On the face of it, Pucón may seem like just a sleepy picturesque town nestled in the heart of Chile’s lake district on the shores of Lake Villarrica. With its quaint wooden buildings and panoramic views of the imposing Villarrica volcano, you may be fooled into thinking that Pucón is known for its aesthetics and little else. In reality, this charming facade hides Chile’s biggest adventure tourism hub!
Piedra del Águila is definitely a must-see if you’re traveling around Angol, Concepción or anywhere nearby. It’s the best viewpoint from the whole mountain range and one of the best in Chile.
The Piedra del Águila is located in the Nahuelbuta National Park, a stunning location especially known for its unique Araucarian trees, which are extremely tall and resemble stools popping out over the dense forest below.
These unique trees are native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina. They are considered to be a Chilean national tree and the Nahuelbuta National Park is a great place to see them while also taking in the views of the west and east.
The Piedra del Águila, a large rock that looks out over the great forest and the National Park, offers extraordinary views towards the Pacific Ocean and Mocha Island on one side, and to the volcanoes and towering mountains of the Andes on the other side.
The trek up to the rock alone is an awesome adventure, the Araucaria trees will tower over you as you walk through the dense forest.
From the park entrance, it takes roughly 1 hour to get to the rock, along a 6km track. It’s a suitable walk for people of all ages to come and enjoy so take your family, your friends or even your colleagues to come on the adventure with you!
Spring is the perfect time of the year to start your outdoor activities and get active again after the cold winter and it really is a phenomenal place that you must visit, whether you’re a local or a tourist!
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Have you ever gone trekking? If so, you’re sure to agree that trekking enables you to experience a new way of life, surrounded yourself with nature, and meet new people. Even when it doesn’t go exactly as planned, or you get lost, it always makes for a memorable or exciting story to look back on.
If you’ve never trekked before, a great place to start is La Parva in Santiago, as it has gentle slopes, flat terrain, and doesn’t require any technical skills.
Machu Picchu is undoubtedly Peru’s number one tourist attraction – and the whole world knows it. That’s why even the most basic of trips there will cost you a whopping $300 USD, a figure that many young backpackers simply don’t have to spend. That’s why we’ve created this list of the top 7 Things To Do Other Than Machu Picchu. Read on…
Explore Colca Canyon
Just a bus ride away from MP, Southern Peru’s Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the world-renowned Grand Canyon and probably slightly more interesting too. How many people do you know who have had a photo at the Colca Canyon? Marvel at the soaring Andean condors, one of the largest birds in the world, as well as up to one hundred other different bird species, 300 types of plants, and even thirty cactus species (if cacti are your thing). The Colca Valley meanwhile, is an area of astounding scenic beauty. What more could you ask for?
Why it’s better: Out-do your mate’s boring story about their trip to the Grand Canyon by being able to tell people you’ve visited somewhere that’s twice as deep (and therefore twice as cool).
Money saved: $225 USD
Getting ready to set off to Argentina? Here is a helpful list of tips and must-knows compiled from the recommendations of expert travelers who’ve made the trip before you, so that you may have just as incredible of a journey, or maybe one even better!
If you’re planning a trip to Peru for the first time, you might be wondering what you need to do to prepare before leaving. Here’s five essential things to stick on your list, in no particular order…
If you’re gutted about missing the skiing season, do not fear; sand boarding in Huacachina is the answer. In fact, with so much sand in Southern Peru, you’d be foolish not to try it, whether craving the rush from speeding down a slope at 60mph (rumoured to be the fastest downhill speed possible on a sand board), or simply looking for a unique day out with friends and family. On top of the thrill of sand boarding, you can marvel at the views from atop the world’s tallest sand dune – known locally as the ‘Everest of the Desert’ – as well as dipping your toes in the oasis, said to be inhabited by a Peruvian mermaid (we’re not promising anything).