Volcan Villarica
Volcan Villarica
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You can see the red magma (molten rock) at the top of this still active volcano.
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Matthew B
London, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
An absolutely belting day - best thing we did in Pucon … found a really nice guiding company called Zenit.

Up at 6.30 am with our sandwiches, sun cream and plenty of water and chocolate.

It’s a solid 5 or 6 hours to get as high as permitted (August 23 the final 300 metres are closed for safety reasons) and in total a 9 hour day but the views over the Andes, Villarica lake and the other volcanoes are stunning and it’s a wonderful feeling being so high under your own steam. Hope photos do it justice but this is one of those things you have just gotta do.

Clampons, Ice axes and a knowledgeable Guide are essential. Don’t do it alone or the bad spirits will ensure you slip off..
Written 7 August 2023
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Stanthorpe
Stanthorpe, Australia756 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We enjoyed this monument to the power of nature at a distance. There are many walking tours up the volcano but they were too strenuous for us. We chose to drive to the base where the chairlift starts and go on the chairlift. Sadly it was not operating the day we went. This is apparently common. However it did not stop us enjoying the volcano and it’s majesty. We went for some short walks, got a coffee, and toured the caves
Written 7 February 2020
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Darren R
Connecticut363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The guided hike to the top was “open” but you could not do the last 1,000 feet and there was no snow to slide down, so Mirador de Los Crateres seemed a better option. So glad we did it.

This was an amazing hike. The views of Villarica and the lakes are great. The view back to the mountains when you are near the top are something out of Avatar. The craters were fascinating. We enjoyed the hike itself too. We did the 5 miles round trip in about 2.75 hours, stopping many times to appreciate the views and take pictures. My friend’s apple watch said there was 1,200 feet of elevation gain. There were stretches of no view through the forest, but the vegetation was interesting to look at then.

The place is very easy to find in real life, not so easy on google maps. If leaving Pucon on 199, make the first left onto S-887 (Camino Al Volcan). Take that about 30 minutes. When you get into the Villarica Park (where there is a ranger offering info and some small stores offering zip lining and the like), stay left onto the bumpy dirt road. After 4 KMs, you’ll see a parking lot on your right. Walk up the hill, bearing left on the road you drove in on, and you’ll see the sign to start the hike. Then follow the posts from there.
Written 9 March 2023
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Carlos Vergara del Río
Santiago, Chile46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Climbing this was hard and fun, we did it with Mawida, a local tourism firm. Everything was great, the day, the guide (Javier), the equipment and the fun way of sliding downhill.
The most recommended adventure in town.
Written 13 January 2020
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Laurel C
Saratoga Springs, NY412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We did not climb the whole volcano! As seniors, we opted to go to the ski resort (January is summer) and there were many trails to follow all up and down the slope. We went up to the high lift and (paid for) a ride down. Wear real hiking shoes though, my gym shoes took a bit of a beating. Very nice day.
Written 13 January 2020
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SwiftyPA
PA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We hiked the 4 km Craters trail. The trail climbs gradually through a forested section midway up the volcano. As the altitude rises, there’s a transition in the ecosystems to tundra. At 3 km there’s a scenic overlook where you can see Lake Villarrica and the other volcanoes in the park. The trail ends where magma from eruptions in the 1970s and 1980s destroyed large areas of vegetation. There are two small craters where gasses vented during these eruptions and give
the trail its name, but these are less interesting aspects of the walk. The photo is the view of the volcano at the end of the trail, which was not too far from the snow line when we visited on the first few days of summer. The return hike follows the same trail downhill.
Written 1 January 2020
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FrequentFlier23405
Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to Pucon for 3 days and I would almost have to say that it was the best part of our trip. We did not plan anything ahead of time except for the hostel we were staying at. We arrived late in the afternoon and walked around Pucon to get acquainted. We found a little agency off the main road that would take us to Villarica the next morning. They size you for a snowsuit and climbing gear. We needed to bring sunglasses & sunblock (reflection off the snow), bottled water and lunch (sandwiches). We arrived at the agency around 7:00am and arrived at Villarica around 8:00-8:30 by taxivan. We then took a chairlift up to the starting point which was about 10-15min ride. From there you start to climb zig-zag up the mountain. It's cold and scary because all you have keeping you up on the mountain is your boots (only sometimes with snow-picks) and an ice-pick. We rested a couple of times and reached the crater around 12:00-1:00pm. Along the way there were amazing places to take breathtaking pictures. We actually climbed INTO the crater, kept some volcanic rocks and took pictures of the lava splashing up close to us. The smell is a little nausiating but you put up with it because of the experience. On the way back you slide on your bum down the mountain on man-made snowslides. Your pants and bum get wet but it's lots of fun. We arrived back at the agency around 4:30 and immediately made plans to vist the hot springs "Las Termas". Go to the natural ones at the top of the mountain and you'll melt away all the physical discomfort from the day. You should be in pretty good shape to undertake this activity but if your group is too fast for you, slower groups along the way will always welcome an addition. Make sure you go on a clear day-other people who went with us were making it their 2nd trip because the first time they couldn't see anything. Have fun and enjoy!
Written 13 January 2006
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batmoooo
Clevedon, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
If you decide to climb this volcano there are a few things you need to know

