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Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

1. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

Meet with the local partner the day before your climb for an equipment check-up and brief explanation of the hike. The next day drive 30 minutes from the center of Pucon to the base of Villarrica Volcano. From here begin the hike to the summit of one of Chile's iconic active volcanoes. The first stage will be a traditional hiking ascent, starting at 1,800 meters above sea level. Acclimatize at an easy pace. As you approach the summit glacier, start using crampons and ice axes, with the assistance and explanation from the guides. After four to five hours of climbing, reach 2,847 meters at the summit. Gaze at the middle of the crater and its impressive geological formation. See fumaroles and maybe even some lava. From here also enjoy 360-degree views of surrounding volcanos, lagoons, and forests. Spend approximately one hour at the summit and then descend in half the time it took to climb up. Combine walking and controlled snow sliding to get down. During your hike have conversations about the native peoples of the Andes, the mountains and their relationship with them, as well as topics in volcanology. Once you've reached the base, your vehicle will be waiting to return you back to the departure office in Pucon.

Pucon: Quetrupillan Volcano Full-Day Climb

2. Pucon: Quetrupillan Volcano Full-Day Climb

Meet at the local partner's office in downtown Pucon and travel to the Palguin area to the east of the city. Start the hike and cross the forest full of native Coihue trees, some of which reach more than 20 meters high. Discover the various birds of the area as you hike along a leisurely trail. Learn about the native inhabitants and culture of the region from your experienced guides. After you exit the forest, make your way into the rugged Andean mountain landscape. As the height increases, hike along steeper slopes which will bring you closer to the summit. When you reach the crater at the top, after climbing over 1,000 meters, walk westward along the ridge to reach the summit at a height of 2,347 meters. Enjoy fantastic views of the Villarrica and Lanin volcanoes, along with more than three other volcanoes in the area. Admire the many lagoons, Argentinean pampas, and green forests of this panoramic viewpoint. Enjoy an easy descent, where you will walk once more through green forests, and arrive at your vehicle which will take you back to Pucon.

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica National Park Hike

3. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica National Park Hike

Start your day traveling through incredible landscapes of nature and geological formations. Drive approximately 70 kilometers along the border with Argentina and crossing the beautiful area of Puesco. Arrive at the hike starting point at the Quillelhue Lagoon in Villarrica National Park. Trek for about four kilometers and pass by the Escondida and Huinfiuca lagoons. Continue towards Laguna Verde and after reaching about five kilometers, arrive at a slope and approach the skirts of the mythical Lanin Volcano. Be impressed by the 3,870 meters high peak and its glacier hat. Stop for a healthy lunch when it pleases you. Having crossed a mountainous Andean landscape and after visiting this last lagoon, return to the starting point of your hike. Heaed back to Pucon with a stop in the town of Curarrehue. While here, visit the Mapuche women's cooperative and see local, fair-trade crafts and gastronomic products before concluding your day.

Pucón: Parasailing Adventure on Lake Villarrica

4. Pucón: Parasailing Adventure on Lake Villarrica

Upon arrival you will be greeted by the crew and escorted to the boat which is just a short walk away from the lakes coastline. The crew will help you prepare and put on the equipment before you board and then set off of the first part of the journey out towards the vast open waters of Lake Villarrica. Along the way, the captain will explain the procedures for the activity and any and all safety measures necessary. After the boat has arrived at its destination the crew will prepare and launch the parachute behind the boat, you will then be asked to join them on the back to be strapped in and ready to fly. The captain will control your accent up to 200m above the lakes waters and take you on a tour to see breathtaking views of the area. You will be able to see the size of the lake, the volcano clearly standing above the treelines and the town of Pucón. When the flight is about the finish the captain will decend you gradually until the back of the boat and if conditions allow will also touch your feet to the water to enjoy a nice cool dip, after which you will be brought back onto the boat and your flight will finish. If you are with others, it will be time to swap with them, take a seat on the boats comfortable cushioned seats and enjoy the remaining ride. Chat with others onboard and feel free to take some photos of the surrounding area from this unique position. Once the tour is over, the crew will deflate the parachute and bring everyone back to the pier where you first boarded.

From Pucón: Lanín Volcano Guided Ascent

5. From Pucón: Lanín Volcano Guided Ascent

We will travel from Pucon to the border with Argentina to begin the ascent to this iconic volcano of the Mapuche culture and the area, along with our certified Zenit guides. With first level equipment that we will deliver we will ascend more than 1.000 meters the first day, to camp in our chosen site, and then at dawn we will attack the summit with 1200 meters of altitude difference and a first level mountain experience. Then after enjoying this great summit, with an iconic glacier hat at the top and unforgettable views, we begin the descent, then at the base we return to Pucon, after approximately 18 kilometers of mountain day.

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What people are saying about Pucón

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 35 reviews

We had an awesome day with our 3 Zenit Travel guides. The pace was good, they communicated well (English was no problem), they were very knowledgeable about the area. They were personable, fun and attentive - and made sure even the slowest hiker (me!) made it to the top - SO worth it!!! We went up Quetrupillán because Villarrica was closed - I think it might have been better anyway, because looking into the ice-filled caldera was awesome, as were the 360-degree views.

Great experience- incredibly warm, friendly crew who will explain everything to you to make sure you are well prepared. They supply you will the gear you need too. They are very accommodating with taking breaks, going at your speed, and they are excellent photographers. Would highly recommend you hike with these guys for a really smooth day :)

Amazing day! The views were incredible, the hike was really fun and the slide down the mountain brought back the child in us. With the very qualified and fun crew it was really a perfect day! I totally recommande

The tour was great... Because the activity of the volcano was too high, we unfortunately couldn't get to the summit... The alternative program on the glacier was great. The guides are great. We recommend

Personne accueillant et efficace et controle de sècurité nombreux

A very professional company, with a well trained, safe, friendly and informative guide who made the whole day a great experience.