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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  • I did not think that it would reach the Summit, but the day was excellent. It is recommended to climb on the lift the first part. The rest is done on snow, and the best the descent is slipping, so a pass the proper apparel, although as one becomes wet.
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  • One of the best experiences of my life ... very nice up, but beware: must be in good shape with a good conditioning ... and do not recommend children under 16 years (some companies offer from 12 years, but it is very risky and sure won't come on crater ... so beware!) But other than that, is to take advantage of the visual and admire the beautiful view!
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  • If you have a car, you need to make the drive up to the ski resort on the volcano. We drove up on New Years Eve and the place was almost empty. The drive and views were fantastic. Made me wish we had ...  more »
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  • Climbing an actual active volcano sounds pretty dope. It was! And super exhausting! The tour was phenomenal. The only downside was that we couldn't see any real lava #champagneproblems On the way down you get to use your little sled you've been carrying with you along the way and slide down the volcano on your butt. Interesting experience.
  • Climbed up this thing while sometimes not being able to breathe due to noxious sulphuric fumes, then slid down it holding an ice axe. Stupid, but one of the best days ever!
  • Finish climbing 10 mins ago, it was really an adventure and an great challenge. Several times nearly gave up, but finally succeed. Strongly suggest take the cable car for the first part of climbing remember to take sun glasses
  • Amazing climbing, the view from the top makes all the effort worth it.
  • Great one day trip to this volcano.

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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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