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Pucon is popular as a base for many hikes and tours around Chile's southern lake district. The city also offers great views of Volcan Villarrica.
One of the most popular sites in the area, this active volcano rises up above the lake and is a popular hiking spot among tourists.
This lake with natural hot springs just 14 miles outside of Pucon is a perfect place to relax, and is surrounded by natural forest scenery.
Try white water rafting with third- and fourth-level rapids, depending on your abilities and courage.
This cultural center offers classes, seminars, and artistic exhibitions put on by the local Pucon community.
Take the scenic route around Villarrica with a guided tour from Campo Antilco.
The tourist high season is between December and February, when there are more transportation routes to the city and the weather is less rainy and humid.
The closest airport is La Araucanía International Airport (LCO) in Temuco, about 55 miles from Pucon. Generally, however, the airport is only reachable via domestic connections after first flying into Santiago. Outside of tourist season (December-February), there are also less flights to Pucon.
Train services to nearby Temuco have been suspended. Due to the amount of connections required, we instead recommend that you take a bus between Pucon and other Chilean destinations.
Follow the seven road tolls along Ruta 5 from Santiago to reach Pucon in eight hours.
Buses to Pucon are the cheapest and most common way to arrive in the city. Jac, Condor Bus, and Turbus are the biggest bus companies. The journey from Santiago takes 11 hours and costs CLP$20,900.
Hotel Antumalal is a relaxing oasis with five hectares of private gardens and charming decor. Gran Hotel Pucon is another option located right along the lakefront with views of Villarrica.
Villarrica - minibuses will take you on the 20-minute journey to nearby Villarrica, the town after which the looming volcano is named.
Peninsula - this residential area is popular for its golf course with views looking out to Villarrica volcano.
Huerquehue National Park - located at the foot of the Andes, this park's many trails, waterfalls, and lakes are the biggest tourist attraction in Pucon.
Due to the town's small size and rural location, public transportation other than taxis and long-distance buses are close to non-existent.
Taxi tariffs start at CLP$1,500. Taxis are abundant throughout the city and can take you to neighboring towns. A ride between cities will cost you roughly CLP$8,000.
Daily rental car prices start at CLP$10,000 and can be picked up from the train station, airport, or several Villarrica locations.
Fresia Street is the main tourist thoroughfare, selling everything from Patagonia outdoor gear to Mapuche handicrafts. O'Higgins offers more tourist souvenirs and t-shirts, with recognizable international brands and stores.
Supermercado Eltit and Lider are the two main grocery markets. A dozen eggs costs CLP$1,800.
La Maga serves traditional Chilean and Argentinian fare and is a meat-lovers paradise, offering steak, BBQ, and other delicacies. Dinner prices for two are CLP$20,000.