Among the many magic places on the Andes, Puck is in it's own category. Now firmly established on the tourist trail, has become more expensive, but the infrastructure and tour opportunities has become also better
There aren't many towns in the world where you can come out of a grocery store and see the towering majesty of a smoking volcano. Pucon, gateway to the Chilean lake district, started off as more of a staging post and grew into a thriving resort. Today it seems the pendulum has swung a little too far towards catering for tourists. The town of Villarica, about 30 minutes' drive away, offers more authenticity.
Pucon is a charming part of the lake district in Chile, and reminded me of Oregon or Washington in the US. Black sand beaches make the lake a landmark, and a good place for an easy weekend of camping and lounging, or a good base camp to climb Mt. Villarica
Just a short flight from Santiago (or a longer overnight bus ride), this little Lake District town makes for a great adventure base camp. Must-dos in the region include hot springs and if you're up for a thrill, volcano climbing.