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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 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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The Other Americas

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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The Other Americas

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

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD 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...

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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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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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