The Araucarian Pine's native habit is above 3000 ft. In the southern Andes it is the dominant species above this altitude. In national parks like Huerquehue, Mapuche collected the seeds of this tree and made many dishes from them. Chileans plant the tree in their yards for decoration. This tree was planted in Pucón and is nearly 100 years old.
The slot machines in Casino Pucón are like those in casinos around the world. This attracts a national and international clientele. Unfortunately the Casino burned in 2007. It was quickly rebuilt and enlarged, however.
Werner Bratz was one of the leading promoters of Lake Caburgua's development. He headed the road graveling project in 1968. Later he built a number of cabins by the lake. His father and mother, Karl and Hedwig, were early colonists at Lake Caburgua.
East of Caburgua, in the ancient cone of a volcáno, a lake formed named Tinquilco by the Mapuches. It is the gateway to the National Forest of Huerquehue. The Mättig family was the first to open a bed and breakfast at this lake.
Sometime in the 1990s most utilities were installed in Caburgua. Due to cellphones and the construction of transmission towers in the area, phone lines were only built to a few public phones near the lake.