Hiking and trekking opportunities abound throughout the beautiful wilderness of Pucón and the surrounding Andes Mountains. Pucon Kayak Hostel is pleased to offer a variety of day trips to our favorite spots. The trips we offer vary in duration from just a couple of hours to a full day, and range from very easy to moderately difficult to complete. Hiking trips include transportation and lunch, unless otherwise indicated. While you do not need to book in advance, we request you to please notify us of your interest by email, and provide us with the dates of your trip. If you are booking lodging at Pucon Kayak Hostel and you are interested in hiking, you should look at our Pucon Adventure Pack. It may offer you substantial savings if you plan to stay three or more days.
Volcan Villiarrica, an active volcano that towers over the town (and is visible from Pucon Kayak Hostel), is by far the most popular and a top tourist destination on its very own. The volcano is accessible by permit only, requiring those who wish to reach the summit to use a local agency with certified guides. While the trip is expensive (roughly $150 USD), it includes your gear, transportation, access fees, and guide pay. You’ll quickly realize why you need gators and an ice axe as you work your way up the glacial peak to be rewarded by breathtaking panoramic views as far as the eye can see upon arriving at the top. Pucon Kayak Hostel works with a local outfitter who will pick you up for your volcano trek right from our door. This full day adventure books quickly during peak summer months, so be sure to tell us you’re interested in advance. Simply send us an email with your preferred reservation date and we’ll take care of the rest.
EL CANI SANCTUARY
Aside from the volcano, this is the most popular day hike in the area, and for very good reason. More than 25 years ago, a group of international environmental adventurists got together and decided to protect the Caní Nature Sanctuary – a beautiful expanse of wilderness just outside of Pucon. Notable in the group of environmental stewards was Yvonne Chouinard, founder of Patagonia (clothing company). The Caní day hike passes through the native Araucaria forests, which are also known as ‘Monkey Puzzle’ trees. Your route traverses through woods, past creeks and laguna, to a final summit push with a rocky outcrop and 360 degree views of the entire region (including four nearby volcanoes). Keep your eye out for tarantulas at the summit – but don’t worry, they are friendly, we promise!
NACIONAL PARQUE HUERQUEHUE
Pronounced “Where-Kay-Way,” this National Park is just a short drive north of PKH and includes a diverse geography of high-alpine glaciers and forest lowlands. There are several different day excursions guests can choose from that range from easy to moderately difficult. Getting there you’ll drive along Lago Caburgua and Laguna Tinquilco. While Huerquehue is more popular than Caní, it does not provide the same spectacular summit vistas. It does offers something unique and different in Chilean trekking, so we highly recommend checking it out. Huerquehue is the preferred multi-day destination for backpackers and has a great day-hike option to Tres Lagunas. If your trip is in the warm months of summer – take a break and cool off in one of the crystal clear lakes scattered throughout the park.