From Aguas Calientes, the road becomes a gravel surface that leads another 18 kilometers to the base of Volcán Casablanca, where Antillanca is a popular hotel and ski resort between early June and late October; in summer it’s open for hikers, mountain bikers, anglers, and general recreationists even though there’s no campground in the area. Pool access for nonguests costs US$5 per person, while mountain-bike rental costs US$15 per day.
Where the public road ends, the Club Andino Osorno maintains a toll road (US$5 per vehicle) to the 1,262-meter Cráter Raihuén, an extinct but scenic volcanic crater, and Cerro Mirador, the starting point for several high-country trails. Pay at the hotel office, which opens the gate and provides a decent topographic map.
Ranging from 1,050 meters at its base to 1,514 meters above sea level on Cerro Haique, the ski area itself has beginner, intermediate, and expert slopes. For more details, contact the Centro Turístico Deportivo Antillanca at the Club Andino Osorno (Casilla 765, O’Higgins 1073, Osorno, tel. 064/232297, fax 064/238877, www.skiantillanca.com ).