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A Guide to the Perfect Family Vacation in the Pucon Area of Chile

Updated on May 12, 2016

Map showing the length of Chile. Arica is its northernmost point, and the country stretches to Patagonia at the tip of South America.

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Pucon is in Chile, not Chili!

Since 14,800 people search for “flights to Chili” each month, let’s start with a spelling lesson. Chili is something you eat that makes you squeal and glug the nearest jug of water. Chile is a long thin country in South America, whose inhabitants are known as Chileans – and who don’t even particularly like chili. (Though they used to a few centuries ago.) And for the 9,900 of you (probably British) who searched “flights to chilli”. That’s wrong too.

So, just to remind you, for this article we are heading not to Chili or Chilli, but Chile.

Now that we’ve got that straight, let’s hop on a flight south (or west for readers on the Southern hemisphere.) We are going to the Pucon area of Chile, sometimes known as the Lakes District. And since you asked so nicely, it’s pronounced: “Poo-con.”

Pucon is around 789 kilometers or 490 miles south of Santiago, the capital of Chile. You could visit it as part of trip to Chile, which is what our family did, or you could base your vacation in the Pucon area, possibly taking excursions to neighboring areas.

Either way I do not advise that you do as we did and drive from Santiago. The drive was long, the rental car did not have climate control, and our clothes were sticking to us by the time we arrived. Our kids, as well as being hot, were grumpy - even though on the way there we stopped overnight at Termas de Chillan. After our drive back to Santiago my older daughter wrote in her travel journal: I sat in a car for ten hours and argued with Lolo. How BORING! (I’m sure all parents reading this can imagine that scenario, so be sure to read the alternative travel suggestions at the end of the article.)

Some Fun Facts about Chile and the Pucon area

We know by now that Chileans don’t like chili (or not much) but they do like empanadas – a pasty with meat or cheese. If you decide to ignore my advice and drive from Santiago you can buy empanadas at roadside service stations.

Almost every town in Chile has a main street called Bernardo O’Higgins Avenue, or sometimes just O’Higgins Avenue. As his name suggests, Bernardo O’Higgins was of Spanish and Irish descent. He is generally considered the founding father of Chile after leading the country to freedom in the Chilean War of Independence against the Spanish in 1823.

Chile is almost 4270 km long – that’s 2653 miles, and it stretches from latitude 17° south to 56° south. This leads to widely differing climates in the south and north of the country. At 39°, Pucon is in the middle region. The Pucon area is lush and green in comparison to much of Chile, and that is because it gets more rain, so take waterproofs! We went in February and the days were mostly warm and sunny. The average daily maximum temperature in January and February is 25°c, but the temperature drops considerably at night. During March the days are warm and sunny, but by April the average daily temperature drops to 18°c and rainfall rises. June is the wettest and coldest month, with an average high of 11°c and 17 rainy days.

The volcano Villarrica is a major tourist attraction in the area, and Pucon is on the southeast of Lake Villarrica. There is a town of Villarrica, on the lake's southwest shore, but Pucon is nearer than Villarrica to both the National Park and volcano that bears its name.

Volcán Villarrica - a beautiful vista and a great visitor attraction

History of the Pucon Area

This beautiful terrain was for centuries home to the Mapuche people. They fought off invasions from both Incas and the Spanish, and until the mid 19th century their lands were independent of Chile and Argentina. (Their land spans both countries.)

During the Pinochet regime large tracts of Mapuche lands were taken from them and given to forestry companies who felled native trees and replaced them faster growing varieties. Since 1990s the Mapuche have been campaigning for improved living conditions the return of their lands. The Macpuche have their own web-site, mapuche-nation.org, which highlights their quest.

During the mid 19th century the Chilean government encouraged Germans to immigrate to Chile, and in particular to the southern areas, where lush vegetation and snowcapped mountains mean the landscape is similar to southern Germany. The Germanic influence on the area is evident today in buildings and in the food available. Immigration from Germany continues today, and our hotel was owned by a German couple.

