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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:

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.

Health:

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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