The área around the picturesque city of Pucón is perfect to explore via rental car. Using a hotel or holiday home as a base station, you can discover amazing landscapes and the fascinating culture of the Mapuche people during daytrips, so there is no need to pack your bags every second day or even every day.
The region is a Paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering hiking trails, rafting options and other outdoor activities and the beaches of Lake Villarrica and other beautiful lakes. The spectacular landscape was formed by volcanos and, most importantly, by water: rivers run down from the Andes shaping valleys, glaciers molded the earth and rocks beneath them and left incountable glacier lakes behind, easily recognizable by their terete shape.
So, during you rental car holiday in Chile, you should not miss out on a day dedicated to water… Here´s one exapmple:
In the morning, drive east on Ruta 199 towards Palguin Alto and turn to the gravel road there. Through meadows and woods it goes to the beautiful waterfall “Salto El Leon”, which falls down an approximately 90-meter-high, densely covered steep wall, with rainbow colors sparkling over the pond. On the way back, after about 2 km you will come to a signpost “Salto La China”, a very high waterfall, which can be reached via a very short, easy hike. Here you can picnic, have lunch in the restaurant or even swing over the waterfall with canopy. At both waterfalls a small entrance fee is charged. On the way back to Pucón, you can see the Salto Palguin waterfall from the road, which is also worth a photo stop.
In the afternoon, go for a rafting adventure at Rio Trancura (book in advance!) or relax at the amazing „Termas Geometricas“, hot springs in a gorge inmidst the virgin forest near Coñaripe. There are plenty of geometrical shaped pools with thermal water to relax in. A visit in the evening is particularly beautiful, since then, candles are lighted on the wooden runways between the pools to create a romantic ambience.
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