Salto Bella Vista

Where to stay in Pucon

We stayed at Landhaus San Sebastian, a small hotel and ecological farm, which is about 15 – 20 minutes drive northeast of Pucon. As with many side roads in Chile, the last mile is over a gravel road. The main part of the hotel has three categories of room: standard, superior or a suite. Set back a little from the hotel are family sized log cabins, and it was in one of those that we stayed. Our younger daughter was beside herself with excitement, since she dreams of having her own log cabin! We, on the other hand, we less than excited to find our cabin had one single bed downstairs and another upstairs, along with a double bed. Before war broke out over who was getting to sleep upstairs with Mum and Dad (or which parent was to be banished downstairs while both kids bounced about upstairs) we contacted reception who soon moved a bed downstairs.

Landhaus San Sebastian is owned and run by Andreas and Gabriela, and they are happy to show you round the farm if you’d like. Being German they also speak very good English, which helps if your Spanish isn’t great. Much of the food on offer at breakfast and dinner comes from the farm.

If you are on a more limited budget, then in Pucon itself, Hosteria Ećole! is a good choice. This hotel offers a selection of accommodation, including for families and for solo women travellers. It also has a vegetarian restaurant where we ate a delicious and healthy meal. Again in Ećole!, staff speak fluent English.

All the photographs on the right and the one immediately below are of Salto Bella Vista, a waterfall on the Rio (river) Carhuello. From Landhaus San Sebastian this waterfall is a short walk through beautiful woodlands.

White Water Rafting on the Rio Trancura

On the river
On the river
The clouds hung low over the mountains
The clouds hung low over the mountains
These misty mountains are home to many of the  Mapuche people
These misty mountains are home to many of the Mapuche people

Instructor-Led Activities on the Pucon Area

We went white water rafting on the Rio Trancura, with Politur Travel and Adventure. Our kids were 10 and 9 at the time, and not big enough to row, although their taller cousin got a paddle. Politur’s website now states that the mimimum age is 14, but as the website only promotes rapids level III and IV they may still allow younger children to ride the lower levels.

Our friendly instructor was Peruvian, but lived in Chile. (Many Peruvians move to Chile to work.) He was much more than an instructor, and entertained us with stories from his adventures in Chile and in Peru, interspersed with interesting facts about the Mapuche, the indigenous people of Chile, who in the Pucon area live mainly in the mountains beyond the Rio Trancura.

Every now and then our instructor would break from his stories to shout, “Paddle! Paddle!” We soon knew that meant another rapid was coming up, though we weren’t entirely convinced that that our instructor wasn’t just pandering to our egos by letting us think he needed our help. Whether or not our pathetic paddling really made much difference, we all had an exhilarating time, and would have gone back another day if we’d had more than a few days and there had been fewer other activities to try.

Other Instructor-led Activities in the Pucon Area

Several companies in Pucon run horseback riding tours, from a few hours up to 12 days long. Politur and Landhaus San Sebastian both offer horseback treks into Villarrica National Park.

Canopying is very another very popular activity. In this you are attached by a harness to a zip wire, high above the ground and ‘fly’ along the treetops. Some companies offer a variety of courses at different levels so children can take part.

In the winter months snowboarding and skiing is available at skill levels.

White water rafting on the Rio Trancura, near Pucon, Chile

Ever wondered what a volcano looks like inside?

Volcan Villarrica was in a smouldering mood the day we went inside
Volcan Villarrica was in a smouldering mood the day we went inside
Volcanic flowers
Volcanic flowers
No, it’s not melted chocolate, it’s the walls of the lava tubes inside Villarrica.
No, it’s not melted chocolate, it’s the walls of the lava tubes inside Villarrica.

Volcán Villarrica – inside and out

Hands up how many of you have ever ridden a pony? Rafted or kayaked down a river? Yeah, I see a lot of hands. And now, hands up if you have been inside a volcano? Hmm, as I expected, not so many hands. So if there is one activity you really MUST do when in Pucon it is visit Volcán Villarrica. And go inside it.

“Inside a volcano?” I hear you squeal. “No way, I don’t want to be boiled alive.”

Don’t worry! I’m not suggesting you climb to the summit of Villarrica and then launch yourself into the glowing heart of its crater.

