The must-do activity and the main reason why so many travelers put Pucon on their itinerary is climbing Villarrica Volcano.
You can’t miss this imposing volcano, which poses in the background of this sweet, rustic town, coated with a dusting of snow during the winter months.
Although this adventure is a must-do, always consider how fit you are to make it safely to the top.
The climb to the top takes approximately five hours, depending on the pace of your group and on the weather. You cannot climb Villarrica volcano on own.
Many agencies will offer the opportunity to hike up to the top of the volcano, which usually takes around five hours.
It is not uncommon that the climb is rescheduled in the morning or you will have to return even when half way up because of unstable weather conditions or volcanic activity.
You will need to use ice axe and crampons when hiking up because there are snow and ice on the path. When you get to the top, you will have great views of the crater and other volcanoes around. The way back is challenging as well, but the fun part is that you can ride on a sled for a bit!
Always make sure you’ll have experienced guide and good mougntain equipmen. It’s best to pay a deposit rather than the full amount, in case you can’t climb because of bad weather.
In winter, you can also ski on the volcano.
Villarrica Volcano Climb Recommendation – Just Go!
Overall, we would definitely recommend this intense climb to anyone of moderate fitness who is up for the challenge. The views atop Volcan Villarrica are a breathtaking reward.
The experience of using crampons and an ice-pick to climb to the summit of this massive peak was like nothing we’ve ever embarked on before, making for an incredible challenge.
Sledding down Villarrica Volcano was one of the best thrills we had during our two months roaming around Patagonia. Climbing Volcan Villarrica is a must-do for any adventure junkies traveling near Pucon, Chile!