Pucón, Lake District - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Pucón

Pucón is a pretty resort town situated on Lake Villarica, set against the looming backdrop of the live Villarrica Volcano. The town has an excellent tourist infrastructure and is one Chile's most popular domestic holiday destinations. Surrounded by one private and two National Parks, Pucón is the focus of the Lake Districts' adventure tourism industry and is a growing centre for outdoor sports including hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, windsurfing, horseback riding and mountain biking. More relaxing outdoor activities in Pucón include fishing, birdwatching soaking up the sun on the lakeshore or bathing in the nearby hot springs.

In the winter months, skiing and snowboarding in Pucón are the major attractions, and the resort is one of the few places in the world where visitors can ski on a live volcano.


Pucón is ideally situated for adventure sports and outdoor activities, as it is framed between a mountain and a lake, and is on the cusp of two national parks and one private reserve. In summer there is white water rafting, trekking, hot springs, fly-fishing, birdwatching, horseback riding and volcanic caves to explore. Winter activities center around skiing, snow-boardingand lounging about in the restorative hot springs.

The official language is Spanish.

The local currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP), which is divided into 100 centavos. Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and to a lesser extent, American Express, are accepted in most large shops and hotels. Travellers cheques, particularly in US Dollars, are welcome in major towns, where there are banks and cambiosoffering currency exchange services. ATMs are widely available.


Can be very crowded during college holidays and ski season.


The nightlife is Pucon is usually lively, and the town has the reputation of having something fun to do 24 hours a day. The most popular evening out in Pucón is probably Mama's and Tapas which serves decent Mexican food and oversize beers. Krater and Indiana are also worthwhile assuming your thirst has overridden your aversion to cheesy music. A step up in terms of style, price and clientele is El Bosque. Many bars and nightclubs are open only in summer, and the town is much quieter during the winter months though there is always somewhere to get a drink.


Hoards of hungry tourists have ensured a lively and diverse restaurant scene in Pucón. Latitude 39 is a great place for burgers and American food, while Ecole! is a popular vegetarian restaurant. Viva Peru has good South American food, while La Maga is a good steakhouse.


It's never a good idea to shop too extensively in a resort town as the prices are generally higher, and the range more generic, than in less affluent towns and areas. Shopping in Pucón is no different, although there are plentiful high quality carvings, textiles and leather goods if you are in the mood to shop. If you want maps, guide books and trekking kit visit Travel Aid or Expolibros, both on the O'Higgins main drag.

Mainland is GMT -4 (GMT -3 from October to March). Easter Island is GMT -6 (GMT -5 from October to March).

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