to its natural attractions, Pucón is one of the favorite
destinations within Chile for both national and international
tourists. Located at the shores of the Villarrica Lake and
next to the active Villarrica Volcano, it has a magial combination
which allows to enjoy the beach and water sports in the
summer, and its Ski Center in the winter time. And not just
that. Pucón's surroundings are perfect to practice
a number of sports and activities, which has turned the
town into the capital of adventure tourism of Southern Chile.
870 kilometres from Santiago and only 110 from the region's
capital Temuco, the city has good access roads, a number
of longdistance buses and an airstrip where charters coming
from Santiago land in the summer season. With lots of accommodation
facilities, there is a choice for everyone: from cabins
and local houses for rent, up to five-star-hotels.
dowtown consists of 12 easy-to-walk blocks. Here you will
find the main public buildings and institutions, plus a
huge number of restaurants and stores. The beach of black
sands runs for about 4 kilometres from the Peninsula until
the entrance of the Trancura River into the lake. Towards
the left of the Peninsula there is a small beach called
“La Poza” , with a pier from which excursion
boats leave and also private boats dock.
of Pucón, following the Internacional Road to Argentina,
there is a bike lane that runs until the airstrip at El
Claro. Next to the International Road there are several
cabins, pubs, some restaurants and the Shopping Center Alto
Pucón, known by the locals as the “Mall”.
Pucón's surroundings with rivers, lakes, waterfalls,
national parks and mountains, give the area its special
flavour. Among the activities you can do around, here we
Ascension of the Villarrica Volcano
Technically easy to climb, the ascension doesn't requiere
previous mountaneering experience, but good physical condition
is a must. It is obligatory to make the climbing with a
certified guide and the necessary equipment. There are several
agencies in Pucón which offer this excursion leaving
at 7 AM, reaching the summit at about noon and returning
to Pucón around 5 PM.
Huerquehue National Park
At about 30 kilometeres from Pucón there is this
National Park in the middle of the Andes. It has a beautiful
Araucaria forest and three small lagoons that you can reach
after a 2-hour-walk uphill. The entrance to the park is
by the Tinquilco lake, which you can reach by car (gravel
road). Buses JAC has about three departures daily to the
park, or you can hire a day excursion with a tourism agency.
The Trancura river, which runs into the
Villarrica lake, has interesting rapids you can ride with
rafts. Special for people who loves the adrenalin flowing,
it is possible to do it all year round.
Due to the volcanism, there are about ten hot spring centers
in the region, most of them at about a 40-minute-ride from
Pucón. The facilities vary from very simple pools
to modern thermal resorts with restaurants, cabins, spa
It is possible to make horseback ridings from half day to
several days through beautiful landscapes like the slopes
of the Volcano, by the mountains of Quelhue or the Valley
of Catripulli. You don't need to be an expert rider, because
for these excursions a guide rides along and you are provided
with the right horse according to your experience. In TravelAid
we can help you organize these excursions.
There are interesting routes you can either walk or follow
with a rented bike. The most popular excursion is to ride
to the Caburgua lake using the main paved road, and then
take gravel roads passing by the waterfalls Ojos de Caburgua
and Salto de Carileufu, returning to the city after riding
along the mountains and crossing the hanging bridge at Quelhue.
During the Fishing Season there are specialized agencies
that can show you the best rivers and lakes for fishing.
Or if you wish, just watch the nature and the great number
and variety of birds you can only take a good look at by
In the slopes of the Villarrica Volcano there is a Ski Center
with several traks and lifts, run by the Gran Hotel Pucón.
The season usually starts in July and ends towards the beginning
of October (weather depending). The characteristics of the
snow make the Center a very good place to practice Snowboard.
In the city it is possible to rent the full equipment and
hire transport to take you to the Ski Center (about 20 minutes
Only a few years ago started the first Canopy circuits in
the region, turning this new activity into an instant hit.
The idea is to move from one tree to the next using ropes
and a harness, and even cross over rivers. A full adventure.
There are several circuits around Pucón, each with
a different grade of difficulty and extension.
There is no better way to visit the attractions of the region
than taking an area tour. Generally the tour lasts half
day and takes you to Caburgua, the Ojos de Caburgua, Tres
Saltos and finishes with a visit to a hot spring that can
be either Los Pozones or Termas Huife (client's choice).
Most of the agencies offer this tour, or you can also hire
a taxi to take you to discover the zone.
Besides all the activities mentioned above, we need to add
the ones that are meant for the Summer Season, like the
traditional New Years's Eve party with fireworks that are
launched from the beach in front of the Gran Hotel Pucón.
The cultural activities include concerts of well-known artists,
theater plays, painting exhibitions and special shows for
children. And in sports, competitions like the Triathlon
Half Ironman, the Open Rafting and the International Desafío
de Los Volcanes, among others.