Turism & Activities

Mountain Area - Volcanos

  • Carrán: Volcano that at the end of the 50’s experienced an unexpected eruption, forming a new crater called “the Mirador” (the view point), which serves as a view point towards to the Riñinahue Valley and Ranco Lake. In neighboring areas it is still possible to see the effects left by the volcanic ash rocks from its activity, destroying the vegetation that would have existed at the time.
  • Mirador: Crater formed by the eruption of the Carrán Volcano in the 50’s, from here one has a privileged view of the Riñinahue and Carrán Valleys.
  • Sulfur Mines: located in the mountainous area called the Caulle Range, where one can see geysers and hot springs. This is a very special place given that in spite of being in the mountains it has a desert like landscape, and also has some areas with vegetation.
 

Waterfalls

Spectacular waterfalls, all of which are visible, are part of the attraction of these rivers. Those that stand out are:

  • Nilahue: The attraction is formed by two consecutive waterfalls. On its sides the basalt walls can be seen as a result of the water erosion.
  • Riñinahue: This waterfall is formed by two waterfalls, which, due to water erosion, form a large well of green waters as well as a cave.
  • Pichiignao: This is formed by a group of falls, surrounded by vegetation, mainly Coihue, Chilean Firebush and Chilean Myrtle.
  • Los Mañios: Fall formed by a waterfall of approximately 80 meters, surrounded by vegetation and basalt rock.
  • Hueinahue: Fast-flowing mountainous river, surrounded by mountains with native vegetation. Large rocks and trunks dragged in the winter by the force of the water lay on its beds, which form waterfalls with great scenic beauty.
 

Beaches

The commune of Lago Ranco, unlike Futrono, has a series of beaches that allow direct contact with the coast:

  • Municipal Costera: is found parallel to Viña del Mar Street and is located in the center of Lago Ranco town. It is about 100 meters long, surrounded by green areas, with willows and an area to leave boats.
  • Chumul: further away from the town, but it still has a good public. It is suitable for bathing, and a good number of willow trees can be found around it.
  • Municipal Recinto Ferrocarril: in the train area, which is the longest of the Lago Ranco town, where the largest number of services is available for the tourist. Its length is approximately 150 meters and it is wider than the others being formed by gravel and sand. The texture of the sand is somewhat volcanic with a dark color.
  • Riñinahue: with thick sand, located in the center of Riñinahue, with a beautiful view where one can see the lake surrounded with vegetation, mountains and islets.
  • El Arenal: approximately 800 meters long, with volcanic dark sands. It is next to the Illahuape Peninsula, which offers the possibility of carrying out ecotourism activities.
 

Rivers

  • Bueno: This is the natural drain of the Ranco Lake, whose surface is 443km2 at 69m.a.s.l. and 199 meters as a maximum depth, it is also the second longest lake in the country.
  • Others: Riñinahue River, born from the Nevada Range, close to the edge of the Puyehue National Park. The Contrafuerte, Venados and Nilahue rivers begin at the North of the Puyehue Volcano, draining the central area of the Puyehue – Carran volcanic area; both rivers join close to the Carrán Volcano, taking the name of the Nilahue River, which flows to the East of Lago Ranco. In the Nevada range area, the Iculpe River is born, which flows to the Southern bank of the Ranco Lake, close to the town.

 

 

Protected Areas

  • Puyehue National Park: The commune of Lago Ranco shares part of its extensive territory with this area protected by CONAF. It has more than 107 thousand hectares and has evergreen humid forest type vegetation, with species from the Ulmo to the Coihue, at the lower layers, and from the Tepa to the Long-leafed Manio at a greater height. Within the limits of the commune in the Park are the Huishue Lake and the Sulfur Mine.
  • Alfonso Brandt Park: Created by the Municipal Council and at only 4 kilometers from the town of Lago Ranco, the area has tree species such as oak, Chilean firebush, tepa, pitra and an abundant understory. On the paths, one can see the species of vegetation that exist there, as well as having a privileged view of the lake, its island and all the surroundings.

View points

The commune of Lago Ranco has set up a circuit of 14 view points, with signposting and terraces at the main landmarks. Among these are:

  • Piedra Mesa: On a side of the Alfonso Brandt Park, with an excellent view over the whole Lake, part of the mountain range and the whole town.
  • La Junta: With a view over the drainage point of the Ranco Lake and the birth of the Bueno River.

Lake Area

  • Ranco Lake: It is impossible not to start talking about the lake that gave its name to the commune. Bordering with the municipality of Futrono on its northern side, it is one of the main reference points of the water power and the scenic beauty of the place. It has a surface area of 443Km2, which make it the second largest in size in the country, emptying into the Bueno River. There are 10 islands in the lake, the largest being Huapi Island.
  • Maihue Lake: Long Andean lake, surrounded by high mountains, which has predominantly native vegetation. The Rupumeica Valley is found to the East of the lake, inhabited by a Mapuche reservation.
  • Huishue Lake: This lake is found in the midst of thick forest, in the Rupumeica Alto area. It is characterized by its native vegetation and has an extensive beach with dark sands.
  • Gris Lake: This lake is located in the Southeast sector of the Lago Ranco commune, within the Puyehue National Park, with a surface area of approximately 9km2 at 1,000 m.a.s.l.
  • Verde Lagoon: Its main characteristic is the greenish color of its water. It is worth stating that this beauty cannot be reached, due it is steep slope and enclosed access points.
  • Pocura Lagoon: Form by volcano, with very difficult access due to the large slope that surrounds it.

The commune of Lago Ranco has nine food-based shops and restaurants, 6 of which are in the town of Lago Ranco, while the rest are spread out through the diverse sectors of the commune. The places have a total capacity for 669 people and are characterized for specializing in Chilean food, meat and fish. They are family based businesses, where the hospitality stands out along with the attention by the owners.