Villarrica Travel Guide

  • Volcan Villarica from Villarica town
    Volcan Villarica from Villarica town
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    by swesn Written Jan 12, 2008

    Villarrica is set at the south-western end of Lago Villarrica (Lake Villarrica), with a perfect view of Volcan Villarrica (Volcano Villarrica) in the distance.

    The town was beseiged by the Mapuche Indians in an uprising in 1599 and the remaining Spanish settlers surrendered after 3 years. There is more evidence of Mapuche Culture in this region.

    Pucon, the town 26km east of Villarrica and Villarrica organise many outdoor activities like horse-riding, white-water rafting and of course, volcano-hiking.

    Volcan Villarrica is 2840m and climbing is allowed only to groups with guide. Good boots, ice-axe and wind-and-water-proof jackets and gloves are provided. Note that the weather is very changeable and it can become dangerous if one is caught in bad weather while up there. Coming down is a mixture of walking and sliding.

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    by swesn Written Jan 12, 2008

    A thermal, relaxing pool in this volcanic region of Chile sounded like a splendid idea after the tough climb up the volcano.

    The problem is that thermal pools are all out of the way, a huge distance from the main highways and hidden amidst the woods. One needs one's own transportation.

    The only option opened to me was to take a bus to Pucon, another bus towards Curarrehue, hop off at Catripulli and walk 2 km to Termas San Luis.

    I would not really recommend Termas San Luis for it was a like a luxurious resort and the pools were those proper swimming pool-sort. I would have preferred to bathe in a natural pool. But I had no choice.

    Still, it is a pleasant experience submerging in the pool for a few hours.

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    by barryg23 Written Feb 4, 2008

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    A nice place for lunch along the main street, Santologo tempted us with its cheap lunch time menu where we had 3 courses plus a drink and a coffee for 2700 pesos. It felt like a gentleman's club or hatever the equivalent is in Chile, and we were very underdressed in comparison to our waiter. We were the only customers there that day but the food was very good. The menu was vegetable soup followed by beef with mashed potato, and then fruit salad for desert. The coffee was instant but otherwise everything was fine.

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  • by mikrat Updated Dec 6, 2006

    Looking for a restaurant in Villarrica? Don't miss La Vecchia Cucina. We found it posted on the web and went there as a change from the food at La Hosteria Colina, where we were staying. The ambience is pleasantly cosy, and we were immediately impressed by the high quality wine glasses, and the excellent menu, with a full range of classic italian dishes (no ossobuco or veal, however). The service was attentive, if a little inexperienced, and there was no formal wine list. Our waiter brought us three bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon (their entire range for that varietal), and we selected one that turned out to be very drinkable and quite affordable. Before the bread arrived, we were served a rosemary and olive oil pizza, courtesy of the chef, that was light, fragrant, and delicions.

    Favorite Dish: We shared an avocado, lettuce, and cheese salad. Dress it yourself - it was simple, but good. Nancy had salmon with a cream and garlic sauce and it was delicious. I had the lomo with cream and mushrooms, and it was delicious and perfectly cooked. No accompaniments, but they were not needed. We didn't start with antipasto or pasta, but if you did, you'd be battling to eat the generous servings in the main dishes. The range of desserts was limited, but we had no room anyway. Finished the meal with an expresso cortado - a bit of foamy milk on top of an espresso. It was excellent - the best coffee we've had in a week in Chile.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Fishing

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