We took a winding path featuring the imposing view of the Villarrica Volcano and rode towards the lava river we had heard so much about. Driving the ATVs is easy and we soon got used to its handlebars and to facing the bends without skidding while relishing the scene around us. The forest was made up by monkey-puzzle trees, lengas and chauras. We crossed very amusing creeks. We went uphill and reached a zone with thick vegetation that formed a kind of dark cave. Then we crossed a wooden bridge that ended at the lava channel.
“The eruption of the Villarrica in 1971 created this solid river of volcano scoria”, the guide explained. We parked the ATV to walk around the area and get to see every detail. As we moved on, we got more information about the effects of this volcanic episode. We could see many greyish rocks scattered around the field, clashing with the intense green ground.
The Villarrica is one of the most active volcanoes in Chile and it has maintained moderate but continuous activity throughout the years, which keeps the population alert. This is how the relief was transformed.
The ride ended at a cascade that absolutely changed the previous scenery. We stopped there and had a chat about all the sights with which Pucón surprises visitors.
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Several travel agencies offer this ride at different times according to season.