Hike to Villarrica Volcano in Chile, Guide


Villarrica Volcano is the most active Volcano in Chile and one of the most active volcanoes in South America. If you love hiking, adrenaline and adventure, then hike to Villarrica Volcano in Chile is for you, check out my guide.

Climbing to the top of Villarrica Volcano

Pucón, capital of adventure in Chile

Pucón is a small town, located approximately 800km (12 hours by bus) from Santiago.

This town is a capital of the adventure tourism in Chile.

If you love adrenaline and extreme sports as: rafting, kayak, camping, trekking, mountain biking or parachute, then you can´t miss Pucón when you travel to Chile.

Only here you can experience the most exciting hike to the top of the most active Volcano in Chile, Villarica, see my detailed guide.

Villarrica visible from all the region

From the town, the volcano looks amazing and seems quite easy to hike. From the very first steeps it is not an easy trekking, but absolutely worth to hike to the top.

Pucón town and amazing Villarrica Volcano seen from every point of the town

How to get to Pucón?

There are two possibilities of getting to Pucon.

By bus

If you travel from Santiago de Chile then the best and the most economic way is to take a bus. There are 2 official bus companies in Chile, Turbus and Pullman bus.

Prices are almost the same for both companies, but you booking in advance is always better to get better price.

By plane

Another option is to book a flight to the closest airport in Temuco, la Araucanía International Airport and later take a bus to Pucon. It is around 80km from the airport to Pucon.

Flying to Temuco is not cheap as there are no daily flights available.

Remember to check out my secrets of finding cheap flights here.

Hiking to the top of Villarrica Volcano, your journey

The journey starts at around 6am. Your guide will pick you up at your place and will drive you to the meeting point where you can wear all the necessary equipment to hike to the top.

Then quickly changing cloths and preparing equipment, last adjustments and then, here we go! The adventure begins!

With full of enthusiasm and energy, the expedition begins. As the top of the volcano seems to be close by, it is not!

There is still up to 5 hours of heavy hiking to the crater.

Book your hiking with qualified guide

After the last eruption in 2015, there were some restrictions regarding hiking to the Volcano. The places are limited per day.

There are only 160 places per day where 40 are guides.

One guide can hike with only 4 tourists with all of the professional equipment.

It is not an easy trekking but definitely worth to be tired while reaching the Crater.

Remember that due to the restrictions of the hiking it is better to be in contact with an agency and book your tour in advance. Sometimes in the high season, the places are booked in advance.

How much does it cost to hike the volcano?

The price is always the same and it costs between 80.000CLP and 85.000CLP (high season up to 100.000CLP), chilean peso.

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Hot springs after the hike to the top of Villarrica Volcano

After the heavy hike to Villarrica Volcano, you will get a ticket to beautiful hot springs, price is included in your ticket. Check out Menetue hot springs here.

Menetue hot springs in Araucanía

When is the best time to hike Villarrica Volcano?

Best time for Climbing Villarrica Volcano is Summer in Chile, (southern hemispere) from December to February.

During this time, the weather will be the best so you will have a better chance of reaching the top of the Villarrica Volcano.

Be better prepared for your Hike to Villarrica Volcano in Chile with my guide.

Hike to Villarrica Volcano has been an amazing experience and adventure with unforgettable landscapes of many volcanoes around.

Hike to the top of the icy summit was heavy but I would repeat again.

After spending many years in Chile, I still remember great time I had while hiking to the top.

My guide was written based on my personal experience of hiking to Villarrica Volcano in Chile. I would recommend this experience for everybody who loves to hike and adrenaline.

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