trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
Pucón is the adventure capital of the Chilean lake district. Climbing, cycling, hiking, skiing. You name it.
A super popular day hike is the private nature reserve El Cañi Sanctuary. It’s about an 8 hour day Pucón to Pucón for most people.
1240 metres (4068 feet) ascent.
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A highlight is the unique Araucaria (monkey-puzzle) forrest. Perhaps my favourite tree.
If weather is clear from the summit mirador, you see many volcanoes: Volcán Llaima, Volcán Villarrica, Volcán Quetrupillan and Volcán Lanin.
Almost everyone does this as a day hike. But it’s possible to tent at Laguna Negra or or at the Aserradero hut for about $13 if you prefer.
Another highlight is the add-on Lagunas del Cañi (lake circuit). Some trails are narrow and overgrown.
I reached the summit mirador with two trail runners from France. We took photos of one another.
It’s a long way down. Then back to town … or to one of many hotsprings near the trailhead, Termas Los Pozones was recommended. I rushed back to catch a 12 hour night bus.
Most people do this hike independently taking the local bus 13 miles (20 km) themselves. But you can hire a guide in Pucón for about $100.
I got my information from ¡école! Hosteria and Restaurant in Pucón.
Click PLAY or watch Ernest Aymerich’s trip on YouTube.