This spectacular stratovolcano is flanked by a dense Valdivian forest, around the Puntiagudo (spanish word for “Pointy”) stand alerces (Fitzroya cupressoides) and mañíos (Podocarpus nubigenus), giant ferns, tepas, ulmos and quilas. And it is the home of pumas, pudúes, foxes, skunks and hummingbirds, among other elusive inhabitants. The volcano is visible from most of the lakes in the region, being the Rupanco and Todos Los Santos the most associated to Puntiagudo and its history.
Dubbed by Fray Menendez at the end of XVIII century as “Vanhuenmedi” or “Vanguenma” (unfortunately there is not information about the meaning of these names), “el Puntiagudo” was the “Dequiñcheu” of the Huilliches or “Tripaicura” of the Araucanians.
With its last eruption recorded on 1950 (Cordón Cenizos) and some reports of another in April 1930 the volcano is classified as Pleistocene stratovolcano and it is recognized in him the marked glacier type erosion. The summit, as is currently known, lost an important part of its acuteness during the earthquake of 1960: incredibly, the volcano was more “pointy” of what is known today!