Pucon & the Chilean Lake District

River Rafting Trancura River Wayne Pat dunlap chilean lake district chile
River Rafting Trancura River
- Wayne & Pat in the Back
Volcan Villarrica Our Hotel Window Pucon Chile
Volcan Villarrica 
from Our Hotel Window - Pucon, Chile
Pucon Harbor Lake Villarrica Pucon Chile
Pucon Harbor on Lake Villarrica - Pucon, Chile
Black Sand Beach Pucon Chile
Black Sand Beach - Pucon, Chile
 Lake Tinquilco Chile boat
Pat Waving Hi - Lake Tinquilco, Chile
Chilean Election Night Pucon Chile
Chilean Election Night - Pucon, Chile
Downtown Pucon at Night chile
Downtown Pucon at Night
Playa Blanca Lake District Chile
Playa Blanca - Lake District, Chile
Chilean Children Pucon Chile
Chilean Children on Beach - Pucon, Chile
Our Hotel Pucon Train Pucon Chile
Our Hotel with Pucon 'Train' - Pucon, Chile
Pucon & the Chilean Lake District (1/17-20/2010) - Pucon is WONDERFUL! - one of the most beautiful and fun mountain summer/winter resort towns we have been to.

The Chilean Lake District is on the northern edge of the Patagonia region. With its German appearance, everywhere you look in Pucon, is a beautiful postcard perfect view. 

Pucon is located on scenic Lake Villarrica with snow covered Volcan Villarrica (an active volcano – see photo, yes, that is volcanic gas coming out the top!). Pucon was worth every minute of the 7-hour drive south from Santiago on Chile's excellent highways.

Pucon is also known as Chile’s adventure capital with almost every outdoor activity imaginable - snow & water skiing, river rafting, hiking, climbing to the volcano crater, fishing, natural hot-spring spas, wind surfing, sailing, boating, sunning at the beach, parasailing, paintball, horseback riding, kayaking, biking, golfing, zip line rides, bird watching, and more.

We visited Pucon during Chile’s summer with perfect weather where did a class III/IV river rafting trip on the upper Trancura River (see photo) - great fun and Pat stayed in the boat the whole way down! 

We also drove the long gravel road to Parque National Huerquehue where we hiked around breathtaking Lake Tinquilco and to the waterfalls of Ojos del Caburgua (see photo).

Staying within easy walking of downtown Pucon, we enjoyed many of the very nice restaurants night and day and the black sand beach at Pucon on Lake Villarrica where we spent a day enjoying life like a native Chilean. 

Arriving in Pucon on Chile’s national election day was fun because the town burst into party mode when the new president was announced (see photo).

Some history... Pucon was founded in 1883 as an Army base to control the crossing border to Argentina through the Andes Mountains. In 1904, the Chilean government gave the land to a leather and timber business partnership that brought over 20 families of German immigrants.

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