Interpretive Hike "Pichillancahue Glacier"underline mini

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A great alternative for going to Volcano Villarrica on one of the lesser known faces is to take the trail to Pichillancahue glacier. This route is nestled inside of Villarrica National Park, an area protected by Federal Forest Coorparation (CONAF) since 1940, with a distance of 7.2 km (way and back) that allows visitors to enter into the domains of Volcano Villarrica. It starts going through an araucarias forest and later passes through a terrain that is notably volcanic, from where you have a beautiful view of the east face of the volcano and the glacier that is falling down it. This glacier received the name Pichillancahue which, in Mapudungun (native Mapuche language) means, small place of green rocks. The trail ends at the feet of the same glacier, giving you great views of the other volcanoes in the region like Lanín, Quetrupillán, and Mocho-Choshuenco.

Sustainability & Level of Difficulty

altura-iconos-sustentables.fwContact with the Culture and People: turismo sustentable sostenible social cultural 2.fw
altura-iconos-sustentables.fwContact and Preservation of Nature: turismo sustentable sostenible medioambiental 5.fw
altura-iconos-sustentables.fwStimulation of the local Economy: turismo sustentable sostenible economico 1.fw
altura-iconos-sustentables.fwLevel of Difficulty: tour activity actividad excursion 2.fw

Departures Duration Minimum Passengers
every day from October to May;
8:00 hours
7 hours in total
(3 hours of activity)
three people *


*All the activities are also available as private service as long as your group includes the minimum passengers. Please consult for the private fares.