Villarrica, Pucon

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Come face to face with one of the mightiest forces of nature at Villarrica. Rising to a height of 2,860 m (9,380 ft), the snow-capped volcano remains Chile's most active, and draws scores of outdoor enthusiasts. Hike the popular route to the crater, where you'll have sweeping views of the surrounding lakes--and, of course, the smoldering heart of the volcano. Following the climb, depending on conditions, you'll be able to slide down from the top on a small sled. Unless you're a certified mountaineer, you'll have to make the ascent with one of the registered tour operators. Skiing remains another popular activity here, and if you don't want to break a sweat you can book a helicopter flyover. Bear in mind that access to the volcano always depends on its current activity. Plan to visit Villarrica and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Pucon attractions using our Pucon day trip planning website .
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  • On the first day of the ski season, they open the gates of the station without charge admission. You can make a nice walk through the mountain.
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  • I totally recommend the climb on top of the volcano. Sinking up to the knee in the 20m snow while looking up to see the gas coming out of the volcano is really a unique experience.  more »
  • See the volcano up close it looks like a dream, that little smoke coming out on top of active volcano leaves the image aimda. Unforgettable.
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Where to stay in Pucon

As a world-renowned haven for outdoor adventurers, Pucon features a wide range of options when it comes to places to stay, though the bottom line for even budget prices is significantly higher than elsewhere in Chile. Many of the most affordable establishments are the hostels clustered in the city center, which often feature communal areas popular with the backpacker crowd. On the other end of the spectrum, you can opt for upscale lodges with their own pools, restaurants, and Wi-Fi capabilities, also within walking distance of just about any place in town. Pucon teems with adventure travelers in January and February, when prices go up and availability plummets. Make reservations ahead to avoid disappointment, or opt to go outside the height of tourist season.
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