Blogs from Pucón, Araucanía, Chile, South America - page 4


South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón March 19th 2012

Night has fallen on this fresh Monday and I just got back from watching the sunset on the beach with Bri, Bre (Briana and Breanna), Mike, Brook, Eileen, Benjamin, and some French chick. Ooops...forgot her name! Ben wanted to snag some wine and watch the sunset on the beach to celebrate his birthday. Love this country! Earlier this morning, me and the other ISA students got back from Pucón, which is 12 hours south of where I'm living. It was AMAZING!! We left from Viña del Mar on Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. and arrived in Pucón at 9:00 a.m. the next day. Pucón is a small pueblo surrounded by a lot of natural beauty. There are mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, natural hot springs, rivers, lakes, national parks, ect. I've never seen anything like it! I know ... read more
Me and Julia
The whole ISA gang.

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón March 18th 2012

Happy St Patricks day to my Irish Readers. One of the best things about arriving at a place with nowhere to stay is the pot luck of it all. Sometimes you pull a blinder, like Entretenido in castro, others, well,.... me in my best spanish- hola. ¿teines habitation para una noche.? R- ¿que? me ¿ noche? R- ¿que? me doooo yooo have a roooom por le noche? R- no adios. other times you think you are in the correct place but you are not. Take the Hostel Internacionale in Valdivia. Huge sign on the building in the compound and small building which looks like someones house to the left. Wander into what looks like a very well lived in reception area. TV, telephone,computer, crisp packets everywhere and evidence of a cracking lager session. no one ... read more

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón March 17th 2012

So, disaster. Rushing for the bus I forgot to take my money belt with passport,warrant card and badge,both credit cards and all money from my small bag to put round me..Sitting on the bus I nodded off and when I woke up my bag had gone. At one of the small bus stops someone walked off with it. Camera, sungalsses, all my persoanl effects gone.Rang Molly who was a star and within 30 mins had numbers to cancel cards.Arrive in Valdivia with less than £30 in my pocket. Luckily I am ... read more

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón March 16th 2012

Our four furry friends having led us back to the safety of Anticura, we head back to Osorno - a rather drab city even by Chilean drab city standards - where we spend the night in order to catch a bus to Pucón, located in the next province along, Region IX or Araucanía. Everybody in Chile knows about Pucón. Arriving in town by bus it seems that everybody in Chile is in Pucón. After weeks - nay, months - in the wilds of Patagonia, it comes as something of a surprise to see streets bustling with people and dozens of restaurants, coffee-houses and tour agencies competing for your attention. Pucón has been compared to Queenstown in New Zealand, and it's true that it is similar in some ways - lakeside, upmarket and an absolute magnet for ... read more
Climbing Volcan Villarrica - view to the north
Climbing Volcan Villarrica - view to the north
Climbing Volcan Villarrica

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón February 19th 2012

Paradise Lost: The Dreaded High Season Picture-perfect Pucon is an off-season paradise, sandwiched between a forested lake and the smoking Volcano Villarica, one of the four most active in South America. When I arrived in late spring, the volcano was blanketed in snow, and all was dreamy and mellow in the little town of 25,000. I met and made friends on sunset walks along the landscaped, lakeside promenade. Some of these friends owned restaurants and hotels; for ten months of the year, their businesses were slow and allowed them to enjoy life. Then, for two months in summer, all bedlam breaks loose, and my friends were buried in enough work to tide them through the rest of the year. In the days before Christmas, the town swelled to 200,000, as refugees from the furnace of the ... read more
Pucon from Lake Villarica, backed by its shaggy mountains
 moored in the fiery sunset lake
Volcano Villarica, a spiritual presence over the city

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón February 6th 2012

I alighted the bus in Pucón, retrieved my backpack and was then met by a smiling lady by the name of Silvana who would become my mother away from home. I had arranged a homestay in conjunction with my 4 week Spanish course and had hoped that it would be a memorable experience. I didn’t anticipate that in only 4 weeks I would be finding it difficult to part company with not only Silvana, her husband and daughter, but their whole extended family and friendship network. I was seamlessly integrated into all their family gatherings, whether it be family festivities or informal ‘drop-ins’ that would end up with the drinks being poured, dishes of food being prepared and songs being played. On occasions this even involved a guitar being placed in my lap whilst everyone eyed ... read more
Silvana, laughing as usual.
Ojos del Caburgua
Kids playing soccer at Lago Caburgua, 24km from Pucón.

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón December 15th 2011

The Lovely Off-Season My idea of heaven is the delicious off-season when gorgeous resort towns are blissfully empty and filled with residents enjoying their own towns. I'd arrived in popular Pucon in November and enjoyed a peaceful month and a half before the hordes of summer tourists inflated the population ten-fold. Fortunately, by then I'd discovered little pockets of beauty to hide away from the masses. I'd return the following fall in May and again enjoy the spaciousness of its small-town atmosphere. The charming little resort town of Pucon sits under the spiritual presence of smoking, snow-covered Volcan Villarica. It's built along the sublime, cobalt Lake Villarica with black, volcanic sand beaches and surrounded by jagged, forested mountains. Everyday, I took a long sunset walk along the landscaped lakefront promenade, the costanera, and stood ... read more
 glorious Portuguese Broom--late spring.
peaceful marina in spring
Ojos de Caburga--waterfall emerging from an underground spring

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón December 9th 2011

Day 55 – Monday 5th December Started the day with yet another breakfast that had been delivered the night before. Yesterday we had got 3 of everything but today was only 2 of everything except we didn’t get jam, but we at least got milk. The advantages of getting breakfast the night before is we can have it anytime we want, but the downside is that the rolls and cake are stale. Luckily we have a microwave so we were able to heat up our bread rolls, so in the end it was all eatable. The cabana we have is actually really good and the kitchen is well equipped so it was a wise choice. Today we were going to do a river cruise and so we headed down to the wharves to check out what ... read more
Pucon's black beach
Looking up from the chairlift
Shelley at the chairlift

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón December 7th 2011

After staying 6 days in Pucon, a beautiful city at the foot of the Villarrica Volcano, we went back to Santiago yesterday at night (12 hours in the bus) for our last 3 days. During these 6 days, we did other sports, more or less extrem, like 60km mountain biking, a nice hike to a waterfall (Salto El Claro), canopy (zip-lines of about 100meters), and the most extrem: The ascension of the Villarrica Volcano, an activ Volcano which summit culminates at 2847m! We started at 1400m and ascended 1400 vertical meters in less than four hours! The crater of the volcano was very impressive: a huge 150m deep fuming hole! The way down was very very very fast and also very very very funny: we slid down on our bums! (because it was to steep and ... read more
Ojos del Caburgua
Salto Bellavista
If you want to buy some land, it's the moment!

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón May 29th 2011

This small town in Chile is usually heaving with tourists in the summer, but at this time of year it was nice and quiet. We went white-water rafting on the river which was scary but lots of fun! It was also very beautiful as the river follows a deep valley, between lots of extinct volcanoes, and every so often you get a glimpse of the active one! The following day we got a bit closer to Villarrica volcano, and climbed to the top! It was a tough day though as there was a lot of snow right from the start and it is over 2000m, but we were very lucky with the weather and had sun and clear views all day. From every point that you stop to catch your breath you see the whole area ... read more

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