About midway between Volcán Villarrica and Volcán Quetrupillán, a rough summer-only road crosses the park from Termas de Palguín to the hot-springs town of Coñaripe. Best suited to four-wheel-drive or at least high-clearance vehicles, though some daring (or foolhardy) Chileans attempt it with ordinary passenger cars, it passes through a scenic araucaria forest that includes the park’s only campground.
From Volcán Villarrica’s southern slopes, hiking trails cross the park to Termas de Palguín and continue to Puesco, where Buses Jac has a daily bus back to Pucón. For more detail on this hike, which has some hard-to-follow sections, see Tim Burford’s Chile and Argentina: The Bradt Trekking Guide (Bradt, 2001) or Clem Lindenmayer’s Trekking in the Patagonian Andes (Lonely Planet, 2003). Conaf now levies a US$5.50 for hikers on this trail.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition