16 Jun Things to do in Pucon in summer: 10 must-see panoramas
Wanting to travel to the south of Chile this summer? Here are the best places and panoramas to do in Pucón and make the most of this incredible city.
1. Caburga’s eyes
Crystal blue lake with waterfalls in pucón is one place where everything stops giving rhythm to nature and its calming cadence. With various waterfalls surrounded by native forest, knowing this place is one of the best views if you want to relax with nature. In Denomades, we include a visit to the the area, where we also visit other attractions of Pucón such as the Quelhue viewpoint and the Saltos Del Marimán.
How to get to the Caburga: From Pucón, you must take the road to Caburgua for 18 kilometers. The stop is called the Christ and you must turn left, 2 kilometers further on are the Caburga.
2. Hot springs in nature
Person bathing in hot springs in the middle of the pucón forestOne of the things you must do in Pucón visits one of its hot springs. The best known are the famous Termas Geométricas, with its elegant red walkways surrounded by forest. We also recommend visiting the Huife and Rincón hot springs, which appear in this photograph, where their jars have an amazing view of a large waterfall. Check out our article on the 5 best hot springs in Pucón to learn more.
3. Huerquehue National Park
River in the middle of the forest in southern ChileOne of the most beautiful National Parks in Chile is Huerquehue. Of mountainous relief, various hills and streams enclose numerous lakes and lagoons with crystalline waters. Like many other corners of Araucanía, Huerquehue is characterized by ancient araucarias that are currently in danger of extinction. Check out our Trekking through the Huerquehue National Park, including transportation and entrance ticket to the park.
How to get to Huerquehue National Park: From Pucón, you must take the road towards Lake Caburgua. After 21 km, you take the detour to the right along route S-911. 7 km further on is the detour to the S-975 route and 7 km on is the entrance to the park.
4. Villarica Volcano
Group of travelers in crater volcan villarrica in pucónThe Villarrica Volcano stands imposingly on the landscape of Lake Villarrica and Araucanía. For many, this is the best excursion you can do in Pucón, and when you reach its crater, you can see one of the most spectacular views of southern Chile, being able to see eight imposing volcanoes around you. In Denomades, our ascent to the Villarrica volcano includes transportation, an expert guide, an entrance ticket to the park, and all the mountain equipment you need to climb the mountain.
How to get to the Villarrica Volcano: To make this ascent, you must do it with a tourist agency.
5. Conguillío National Park
The Conguillío National Park has landscapes that seem taken from a dream. The place is part of the ancestral land of the Mapuches, and the eternal power of nature is felt here like in very few other places. In Denomades, you can book our Transfer to Conguillío National Park, where you will have the freedom to trek on your own through landscapes formed by the lava tongues of ancient eruptions and the forest trees.
How to get to Conguillío National Park: From Pucón, you must go to Villarrica and take the road towards Choroico. Eventually, you will join the S-61 route which will take you to Melipeuco. In Melipeuco, you will find the appropriate signs to get to the Conguillío.
6. Licura River
Trees and crystal clear river in pucónOur cover photo! If you are a fan of fishing or bird watching, this place is for you. The tranquility and cleanliness of the Licura River allow amazing visibility, perfect for floating in its waters for hours. Check out our Bird Watching tour, learn to do Fly Fishing or our Family Float, in which you will descend the river surrounded by native forest and typical fauna of the area.
How to get to the Licura River: To get to the Licura River, you must take the route from Pucón to Caburga. Before Quetroleufu, you must take the detour to the right in the direction of the Huife Hot Springs. 20 minutes further, you will be bordering the Licura River.
7. Jumping the Lion
The great waterfall that descends through a ravine in PucónOne of the most beautiful waterfalls not only in Pucón but in Chile, Salto El León has a fall of more than 90 meters in height. If you like the idea of feeling the power of water, the adrenaline rush of being near a waterfall as impressive as this one will generate unforgettable memories in your life.
How to get to Salto el León: From Pucón, you must take the international road until you reach the crossing that leads to Curarrehue or Mamuil Malal border crossing. You must follow the route until the entrance of Palguin. Take a detour to the right and continue along a gravel road for about 10km to reach the waterfall.
8. Rafting the Trancura River
People doing rafting in the middle of the river in PucónAdventure fanatic? Pucón is one of the best destinations for rafting in southern Chile, with the Trancura River offering rapids of various difficulties perfect for the family or more experienced people. Check out our rafting through Trancura Alto, with class IV and V rapids, and our rafting through Trancura Bajo, with class III rapids.
How to get to the Trancura River: To do rafting, you must hire service from the agencies that are in Pucón.
9. Volcanic Caves of Villarrica
People in a cave inside puconOne of the most overlooked places in Pucón are the volcanic caves at the foot of the Villarrica Volcano. These are colossal vaults with different types of lava and minerals that have remained underground due to the eruptions. On our Tour to the Volcanic Caves, we also visit a spectacular suspension bridge. We will see one of the main rivers of lava and lahars (volcanic material) that descend from the volcano’s crater along with the beginning of the native forest.
How to get to the Volcanic Caves: From Pucón, you must go in the direction of the volcano. At km 9 is the entrance to the National Park, and immediately after, you must take the path to the left marked “Volcanic Caves.” The route continues climbing through scoria and forests for another 4 km until it reaches the parking lot where the Cuevas Volcánicas site is located.
10. El Cañi Sanctuary
Trees reflected in the lagoon in pucónEl Cañi Sanctuary are among the main places of protection for araucarias or pewén. Its mountains offer views of breathtaking beauty, which makes it one of the must-see panoramas to do in Pucón.
How to get to the El Cañi Sanctuary: If you want to get there on your own, the Sanctuary is located in the town of Pictures. It is 21 km from Pucón taking the road to the Huife Hot Springs. The road is paved and takes about half an hour to reach the reserve.