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Vamos a Chile...

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Off next to Pucon in Chile. The border crossing was an interesting experience. The customs office was like going back 200 years, they hardly had electricity, there was even a open wooden fire as the only heating. Also the only thing they search for is for fruit and meat...guns and drugs no problem, but mandarines is a no-no.

Right from the start we loved Pucon. People were so friendly. For the first time we went with one of those hostel people that go to busstations to try to find guests for their place. Again due to low season we had a whole house for ourselves...and at half price compared to the cheapest place in Lonely planet. Sometimes it really pays off to not follow the guidebooks. The lady owning it was so nice too...on the last day she had even hanged up some of our wet clothes to dry.

The only negative thing was that I realised that my credit card was gone...probably for two days at least. Cancelled the card and luckily no one had used the card. Still my pride was hurt...I cannot believe that I managed to loose something before Laura... She made sure to rub it in as well, making plenty of jokes and comments.

The main attraction in this area is the active volcan only 15km from Pucon. Since a few weeks back there has been lava coming out of it even and we were told that some nights you can see a red glow from the top. Unfortunatly, really good weather is required to be able to climb up and look into the vulcan. We tried to wait out the greyish weather, but in the end we had to settle for doing other activities like trekking.

We went on some good shorter one day trekks in the area, visiting some lakes and waterfalls. One night we went to one of the hot springs that the area is famous for. The hottest one was 55 degrees, which basically makes you feel like your being cooked, luckily there were also a few bearable for gringos. It was quite cold and raining a bit, which made the experience even nicer. The only thing missing would have been a nice bottle of Chilean wine.

One day we also tested something called Canopy. Basically you go from different points sliding on a wire. You have to break using only your hand, with a thick glow. Still it required a few practice runs on smaller cables, before we were allowed on the bigger ones. The longest being 850 meter long and 30 meters above the ground. Pretty scary.

I am really impressed that Laura went along to do this, given her vertico. Still she did not want to push her luck too much and went with a guide on the biggest runs. Still...Go Laura!

On the last night we were sitting in a cafe, both very tired and hungry. Suddently the whole building started to move. Both of us first though that it was just in our heads, but when looking up we saw all the lamps swinging from side to side. Then first did we realised that it was actually an aftershock from the big Earthquake.

I was a bit unsure what to do...was sitting booking a hostel with my creditcard on the table. Some people run outside on the street and so did Laura. Apparently this was not because of fear of building falling down (buildings made of wood just moves around a lot we later learned) but to check if the vulcan had erupted... Later when we were eating the staff explained that this was nothing compared to what they were used to. We were told a few stories about earthquakes and vulcan eruptions, which is stressing these people less then when it snows in Barcelona...or when a buss is 5 min late in Sweden):

Twin waterfalls!

Twin waterfalls!

On the edge of a waterfall...

On the edge of a waterfall...

La Playa Negra, Pucón

La Playa Negra, Pucón

On the forest!

On the forest!

I needed some stretch...trust me!

I needed some stretch...trust me!

On top of a waterfall...

On top of a waterfall...

Cool landscape!

Cool landscape!

Jumpy Enriquillo!

Jumpy Enriquillo!

Enjoying a well deserved bath in the hot spring

Enjoying a well deserved bath in the hot spring

Posted by hmontonen 17:21 Archived in Chile

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thats cool!!!

by Dog

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