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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.

Volcán Villarrica

2. Volcán Villarrica

Climb the most active volcano in Chile! With 2847 masl*. We start in our office to get ready for the adventure around 6.00 or 6.30 am (depending on the season). Then we take the transport for 40 minutes to reach the base of the volcano (at 1200 masl), where we start walking for about 6 to 7 hours to reach the summit (2847 masl). Its summit will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of Pucón, Villarrica, several lakes, and many volcanoes in the area. Depending on its volcanic activity, it is possible to see magma inside its crater. During autumn, winter and spring we will be able to slide them in the snow to go down the Volcano. During summer we will be able to walk in the glacier of the volcano. A cold beer awaits you at the office to celebrate your achievement. *Access to the summit subject to restrictions by the authorities due to volcano activity levels. During yellow alert we can only get ultil 2450 masl -This activity is of moderate difficulty. -No previous experience is necessary.

Pucon: Quetrupillan Volcano Full-Day Climb

3. 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

4. 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.

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.

Pucón: Parasailing Adventure on Lake Villarrica

6. 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.

Pucon: Stand up Paddle trip on the Villarrica Lake

7. Pucon: Stand up Paddle trip on the Villarrica Lake

We will meet in our office located in front of the main square of Pucon, to prepare the Stand up Paddle equipment and go out walking with our boards to the Villarrica Lake, only 2 blocks away. On the beach we will have a brief explanation of how to perform this great discipline, and then enter the lake and start paddling and vitalize ourselves. We will skirt the peninsula, enjoying views of native forest sounds and bird watching, views of the Cordon de Quelhue and views of rock formations amidst emerald waters. In the western section we will begin to observe the imposing Villarrica Volcano, from the interior of the lake. We will stop on rocky plains to drink water and eat dried fruits, with beautiful views of the surroundings. Finally after 2,5 hours paddling smoothly, we arrive to another beach, vitalized, where we will end this navigation and in our vehicle we will move back, a few blocks away, to the agency to enjoy a natural drink.

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5.0 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Fantastic trip up the volcano! Agustin sent me a whatsapp the day before the trip confirming all of the details. Everything was very well organized. We met in the center of Pucon at 5:30 to get all of the equipment and packs. The actual ascent started around 7 AM, and we reached the summit at 12:30. The ski lifts previously mentioned have been out of service for some time. Our two mountain guides spoke good English and were incredibly friendly and helpful throughout. The whole experience was like nothing I’ve done before. Would absolutely recommend to anyone interested and physically able to do it!

Great company with lots of experience, unfortunately couldn't hike clear to the top due to activity of volcano but great experience overall. Guides were great and knowledgeable made everyone feel comfortable. Weather was a bit rough and cloudy but no one can control that, still glad we went. Great activity.

Did the villarica volcano tour with the guides from this agency and it's an absolute must-do! The agency is well organised and always available for communication. The guides were the absolute best, it's not often you find people that are genuinely this nice and patient but also passionate about their work!

The weather was bad. Too much wind. They thoroughly discussed the matter with us with full transparety and respect and gave us multiple alternatives. Although we did not have the villarrica mountain tour at the end, their treatment was amazing.

Very nice guides throughout the journey, 100% recommended