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“One of the best experiences in Chile”
Review of Villarrica Volcano

Villarrica Volcano
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Villarrica
Certificate of Excellence
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Vina del Mar, Chile
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“One of the best experiences in Chile”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Climbing Volcan Villarica is a must for people visiting Chile. Although the climb is strenuous at times and not everyone made it to the top, it was extremely rewarding. The view from the top is extraordinary. I would definitely make sure you use a licsenced agency when climbing because there are several agencies without. Man and Nature was great for us and I have also heard great things about Sol and Nieve as well (both have their proper licensure with Chile).

Visited April 2013
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Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Volcano Climbing”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

I went on a volcano climbing excursion. It was amazing. The volcano itself is fascinating. Worth a visit! Especially fun sliding down!

Visited March 2013
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Lorette, Manitoba
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Awesome”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Beautiful scenery....panoramic views. Poor signage comgined with crappy maps this place may be hard to find!

Visited January 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“WOW!!!”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

It's billed as no. 3 in Chile's top ten and a climb to the top of volcano Villarrica near Pucon certainly lives up to expectations. Make no mistake it's a full-on day, exhausting and exhilarating in equal measures. People have died up there and so they only allow qualified mountaineers and guides on the volcano. For your own safety, and to get the most out of the experience, it's also really important to go with a good 'tour' company that have good guides and good equipment - ice axes, crampons, boots, clothing etc. My partner and I are not young and this was a lifetime challenge. Our priority was to find people who could allow us to 'do' the whole thing but watch out for us at the same time. We ended with 'Patagonia Experience' located in the centre of Pucon and couldn't have been more satisfied - or better cared for. Number of people in our group was limited to 8, the equipment was complete and good quality and the guides were seriously concerned with our safety as well as ensuring the best experience possible. Couldn't fault them. We saw a lot of other tour companies, not a lot cheaper, that skimped on equipment and had groups of 30 or more! My advice - go for it, but choose who with carefully.

Visited January 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Very Active Volcano”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Patagonia Experience is one of many establishments on Pucon High Street offering outdoor adventures, including trips to climb Volcan Villarica. We took this climb. Patagonia Experience isn't the cheapest but we don't think they can be bettered.
All equipment was provided, and all was in excellent condition. Instructions were clear and precise. The guides were patient and friendly, showing at all times their concern for our safety and wellbeing.
Group size is always small, with minimum 2 guides. On the slopes we saw groups with more than 20 climbers, and some groups poorly and/or inadequately equipped - some without crampons or proper boots.
After the magnificent descent (mainly by "bumski"), Patagonia Experience provided a fascinating debriefing, with refreshments. Also a free visit to a thermal spa for a later date.
First-class customer care.

Visited January 2013
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