We took a tour from Villarrica city to climb the volcano. It's more expensive to start from Villarrica because the agency charges you for the transportation to Pucón. We paid 45000 CLP which is a lot but it's worth it because the excursion is amazing. We booked it through Villarrica Emotion which is a friendly and professional agency. The tour itself was with Pucon Tours.
The climbing took us 3.5 hours including breaks. We were expecti'g something more exhausting but it's really doable if you're in good shape, no special requirement.
The agency and the mountain guide recommend you taking the lift at the beginning in order to save 1h walk, but it's not necessary because it's actually no more than 45 min and the lift cost you an extra 8000 CLP which is a lot!
During the hike you enjoy amazing views of the whole region, lakes, mountains and volcanoes. At the summit you can see the crater and hear the lava boil but can't see the lava.
For the way down you slide down the slope on a piece of plastic, it's safe, quick and really fun!!
You should know that your clothes are going to be wet and dirty (because of the snow and the path dirt at the end of the hike) despite all the protection.
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