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Introducing Villarrica

Unlike Pucón, its wild neighbor across windswept Lago Villarrica, Villarrica is a real living, breathing Chilean town. While not as charming, it's more down to earth than Pucón, lacks the bedlam associated with package tour caravans, and has more reasonable prices and a faded-resort glory that attracts travelers of a certain lax disposition.

The new costanera (lakeshore road), rebuilt after the 2010 Concepción earthquake, makes for a nice walk and Villarrica's grassy lawn-cum-beach is more pleasant than it sounds. Considering you can book all the same activities here as Pucón, it makes for an agreeable alternative if that's what you're looking for.