At the foot of Chile's most active volcano, 490 mi/789 km southeast of Santiago, Pucon is the lakes district's main adventure travel destination. You can go hiking at Huerquehue National Park, raft and kayak on the Trancura River, and climb the snowy slopes of Villarrica Volcano for a view of its smoking crater.

Huerquehue and Villarrica national parks are the southernmost outposts of the Araucaria, or monkey puzzle, tree. There are also numerous hot springs in the area.

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