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Monasterio Santa Clara - Historical Building Pucón - Chile

From the far south end of Calle Ansorena, a narrow road passes through a gate. Bird song and sunlight dapple the woods. The drive curves to the Monasterio Santa Clara atop a hill. Foot travelers, however, can take the flagstone path leading to that final destination. The plain chapel is dramatically backdropped by Volcán Villarrica. From the patio in front are breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Next to the church is a small shop where chocolates, cookies, embroidery and other articles made by the Capuchin Poor Clare nuns who call this monastery home are for sale.

Pucón, Chile

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Monastery, Spiritual/Religious

Getting There
From town you can see the chapel perched on the hill. Head south on Calle Ansorena, to the monastery’s gate.

Travel Tips: When arriving, ring the bell to be let into the church. Mass is said Monday-Saturday 7:15 a.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


Another good place to catch views of the countryside is the cemetery at the end of Calle Fresia.

Price Description: Free

Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Monday-Saturday 9 a.m., 3 p.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Saturday noon, 7 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

Hiking and trekking in Villarrica and Huequerhue National Parks, scaling Volcán Villarrica, rafting, kayaking, birdwatching, fly fishing, visiting the Museo Mapuche and Mapuche communities. In winter, there are skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

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