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:
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.
Time: GMT -4 hours
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.