Blogs from Pucón, Araucanía, Chile, South America


South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón March 26th 2020

On the rare occasion you must visit the grocery store, I have a great idea to break the boredom at home. Venture over to the well stocked wine section of your store. Nobody is there, six feet social distancing is not a problem! Instead of buying your usual red or white wine, try this: step over to a section of a country you have not tried before. Some choices I would recommend: Chile, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and France. But you might ask why? I say give it a try and do a little research. Be your own sommelier. How many times have I discovered a new wine by chatting with the wine steward, or another diner? Maybe try something sweeter or drier than your normal choice. Or my favorite, a sparkling wine! ... read more
Lots of choices
Wine and duct tape

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón January 20th 2020

I think there is probably a general feeling, because I misunderstood this before I came down here, that the working culture in South America is let’s say, a bit more casual…more days off, less hours, etc. This is a misconception as I quickly discovered by a quick search of Chilean work culture before I came down here (uh-oh, spaghetti-o!). Workweeks are actually a standard 45 hours, and the standard hours in the office 8 to 6 every day. Time-off is generally pretty limited, with standard contracts having three weeks, with very little flexibility to negotiate further (although I did, heh-heh)…I should mention that Steph is on an expat contract, while little ol’ me, well I’m on a Chilean contract, so I am part of the system – Pension (AFP), Health (Isapre), time-off, etc, and also a ... read more
Hiding from the Hail
Salto La China
Zoe Falls?

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón August 1st 2018

Pucón (01/08/2018-07/08/2018) Pucón: a cosy, charming town set on the gorgeous Lake Villarrica, with some serious alpine vibes going on. Sitting under the shadow of Volcan Villarrica (one of South America's most active volcanoes, and one I would later climb), Pucón packs a massive punch despite it's small size. Here you can find all year round adventure; it offers the perfect combination of adrenaline and nature. I absolutely fell in love. I arrived at 7am - the air was crisp and fresh, the ground was sparkling with frost, the sunrise was a beauitul purple pink, and snow-capped Volcán Villarrica was smoking in the distance. Ahhh, beautiful, beautiful Pucón. Chili Kiwi Hostel This is the hostel of dreams. I walked in at 7.30am and the fireplace was lit and somebody was cooking pancakes. Oh, hello! Soft beds, ... read more
On The Way Up

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón May 2nd 2018

Bariloche is een van de belangrijkste toeristische bestemmingen van Argentinië, en dat merk je aan het aantal accommodaties en restaurants. Wij zitten 10 kilometer buiten de stad, waar het een stuk rustiger is. Ons uitzicht is vandaag nog wat weidser geworden doordat de wolken zijn opgetrokken. We zien nu veel meer bergen vanuit ons huis dan eerder. We besluiten vandaag het Circuito Chico te rijden, waar we ook aan verblijven. Deze weg voert langs de verschillende meren waar deze regio rijk aan is. We doen eerst een wandeling naar een bos van Arrayanes bomen, welke een paar duizend jaar oud kunnen worden en heel langzaam groeien. Met hun bruin-goude bast en kronkelende takken een bijzondere boom. Vervolgens rijden we iets veder en gaan over een klein weggetje naar de oever van het grootste meer. Hier komt ... read more

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón March 12th 2017

Valparaiso is known as the seaside resort for Santiago with Vina del mar just up the road from there known as the garden city of Chile and host to a big annual festival! We arrived around midday checked into our hostel which was perched up on the hillside in the graffiti neighbourhood. It was pretty cool to look at and there was loads of it to see. We decided to go on the free walking tour to orientate ourselves so headed out down the long stair case to the bottom of the hill. Unfortunately we didn't do the walking tour. No sooner had we got there, I projectile vomited and more millimetres from a dog! A flustered Jo managed to hail a cab and we swiftly returned to the safety of the hostel and headed to ... read more

