Villarrica Volcano

Villarrica ( /ˌvəˈrkə/ VEE-ə-REE-kə) (Spanish: Volcán Villarrica, Mapudungun: Ruka Pillañ) is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, rising above the lake and town of the same name, 750 km (470 mi) south of Santiago. It is also known as Rucapillán, a Mapuche word meaning “Pillan’s house”. It is the westernmost of three large stratovolcanoes that trend NW-SW obliquely perpendicular to the Andean chain along the Mocha-Villarrica Fault Zone, along with Quetrupillán and the Chilean portion of Lanín, are protected within Villarrica National Park.

Chile has about 2000 Volcanoes, 500 are considered active, 60 of which have had recorded eruptions in the last 450 years. The Villarrica is considered active, but do not be afraid, it is very well known that active volcanoes are more predictable and with strict continuous monitoring by the Chilean authorities, tourism activities can be performed safely.

We can organize together with our local partners, trips, and excursions to the Volcano.

Sergio Calleja Blanco, at the Top of the Villarrica.

Here Cristian Calleja’s first son, who has climbed the Villarrica volcano multiple times. Special Equipment is provided for this journey with our local partners and professionally trained guides. Guides are required to go with you. Most of the time there is one guide for every 7-8 people group. There is no doubt it is an unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Best Local Drinks at the top of the Volcano

Sergio is drinking a local tea typical from Patagonia called ¨Mate¨ at the top of the volcano while watching the crater and the amazing view. Locals call Mate to the special cup to drink the Mate Tea as well, while the tea itself locally is called ¨Hierba Mate¨(Mate herbs).

You can bring your own Mate and tea, but in our experience, many people prefer to take a small whiskey bottle to celebrate at the top.