What you can do though, is go inside caves formed by molten lava! Now, if you live in Hawaii, a trip into a lava tube may well be an everyday event, but these are non-existent in Europe, so for our family it was an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Tours inside Volcán Villarrica are run by the Volcano Observatory, which also monitors its activity. Chileans take safety very seriously and tours of the lava caves only run if there is no sign of eruption, although the lava has long since diverted off and stopped flowing through these tubes. The tour begins with an introduction to the geology of volcanoes and the history of the Villarrica. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and its last major eruption in 1971 killed 15 people.

But inside the lava tubes of Volcán Villarrica there is no sign of molten lava or heat. The day we visited Villarrica it was shrouded in mist as you can see from the photographs, but even if it is sunny outside the inside is cold and damp. The deeper you go, the colder it gets, so take a sweater. The caves surfaces amazed our children, who thought they looked melted chocolate, but luckily they were old enough not to try to eat it!

Back on the outside, if you’d like to climb to the summit of Volcán Villarrici you must either be a member of a recognized club or go with one of several companies in the area who provide guided trips. As with the trips inside, these only occur if the volcano is safe.

Termas de Los Pozones

The natural appearance of the hot springs is retained at the Termas de Los Pozones.  The river is beyond the built up wall.
The natural appearance of the hot springs is retained at the Termas de Los Pozones. The river is beyond the built up wall.

Hot Springs around Pucon

All over Chile you will come across “Termas,” which are hot springs with varying claims to cure ailments from arthritis to nervousness. While I doubt that these claims are true, a trip to a termas is something you will remember for life. At the top end of the market, you can book a cabana and base your vacation around a termas with luxurious swimming pools and smart restaurants. One such termas in this area is Termas de Huife, which gets good reviews for the pools and general area, but many consider the hotel overpriced. So a day visit seems the wisest choice. Because we had stayed overnight at another luxury termas, Termas de Chillan, on our way south, we opted for the more rustic Termas de Los Pozones. To reach these pools, we left our car near the entrance and went down a very long set of steps, so we were ready to relax in the warm water when we reached the pools. These have been built up with stones to give a natural appearance. They vary in temperature from 30 - 42° c. The river Liucura runs alongside Termas de Los Pozones and many people splash in it to cool down.

Whilst floating in the warm pools is relaxing, especially if you have been hiking on one of the many trails in the area, I would advise you not to lie too long in the hottest pools - one of our daughters did this and felt faint afterwards. My husband then carried her part of the way back up those long steps, so he earned his glass of Chilean wine back at our hotel that night.

Hiking in the Pucon Area

Many people come to the Pucon area specifically for the hiking, and although it is necessary to go on a guided tour into Villarrica National Park, the same is not true of Huerquehue National Park. This park has many well laid out trails through forests and alongside lakes.

As well as wildlife such as the lizard shown in the top photo opposite, expect to see domestic animals: sheep graze near the entrance to the park and cows forage in the forest. (Check out the brown and white splodges in the bottom photo to the right.) Because much of the walk is through woodland, the heat is not oppressive, and so is suitable for children.

The first photograph below is of Lake Tinquilco, and the next is a tree, whose long creeper astonished me.

Many of the walks in Huerquehue National Park lead to spectacular waterfalls, and the terrain is dotted with small lakes.

The last photograph below shows the spectacular view of Volcán Villarrica from Huerquehue National Park.

(See below the photos for maps and information on getting to Pucon.)

All photos by Melovy
All photos by Melovy

Map showing major attractions in the Pucon area

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A markerPucon, Chile -
Pucón, Araucanía Region, Chile
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B markerVolcano Villarrica -
Villarrica, Parque Nacional Villarrica, Pucón, Araucanía Region, Chile
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C markerHuerquehue National Park -
Parque Nacional Huerquehue, Pucón, Araucanía Region, Chile
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D markerLake Tinquilco, Chile -
Tinquilco Lake, Parque Nacional Huerquehue, Pucón, Araucanía Region, Chile
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Flights to Chile

The following airlines offer flights direct to Santiago

From the USA:

Lan, Chile’s national airline, flies from New York and Miami, and seasonally from Orlando.

American Airlines fly from Dallas and Miami

Delta fly from Atlanta

From Canada:

Air Canada flies from Toronto

From Europe:

Air France flies from Paris

Lan flies from Madrid and Frankfurt

From Australia:

Lan flies from Sydney

Qantas flies from Sydney (starting March 26 2012)

Getting to Pucon from Santiago

Recommended mode of travel:

For families I recommend: fly to Temuco, and from there rent a car.

