Villarrica and Pucon, route of volcanoes and lakes
The beautiful town of Villarrica is located in the ninth region of La Araucania. This zone is one of the most touristic places in the south of Chile. Here you will find volcanoes, lakes, wonderful beaches, woods for ecotourism and a perfect warm weather in summer and winter.
Villarrica is a city with many stories. It was already famous from its foundation, when the spanish conquerors called it "Villa Rica" (Rich town), for the gold that they found in its hills. After that, Villarrica was the last spanish city in Chile, destroyed by the rebellion of mapuche indians. Then the town was rebuilt by dutch settlers, who discovered in this place a wonderful tourism zone.
The majestic Villarrica volcano, also called Rucapillan, or "The spirit's house" in mapudungun, reflected in the green waters of the lake, is visited every year by hundreds of tourists from the entire world who come to ski its slopes and to enjoy of the beautiful beaches at the shores of the lakes Villarrica, Calafquen and Caburga. This makes of Villarrica the main tourism spot in the ninth region.
In Villarrica you can also find the Pucon Ski Resort, a wonderful winter centre for ski and snowboard in Villarrica volcano's slopes. In the ninth region there are more than 140 volcanoes like the active Villarrica and Llaima. This produces many hot springs in the zone, some upgraded to swimming pools and others still like natural water wells, where the visitors can relax and enjoy of its healing properties.
In its mountains, Villarrica offers excellent quality of snow for winter sports like ski and snowboard. There are also expeditions to get to the crater of its volcanoes, like Villarrica and Lanin volcano.
Pucon, a city located in the shores of Villarrica lake, is one of the main attractions of Villarrica. This town is full equipped for tourism with international hotels, a casino, the best restaurants with exquisite local specialties such as chocolates and fishes like trout and salmon, mapuche artisan fairs, a Museum of mapuche traditions and wonderful landscapes, for trekking, hiking, horseback riding, mountaineering and other expeditions.
The beaches of Coñaripe and Lican Ray are located at the shores of Calafquen lake, which is at 30 kilometres away from Villarrica. In the green and blue waters of this wonderful lake, the visitors can practice nautical sports like swimming, sport fishing and also yatching. At the Villarrica lake, you can also practice aquatic sports such as kayak, sport fishing, rafting and water skiing or navigate in tourist ship over its green waters.
Villarica has countless entertainments and besides of volcanoes, lakes and hot springs, the zone also counts with natural national parks. One of them is Villarrica National Park, with over 60 thousand hectares full of local flora such as araucarias and lengas forests, lagoons, volcanic caves and fauna such as culpeo foxes, pudues, pumas and birds of pray like eagles, hawks and many others.
Villarrica offers a special attraction for any of its visitors, from the adventurous ones to the ones who want to take a rest. Discover Villarica, a sample of the wonders of chilean south and an unforgettable memory.
By Mariel Lizana, journalist
- 30, 1899, 00:00