Pucón, Chile was my first stop on my week long Chilean adventure- and what a way to start. Driving through this picturesque town you wonder ‘Did my plane take me to Switzerland accidentally?’ with its alpine charm. Beautiful wooden buildings sit on the edge of enormous lakes with snow-capped volcanoes peaking above. Pucón Chile is an outdoor lovers dream with it’s hiking, water adventures during Summer, skiing and trekking during Winter, and pure untouched nature. You breathe in what feels, and is, some of the purest air you can imagine- giving you the extra energy you need for hiking. If you’re ever in Pucón, Chile here’s what I recommend!
Stay at the incredible Hotel Antumalal!
This beautiful hotel was built back in the 1940s by a young Chilean architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. This Mid-century modern hotel is as beautiful today as it was then with its clean lines, panoramic views, and stylish furnishings. Not only is this place beautiful but the restaurant is delicious, the staff is accommodating, and the views are unparalleled.
One of the most beautiful and rewarding things you can do in Pucon is hiking. There are many different parks and trails to choose from-but my favorite was hiking to Torros Lake in the incredible Huerquehue National Park. It is filled with stunning views, beautiful trees, and untouched nature. Make sure to pack a lunch to reward yourself for the long 5 hour hike to the lake!
Hug some trees!
Just kidding, you don’t have to hug the trees- but you should admire them! Some of these trees are over 1,000 years old. Can you even believe that?! The Araucaria tree is a sacred tree in Chile, and one of the most unique I’ve ever seen. It can only be found in Central and Southern Chile at a high altitude, so when you are hiking you will come across them. They are even more impressive in real life.
Spend some time with the native Mapuche Tribe!
The indigenous inhabitants of Central and South Chile are very special. They have a bond with nature like I have never seen before and I doubt I ever will again. They are strong but gentle people and happy to have outsiders in. They offer day trips or even night trips where you can be with families and understand their way of living. They’ve overcome many struggles and unfortunately still have to deal with many obstacles. Oh, and you must try their food!
If the weather permits, get out on a lake!
During Summer months, the weather is perfect and just begs for you to get outside. Get out on a lake for a relaxing sailboat ride! Its the perfect way to relax and see the snowcapped volcanos.
Drink some Mate!
Think of mate (pronounced mah-tay) as a realllllllllllyyyyy strong tea. It is meant to be shared with people that are around you as a sign of friendship and welcome. In a cup with a straw that has a filter at the bottom, they fill the cup with the mate. They pour hot water on top of the tea, drink it, then refill the same cup and pass it to the next person. This goes on and on until you say you’re done. Its a special tradition and one that I had the pleasure of experiencing with some very special people.
This special city is one that will leave a mark on you. The beauty of this place will leave you speechless and give you so much joy. The people are so sweet and you’re going to have an amazing time no matter what you do. Have fun!