Our land development is located 6 miles/10 kilometers southwest of the central business district of Villarrica, Chile. The simple English translation of Villarrica is “rich village”. Located in the lush green mid-southern zone of Chile known as the Lake District where the terrain was sculpted by the glaciers of a by gone ice age. Villarrica is currently building a new regional hospital that will be open in 2021.
The Google Earth coordinates of the farm are 39° 21’ 23” South and 72° 17’ 41” West.
There are people who shun the idea of living here due to winter’s cool temperatures and 80 inches to 110 inches (2,000 mm to 2,800 mm) of annual rainfall which falls principally in June, July and August, Chile’s wintertime. However the soil never freezes and rarely the total annual snowfall exceeds 4 inches (100 mm). Since I am from the Midwest USA this zone is perpetual springtime to me and I have an introverted personality type which helps pass the rainy wintertime.
Villarrica is a simple, unassuming and humbly assembled town on the shores of the Lake from whence its name comes. It is situated due west of the inspiring, trendy and vibrant vacation village of Pucón, which is about 15 miles away. It is hard to describe Villarrica without mention of its neighboring town of Pucón.
Pucón, full of youthful life and energy has that constantly-on- the-go feeling that is reflective of the area’s somewhat recent boom town success.
During the drive west along the lakeside there are condos, stunning hotels and handsomely crafted over-sized wooden gates, with glimpses of the gorgeous privately owned second homes hidden just beyond the privacy fences and tasteful landscaping.
All of this built around the alluring natural beauty of its locale. I’d give Pucón’s investors and developers an A+ for successfully attracting a bevy of worldwide eco-tourism adventure visitors and summer-home families from the capital city of Santiago.
Villarrica, with a stable community of inhabitants numbering near of 45,000 is larger than neighbouring Pucón at 15,000. But it doesn’t endure the explosion to triple it’s residents that its smaller neighbour to the east experiences every summer. And that is exactly what makes the mix of these two neighbours so interesting and attractive. Although already growing in popularity with international buyers we can foresee this yet under-developed community becoming a sort of “bedroom” town of Pucón.
What to do?
There are a million and one things to do here between Pucón and Villarrica. Spend your days biking, hiking, rafting, enjoying the lakeside activities, soaking in thermal hot springs or just meditating on the gorgeous awe inspiring Volcano, with its perpetually snow capped peak. Summer nightlife here is vibrant, offering many restaurants and pubs, and Pucón even has it’s own gaming casino. You can get most all of your shopping needs met here.