Top things to see in and around Pucón
- Parque Nacional Huerquehue
- Volcan Villarrica
- Lago Villarrica
- The many hot springs that surround this town
- Ojos de Caburgua tour
Parque Nacional Huerquehue
This park is one of my favourite national parks in Chile. It is also so easy to get to with public transport, as a backpacker.
Get a bus from Pucon, you don’t need a pre-purchased ticket, but arrive early to grab a seat. Same goes when you return to Pucon. There are set times from when the bus leaves from the park, make sure to arrive early to grab a seat.
In winter and spring the park will be covered in snow, so try to go in summer as trails can be closed.
Definitely do the Los Lagos & Quinchol trail. It is 7.000 CLP to enter for foreigners ($14), and there are campsites available for an added price.
The views here are completely breath taking, and the araucaria trees are my favourite.
Volcan Villarrica and Lago Villarrica
The volcano and lake that can be seen from Pucón and Villarrica. You can climb this volcano on a sunny day for around $120. Or enjoy both the lake and volcano from the city, or from the surrounding national parks: Parque Nacional Villarrica and Parque Nacional Huerquehue.
In winter, you can do dogsledding on the volcano itself through Auroral Austral.
Hot springs surrounding the area
There are many different hot springs available around this area.
- Termas Geometricas
- Termas los Pozones
- Eco-termas de Río Blanco
- Termas Menetué
- Termas de Huife
- Termas Trancura
- And much more
Ojos de Caburgua Tour
A beautiful, underrated tour of waterfalls, rivers, volcanos, lakes and a stop at a hot spring to finish. I 100% recommend it and it is very budget friendly. If you’re in Pucón take this tour!
Finally, Coñaripe and the surrounding small towns is a beautiful stop. Full of tranquility and peace. Come here to relax, slow down and enjoy.
So, these are my main recommendations of Pucón, which is an area of Chile that is full of natural wonders. It is hard to choose between all the options, and there are many national parks and hot springs that weren’t mentioned here.
Either way, you definitely need to add this part of Chile to your Bucket List!