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Feb 10, 2010 - Pucón

After Temuco, I decided to follow the gringo trail to Pucón, a little resort town on the shore of Lake Villarica and in the shadow of Volcan Villarica. At some point it must have been an actual town, but now it exists pretty much only for the tourists- those who come to relax on the lakefront, those who come to hike up the volcano, those who come to raft or kayak the rapids in the rivers feeding the lake, and those who just come to see and be seen. And there are lots of them, primarily from Chile and Argentina, but you also hear quite a bit...

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Feb 7, 2010 - South again

After my little camping adventure, I took a day to relax at the Refugio del Tricahue, wandering aimlessly by the river and trying to spot some parrots. Met another American woman traveling solo, by bike through South America. She was resting a couple days before heading up and over the Andes- way more ambitious than I`ll ever be! The Refugio is a lovely little spot with two split-log cabins (one the home of the French couple who own and run the place and their two little girls, and one the hostel proper), occasional patches of vegetable...

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Oct 29, 2009 - The Lake District - Pucon

We made the scenic trip south from Santiago to the Chilean Lake District and stayed in the town of Pucon. We both really liked Pucon – it’s also a popular place for skiing in the winter so it had a nice alpine resort feel. The main attraction of Pucon in the summer is to climb the volcano, Volcan Villarrica, so we thought we’d give it a go! Unfortunately when we arrived in Pucon it was wet and cloudy and we were told that it had been for the last few days, so no one had been able to do the hike. However, they were expecting it to be clear...

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May 7, 2009 - Pucon

After a great night’s sleep back at ‘The Guest House’ in Puerto Varas, we packed our luggage and walked to the JAC office to await our bus to Pucon. I wandered to the nearby lakeshore hoping to get some more photos of the lovely town and perhaps a glimpse of the volcano we had not been able to see. Alas, the weather was completely socked in and there was no chance of seeing the snow-capped peak. It was just simply the wrong time of year for clear weather this far south. I never tire of changing scenery while travelling and once again was...

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May 2, 2009 - Goodbye South America!

Today was our last day in Chile and it is time to say goodbye to South America. We had a fantastic time here and it was sad to say goodbye. Here are some of the things we will (and won't miss) about South America. Things we will miss: 1. The people - very friendly and very tolerant (particularly of our dodgy Spanish) 2. The outstanding beauty of the mountains and landscapes 3. Empanadas - yum 4. The language - we were finally getting to grips with it so it was a shame to leave 5. Meeting fellow travellers and sharing travel stories Things...

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Apr 29, 2009 - Relaxation and Adventures

We have been having a great time in Pucon. The weather has been amazing - hot (well 20 degrees) and sunny. We have been relaxing a lot (laying in the sun like lizards) but we decided we needed to get some exercise so caught the local bus to Huerquehue National Park. The park is 35kms from Pucon and is filled with lakes, waterfalls, forests and rushing rivers. We decided to do the Los Lagos Trail which took us up some steep switchbacks to a series of beautiful lakes. We spent all day in the park and had lunch at the most picture perfect spot...

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Apr 25, 2009 - Paradise in Pucon

We flew from La Paz in Bolivia to Santiago and then on to Puerto Montt in Chile. We left our camping gear in Santiago (it didn't take long to convince MS that camping was not a good idea - I just showed him the temperatures range). It turned out to be a good idea when we arrived in Puerto Montt to rain and overcast conditions. We got straight on a bus to Pucon (a six hour trip). Pucon is in the Lakes District in Chile and is absolutely gorgeous. The town is set on a lake with a perfect view of Volcano Villarrica as a backdrop. Our hostel is...

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Mar 28, 2009 - Pucon, Chile

We arrived in Pucon, Chile at 10AM the 27th after taking an overnight bus 10 hrs from Santiago. Not much time to do a full activity today so Jeanne and I spent the day strolling the city of about 22k people. Beautiful setting in the mountains along a lake. Many, Many restaurants and tour shops. The primary activities in the area are climbing a volcano, rafting, hiking and fishing. We stopped and had a great lunch along the street, Jeanne had SeaBass (great) and I had a chicken sandwich. I did not use to like eating sandwiches, but Chilean...

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Feb 17, 2009 - Termas Geometricas

February 17, 2009 We woke up, showered, and had breakfast. We drive for what felt like an eternity until we reached the lake. The lake was pretty but nothing special, so we got back in the car and drove for twenty eternities until we reached the hot springs. The place was stunning, trees everywhere, stone pools, and flowing water. We changed and tried out a few pools. Some were hotter than others but they were all very soothing. Then we ate lunch. After lunch we continued trying pools until we reached the pool with the waterfall. The...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Transitions

This will not be a very detailed entry because most of what happened today was logistical and extremely boring. We woke up, showered, and had breakfast. Then we rushed to the airport because we were late. We returned the car, checked in, and went through security. We first went on a LAN flight to Santiago and then a Sky flight to Temuco via Conception. When we finally arrived Helmut was waiting for us. Helmut owns the lodge/hotel that we are staying at. He brought us nectarines and waited until we got our bags and then took us to the car...

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Jan 26, 2009 - Pucon et Caburgua

Plus loin aprés Villarrica il y a la ville de Pucon. Nous avons l'impression de nous retrouver avec la meme impression désagréablequ'a El Calafate (dossier 24). Pucon est une ville purement touristique. Certes, on peut faire de tout ici: il y a le lac, l'assention du volcan, du rafting, de l'acrobranche, du kayak et des nombreuses thermes. Mais notre budget de 20 euros par jour pour deux ne nous permet pas toute ces attractions touristiques (bien qi'avec tous ces campings sauvages nous tombons bien en dessous de la moyenne). Nous poussons...

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Jan 23, 2009 - Villarrica

Nous arrivons à Villarrica. La ville nous parait bien sympa. Il y a beaucoup d’artisans locaux et nous prenons notre repas de midi dans une féria organisée par les Mapuches, les indiens natifs. Il y a le lac, du meme nom que la ville, ou il fait bon se raffraichir sous le cagnard de la tournée. Nous sommes aussi au pied du beau Volcan qui se nomme Villarrica également, avec ses neiges éternes et ses fummerolles quotidiennes. Il ce déroule en ce moment à Villarrica un stage de Karaté. Nous allons voir le soir par curiosité. Le maitre, qui...

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