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To sleep until late, to take sun, to rise the adrenaline levels dangerously, to enjoy nature fully, to dance until being dismantled and “to cart” (to stroll from party to party, in Chilean juvenile language) until the dawn, those are some of the activities that any tourist, Chilean or foreigner, can carry out in one of the more visited tourism areas: The Route of the Volcanoes, the space between the cities Villarrica, Pucón and Puerto Varas.
However, during the winter appear in the area the sportsmen and fanatics of the cold and the snow, of the vertigo and the speed, who come to satisfy their “adrenalin needs” on the hillsides of the most active volcano in South America, the Villarica volcano.
Lonquimay Volcano Villarrica Volcano Osorno Volcano
Located in the riversides of the lake of the same name and to a side of the birth of the river Toltén, this city shares its name with two grandiose and imposing natural beauties: the lake and the volcano.
Located 85 kilometers from the regional capital Temuco, Villarrica has always been characterized as an operational center for the tourists due to its location between Pucón and Lican Ray and due to the countless services and infrastructure that it possesses. This differentiates it markedly of the other two spas, where some services only work during the summer season, while in Villarrica they make it the whole year.
This town has a very particular and at the same time heterogeneous character. Unquestionably, the Mapuche people (called Araucanos by the Spaniards) is evident through their people and their culture. And there are, the group of German descent produced by the immigration after the “pacification of the Araucanía”, the group of Arabic descent (present in the city commerce) and, naturally, the “criollos”: the result of the crossing between all groups. This results in a people very affectionate and attentive towards the visitor, preoccupied with the growth of their town and respectful of their roots.
Due to its characteristics of pass through town or bedroom for the tourists, the town, under the volcano and bathing in the waters of the lake, is doubling its efforts to attract them. They have achieved this marvelously through the realization of sport and cultural events of great prestige at national and international level. Perhaps they don't possess so many natural beauties, but this small great town has known how to take good advantage of the saying: "Villarrica is the open door to the tourism of the south".
Near the Andes mountain range and to the feet of the Villarrica volcano, this small town triplicates its population in summer. It is located 27 kilometers from Villarrica and its municipality includes the most varied and sublime tourist attractions in the area: thermal baths, national parks, lakes and lagoons, wild rivers, ski center, etc.
The tourist potential of the place had its best recognition with the building in 1934 of the Grand Hotel Pucón, marking the beginning of an activity that little by little would make the town one of the most liken spas in the south and the whole country.
One could think that Pucón is made, more than for its inhabitants, for the tourists. The great real estate peak of the last years, with the building of luxurious condominiums and commercial buildings, confirm it. A worthy fact of highlighting, is the effort that the Pucón community carries out to ensure that its town doesn't lose the charm and the identity that the modernity has brought. This will is reflected clearly in standardizing certain construction and advertising approaches. Neon signs are absolutely "out", and the native wood and the volcanic stone absolutely "in", in signs, houses and condominiums.
This had as outcome that the locals consider their municipality an “ecological" one, carrying out community activities to educate people, especially their children, in the protection and care of their main source of work and income.
       
The town has temperate rainy climate without dry season, so you can expect rain the year round. Its main activity is milk production, but there are also the production of sausages and other agricultural tasks. Another activity that has grown is tourism, marked by the number of new built hotels, taking advantage of its proximity to the lake and its beautiful landscapes. In your visit you will see the Church of Jesus' Sacred Heart, the Casino, the Lutheran Church and the “Puerto Chico” (Small Port) that has constructions from the beginnings of the 20th century.
Another place to visit and to know is Ensenada, important member of the beauty of the south of Chile, located in a welcoming village, privileged in the southeast corner of the Lake Llanquihue. It has very beautiful places, of which the volcanoes Puntiagudo, Osorno and Calbuco stand out.

Places to visit are the National Park Vicente Pérez Rosales, the Saltos del Petrohué (the jumps of the Petrohué river), the Lake Todos Los Santos, the volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco and the Reloncaví estuary. The beauty of the landscape and the varied vegetation make of Ensenada a privileged place for the sport and adventure.

Frutillar is located on the banks of Lake Llanquihue in the west sector, in front of the Osorno volcano. It has 15.403 inhabitants. The historical relevance of this town is that it was the one to receive the first German immigrants arrived in Chile. Frutillar is home for an important cultural event, the "Musical Weeks of Frutillar" (since 1968), presenting classical music through great symphonic orchestras directed by famous directors, and also chamber, coral and jazz ensembles, and connoted national and international opera interpreters.

It is characterized by the constructions of German reminiscence, beautiful landscapes, lake beaches and colorful gardens that give it a very special appearance. You can visit the Theater of the Lake, the Forest Reservation Edmundo Winckler and the German Colony Museum.
 
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