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Why visit Pucon?

​A key destination for adventure sports lovers, Pucón is the place to go if you want an adrenaline-fuelled thrill. But it’s not just a destination for adrenaline junkies. It has a beautiful setting on Lake Villarrica, with the Villarrica volcano towering over everything. There’s a stunning national park, hot springs and spa centres, plus a charming historic town centre and traditional craft and flower sellers. And for the young – or the young at heart – there is a zip-line eco-tour giving a bird’s-eye view of forests and rivers.
Reasons to visit Pucon include:

  • Tour the illuminated caves at the base of the Villarrica volcano and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding lakes. 
  • Shop for traditional wooden crafts in Pucon and explore the streets, with their wooden buildings, and cross the suspension bridge over the river Trancura. 
  • Visit the Santa Clara Monastery, home to the Capuchin Poor Claire nuns, who sell embroidery, chocolates and cookies in a shop on the site. The views over the countryside are beautiful. 
  • Go rafting, kayaking, horse riding or fly fishing. 
  • Hike in Huerquerhue National Park. This 12,500-hectare park has crystal-clear lakes and gorgeous mountain landscapes. Condors fly above – birdwatching is great here – and there are numerous lovely trails to take.  
  • Spend an exhilarating half day on the 2km long zip-line canopy adventure on an oak-tree and flower covered island on the Trancura river. 
  • Bathe and relax in the thermal mineral-rich waters of the Huife hot springs. 
  • Learn about Mapuche history and way of life in the Aldea Intercultural Trawupeyum Museo-Centro Cultural in Curarrehue. This living museum is based on a traditional village and has a handicrafts market, cultural centre and traditional foods. 

When to go to Pucon

Pucon is a year round destination. It is immensely popular in February - so perhaps best avoided at that time, when it is flooded with visitors.

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Time: GMT -4 hours

Flight time:

There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.

Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.


Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.


Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.



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