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Villarrica Volcano Ascent
The Villarrica volcano ascent is a must for all adventure lovers during a visit to Pucón. With its perfect cone and a lava pool seated in the open crater, the 1.400m ascent is most definitely a unique and unforgettable experience.
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Paddling through the white water rapids with amazing scenery on all sides makes the Trancura River Rafting an unforgettable option for families and the more adventurous alike.
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This unique activity allows you to immerse yourself in nature by abseiling down our local waterfalls. Not for the faint hearted, and yes, you will get wet!
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Chilean Barbecue Experience
This barbecue will become one of your favourite memories of you trip! Our ranch, Sierra Madre, just outside Pucón offers outstanding views of the Villarrica volcano and surrounding mountains and lakes.
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For an unforgettable adventure experience we know you want safety, quality equipment and certified guides. Sol y Nieve offers all of this and more. With a 30 year history in specialist adventure activities look no further for the best option to fully enjoy all the alternatives available in Pucón & the surrounding area.
Only for the most adventurous! Hydrospeeding in Pucón
hydrospeed [hʌɪdrə(ʊ)spiːd] noun
a sport or leisure activity that involves jumping into fast-flowing white water and being carried along at high speed while buoyed up by a float.
Sounds pretty exciting right?
Alongside the dozens of other adventure activities available in Pucón, hydrospeed is the perfect addition to your list. Only for those who don't shudder at the thought of immersing their whole body in fast moving river water, hydrospeeding brings many laughs, a definite adrenaline rush and just a handful of bruises!
The options in Pucón take advantage of the Liucura or Trancura rivers, depending on the season and the water level. The Liucura offers a 12 km descent of mainly Class III rapids, while the Trancura is a 14 km route with some Class III+ rapids thrown into the mix. To be honest, from an amateur point of view, the difference between a Class III and a Class III+ is hard to define when you are actually on the river holding dearly onto your body board style float. Don't try to choose between either of the rivers, go with the safest option according to the time of year and get on with enjoying this crazy adrenaline water sport.
Hydrospeed is the European name for this out of the ordinary water based option. Also known as riverboarding (USA) or white water sledging (New Zealand), the concept is to lie flat over your foam body board using the fins on your feet for propulsion and steering. The high-flotation style board is designed for optimum buoyancy and is much thicker than a traditional ocean use body board. It also has two handles cut into the front of the board allowing you to easily hold on, even with cold fingers!
Hydrospeeding is believed to have originated in France in the late 1970s where rafting guides looked for additional buoyancy aids to help them safely pass through rapids that their rafts could not descend. Using old mail sacks made from burlap (a type of coarse canvas) stuffed into their life jackets; the guides found that this added buoyancy improving the safety of their descent. During the 80s a guy named Robert Carlson started running rivers using a traditional style ocean body board. Inspired by the quality of his descent, he created his own bigger and thicker version of the board with handles incorporated into the design. Hydrospeed as we know it today was born.
Today there are many operators across the world running commercial hydrospeed trips. As with all excursions involving that certain element of risk, each descent starts with an explanation of the route, what to expect and safety instructions in white waters. The whole trip is around 3 hours in total including the transfer in/out and the descent itself. You will spend approx. 1 hr 15 minutes on the water from where you will enjoy not only the thrill of the rapids and their waves, but also that spectacular scenery unique to Pucón of perfect cone shaped volcanoes peeking through the endemic trees that line the river edge.
The activity includes return transport, professional bilingual kayak guide, flippers and full body wetsuit, helmet and the hydrospeed body board itself. You just need to take along a towel, a camera, sun cream, your sense of humor and a good dose of stamina too. You do have to be able to swim to be able to participate and the minimum age is 8 years. In addition, most operators in Pucón have a 2-person minimum for the trip to go ahead.
Sol y Nieve can incorporate this activity into your stay along with other options according to interest and budget. If horse-riding with a scrumptious Chilean bbq is more up your street, check out our previous blog here! Or if you are in Pucón to do THE Villarrica volcano ascent, then read on here to see if you really could make it to the crater. Contact us here today!
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For an unforgettable adventure experience we know you want safety, quality equipment and certified guides. Sol y Nieve offers all of this and more. With a 30 year history in specialist adventure activities look no further for the best option to fully enjoy all the alternatives available in Pucón & the surrounding area. Our satisfied clients often speak of the personalized service they received - a crucial element of our company philosophy.
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“The Only Outfitter You Need in Pucon” There are so many different outfitters to choose from. Rather than surfing the internet ad nauseam to figure out which one to go with, make it easy on yourself and just go with Sol y Nieve. Enjoy!
DestinationUnknown70 // TripAdvisor
“Amazing experience, very professional & safe guides, great kit” We were recommended this company by our first choice - aguadventura - who were oversubscribed. I cannot rate them highly enough. Our group size was really small, 5 with 2 guides. When you compare this to the enormous groups of 20+ - all trekking up in a slow procession, which looked really dull, I think we had a great deal!
alice_beverly // UK - Tripadvisor
“Very Profesional, Great experience, best Value!” We climbed the Villarrica Volcano with this agency, and I must say that the experience was superlative. From the beginning John Barriga, the manager, gave us a very precise and professional briefing on how our journey was going to be. We were taken on a bus to the foot mountain and set off for our adventure. The guides are excellent and the clothing and other equipment we had, were very good. This agency is not the cheapest of the city, but it is certainly one of the best, if not the best of Pucon.
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