Pucón is a major tourist center of the country. It is located 789 km to the south of Santiago de Chile, and 26 km distanced from Villarrica. Its privileged location between the Villarrica Lake and the same Volcano, delighted thousands of visitors that enjoy its beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna every year.
Due to its privileged surroundings close to lakes, lagoons, volcanoes, national parks, rivers and hot springs, Pucón is an attractive destination to visit all year round. It is one of the most renowned centers of adventure tourism, with sports such as skiing, trekking, rafting, horse riding, mountain biking, canopy, volcanism, sport fishing, kayaking and bird watching, among others.
The city is habited by more than 8.000 people and has a history related to the Mapuche tribes that had habited the area. By 1883, the Mapuche and the Chilean military force began their peace rapprochement. Later on, several German and Chilean families built the first hotels and steam fleets that gave rise to the city of Pucón, whose name in mapudungún means "entrance to the mountain range"
The climate in Pucón is stable, with a maximum of 25 °C and a minimum of 2 °C during the year. To have access to the different attractions and locations near Pucón, there are public buses, minibuses and taxis. There are also companies that provide car rental services in the area.
The city is center of many sporting events during the summer as the "Triathlon" and "The Challenge of the Volcanoes". These competitions attract thousands of international recognized athletes. There are also performed other cultural events like concerts, theatre plays, among others.
Villarrica Volcano: it has 2.847 meters high and it is considered one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world, with its permanent fumaroles. In winter, the ascents can be made until the topof the mountain . On its slopes, is located the Villarrica Ski Center that offers complete gastronomic , full equipment and other services.
Villarrica National Park: is located 12 km to the southwest of Pucón, it is a large area of volcanoes and mountains that reach 3.776 meters high. The park has a ski resort and a camping area in summer. Other activities include the visit of craters and caves.
Lake Villarrica: its warm waters (20 °C in summer) allows the practice of water sports. Some highlights are kayaking, sport fishing and water skiing.
Trancura River: this river is worldwide well known for its natural conditions for rafting, because of its rapid water grade III and IV.
Other tourist attractions:
· National Parks: Villarrica National Park, Huerquehue National Park and Villarrica National Reserve
· Volcanoes: Quetrupillán, Lanín and Nevados de Sollipulli
· Lakes: Caburgua and Tinquilco.
· Hot Springs: Palguín, Río Blanco, Huife, Quimey-Co and Los Pozones
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