Pucón is located in the Region of La Araucanía on the shores of Lake Villarrica. It is characterized as the most important lakeside resort in Chile for having plenty of tourist attractions like thermal centers, national parks where you will be able to trek volcanos, enter volcanic caves and see amazing rivers and lakes. There are also ski centers and Mapuche communities.
How to get to Pucón?
- By Plane from almost every location in Chile.
- If you prefer to make it cheaper, Temuco is a bypass city located 105km to the northwest. From here, you can take a train or a bus to Pucon.
What to do in Pucón?
Near Pucón, you will find many National parks.
Conguillío National Park
At 136km from Pucón, you can visit the Conguillío National Park. You can also go from Temuco. Travelers enjoy walking on attractive trails and take advantage of their free time to put on their backpacks and their best mountain trainers and go hiking. Here you can build your tent and spend the night. Other activities to do: Biking, fishing, and kayaking.
Well! It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. If you didn’t know already, “Volcán Villarrica” is one of Chile’s most active Volcanos. Actually, it erupted in March 0f 2015 and was closed for hikes until November of that same year. At almost 3,000 meters above sea level, you can get a pretty good look at Villarica, on a clear day, right from the little village of Pucón. But if you’re looking to meet her, you’ll have to journey around 45 minutes outside of town first!
Some information about the tours:
- Approximate Duration of Hike from start to finish: 9 Hours
- Level: Depending on the weather, from beginner to expert
- 6AM meeting time.
The tours will bring you the necessary equipment, but not everything, It recommended to have: Face Sunscreen, Sunglasses, and Chapstick for your lips.
There is a chairlift that takes you to the start of the climb, guides strongly encourage everyone to take the chairlift because this extra bit of hiking can be draining, sometimes causing people not to reach the summit.
Cost of the chairlift: $10.000CLP.
Huerquehue National Park
In the middle of the mountains, where hills and gorges enclose several crystal-clear lakes and lagoons set among the araucarias, you’ll find the Huerquehue National Park, a beautiful, pre-Andean park with an area of 12,500 hectares, characterized by its mountainous geography and crystalline lakes and lagoons. Easily accessible in the summer, this park offers the visitor a wide range of recreational options, from simply admiring nature to camping and sports activities. There are some incredible views from the park, like the Pucon river to the Villarrica volcano. If you are lucky enough, you may even catch a glimpse of the majestic condor.
Enjoy the amazing views as you hike through the park and stop to contemplate the Toro Lake surrounded by exuberant nature. To rest, take advantage of the camping sites available or recharge your batteries in the nearby cities of Pucón and Villarrica.This park is very recommended due to its large alternatives:
When walking along its trails, you’ll come across several lagoons inside the park such as the Verde Lake, known for its deep emerald green color. If you pay attention, you’ll be able to see firsthand the many species that live in the area.
Villarica–Hualalafquen national reserve
Trails that run through magnificent untouched araucaria forests where several kinds of wild species live; snow-covered mountains that protect beautiful lagoons and the caldera of an ancient volcano, which hides an amazing glacier, are the natural attractions of the Villarrica – Hualalafquén National Reserve.
As you walk along the trails of the reserve you’ll find millennial trees like the araucarias and lengas as well as endemic species like pumas and condors.Be part of local history and visit the settlements of the Mapuche communities that lived here in times gone by or walk along the trails with a Mapuche guide from the surrounding villages.
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