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Villarrica Volcanic Caves
Villarrica Volcanic Caves

Villarrica Volcanic Caves

Pucón

The Basics

The Villarrica Volcanic Caves are situated inside a scientific and ecological park. Visit the on-site museum to learn about the history of the Villarrica Volcano through photographs and informative panels, then join an hour-long guided walk into the caves to learn about their formation and travel deep into the mountain. After seeing the caves, spend some time outdoors walking in the mountainside forests.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Villarrica Volcanic Caves are popular with travelers interested in natural landscapes and geology.

  • Pre-book tickets to ensure space in one of the guided tours that are required to enter the caves.

  • A flashlight and helmet are provided before the tour.

  • Wear sturdy shoes and a warm coat as temperatures can inside the caves are usually cold.

  • The visitor center offers a basic cafe and restrooms.

  • Due to uneven surfaces, the caves are not accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

The Villarrica Volcanic Caves are roughly a 30-minute drive from the town of Pucón, via the S-88. Public transportation does not service the attraction, but you can take a taxi from Pucón.

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When to Get There

The caves are open daily from late morning until early evening. The caves are always closed after eruptions of the Villarrica Volcano (no matter how minor), so check the schedule before arriving.

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Hiking the Villarrica Volcano

If you want to bag some of the best views in the whole of Chile (or just get a thrill), take a hike to the summit of the Villarrica Volcano. The ascent takes you to an altitude of 9,340 feet (2,847 meters) and allows you to see into the lava-filled crater of the active volcano. For hikers of a moderate fitness level, it takes around three hours to reach the summit; part of the route is serviced by a chairlift.

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