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Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb, Pucon

1. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb, Pucon

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 1,200 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 five to six 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 half an 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.

Ascent to Villarrica volcano 2,847masl, from Pucón

4. Ascent to Villarrica volcano 2,847masl, from Pucón

Villarrica volcano is the most active volcano in Chile, and its last eruption was in 2015. When we reach the summit, at 2,847 meters above sea level, you’ll be inspired by incredible views of the towns of Pucón and Villarrica, nearby lakes, and other volcanoes in the region. 6.00am or 6.30am: We start in our office to get ready for the adventure! Here we will give you all the equipment you need. Then we take the transport for 40 minutes to reach the base of the volcano (at 1200 masl). 7.30am: We start walking for about 6 to 7 hours to reach the summit (2847 masl). 2pm: Maximum time to reach the summit. 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. 2.30pm: We start the descent of the volcano, during winter, autumn and spring we will be able to slide in the snow, during summer we will walk down. The descent between 2 to 4 hours aprox. 4pm/6pm: 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: Stand up Paddle trip on the Villarrica Lake

5. 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.

Huerquehue Park from the air with a Paragliding champion

6. Huerquehue Park from the air with a Paragliding champion

The “flight of the condor” in Lake Caburgua, minutes from Pucón, is an experience flying paragliding at a higher altitude, we will reach 1,400 meters high. We will takeoff from the Tinquilco Viewpoint ("Mirador Tinquilco" on Google Maps) where we will completely see Lake Caburgua, Lake Tinquilco, Huerquehue National Park, many lagoons and even more volcanoes for 15 - 25 minutes. Paragliding is an unforgettable experience of great emotions and unique views in the world. Book your condor flight today and feel the thrill of flying! Required Equipment - Trekking shoes ideally. - Windbreak. - Buff (If you have it) Adventure log The takeoff Once equipped and ready to take off, your instructor will give a complete safety briefing and verify that your equipment is secured. 5 steps and we are in the air, we settle into our "cloud chair" and voila, the sensations begin!! It's peaceful and smooth, until you decide to push your adrenaline further and ask your pilot for a bit of acrobatics, who will gladly give you a ride on the air roller coaster ;) Before the flight... We will pick you up at the meeting point in our comfortable 4x4 Jeep and we will go up to Mirador Tinquilco, during the journey we will get to know each other and answer your questions! From here on, everything goes up! The landing We are already preparing to land, we take three steps and we are already on our beautiful Caburgua beach, the water is crystal clear and the sun invites us to stay there! I hope you brought a swimsuit ;) If the day is a little colder, we walk through a small native forest to culminate the experience and from now on you will always walk the Earth with your eyes looking at the sky, because you have already been there and there you want to return as Da Vinci said.

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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