We were having so much fun checking our the thermal pools around Pucón we decided to move to another area famous for its thermal pools called Termas Malalcahuello (http://www.malalcahuello.cl/).
We left Pucón at noon and the police turned us away from the road that would have taken us to the Termas Malalcahuello. The road was closed because of snow! We ended up staying overnight in Temuco, arriving there at 3:30 p.m.after only 237 km.
We stayed at the Hotel Terraverde, Av. Prat 0220, Temuco, fono:(56-45)239-999 (part of the Panamerican Hotels). We negotiated a suite for US$100 and spent the afternoon and evening hanging out there. There was no gym or spa to amuse us, unfortunately.
Excursions for Expats, Chile and Neighboring Countries, by Teri McLachlan with Leonie Elphinstone says:
"In the heart of Mapuche country, land of scenic beauty and the Araucarias (national tree of Chile) you'll find Valdivia. this area is bordered by mountains and the Pacific. German influence is evident in the housing styles and Spanish influence is recognized in the many forts." (p. 95)