(See map below for location of Temuco and Pucon.)

Other modes of travel:

Most travel sites estimate the drive at 10 hours and you should expect it to take longer with children. Highways in Chile are a reasonable standard, but from Temuco the road to Pucon is single carriageway so travel is slow.

If you are taking an extended vacation in Chile and have time you could break the journey. (We stopped overnight on the way south, visiting the Termas de Chillan, but this meant a round trip detour of 100 miles or 160 km.)

By bus Pucon is around 11 hours from Santiago.

Overnight trains travel from Santiago to Temuco and from there you could get a bus or rent a car.

An important Consideration when Renting a Car

Many roads in Chile are not paved, including roads to many attractions such as Volcan Villarrica, and the National Parks. As much of the terrain is mountainous and some gravel roads are deeply rutted, I would advise you to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle.


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A markerPucon -
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Temuco Airport (ZCO), Temuco, Araucanía Region, Chile
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The easiest way to reach Pucon would be to fly to Temuco, and rent a car from there.

Some Useful Sites for a Vacation in the Pucon Area of Chile

We stayed at:

Landhaus San Sebastian

We went white-water rafting with: Politur.com

More suggestions for accommodation, including reviews can be found at:

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© 2012 Yvonne Spence

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      Lisa Lai 9 months ago

      Thank you for the great guidance and review of the area!

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      Yvonne Spence 3 years ago from UK

      Hi Turismo,

      Thanks very much for your comment. It means a lot to me that you are from Chile and liked the hub!

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      Matias Riquelme 4 years ago from Santiago, Chile

      Hi!

      Im from Chile and i love my country :). I also know Pucon and I can say that it is one of the most beautiful places in Chile.

      Regards

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Habee. It was definitely a holiday - oops vacation - with a difference. And yeah, you order chili!

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Just...WOW! Love all the details and the amazing photos. Now I want to go to Chile! Can I order some chili while I'm there?? lol

      Voted up, etc!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hope it's going well for you too!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hey the theory actually works! Thanks for the future share!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Joanveronica, thanks so much for that. I noticed it had a pretty red arrow next to it on my stats page! I'll share one of yours now!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, I visited this Hub again, because I'm sharing it all over, FB, Twitter, HP, Stumble, Digg, G+. This is to honor the fact that you shared another Hubber's Hub!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi prasetio30,

      Thanks for your very kind comment. I think many people haven’t heard of Pucon and it is beautiful. I hope you get your wish to go there one day!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I just wanna say this was totally the perfect family vacation. I had never heard about Pucon area before. I really love your report and this place is amazing and beautiful. I hope I can go there one day. Rated up and awesome!

      Prasetio

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      urmilashukia, thanks very much for your kind comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi sammimills, it is indeed a fascinating place. Glad you enjoyed this hub and thanks for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      gemsn, thank you. Glad you found it useful.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Breathing,

      I also love to travel. It helps to open the mind I think, and it is very interesting to see how life is in other countries. Thanks for your very kind comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Ardie. You’re so kind!

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      Hi Cre8tor, thanks very much.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Dawnrichard,

      Thanks very much for your kind comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi John Sarkis,

      We were also very surprised at the scenery in Chile. Obviously we knew about the Andes, but didn’t expect it to be so lush. There is such a huge difference depending where you are though. I hope you enjoy it if you go, and thanks very much for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thank Vanaya Ghimire, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      MarleneB, I agree with you that a trip inside a volcano is less daunting than canopying. I didn’t do it! But never say never is my motto…

      Thanks very much for your kind comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Peggy W,

      Your comment is very kind, thank you. I am glad you enjoyed this, and hope you do get a chance to visit Pucon, the area. (From Candie’s comment below it sounds as if you’ll be off soon!)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Xbox 720, thank you.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi J.SMatthew,

      Yes, I think the copper mining employs a large number of people, either directly or indirectly through servicing. Chile is a very interesting country and certainly if you get the chance to go then I’m sure you’d get a lot from the experience. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi homesteadbound. It was fun and very beautiful. Thanks for your kind comment and glad you enjoyed it.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks randomcreative.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Daisy,

      We didn’t make it as far a Arica, but did get to La Serena and enjoyed the nearby observatories. And yes the difference is amazing, as your trip also sounds. Shortly after we got back we read a newspaper report about a town in Northern Chile (I can’t remember which) that had a massive amount of damage due to an unheard of amount of rain. The amount was around 3mm, but the roofs were not suitable for even that small amount!

