Imagine flying above the active Villarrica volcano and looking down into the lava crater without the exertion of attempting the one day ascent on foot!
This brand new option in Pucón is available today from Sol y Nieve! There is not just one, but five routes available to choose from. Here is our low down on where each one goes and what it includes:
#1. Huerquehue National Park Route
Flying time: 25 minutes
From the aerodrome in Pucón you will fly over the crystalline waters of the Liucura river before heading over to the five waterfalls that make up the magnificent Ojos de Caburgua. After landing in Huerquehue National Park you can visit the Andean lagoons and enjoy a short trek before flying back to Pucón. The return journey goes over the Trancura river where you may be lucky enough to see the rafting groups tackling the famous white waters!
#2. Geometric Hot Springs Route
Flying time: 35 minutes
Taking off from Pucón aerodrome you will fly over the town itself from where you will have panoramic views of both Villarrica and Calafquen lakes. Soon you enter into the valley where the Geometric Hot Springs is located flying over a series of marvelous waterfalls. We will land close to the hot springs from where you can take time to enjoy the soothing hot waters. Your return flight will find you totally relaxed and in awe once again of the spectacular scenery in our area.
Optional extra: Traditional Chilean BBQ in Sol y Nieve's private quincho(rustic style mountain barn) in Sierra Madre
Located in the picture postcard area of Los Nevados, the quincho will be for your own exclusive use and has spectacular views of the Villarrica and Llaima volcanoes. The bbq includes Pisco Sour, choripanes, meat, chicken, pork, salad buffet bar, dessert selection, teas and coffees. Of course, a Chilean bbq would not be complete without fine Chilean wine, beers, soft drinks and national liquors. A perfect way to while away an afternoon with family or friends!
#3. Lake Villarrica Route
Flying time: 25 minutes
Taking off from the aerodrome we will fly over the mouth of the Trancura river as it flows into Lake Villarrica. Your flight will continue along the whole lake edge from where you will view the beautiful beaches and the sparkling shades of the deep waters. The flight will continue over Villarrica before heading back to Pucón along the southern shore where you will have a spectacular view of the Villarrica volcano all along the way.
#4. Villarrica Volcano Route
Flying time: 40 minutes
Taking off from the Pucón aerodrome this magical flight will slowly ascend towards the imposing Villarrica volcano, in the local Mapudungun language, Rucapillán. The views will encompass valleys, lakes and the Andean range itself. Once we reach the altitude of 10,000 feet (3,300m) we will be able to observe the volcanic crater where, if we are lucky, we will see small eruptions from the lava lake seated within the crater itself. After marveling at these views for some time we will return to the aerodrome with a renewed feeling of perspective of our place in this larger, greater, marvelous natural world that we inhabit.
#5. Five Lakes Route
Flying time: 1 hour 45 minutes
This longer route is designed to showcase as many natural marvels of the area as possible! Beginning from the eastern skirts of Villarrica volcano you will have views of the active crater of Villarrica on one side, and the inactive Quetrupillan volcano to the left. We will fly over ancient native araucaria forests before heading down towards the private Pellaifa lake where the surround scenery cannot fail to transport you to prehistoric times! We continue to cross over beautiful valleys from where you will observe the Choshuenco volcano, called Mocho in the Mapudungun language. From there we reach the eastern shores of Panguipulli lake before flying over Riñihue lake from where we begin our return route towards Pucón. On the return leg of the journey we will fly over the towns of Panguipulli, Lican Ray and Villarrica and as we come closer to Pucón the imposing Villarrica volcano crater will appear in the background. Not quite finished yet... the journey heads over Pucón to Caburgua lake with its crystalline waters and white sandy beaches before finally returning to the aerodrome and landing once again on terra firme.
So, there you have it! What a wonderful way to see the area! Each flight goes with a minimum of 3 passengers, whose combined weight must not exceed 220 kilos. Prior reservation only with departure and arrivals from the Pucón aerodrome only.
For more information and reservations contact Sol y Nieve Travel Adventuretoday to get your helicopter experience booked right now! We highly recommend the optional extra of the Chilean BBQ at Sol y Nieve's private and secret location! Contact us herefor more details.
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