How To Get To Corralco Resort from Santiago and Temuco
The ski resort Corralco is situated in Chile’s La Araucania Region. It is nestled on the southeastern slope of the beautiful Lonquimay Volcano. The resort is located 120 km east of Temuco and 700 km south of Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital.
The closest town is Malalcahuello. A mere 10 km separates this little village from the resort.
Flying To Corralco from Santiago
The easiest way to reach Corralco from Santiago is a combination of air and ground transportation. By air, the trip from Santiago to Temuco takes just over an hour, and there are multiple planes that make the trip each day.
Connecting To Corralco from Temuco
From Temuco Airport, the ski resort is just a 90-minute drive away. Of course, inclement weather can extend this time considerably. It is easy to secure ground transportation between the airport and the resort, whether it is through a shuttle van or a private rental car.
Driving to Corralco from Santiago
It is also possible to drive directly from Santiago to Corralco. The 700 km journey typically takes no more than 8 hours. Most of the drive is on Ruta 5, which boasts a zippy 120 km/hr speed limit. To reach the mountain from Ruta 5, turn off at Victoria and follow the signs to Malalcahuello via Curacautin.
The majority of GPS systems will have no problem leading you to Malalcahuello, but there are some that cannot find Corralco. If you head east out of the center of Malalcahuello, you will quickly find signs for the ski center that tell you to veer to the left. Do so, and then continue to follow the signs towards Corralco and Malalcahuello National Park. They will lead you into the national park where you will find a fork in the road. Go to the right to get to the day lodge, or go left to visit the 5 star Corralco hotel.
The drive between Malalcahuello and the slopes is only 10 km. The roads connecting the town and resort are relatively easy to traverse, although 6 km of them are unpaved. Throughout the short journey, drivers are treated to views of gorgeous Araucaria trees.
Taking a bus from Santiago to Temuco can be considerably cheaper than flying if you book in advance, and first class bus seats are quite comfortable in Chile. Once you arrive to Temuco, there are urban busses that can get you as far as Malalcahuello, home to numerous hostels, cabins to rent, and hotels.