There’s an optional chair lift for the first part of the climb, but you may choose to hike it yourself. Once you hit snow, there is a quick safety tutorial on using the ice-axe in case of a fall on the slope. The peak ascent is very steep but listening to the guides will keep you safe.
The ascent zig zags up until you see the cone which is a very cool feeling. Sulphur can be seen and smelt as you peek down into the cone of the volcano. Seeing lava is rare, but possible at the certain times.
Walking down would be for boring right? Well it’s lucky you get to slide down on your arse using a piece of plastic. Once you figure out the brake and acceleration technique, it is lots of fun. Watch your technique though, almost dislocated my shoulder doing this by clutching the axe too hard. Just relax and enjoy the ride.
Volcano Villarrica and Pucón is a 14 hour bus ride South of Santiago in Chile, but the trip is well worth it. An amazing experience that won’t break the bank.