Pucón – The Most Important Chilean Lake Resort

Category: Travel in Chile

Author: ilovechile

Date: 17.01.2020

Pucón – The Most Important Chilean Lake Resort

Category: Travel in Chile

Author: ilovechile

Date: 17.01.2020

Dear readers, in this article you’ll find the most essential information about a Chilean town, called Pucón. It’s a true heaven for foodies and outdoor lovers who prefer the serenity of nature rather than being in busy cities.

So if you fall into that category – make sure to include Pucón into your itinerary around the Latin country.

Basic Stats

Population: 22 081 ppl
Area: 1 248 km2 (482 sq mi)
Elevation: 227 m
Average price of a double room at a 3-star hotel: US$70

Where is Pucón located?

Pucón is a quite small town nestled in the Andes foothills in Southern Chile. It’s situated in La Araucanía Region, 27 km (16.8 mi) east of Villarrica volcano and nearly 500 km (800 miles) away from the capital Santiago de Chile.

How to get there?

The most convenient way to go from the Chilean capital to Pucón is by plane to the city of Temuco that is 112 km (70 mi) away. Then, you can catch a bus for about US$ 6. The journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Also, there are 4 buses every day. The earliest departs at 04:45 a.m. and the last one – at 10:45 p.m.

What’s worth visiting in the area of Pucón?

Here are some of the highlights of the region:

  • Hiking to Villarrica – one of Chile’s most active volcanoes 

  • Visiting Ojos del Caburgua – a waterfall placed 15 km east of Pucón and four kilometers south of Caburgua Lake
  • Sailing in Caburgua, an awe-inspiring lake located 23 km northeast of Pucón

  • Soaking in Termas Geometricas (Panguipulli) – a peaceful spot in the area of Pucón
  • Hiking through the richness of the 4 national parks:
    Huerquehue National Park | Ojos Del Caburgua | Villarrica National Reserve | Santuario El Cañi
  • Skiing in the Centro de Ski Pucón Ski (the most modern ski resort in South Chile, situated only 20 minutes away from Pucón)

Local gastronomy

The area of Pucón has a gastronomic identity identified mainly by Mapuche and Spanish cuisine.
Meat, fish, a wide variety of veggies, chestnuts and pine nuts are essential food, which is usually seasoned with the spices of Mapuche cookery.

Typical dishes of the area are the Charquicán (a stew dish), empanadas with pebre (a popular Chilean condiment), ember-roasted salsa with grilled tortillas, roasted lamb and other.
The most traditional drink you should try is apple chicha or wine.

Extra tips

In the very end, here is a bunch of tips for those of you who plan to visit the famous lake resort of Chile.

  1. Make sure to pack clothes are suitable for rainy weather as the local climate is oceanic with a touch of Mediterranean influence and there is sufficient and constant rainfall. This also applies to the summer months.
  2. Locals are taking care of the environment and they believe it’s everyone’s responsibility. So, to avoid penalty fees, we’d advise skipping littering on parks or streets.
  3. If you plan to visit Pucón, make sure you have enough Chilean pesos, since it’s not very common for the kiosks around the lakes and rural stores to accept credit or debit cards.
    Additionally, keep in mind they are open all day, however, the lunch break is longer than in Europe or America – between 13:00 and 15:00 p.m.

Is there anything else about the beautiful town of Pucón you would like to know? If so – drop us a comment 🙂


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