Chile: Instead of the Lake District, go to Chiloe Island
Chile's Lake District admittedly has a ton to explore between its lakes, volcanoes and spectacular ancient forests. But for something less trodden, make your way farther south to Northern Patagonia and Chiloe Island, South America's second largest island and a place of robust seafaring people, many of whom still dwell in palafitos — stilthouses perched at the water's edge. The landscape is a mix of forests and fjords home to penguin colonies, and blue whales can be seen in the waters here from late-January to April. The tour company Audley arranges private tours to Chiloe with stays in special places such as the 12-room Tierra Chiloe, which opened in late 2014.