Day Hike Pucon

Under the shadow of the smouldering Villarica Volcano, surrounded by lakes, rivers and waterfalls, Pucon is a great base to take on a variety of challenging and more moderate day hikes, returning each evening to a lovely lakeside town.

4 Days


Day Hike Pucon - 4 - $1,200

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Stare deep into the crater of an active volcano with its bubbling lava and sulphurous embers

Hike through forests of Monkey Puzzle tree, only found in this little pocket of Chile above more than 800 metres of altitude

Spend your evenings in the fun germanic resort town of Pucon with a variety of local restaurants, surrounded by a bowl of thickly forested mountains

Start from Temuco Airport and end at Temuco Airport

Landmarks visited on Day Hike Pucon

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in the Northern

Chilean Lake District Just a short 1 hour flight south from Santiago takes you to Temuco, the access point to the northern part of the Chilean Lake District. On arrival at the airport you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in the lakeside town of Pucon (1hr). Pucon sits on the shores of the Villarrica Lake under the shadow if the still active Villarrica Volcano. The town of 22,000 people is an outdoor adventure playground for those wanting to raft, hike, climb, mountain bike, kayak or fly fish.

Accommodation: Boutique Guest House (upgrades possible)

Day 2: Climb to the crater of the Villarrica

Volcano This perfect cone-shaped volcano, with its open crater and simmering lava pool, makes for the most incredible day hike. The hike can take up to 9 hours, although this varies depending on the time of year. No previous technical experience is necessary, just experience of long day hikes. At 2,847m the views are reward enough for the challenge of hiking. Standing on the edge of a smouldering crater, with views north and south of the Andes Mountains, is a truly unique experience.

Accommodation: Boutique Guest House (upgrades possible)

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch

Day 3: Hiking in the Huerquehue National Park

This hike takes you deep into a forest of monkey puzzle trees, with waterfalls, hidden lakes and perfect reflections. The hike begins with a steep two-hour ascent, with incredible views of the Villarica Volcano along the way, then once you reach the plateau, it levels off, the forest changes and there are a series of lakes which make for great picnic and siesta stops. The hike will take you 6 hours in total and leads you through some interesting rural landscapes.

Accommodation: Boutique Guest House (upgrades possible)

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch

Day 4: Depart the Northern Chilean Lake District

After breakfast, you will wave goodbye to the glistening Villarica Lake as you return to Temuco airport. From here you can fly north to Santiago (1 hr) or drive south to Puerto Montt airport (4hrs) and take an onward flight south to Punta Arenas (2hrs), the access point to Torres del Paine and the wonders of Southern Patagonia

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices from USD $1,200 per person, please enquire for more details 

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,200 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.


  • Return private transfers between Temuco airport and Pucon (transfer to Puerto Montt would be at an additional cost)
  • 2 guided day hikes
  • Breakfast daily & box lunches on days 2 and 3
  • National Park entrance


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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