the majority of communication is in Spanish. Similarly, the influence of both cultures can be felt in the food, and beer gardens serving excellent ceviche are a common site along the shores of lake Llanquihue.



In recent years, Los Lagos has emerged as a hub of innovation, particularly in sectors such as renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. The region's entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with a commitment to addressing global challenges, has led to the development of innovative solutions aimed at fostering environmental sustainability and social progress.

The decision to host the World Summit Awards Global Congress in Los Lagos underscores the region's growing significance as a leader in sustainability and innovation. By bringing together thought leaders, policymakers, and innovators from around the world, the Congress provides a platform for sharing best practices, fostering collaboration, and driving positive change on a global scale. Moreover, holding the congress in Los Lagos highlights the region's commitment to showcasing its sustainable development efforts and inspiring others to follow suit.


Patricio Iván Vallespín López, Governor of Los Lagos, Republica de Chile and Sernatur X welcomes WSA to Los Lagos, Chile

WSA Chile Travel Tips

Capital: Santiago
Language: Spanish
Time Zone: Chile Standard Time (CLT, GMT-3)
Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP) It is advisable to exchange money in banks or authorized exchange
houses. It is advisable to check the exchange rate at the time of your trip. To exchange currency, banks
are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. In addition, currency exchange (USD and
Euros) is available at ServiEstado branches of BancoEstado between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm.
VAT: Payments in USD or foreign creditcard, you are free of paying 19% VAT
Therefore "PDI" tourist card is issued on arrival, which must be returned when leaving the country.
Electricity: Plugs: Type C and L / Frequency: 50 Hz. In Chile, the voltage used is 220/240.


Suggested Touristic Activities

  • Community-Based Tourism
    Participate in community-based tourism initiatives that directly involve local communities in tourism activities.This can include homestays, guided tours led by community members, and purchasing goods directly from local artisans. One great option for community-based tourism in Los Lagos is Smatrip; a B Corp and the first travel agency with social purpose in Chile. They work so that your trips generate development opportunities in the communities where they operate.
  • Indigenous Tourism
    Get to know Chile's indigenous cultures exploring the ancestral routes of Chile's indigenous cultures, located in the extreme south of the Chiloé archipelago. Killon Indomito Agency is an agency that organises tours with an emphasis on Chile's indigenous history.
  • Responsible Hiking and Adventure Tourism
    When engaging in outdoor activities, opt for companies that follow Leave No Trace principles. Choose guided tours that prioritize the preservation of natural habitats, minimize environmental impact, and promote responsible tourism. Choose adventure tours with companies like Cascada Expediciones follow strict environmental guidelines and promote responsible adventure tourism in regions like Patagonia.
  • Birdwatching
    There 525 confirmed species of birds native to Chile, making it a magnet for birdwatchers. The birdwatching culture in Los Lagos aims to showcase the regions biodiversity while simultaneously protecting, or even regenerating it. BirdsChile organises birdwatching with an emphasis on sustainability.
  • Adventure Tourism
    Similarly, Chile's adventure tourism has developed in symbiosis with nature. It has also been enormously successful, with Chile being named the world's leading adventure tourism destination by World Travel Awards for three years in a row. Amity Tours is an adventure tourism company with an excellent track record in sustainable practices.
  • Local Cuisine Experiences
    Explore the local food scene and support restaurants that prioritize locally sourced, organic, and sustainable ingredients. This not only supports local farmers but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with food transportation. Experience the essence of local cuisine in a stunning setting by Lake Llanquihue. This is a unique culinary workshop where ingredients are sourced within a 100-kilometer radius. Harvest your own veggies guided by a local chef, and then learn to create traditional Chilean dishes that celebrate the region's flavors. With the lake's beauty as your backdrop, it's a memorable and sustainable culinary adventure that connects you to the land and culture.