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The lake-side resort-town of Pucón offers typical southern Chile hospitality, pedestrian-friendly streets, and open-air artisan markets. An evening stroll through town for ice cream may become part of your daily routine.

 
 
  • About Pucon
  • Area Information
  • Activities
  • Changing Money

Located on the north side of the Villarrica Volcano and on the shores Lake Villarrica, Pucón is a popular destination for tourists of all nationalities. In the language of the native people, the Mapuche, Pucón means “the gateway to the mountains.” Indeed, this typical Chilean village of approximately 9,000 residents is surrounded by natural wonder; volcanoes, lakes, mountains, rivers, hot springs, caves, and more.

With rafting companies, grocery stores, Internet cafes, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and more along the main street, Pucón has the relaxed atmosphere of a summer retreat. The lively downtown area features open-air markets, a variety of restaurants, and boutiques—a unique combination of the fun and functional. Upscale hotels and casinos line the beach of Lago Villarrica, which offers swimming, sunning, boat rentals, and ample opportunities for rolling and technique tune-ups.

The surrounding area boasts many sightseeing and recreational diversions. The most notable of these is the chance to climb the active volcano that towers above the town of Pucón. The day-long excursion will take you to the summit of Volcán Villarrica. If wind conditions permit, you can peer into the cone to view the escaping gases and sometimes, molten lava. Trips are offered daily through Sol y Nieve. Also in close proximity to Pucón are los Ojos de Caburga park and waterfalls, hot springs, a zip-line (canopy) tour, mountain biking, horseback riding and more. To the West of our area is the coastal port of Valdivia. Highlights of the city include a tour of the Old Spanish fort, the artisan center on the wharf, and the harbor sea lions. Relive a piece of Chile’s history as you wander among the cannons and back through time.

Area Statistics
Region in Chile: Region IX, Region de la Araucania
Capital of Region IX: Temuco
Distance from Pucón to the Argentinean border: 74 K
Altitude at the border: 1207 M
Altitude at the summit of Volcán Villarrica: 2847 M
Distance from Pucón to base of Volcán Villarrica: 14 K
Last eruption of lava: 1998
Last eruption with significant damage: 1971

Pucón offers many recreational activities that you may want to take advantage of during your stay. The partial list below will give you some ideas, but if you have other interests we can help you arrange tours or activities.

Hike the volcano (day long)
Tour the volcanic caves (2 hours)
Canopy (2 hours)
Huife hot springs
Horseback riding (trail riding)
Sailing on the lake
Tour of the area on motorcycle (5 hours)

There are a number of locations to change dollars to pesos on the main street of Pucón. The rate at money changing houses is usually slightly lower than the rate at the bank, but the hours are more convenient. The easiest method is to use your ATM card—24-hour access and the best exchange rate. Obviously, the exchange rate varies with the economy, but historically it has been approximately 560 pesos to the dollar. For conversion purposes it is easiest to use 500 as the rate making 10,000 pesos approximately $20. Many locations in Pucón accept credit cards. You will need a photo ID to pay with a credit card.

What to Bring on your Multi-Sport Adventure:
2 pair of pants
2 sweatshirts/long-sleeved shirts/light jackets
4-5 pair of shorts
4-5 short-sleeved shirts
Sandals/walking shoes/hiking boots
Toiletries and necessary medications

Weather is usually nice with temperatures of 80-90 degrees. Mornings and evenings can be cool, and there is a possibility of rain, especially in January. Pucón has all the amenities of a small resort town. There is a large grocery store where most items can be found, should you need anything you might have forgotten.

Linens and towels are provided with your room. Should you need any clothing washed during your stay, we offer a laundry service in the middle of the trip. As a reminder, most airlines limit luggage to two pieces of 50 pounds or less per passenger.

What to Bring on your Instructional Kayaking Adventure:
In addition to the items listed above, you will need your kayaking equipment. Many of the rivers we will paddle have fairly cold water and a second set of gear (particularly insulation) is nice so that you don’t have to put on wet gear when you head out in the afternoon. We have a variety of boats for your use including WaveSport, Pyrana, Jackson, Perception and Dagger models. If you have specific questions regarding boats, please feel free to give us a call for more information.

Paddle, helmet, lifejacket, sprayskirt
Drytop or long-sleeved paddling jacket
Short sleeved paddling jacket
Long and short sleeved insulation
Booties or river sandals
Shorts/personal river wear
River/beach towel

About Pucon
Located on the north side of the Villarrica Volcano and on the shores Lake Villarrica, Pucón is a popular destination for tourists of all nationalities. In the language of the native people, the Mapuche, Pucón means “the gateway to the mountains.” Indeed, this typical Chilean village of approximately 9,000 residents is surrounded by natural wonder; volcanoes, lakes, mountains, rivers, hot springs, caves, and more.

With rafting companies, grocery stores, Internet cafes, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and more along the main street, Pucón has the relaxed atmosphere of a summer retreat. The lively downtown area features open-air markets, a variety of restaurants, and boutiques—a unique combination of the fun and functional. Upscale hotels and casinos line the beach of Lago Villarrica, which offers swimming, sunning, boat rentals, and ample opportunities for rolling and technique tune-ups.

The surrounding area boasts many sightseeing and recreational diversions. The most notable of these is the chance to climb the active volcano that towers above the town of Pucón. The day-long excursion will take you to the summit of Volcán Villarrica. If wind conditions permit, you can peer into the cone to view the escaping gases and sometimes, molten lava. Trips are offered daily through Sol y Nieve. Also in close proximity to Pucón are los Ojos de Caburga park and waterfalls, hot springs, a zip-line (canopy) tour, horseback riding and more. To the West of our area is the coastal port of Valdivia. Highlights of the city include a tour of the Old Spanish fort, the artisan center on the wharf, and the harbor sea lions. Relive a piece of Chile’s history as you wander among the cannons and back through time.

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