Volcan Calbuco, Puerto Varas

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Climb the area around a recently erupted volcano at Volcan Calbuco. The attraction erupted in April 2015, covering the surrounding countryside in volcanic ash. By August of the same year, officials reported the volcano alert levels of this site had returned to normal, and tourism opened to the area again. Although you cannot climb to the summit, you can explore the base to observe the snow-capped top of the mountain. You can take the cable car to ride up part of the mountain and hike from there to view lush flora; then head to the nearby lake for a swim after descending the volcano. Work out when and for how long to visit Volcan Calbuco and other Puerto Varas attractions using our handy Puerto Varas vacation generator.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Wonderful volcano. We saw it in all its glory, covered in snow, on a sunny day. There are lifts up to the first and second level. You can practice several winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, tubing, etc. There is restaurant and confectionery at the base, also souvenir shop and rental clothes for skiing.
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  • July 6, 2017
    Actually if there is a place where we can be close to God, this is the place, the maximum point that can be reached is another mile or so from the top of the volcano. The ascent can be made on foot (level of difficulty very difficult) or by cable car in two sections, cost $16,000 pesos. Worth it, very nice.
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  • July 4, 2017
    As well as the Osorno volcano, this is part of a chain of volcanoes. A veritable dormant Monster. Difficult access, without much structure, only with tourist agencies. Prefer the Osorno in matter of infrastructure.
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To enjoy views of the volcano, stay as close to the edge of Llanquihue Lake as possible. Most higher-end accommodations sit right on the lake's shores, with a range of resorts and boutique hotels offering a touch of luxury. Look a few streets back from the lake for a choice of budget hostels and small guesthouses. Reserve your place in advance to avoid disappointment, regardless of the season.
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