The Beach in the Mountains

The Beach in the Mountains

Have you ever heard of a beach in the mountains? I was extremely pleased when I saw that #Pucon would satisfy my thirst for adventure. Indeed, my stay in #Chile was a very #active one. I had plenty of things on my plate, from #rafting and #canyoning to trekking up the Villarica #Volcano.


Things to do in Pucon, Chile

Many hours drive from the ocean there’s a beach. Hundreds of metres above sea level, people laze on the shore and splash around in the water. There’s no sand – just grey volcanic rocks for a shore. But there are beach umbrellas, sunchairs and more skin than should be socially acceptable. This is Pucon and there are lots of things to do.

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Pucon, Chile

About 800 kilometres south of the capital Santiago, this is the premier location for domestic tourism in Chile. It’s not popular just for the beach, which is on the side of an enormous lake with surprisingly warm water. 

Beach, Pucon
Beach, Pucon

It’s also a base for a whole range of adventure sports. Trekking, rafting, canyoning, and so on. 

Trekking, rafting, canyoning, and so on

This is what the Chileans come for during the summer.

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Huerquehue National Park

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Rafting in Pucon

It’s a laidback town… small and spread out from the lake in a grid.

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Pucon, Chile

The shops along the main street tell you everything you need to know about the commerce of the place – restaurants, bars, tour operators, camping stores and clothes shops. 

Pucon, Chile
Pucon, Chile

Some people come here to relax but others use it as a base for adventures further afield.

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Rafting in Pucon

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Villarrica Volcano Ascent


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Canyoning in Pucon

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The Volcano at Pucon, Chile

The biggest attraction in town is climbing the Villarrica Volcano which you can climb up and down in a day. But be warned, it hurts!

The biggest attraction in town is climbing the Villarrica Volcano
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Villarrica Volcano Ascent

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The whole place has a bit of a hippie feel. 

The great unwashed and their dreadlocks wander slowly through the town on their way to the organic café. On the way, though, they pass the fit experienced climbers, the yuppie families from the capital, and the backpackers who are passing through because they were told they should. It’s a happy balance of travellers.

It’s a happy balance of travellers
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Pucon, Chile

There’s not a lot to say about Pucon and the things to do here that I haven’t already written. In some sense it speaks for itself and pretends to be nothing that it is not. I’ve mentioned it here because it’s not somewhere you hear of often. Before I got to Chile I didn’t know about it. I’ve mentioned the name to other travellers and they hadn’t heard of it either. But it’s worth taking the time to find out more. 

But it’s worth taking the time to find out more

You’ll like what’s there.

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