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón February 29th 2016

R: We arrived in Pucon in the northern Chilean lakes at about lunchtime. The bus trip was uneventful except for talking to a man at the bus station who was doing almost the reverse of our trip after retiring. Our hostel here is a bit far out of town but has incredible views of Volcan Villarica right from the window. But first we had to read the 2-sided rule card for the hostel, said the lady who checked us in. We found the England v. Ireland match on the TV so I nipped to the supermarket during half time to grab some empanadas. It's kind of like eating a pie. After the resounding win, we headed into town. Pucon is quite touristy, and overpriced, but very sweet. The buildings are all pretty wooden affairs and there ... read more
Pucon harbour
Laguna Azul

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón November 14th 2015

Pucon is a small town located on the edge of lake Villarica. It is a also a good base for a spot of adventure sports, trekking & volcano climbing! How I got there: A Pullman bus from Santiago (Terminal Sur) to Pucon 10hrs - 12,000 Pesos semi-cama. You get given a blanket & pillow & a small snack in the morning. Where I stayed: El Refugio hostel, it is located on Palquin street practically opposite the Pullman bus terminal. An 8-bed dorm was 8000 Pesos a night. It has washing facilities, wifi (ok for surfing the web), beds comfy but pillow was a bit thin. Good kitchen & showers with hot water (more common in Chile I think) & good pressure. They also organise tours through the hostel for reasonable prices so it's easy to start ... read more
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South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón October 20th 2015

Hi everyone, this is Fi, finally getting round to giving Ken a well-deserved break from the blog writing! We've had a pretty adventurous 10 days or so since leaving the pleasant city of Chillan. Some of the highlights include: cycling past the stunning snow-capped volcanoes of the Malalcahuello and Conguillio national reserves; passing through the longest tunnel in South America, which doesn't permit cyclists, resulting in us having to load our bikes and gear into the cramped minivan of a very kind Chilean businessman; an adrenaline-fuelled sprint of some 50 miles along the busy Pan-American highway; and, as always, being overwhelmed by the kindness of complete strangers - one lovely lady caught up with us in the tiny town of Quilleco to gift us a large bottle of water and box of chocolates! We've ridden almost ... read more
Lunch in a park between Chillan and Yungay
Don't tell the hotel staff!
A convenient shelter on rainy days

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón April 4th 2015

Sarah: We are currently sat killing some time at our hostel in Pucon before our bus by watching Everton vs Saints (with English commentary no less). Saints are currently 1 - 0 down, so a bit tense at the moment, but hopefully by the time I finish this there'll be better news! To pick up from where I left off on Wednesday, we did brave the rain and finally get our postcards posted with a stop for some coffee and cake to reward ourselves. My saddle was still sore until Friday after our bumpy bike ride, but I'm now able to sit down without grimacing! The rain didn't let up for the rest of the day and so after our short trip in to town we cooked up some pasta and had a cosy evening in. ... read more
"At least the rain means more opportunities for cake"
Being good travellers and putting away the drying up at Hostal El Nogal, Pucon!
Field of cows that we passed on our Friday walk.

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón April 1st 2015

Sarah: There is a lot to do in and around Pucon, mostly outdoorsy. Therefore, yesterday, knowing that the weather was going to take a turn for the worse on Wednesday, we wanted to choose wisely what we would do on what may be the last good-weather day. We settled on a bike rental with a destination of 'Ojos del Caburgua' which was a local beauty spot about 12 miles from Pucon, making a 24 mile round-trip. After brekkie, I set about my duties as Chief Sandwich Officer, loaded up on water (which is a lot less hassle in Chile as we can drink straight out the tap) and headed off to rent our bikes! The bikes were a lot better than our bikes at home, which makes a change from most foreign bike rentals that we'd ... read more
Nick speeding off downhill!
The downhill-truck-sign was a welcome sight, but warnings of slow trucks going up, were not!
This is the amazing blue of the river.

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