Caburgua Lake

Caburga Lake in the south of Chile.

Caburga Lake in the south of Chile.


The Caburgua Lake has 14.085,01 acres with an altitude of 2.296,59 feet., extended and surrounded by sylvan hills, was formed by a cork of lava and volcanic ashes and its waters have a greater temperature in 5º C to 8° C than the other lakes of the south, due to thermal warm waters to come up from its bottom. It has an underground water-drainage in Ojos of the Caburgua and, during time of floods, it drains a small channel originated  from the Negra beach. In spite of to be in the mountain range of the Andes, it has intrusions of crystalline rock “winds of fly” own of the mountain range of the Coast. This is the reason of white sand of some beaches, unique between the lakes of the south.

The route from Pucón to the Caburgua is a beautiful stroll by a beautiful lake of volcanic origin and to a splendid beach. It is a section of 15,53 miles paved to the Caburgua lake and of 1,86 miles more to the Blanca beach, with hostelries, camping and restaurants.

From Pucón the route is from the international road. In km 7 is cross the Turbio river, an enormous stony by where the violent “runnings” goes down, produced by the volcanic eruption. More ahead, the international route turns to the right; follow straight towards the lake. In the km 11 is the Metreñehue bridge, the Trancura River runs boxed. Just few blocks from there, it leaves to the right, the road towards Llafenco Colony. In km 14 to the right to the Spas Huife. Then, it will find the Liucura Bridge with a running river that you can goes downstream by boat.

In km 18 is the Christ whereabouts with crucifix. From there it leaves the route to Ojos of Caburgua and the Jumps. In the km 20 it is branched off, towards the right, a road that takes to Paillaco and to the Huerquehue National Park

Advance until the km 25 and there you will find the Caburgua Lake, then the road reaches at the South shore until Negra beach. Very concurred in summer, with several services, camping, rent of oar boats and church that gives masses between January and February, Saturday to 20 hours. Both hills located to the west and the souths are small volcanoes, with crater and lagoon in the top. These are those that spilled lava and ash that closed the valley and created the lake.

From Negra beach take a road to the left that surrounds the hill-volcano and follow north. In the km 2.5 it is the Park Green Earth, ecological tourist center that develops plans of cleaning and recovery of the native flora of the area, as well as of improvement of its served waters and as handling of garbage. The place offers good service of lodging, restaurant and cafeteria, camping next to the beach, swimming pool and tennis court. It has direct access to Blanca beach.

In the km 3 it is the access to Blanca beach. In Blanca beach there are 2 camping in the hillside, between the road and the beach, and it is possible to park there for a small fee. The access to Blanca beach by two public gratuitous pedestrian passages; one of this is under the vestibule that prolongs the road from Negra beach and the second one 109,36 yards more ahead.

The Blanca beach is very beautiful, white sands with lukewarm waters, calm and transparent attracts the eyes of the visitors. There are aged arrayanes – of reddish thin crust and pitras (Myrceugema plains), that in February is resembled boldo by its white flowers. Some trees reach to the same beach. It is prohibited to make picnic and bonfires. There are three hostelries where it is possible to have lunch, Green Earth Park, the Blanca beach Viewpoint and The Lienes. Boats and aquatic bicycles are rented.

A footpath unite Blanca beach with Negra beach by the cost.

Eyes of the Caburgua

Eyes of the Caburgua with a beautiful set of big well surrounded by forest, where the underground water of the Caburgua arises, next to other brooks, located to 9,32 miles of Pucón. It can swimming, picnic and camping are possible although the entrance by car or pedestrian is charged.

In the km 18 is the “Christ” with a crucifix in the crossing. Take to the left. In 1,24 mile you will arrive at the San Sebastián Carhuello chapel. There take a turn to the right 1,24 miles which will take you to the Bellavista and the Copihues falls. Both have footpaths that goes down to the depressions covered with forest; you pay for a small fee in the access.

A little beyond to the chapel it leaves a deflection 546,81 yards to the Eyes of the Caburgua, by this shore. Near 328,08 yards it more ahead go to the left towards to the Puntilla, a place to encamp in the encounter of two rivers, with tame waters, small barren islands and a boat to sail, is a good alternative to the hubbub of the Caburgua beaches.

Again for the road, go on 0.87 miles until the entrance to the Carhuello jump, of small volume, that falls from big wall of rock to great well with sand bottom, the entrance is paid.

Return to the road and go ahead to the left 0,62 miles to Salto de Carileufú. Here it will find an large country house with lodging, restaurant and tea hall, specialized in German pastry shop – baked in exquisite kitchen to lefia- and tondues of cheese, meat and chocolate. Salto de Carileufú is a place frequented from Pucón and Caburgua. Salto de Carileufú is on the border of river, with a small waterfall and footpaths in the riverside. It can make a stroll in boat through a tunnel formed by roots of tree (entrance by car is charged). The main road continues until the Villarrica Lake and the mapuche reduction of Quelhue. From it can there return to Pucón by the suspension bridge of the Trancura. There are 7,46 miles altogether, by a rough road with several slopes, some with fine stone. The slope to Quelhue is rocky, only apt for 4WD vehicles; descend slowly.

From Salto de Carileufú you will encounter with farms and houses of colons. Continue bordering the river Liu-cura. In the km 4 it goes 100 meters upstream, between the forest, you achieve a great Vista of the encounter of the rivers Líucura and Trancura is obtained.

In the km 6 from the Salto of Carileufú, the road goes down by a rough and rocky section to the plain of the Quelhue valley. There is a viewpoint of another joint point of the Trancura river. This time with the Turbio affluent, that comes from Villarrica volcano. In the place there is calm camping, frequented by kayakers. The road finishes in a plain that in the km 8 turns to the left and arrives at the suspension bridge on the Trancura. Inaugurated in 1991, resist about 5.511,56 pounds. Almost 0,62 miles towards the south is the international road, paved. In 1,86 miles it is arrived to Pucón. The ground route follows until the west shore of the Villarrica Lake, in long walk to the Guolhue reduction.

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