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Day Hikes in Pucón

In the shadow of an active volcano and surrounded by crystal clear lakes, rivers and waterfalls, Pucón is a fantastic adventure base in the Chilean Lakes district. Undertake a challenging hike to the summit of Villarrica Volcano, enjoy a more relaxed trek through forests of monkey puzzle trees in the Huerquehue National Park and share dinner with a local Mapuche family.

Are you hoping to travel before January 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of January 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. Feb - April in particular has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type


Trip length

4 Days




Chilean Lakes

Day Hikes in Pucón - 4 - $1,700

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from Temuco Airport to Pucón; Hotel Selina 

Day 2: Trek to Villarrica Volcano summit; Hotel Selina

Day 3: Trek in Huerquehue National Park; Hotel Selina

Day 4: Transfer from Pucón to Temuco Airport

Start from Temuco Airport and end at Temuco Airport

Landmarks visited on Day Hikes in Pucón

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Temuco Airport to Pucón; Hotel Selina

Transfer 1.5hrs from Temuco Airport to Hotel Selina in Pucón. Spend the afternoon taking a look around the town and choosing somewhere for dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Selina

Day 2: Trek to Villarrica Volcano summit; Hotel Selina

We'll start early at 6:30am to drive to the ski resort (1,400m) located at the base of Villarrica Volcano. This is a unique trip and although the ascent of the volcano is not technical, you do need to be fit to reach the summit.

First we'll take a ski lift to a higher part of the resort at 1,800m which saves us around an hour of climbing. From here we start our ascent of the volcano proper, stopping briefly every 30mins and then for a longer lunch break about half-way to the crater.

If we come across snow or ice we'll don crampons and use the piolets. After 4-5hrs we arrive at the smouldering crater at 2,847m. The views from the summit are breathtaking with five lakes and several other volcanoes, including Lanín and Llaima, all visible before us.

The descent is more fun than the ascent, especially if we can slide down the snow! We'll reach our vehicles around 5pm and return to Pucón where you'll be dropped at the Hotel Selina.

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Selina

Day 3: Trek in Huerquehue National Park; Hotel Selina

After breakfast we'll drive 35km (22 miles) southeast to Huerquehue National Park in the foothills of the Andes. Our trek will begin on an easy path, but soon becomes more challenging as we ascend, but it's still considered a relatively easy trail. At a height of 1000m we start to see the first araucarias trees, more commonly known as monkey puzzle trees, and soon we'll be in a forest of them.

We'll stop for our picnic lunch and soak up our amazing surroundings before continuing across easy terrain to Lake Verde, the final stop on our trek. From here it's a 2hr descent, along the same trail, to our transport back to Pucón.

On the journey back to Pucón we'll stop to visit a friendly Mapuche family who will show us some of their traditions and tell us the history of the Mapuche – the largest indigenous community in Chile. We'll share a traditional dinner with them before returning to Hotel Selina

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Selina

Day 4: Transfer from Pucón to Temuco Airport

After breakfast you'll have some time to walk around Pucón and do some shopping in the local markets, depending on your flight time. We'll then transfer you back to Temuco Aiport.

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think of Day Hikes in Pucón

Highlight of the trip was sliding down Villarrica Volcano at high speed after a rewarding hike up in crampons!

Travelled: January 2018

Marie Davidson - United Kingdom

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The base price of USD $1,700 per person is based on a group of 4-5 people

Prices differ depending on group size as shown below:

8 people: USD $1,250 per person

6-7 people: USD $1,425 per person

4-5 people: USD $1,700 per person

2-3 people: USD $1,950 per person

A departure can be set up on a date of your choice with a minimum of 2 people, subject to availability.

Prices are fixed to the end of the 2022/23 season.

Additional Notes

Accommodation – Prices are based on accommodation in a double room in a 'no frills' guest house; upgrades are available. Please enquire for more details.


  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 box lunches, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in Hotel Selina
  • Private transfer from/to Temuco Airport and Pucón (transfer to Puerto Montt at additional cost)
  • English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • National park entrance fee


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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