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“Good views, steep climb”
Review of Santuario el Cani

Santuario el Cani
Ranked #9 of 66 things to do in Pucon
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Owner description: si es posible, incluyan este santuario de la naturaleza, es un lugar soñado, ideal para la gente que gusta del montañismo
Santiago, Chile
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good views, steep climb”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

A very hidden access to start, followed by the steepest and dustiest hill we have faced during our week hikes in pucon takes us to this less beaten park of the area. The view on top is very pretty, the lakes are not as nice as huerquehue though. 

Visited January 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Challenging hike with a beautiful reward despite poor lakes in summer...”
Reviewed 16 January 2014

I arrived in Pucon around 8:15 after an overnight bus from Santiago and checked into my hostel. Since it was too late to do the Volcano trek (6:30) and I had missed the earlier bus to Huerquehue National Park, this was an ideal alternative as there are very regular buses to and from the Santuario and I didn't want to waste a day hanging around the hostel and town (not that either were bad).

I took a bus around 10:15, which arrived about half an hour later (its the bus station opposite the JAC terminal around the corner from Pullman). I just mentioned El Cani and jumped on the right bus, the driver should shout when you get to the spot. A brief walk and you need to pop into the hut they have and pay entrance (3,000 pesos I think / 6 dollars) and you get a basic map that one of the guys write on (there is a check point further up where you may or may not have to show this (I didn't...un-manned).

In all honesty, the first part of the hike up to the refugio is very dull and not particularly fun (dirt tracks). The map indicates about 2 hours to get there albeit I did it in almost half the time as I was on a bit of a mission that day and ran a little. After the refugio the hike got a reasonable amount easier as you start heading to the lakes.

The lakes were a big disappointment for me being perfectly honest. The first was almost completely dried up and the second was quite small and also part dried. From the second lake however, you start a tough 30 minute ascent to the mirador (viewing point), and believe me, that was worth it. The views from the top are pretty spectacular, with three volcanoes in the distance (including Villarica of course). Its pretty clear up there and there are plenty of rocks to perch yourself and rest your tired feet whilst munching a few snacks. I actually got to the top in two and half hours so it can be done a lot quicker than indicated.

Whilst parts of the above sound quite negative, the view really is fantastic and I imagine the rest of the park would be much better out of peak summer time when the lakes have more water, or when the trees are covered in snow. The other additional bonus is that most people go to Huerquehue and so you practically have it to yourself (I was the first person in the park even at 10:45). Well worth a visit, especially for the more budget conscious seeking a panoramic view.

Visited January 2014
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Brussels, Belgium
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 December 2013

A friend of mine recommended me a hike in this nature reserve. Thanks to him, we have discovered a place with beautiful landscapes, less well known that Huerquehue National Park, but just as beautiful and much less crowded. I recommend this hike to all nature freaks and those who love the silence.

Visited November 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“best view around!”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

Steep and tough hike up but rewarded with the most stunning view you can imagine! Three outstanding volcanoes (Lanin, Villarrica and Llaima) are waiting for you, a lotof beautiful araucaries and small lagoons, nearby 360 degree of absolute fantastic, untouched nature. Try to be up there for sunrise or sunset. Easiest way to do so is to bring your tent, you can sleep short before the viewpoint and go up for sunrise.

Visited December 2013
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Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great hike for one day”
Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

I did the hike to the Mirador at El Cañi last week in sunny weather and the view was fantastic. You get to see the volcanos of the region, beautiful auraucaria trees, the lagoons, many lizards and even gigantic spiders. But don't worry. I was told their bite is not dangerous. Similar to the sting of a wasp. Anyway, they didn't seem to be aggressive at all.
Get there with an early bus so you have no problems getting a bus back to Pucón. And don't forget plenty of water - you might need it on the steep way up.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Michael G
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