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Chile is South America’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination!

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For the second year running Chile has recently won the prestigious award of South America's Leading Adventure Tourism Destination!

In a battle to the finish against Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay, Chile came out top once again. This is simply no coincidence! The other countries that were in the running are amazing destinations with unbelievable adventure activities on offer, but after the votes were counted Chile stood tall in first place once again!

We have been shouting about the activities on offer in Chile for quite some time now, so it is fantastic that Chile has received such a significant accolade as it confirms what we all know here on the ground.

Pucón has long been dubbed the adventure tourism capital of Chile, so it is, simply be default, the most perfect place to begin your trip. Why not start off in style by tackling our full day non-technical ascent of Villarrica volcano?!

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Here are our top eight reasons why you should do the Villarrica volcano ascent today with Sol y Nieve:

#1. Anyone can give the day trek a go! As long as you are not on crutches, have recently had back surgery or are really really really scared of heights, then there is no reasonable reason why you cannot get yourself up to the summit! There is no denying that it is not a walk in the park, and yes, you do need to be in relatively good shape, but a positive attitude is way more important, oh, and trust in your guide! If you still need more convincing check out our previous "Do you think I can make it?" blog here.

#2. Our guides are fully qualified, totally competent cheery fellows who have been up to that summit many more times than you could believe! It will actually harder to believe that they do that for a living after you have summited yourself and are reflecting on your day over a cold beer thinking "wow, what a once in a lifetime experience"!

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#3. Our equipment is well maintained, clean and cared for, and it is renewed whenever it begins to show signs of unacceptable wear and tear. You will be asked to wear a helmet, carry an ice axe and crampons, and will be handed a wind jacket and over trousers too for the descent. The amount of stuff you have to take with you looks quite a lot at first sight, but it is all essential gear and without it you are simply not allowed to ascend.

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#4. You will be able to peak into the crater and (maybe!) see this lava lake, usually! No other words necessary! That is simply really very cool! We must add that we cannot guarantee you see lava when you are at the summit, some days there is too much vapor, some days the lava is deeper in the crater than others. There is definitely more chance of seeing it there though than if you stay downtown wondering whether you could have actually gotten yourself to the peak!

4 lava lake ascent villarrica volcano sol y nieve pucon

#5. You also get to slide down on your bottom on a manmade snow toboggan run. That is more than cool (literally!) and is often quoted as the best part of the day by our clients!

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#6. You get to see views like this from the crater.

6 Views from Volcan Villarrica sol y nieve pucon

#7. This will never ever have tasted so good!

7 beer after ascent villarrica volcano sol y nieve pucon

#8. And while you are enjoying it you will marvel that you were standing right there not too many hours ago!

8 peak from Pucon after ascent villarrica volcano sol y nieve pucon

If you are fit, healthy and have a spirit of adventure there really is no reason why the full day ascent of one of the world's most active volcanoes would not be at the top of your bucket list!

While we are on the subject of awards, the vote is currently open for Chile to win the WORLD's leading adventure tourism destination! This time on a global scale Chile is up against Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and the USA for this even more prestigious award.

You can vote here if you agree that Chile deserves to come out top of this amazing list too!

For more detail of our other exciting adventure excursions such as white water rafting, hydrospeed, horseriding, canyoning, as well as the Villarrica volcano ascent, please contact Sol y Nieve here today!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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