We visited the volcanic caves of the Villarrica. An excursion to the very core of the Earth, where the geomorphology of past eruptions of the most active volcano in Chile is appreciated.
Silent and omnipresent, the silhouette of the volcano would produce a marked contrast with the clear sky of the IX Region of Chile. Watching it was more than enough to realize that, in the upper area of the crater, a fumarole would move up by the action of the wind in the summit.
The Villarrica Volcano, which is 2,847 meters high, is the unquestionable figure in the national park bearing the same name and one of the biggest attractions for visitors to the tourist city of Pucón. Its original name is Rucapillán, which in the Mapuche tonge mens “house of the devil”. It would seem as if the devil still lived inside the Villarrica Volcano, because it has been one of the most active volcanoes in South America in the last few decades. Its cloud of smoke, subtle though steady, makes the many tourists that visit the area to watch its explosions of magma from the proximities of the crater feel astonished.
The last recorded eruption of the Villarrica Volcano took place in 1984 and there are still bad memories of the 1971 eruption, which left a high number of fatal casualties.
See more points of interest in Villarrica
Level of Difficulty: intermediate / high
Duration: 1 and a half hour
Timetables: from 10 am to 6pm.
Recommendations: To reach the volcanic caves from Pucón, travel approximately 2 kilometers along the Panamericana Road towards Villarrica and turn left into a rubble road. Then travel 9 more kilometers to reach destination.
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