      Thanks for adding to the hub with your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Candie and I hope you get some empanadas soon!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Awesome pictures and beautiful written hub! Way to go! Congratulations on Hub of the day!

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      sammimills 5 years ago from California, USA

      WOW. The place is fascinating! I love going to places like this one. A place where I could relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Thank you for sharing! This place would be on my list.

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      gemsn 5 years ago from Gurgaon

      Hii Melovy... Thanks for this useful information...

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      Sajib 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      I like travelling most...this kind of article is my favorite. I am really glad to read this hub from first to last. Great hubbing.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I loved this Hub the day you wrote it - Im SO glad it got HOTD. You can tell tons of effort went into creating this :)

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      Dan Robbins 5 years ago from Ohio

      What a great hub. Absolutely beautiful pictures and great information. Congrats on HOTD!

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      Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      @Peggy W! I'm packed and ready to go.. lemme know when you're heading down! Woohoo!

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      Dawnrichard 5 years ago

      Nice hub and you deserve this...Best of luck for this.Really nice hub and well written.

      Dawnrichard

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This is a really great and informative hub. I never knew Chile was so picturesque. ...possible furture travel for me.

      Great hub and congrats on winning HP's HOTD!

      John

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Congrats for this well deserved the hub of the day.

      Information, descriptions of the place and wonderful pictures are perfect in this travel article.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You make an excellent tour guide. I really enjoyed reading about Chile and all of your adventures. The photos are beautiful. By the way, I have been inside a volcano, but I am sure I will never even consider canopying. It just seems so scary. Congratulations on receiving the Hub of the Day award.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Melovy,

      You write terrific travel hubs! From beginning to end, I enjoyed this hub about vacationing in the Pucon region of Chile with your excellent photos and travel tips. Looks like a place that I would love to visit someday. Thanks! Congrats on the HOTD. Well deserved! Voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and sharing this.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! Stunning photos and a ton of great facts. Well done and well deserved! I had a friend in Chile some years back. I lost contact but I always wanted to travel there some day. I know that Chile is the copper capital of the world and that it is it's biggest export product. What a great Hub! Voted up and shared!

      JSMatthew~

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      What an awesome hub! This looks like a lot of fun and beauty. Great pictures and well written. Congratulations on getting hub of the day!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Congrats on getting Hub of the Day for this beautiful, informative article! Well deserved.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Melovy,

      Thanks for publishing this article. Your Hub brought back memories of our trip to South America several years ago.

      What a difference between the Pucon area and Arica! We traveled from Santiago to Arica by plane several years ago, and then to a campsite in the Atacama Desert by a rickety old bus. The Atacama Desert is the driest spot on earth. Some areas haven't had any measurable rainfall in thousands of years.

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      Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Ah great! Now I'm hungry for empanadas! Sheesh!

      Great hub on visiting Chile, and beautiful pictures!!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks ishwaryaa,

      I think the other hubs that won in the contest have probably also been HOTD, but I’m not sure when. Thanks very much for your kind words.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      WOW! Congrats! I guess this is the only hub which won 2 special accolades - best weekly answer & hub of the day! Right? You are one gifted and blessed hub-author! Cheers!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Horatio,

      Unfortunately no royalties from the Chilean Tourist board! (Maybe I should send them the link.) Thanks for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Thelma, glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi again Joanveronica,

      We had a guidebook that wasn’t very complimentary about Pucon and considered it very commercial, but for our family the area was a good base, although of course we didn’t actually stay in Pucon itself. It’s hard to get to fully know a place with a few short weeks, and you have had a great experience living in the Lakes District and getting to know it so well.

      Thank you also very much for your very kind fan mail.

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      Horatio Plot 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      I fear that this will not be the last time I have to pop by to say, "well done on HOTD". I great piece of writing. I hope the Chilean Tourist Board are paying royalties, they should be.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Congratulation on the HOTD! This is such a great information for me as I know nothing about Chile especially Pucon Area. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Gail, you are right you did say that! :-) You must have psychic powers!! It’s certainly been a winner for me.