1. it takes 5/6 hours to climb
2. its very steep
3. The last hour is spent climbing a vertical ice sheet
4. its amazing
5. The new day your legs wont work
6. your lungs will feel like you've run a marathon

So spend the 100 quid and just do it
Written 25 December 2015
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pack2back
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Anyone making their way to Pucon to climb Villarrica volcano ITS CLOSED and has been since the eruption in March 2015. No agencies in the centre are offering the climb. Surprised there are no other posts about this. We arrived on the 12th October 2015 and very disappointed. Don't take my word but one agency said they are hoping to reopen the climb in December 2015 only 200 meters from the creator to the creator. There is white water rafting 1hr on the river, good fun class 3 river.

October 2015
Written 13 October 2015
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BAUER12
London, United Kingdom24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2011
!!!WARNING!!! PUCON - VOLCAN VILLARICA !!!WARNING!!!
*************WARNING - DO NOT USE ORANGE HOUSE ADVENTURE TOURISM******************

If you are visiting Pucon, especially the Donde Egidio Hostal, you are likeloy to come across Orange House Adventure Tourism Company and the owner Boris. They are based in the Donde Egidio Hostal, who are quite forceful in ensuring Boris has access to all their guests as soon as they arrive.

Regrettably, we took a tour to climb Volcan Villarica with Boris and Orange House which was a bad choice.

We were careful to agree all conditions prior to departure (especially what happens in poor weather). Boris had assured us that he was fully insured and as a result we would be entitled to a full refund if we were not able to reach the crater for any reason (adside from our own fitness).

Needless to say, the weather did prevent us reaching the crater. When approaching Boris to discuss our reimbursement he completely denied any such agreement and refused to refund any monies as we "walked on the volcano". Following a lengthy argument he agreed to refund us 50%, but said he had no money with him so he´d have to go and get it and give it to us later. Foolishly (and given no other option) we trusted him, only for him to disappear. When we finally tracked him down he once again denied any agreement to refund us and was incredibly rude to us.

We tried to seek the help of the hostel owner as Orange House have their office in the hostel, so assumed there must be an affiliation. The hostel owner refused to help us in any way, but instead demanded immediate payment for our room (even though we were not due to leave until the next day). Bizzare!

I would strongly recommend that people avoid Boris and Orange House Adventure Tourism. He is a compulsive liar and a fraundster. Furthermore, his equipment was the poorest of all the groups we saw on the day.

There are plenty of excellent tour operators around Pucon, just be sure to ask about all the conditions and have something signed in writing, or at least a visible policy on their part. We have learnt the hard way at the hands of a repulsive little liar.

************DO NOT USE ORANGE HOUSE ADVENTURE TOURISM****************
Written 10 March 2011
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