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Feb 1, 2012 - Pucon!

Pucon Feb 2 to 9 The little town of Pucon is surrounded by mountains, volcanos, lakes, trees, and wilderness. It really reminded us of Jasper. There was so many different activities to do here that we ended up staying a week. First we went whitewater rafting on a class 4+ river. That was a ton of fun! We dropped over several rapids/waterfalls ranging from 3 feet to 6+ feet in height. There was also Jenelle's Chilean boyfriend following us in a kayak in case anyone fell out and needed rescuing. Note from Jen: I should have thrown myself out....

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Jan 6, 2012 - Chili - Pucon

Après avoir passé une nuit dans la capitale chilienne, nous avons repris l'avion au petit matin pour Temuco, au sud de Santiago. Là Steffen nous attendait pour nous emmener en voiture à Pucon, ville située au pied d'un parc national, entre un lac et un volcan. A Pucon, on a retrouvé Coni et sa famille, les parents de Steffen, ainsi que Andi et Jule, des amis allemands venus comme nous fêter le mariage de Coni et Steffen. On a passé 5 jours supers entre amis/famille, à profiter de l'excellente nourriture, des bons vins chiliens, de la...

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Feb 14, 2011 - Temuco and on to Santiago

After Puerto Varas we bused to Temuco. Once again this is a clean, neat, personable small city. Collectivos are taxis with service within a designated area of the city, and the charge is a fixed (& inexpensive)amount. The vechicles area of service is denoted by the number displayed on the roof, and they even have a summary of major streets served on display. Quite an efficient service. Another different trend was that street parking is monitored real time by individuals who present vehicle owner the `tab` when they return to their car to...

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Nov 28, 2010 - Pucon

Bus at 10:45 - countryside dairy farming, lots of pasture, berry farms (raspberry/blackberry), apple+other orchards, eucalyptus/pine tree farms, oats...beautiful, cool, sunny...rolling hills, everything very green. Whole area settled/jomesteaded by Germans mostly they say. It shows...Chileans love flowers - roses, hydrangias, azaleas esp. - I've seen azalea bushes bigger than the tallest lilacs, even mistook them for lilac at 1st! Passed huge planting (200 ac?!) of what appears to be blueberries. This area of Chile appears very well off...

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May 27, 2010 - bbq

aangezien het weer nog niet was verbeterd is de vulkaanwandeling volledig afgeblazen, te gevaarlijk.Dan maar een wandeling langs het water met een prachtig zicht op het andesgebergte " s avonds een bbq bij de gids thuis en de drank was inbegrepen dus werd wel leuk daarna nog terug naar de mexicaan waar het happy hour was en ik mij aan de cuba libre waagde. nog aan de praat geraakt met een amerikaan en een hollander:mij nog goed geamuseerd maar de ochtend daarop was het veel minder

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May 26, 2010 - volcano

om 7 uur stond de wandeling naar de vulkaan op de planning, 5 uur steil omhoog met stijgijzers in de sneeuw om op de top de lava te zien borrelen van deze actieve vulkaan, maar omdat het weer omgeslagen was ( welkom in patagonie ) met hevige windstoten en rukwinden werd de tocht uitgesteld, in de plaats daarvan konden we gaan raften, maar aangezien het vrij koud was en ik in equador geraft heb op een cat 5 en hier is het slecht een cat 3 tot 4 heb ik daar feestelijk voor bedankt.heb een beetje rondgehangen in dorp met de andere reizigers en...

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May 25, 2010 - canope

na een vreselijke nacht in de bus ( de pipo voor mij had zijn zetel helemaal plat gelegd zo dat ik niet meer op mijn plaats pastte. Vanaf nu vraag ik altijd eerste klasse aan.) aangekomen in pucon, diep in patagonie. Pucon lijkt op een skioord en is het in de winter ook, allemaal houten huisjes en winkels met skiuitrusting.Het is wel eem prachtige streek omgeven door het andesgebergte en de besneeuwde toppen van enkele vulkanen. Eerste activiteit is canope: in een rotvaart van boom tot boom hangend aan een stalen kabel. heel leuk, remmen...

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Apr 6, 2010 - Fire and Ice

Pucon is a small town in Chile whose main claim to fame is the Vildarcio volcano. It is a large, snow covered beast, only 2,800 meters but significantly elevated from the surrounding terrain. We decided to climb it, although this was a debated issue since you have to have a guide and it isn’t super cheap, (quite a few people have died or being injured because most of the climb is over ice, so they have stopped random punters trying it) and since we did a great volcano at Pacaya we wondered whether it wouldn’t be as good anyway. But, we...

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Mar 2, 2010 - Pucon #2

I have spent the past 3 days in this perfect lakeside town, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The only flaw in this paradise is that due to Saturdays tectonic activity the entire town has shut down, my plan to climb the volcano has been abandoned for fear of another earth quake or eruption. In my opinion this week is going from bad to worse. I was unable to trek the Inca trail, now I am unable to climb a volcano, what obstacle will God place in my path next to stop me enjoying myself…not that I haven’t been enjoying myself, far from it, but...

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Mar 1, 2010 - the worst bus ride ever

Where do I begin, in the past few days an earth quake has devastated much of Chile. We were so lucky, 4 hours after leaving Santiago the earth quake struck. Measuring 8.8 on the Richter Scale the roads we were travelling on were destroyed, bridges lay at the bottom of ravens, its been an awful few days. We were travelling down one of the countries main highways, when it struck, the bus began to sway violently from side to side. My personal thought was that we had a tyre blow out, but when the driver stopped and soon after began to drive off...

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Feb 20, 2010 - Chile

We flew into the capital Santiago, situated approximately halfway down this 4,300km long rake of a country. We decided to head south from here, with it making more sense to access the high and dry northern Chile later on in the trip from Bolivia. After some frantic last minute planning, it worked out perfectly for me to fit in 2 weeks of work at one of Timberline's Chile offices. We enjoyed the hotel which was definitely a step up from the usual backpackers digs and I enjoyed using my brain again while letting Steve plan the next few weeks...

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Feb 11, 2010 - Volcano!

After stumbling out of bed at 5:30, heating some water to make a cup of instant Nescafe (cafe en polvo, it's called- coffee dust), and collecting the bag of snacks, sunscreen, camera, etc., the group of us from our hostel went next door to get our equipment for the volcano climb. Everybody got a rucksack with the boots, pants, and coats we'd tried on the night before, along with helmets, gaiters, crampons, gloves, over-mitts, sunglasses (if we didn't have them), and a piece of double-thick canvas with straps attached (more on that later)....

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