      Thanks for stopping by again and wishing you a lovely day.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi again, the thing about Pucon is exactly that: there is more information about it at an international level, and people do have a tendency to pick that particular place, which I agree, is very well set up. But the possibilities offered by the Lake District are endless!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I'm thrilled that this earned HOTD as I thought it would when I first read it and left you this comment: "I sense this may eventually become another Hub of the Day accolade for you. Please do more travel hubs. This was great and your insider tips were invaluable."

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Marcy,

      Now would probably not be the best time to go as it’s getting towards winter in Pucon! :-) I hope you do get there some time though. We went in February and the weather was perfect. Thanks for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks again vespawoolf!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Joanveronica,

      I did consider naming this hub The Chilean Lakes district, but Pucon is searched for considerably more often. Since you know the area much better than I do, I feel certain you are right that Lago Ranco and Lago Todos los Santos are more beautiful, but we never made it there. Thank you for that information though as it adds to the hub.

      Thanks also for your comment.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Congratulations on the HOTD! This so deserves it - the information makes me want to hop a flight right now, and the photos are spectacular. One of my goals is to visit South America sometime. But each time I get my destination narrowed down, I learn about yet another great place to see.

      Voted up and up, and shared on FB.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congratulations on a well-deserved Hub of the Day! I loved this hub when you first published it!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, congratulations on HOTD! I'm so glad to see this accolade on a Hub about Chile! And thanks very much for your really excellent review of things Chilean. The only point I would disagree on, is that Pucon is the most beautiful experience to be had! Having actually lived in the Lake district, I would vote for Lago Ranco and the Lago Todos los Santos, by the Petrohue river. When we chose a place for our weekend visit, it was the Ranco every time. And there are many more wonderful places, as Chile is so varied. That is one reason I chose to remain in this country! Voted Up, and a lot more!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Kelley!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Melvoy! Great hub once again! Congrats on HOTD!Take care, Kelley

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Linda. I say do both!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi pstrauble,

      Thanks for you comment. I’m glad you enjoyed this. It was a great adventure for sure and I’m glad to share it. I hope you get a chance to go, and thanks for the congrats!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Yvonne, This hub is awesome! I don't know if I want to make a pot of chili or visit Chile...maybe both!:)

      Congratulations of your HOTD!!

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Awesome!! Amazing...when can I go? The pictures caught me before I read one word. It looks like an adventure within an adventure...especially trveling throughout the land...getting there is usually half the fun.

      The pictures you included made me wish to travel to this destination.

      So glad you shared this...and congratulations on hub of the day..well deserved...voted up and beautiful.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Happyboomernurse,

      As always, thank you for your kind comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Purple Perl,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, I am glad you enjoyed this. Thanks also for your congratulations, and apologies for the late reply, but I have been away. It’s been very exciting to win a prize, and I also love the hubs that came first and second.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Am so thrilled that this lovely and comprehensive hub won again!!! Congratulations. Looks like vacation hubs are another great area of expertise for you.

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Beautiful pictures. Transported me there while I went thro' your hub. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your well deserved win!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thank pandula77, I’m glad you found it so informative, and thanks for voting up.

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      pandula77 5 years ago from Norway

      It's a great hub and very informative! I think there is no need to look elsewhere when we think of travelling this part of the world! thanks. voted up++

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Maria!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Yeah... so glad this one was a winner, girlfriend!!

      Not at all surprising! Congratulations & hugs, mar.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi ThePracticalMommy,

      It’s amazing what you discover doing keyword research, but surprisingly I didn’t find any sign of searches for flights to chilly!

      The Pucon area is a great place for kids, and volcanoes are fascinating aren’t they - both for kids and big kids! Hope your son gets his dream one day.

      Thanks for your comment and congrats.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Melovy, I loved your explanation of the differences between Chile, chili and chilli. I'm surprised chilly wasn't included! ;) This was a fabulous hub! I would love to take the kids there one day. My son would really be interested in going inside the volcano. He likes to sit and look at our Hawaiian volcano pictures, so going inside of one would be a dream for him!

