In the north of the region, Pucón, a small town on Lake Villarrica, is very popular in the summer as a centre from which to go rafting, play golf, or try the quite easy ascent (4 hours) of Villarrica volcano. Near the Argentine border the Conguillio National Park, which surrounds the active and smoking Llaima volcano, has amazing lava flows, beautiful lakes, and monkey puzzle forests.
Our preferred accommodation
Hotel AntumalalLodge/Hosteria - Lake Villarrica, near PucónBuilt in a Bauhaus style, the Antumalal has been run by the same family since its conception the 1940's. It has lovely views over the lake, large gardens, stylish public rooms, pool, tennis court and dock. The Queen stayed here in the 60's.
Vira ViraCountry hotel - 18km from PuconA unique family run property surrounded by volcanoes and beside the peaceful Liucura river. Set amongst a number of national and nature parks the property offers all kinds of activities to explore the Araucanía region.