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. Put Villarrica on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Pucon vacation builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Well volcano near Pucon. Is an active volcano and hosts a series of tourism activities. It might be climbing, skiing, etc. We went on a Sunday, with Agency. It was snowing a lot and it was a great ride. I highly recommend. On Saturday, tried to go with rental car but couldn't. Was the use of chains and charge 20,000 pesos to rent one.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Access somewhat complex but well, using chains bound, double traction vehicle. The 4 x 2 is not suitable for these days
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  • August 11, 2017
    we seemed precarious facilities for skiing, andaribeles and all the circuit with an apparent lack of maintenance. Note that the dealer does not invest in anything, probably because people will just... The Cafe is very small, almost all people, are waiting in their cars. No we thought it was nothing great, just rescue the place and very beautiful natural landscape.
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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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