      Congrats on winning the weekly award! :)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      Salto Bella Vista was indeed stunning, and being inside a volcano was quite an experience.

      Thanks for your very kind comment and for all your support.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! What an informative and well-written guidance hub on Pucon, Chile! Though I have heard of Chile but I have not seen its beauty until now thanks to you. The photos are breathtaking, esp, Salto Bella Vista. I am surprised to hear that you and your family visited the volcanic caves which were formerly active!!! Look like you had a wonderful, adventurous trip with your family!

      Congrats on winning the best answer of the week! Keep up the great work! Way to go!

      Thanks for sharing. Useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Voted up.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Happyboomernurse,

      You have just made my morning! I had no idea until I read your comment that I’d won as I haven’t checked my emails yet. Thank you!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Came back to wish you ongratulations on winning the best answer for the week with this wonderful hub!!!!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      That’s okay, just didn’t want you confused and thinking you would see these places if you went to Santiago!

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      fli8uk 5 years ago from Pakistan

      oo sorry Santiago also in Chile so that's why confusion

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      fli8uk, thanks, but it is about Pucon, not Santiago.

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      fli8uk 5 years ago from Pakistan

      nice hub about Santiago Chile

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Alocsin, so glad this hub is timely for you. I’m also writing one about the La Serena area in the north of Chile, which I’ll have up sometime this week. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Happyboomernurse,

      Thank you so much for this kind comment.

      I am so glad you enjoyed the opening and found it funny. I was amazed to find that when checking for keywords, and the opportunity to use it in the hub was too good to miss. It’s so great when opportunities just present themselves like that!

      I have got more travel hubs planned, including another on a different part of Chile. I also very much admire your travel hubs.

      Thank you for the vote up and of course for the funny, my favourite button!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      We are planning on visiting South America this year, and this area is going on the list. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Oh Melovy,

      You have outdone yourself with this magnificent travel hub. The photos are stunning and the information is inspiring and comprehensive.

      The unique first sub heading and paragraph really drew me in and the photo tour was breathtaking.

      I sense this may eventually become another Hub of the Day accolade for you.

      Please do more travel hubs. This was great and your insider tips were invaluable.

      Voted up across the board including funny because I thought the fact that on a monthly basis almost 15,000 people do internet searches for "flights to Chili," was funny.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Maria,

      So glad you enjoyed this, and we did have lots of fun on that trip (and picking the photos to go in the hub, which became a family affair as I couldn’t choose!)

      I love your comment about chilli and chocolate, hope you got some!

      Thanks for your comment and vote up!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Pamela, Thanks very much for your kind comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the hub photos and hope you do get to make the trip!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Yvonne,

      What an armchair vacation this was... oh my word, how beautiful the waterfalls are especially.

      I love your editorial comments throughout about family reactions, so endearing and obviously such wonderful memories of glorious times.

      For the life of me, I have a hankering for chili and chocolate...hmmm, so impressionable!?

      Voted UP & UABI-- you go girl! Hugs, mar.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Awesome hub. I would love to travel to that area. Your pictures are gorgeous and I would love to make that trip.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks RealHousewife, (especially for persevering!) This is probably the most beautiful part of Chile, though I do have some great pics from Santiago and further north. I will have another Chile hub up next week.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Three times!

      I have a friend who moved to Chile - your photos are so gorgeous! I now can see why!

      Great info and now I want to go!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Ardie, the kids would love it. Ours certainly did. We travel in bursts and haven’t been anywhere much for a couple of years but I’ve a few more travel hubs coming up, so get that passport!

      Thanks for your comment and your fabulous support - much appreciated.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      HI Marcy,

      It is a beautiful place so getting good photos wasn’t as hard as choosing which to include! Hope you make it there soon and glad this hub was useful for you. Thanks for your kind comment and vote up.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi vespawolf,

      We also visited in 2009! So glad the hub brought back good memories for you and thank you for your kind comment.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I have never been out of America but I dream of traveling a lot one day. And of course I would have to take the kids with me on a family vacation! These images are amazing.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Magnificent photos! This is on my list of I-wanna-go-there places. Thanks for providing ideas on what to do and what to see. You did an amazing job on this hub. Voted up, awesome and interesting.