Hiking Villarrica National Park + Geometricas Hot Springs
Difficulty: medium Time full day: 6 hours Fitness level: active Experience: none
Includes: Guide, transport, entrance fee, picnic lunch and welcome dinner
Not included: water
Today we head south throughout the 7 lakes route. We’ll drive towards Coñaripe until we arrive at the Villarrica National Park. We’ll see several majestic snow-capped volcanoes such as Quetrupillan and Rucapillan. The vegetation changes from raulí (Nothofagus alpina) and hualle (Nothofagus oblicua) forests to araucarias (Araucaria araucana) as we ascend to Chinay, the highest point of the day at 1.250 meters / 4.101 feet altitude.
After approximately 1.5 hour of hiking, we’ll arrive at the Pichi Llancahue Glacier trail, where we’ll take a good break and eat your snack. Later we’ll hike the trail (3 hours round trip) that leads to a phenomenal glacier which is absolutely covered by the volcanic ashes of the Villarrica volcano. Once again you’ll enjoy the stunning views of four volcanoes.
Back to the main road we’ll hike down through the forest. After an almost 5-hour hike (in total), we will reward our physical effort by visiting the Geometricas Hot Springs. This place offers the perfect combination between thermal facilities and natural surroundings. Located in the environs of the park, Termas Geometricas has 16 strategically located thermal pools, allowing the visitors to never feel overcrowded. The natural surroundings are exuberant and the facilities are simple but very cozy. www.termasgeometricas.cl
Finally we get in the van and return to the hotel in Pucón. While driving down the road we’ll have a wonderful view of Calafquén Lake, which is situated on the eastern border of Coñaripe, a town that was totally destroyed by the 1964 eruption of the Villarrica volcano (Rucapillan) – Box lunch included.