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Published: August 14th 2010
The second half of our winter break we decided to visit the Biobio region. This included Concepcion, Chillan, and termas de chillan. Our first stop was Concepcion. When we arrived it was late and raining., which the rain is very common. It was difficult for us to find a hostel because all of the hostels are expensive. We ended up settling for a much to expensive hostel but had no other choice. We slept and woke up to a beautiful sunny day. We walked around the city and explored the park. The park felt like Oregon because it was wet, green, and beautiful. It was just like home. In the park there were some good view points where we could really see the destruction of the earthquake. After we spend a couple hours wondering in the woods we took a walk to the University and saw a magnificent Mexican mural. It covered a huge wall and was just amazing. We only spent one day in Concepcion because of the outrages lodging prices, but would have liked to spend another day there. It was off to Chillan.
When we arrived at Chillan and got situated we explored the city. It was a
very busy city, everyone had somewhere to go. They have a huge ferria(outdoor market) that went for blocks and blocks. We bought a pair of four dollar snowboarding gloves hoping that they would work out for a day.
We took a day trip about an hour outside of Chillan to salto de Leon, a massive waterfall. We spent the day hiking around the park and enjoying the waterfall.
A couple days later we headed up to Termas de Chillan. It was a beautiful drive up to the mountains. The bus only took us so far though and we had to hike the rest of the way, about 2.5 kilometers with our heavy packs. Once we arrived to our hostel it was all locked up. We didn't know quite what to do so we wondered to the next neighbors and asked them if they knew anything. They helped us out and got us in touch with the hostel owners, which had just arrived back to their place. After finally checking in to our beautiful hostel which was in the middle of the snowy woods we were off to the termas(hot sulfur pools). We soon found out that there is no public
transportation anywhere near here. We hiked to the pools which as over 5 kilometers away, but a beautiful hike. Since we were hiking and not driving the people at the entrance didn't notice us, therefore didn't charge us to get into the warm pools. Looks like the hike was worth it after all. We then bathed in the sun.
The next day we awoke to bright sun shine. It was the perfect day for snowboarding. Again no public transportation to the mountain so we had to hitch hike to the top. It took about a half hour before someone stopped, pointed to the back of the truck and we climbed in. Once we got to the top of the mountain we were stunned. It was so hot that we had to take off some of our cloths, which we already weren't wearing the proper snowboarding attire. The day turned out to be an amazing day. The runs were great, no lines, who could ask for more(slow chairs but I am not complaining). We came down from the mountain exhausted and sun burnt. The next day we headed back home. What a great winter break!!!
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