Pucon, Chile

After getting off the bus from Santiago, we could instantly tell a difference in the weather. The morning was very crisp and cold. Everything had dew on it and you could see your breath: we were ten hours further south.

 

We walked across the street to the TurBus terminal to wait an hour so that we could meet Alex at 9am. As we were waiting there, we notice something different about the road, and wondered why were there flaggers, carabineros (cops), and no cars on the road? Well, we quickly realized it was a race of some sort. It wasn’t just any type of race; it was a half IronMan! So we put our bags down and watched the cyclist ride by at absurd paces while waiting for Alex. After being in a trance checking out all the cyclists and their bikes for about an hour, we decided to walk towards downtown to try and connect to some internet to figure out where Alex was.

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The 1/2 IronMan

We ended up stopping at a nice little restaurant where we enjoyed some juice as we continued watching the race. Alex finally arrived and we exchanged hugs and sat and chatted for some time catching up on everything. We decided it would be smart to look for a place to camp, so we made our way down to a beach campground, but they wanted to charge us way too much to stay there and it wasn’t nice at all, so we decided to look around some more. Jon met up with us and took us to another campground that he knew of. This one was a much nicer campground, with great facilities and awesome sites.

Our campsite in Pucon, Chile!

Our campsite in Pucon, Chile!

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Our first campsite

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Jason working on another soda can stove.

We chose a campsite that was more secluded than the rest, and was right along the creek with a couple of great options for places to hang our hammock. We got all settled in and grabbed our things to head down to the lake for the day. Relaxing at the lake was great. It was definitely colder than we were used to from the Northern part of Chile, but was still above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. After hanging out for a bit at the lake we headed out to dinner, and then out for happy hour and card games.

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The view of Villarrica Volcano from Pucon.

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Thanks to @OurOpenRoad for the bottle of wine to enjoy with our books, cards, and fire!

 

The next five days were spent relaxing in the beautiful scenery that was around us. Pucon is such a gorgeous resort town with a huge volcano as a backdrop. We enjoyed visiting with Alex, walking around the harbor, relaxing in our hammock near the beach and at our campground, and burying our noses in great books. We even spent our nights around a campfire with free firewood from the construction workers at the campground.

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Volcan Villarrica as seen from the harbor on Lago Villarrica.

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Jason’s starting progression of trying to get into the hammock that was slung over the creek!

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Step two, which was actually the incorrect method of getting in.

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Enjoying the satisfaction of making it in!

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Some beautiful flowers in Pucon!

 

For those of you who don’t know, our whole reason behind heading to Pucon, Chile was to visit some friends from Oregon. When Jason was in high school he ran cross-country with a guy named Alex. Alex’s younger brother Jon now lives in Pucon as a kayaking instructor. So our plan was to go visit Jon for a bit and then make our way south. Little did we know, Alex was planning a trip down to see his brother as well. He flew in literally just a couple days before we were going to be in Pucon. So naturally we asked Alex to bring us a couple things from the states. He brought us a new GoPro case since our last one got ruined while biking down the Death Road outside of La Paz. And of course we asked him for some treats as well. He brought us down a big bag of pretzel M&Ms and Double Stuff Oreos that we literally scarved down in two days. Oops!!

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Exploring…

Pucon, Chile

Exploring…

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The beautiful path that we explored!

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Heather stepped slightly off the wooden path into basically a sink hole and lost her shoe in it!!! Haha

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Us exploring the nature walk in our campground.

 

Both Alex and Jon had birthdays in the week that we were in Pucon. Jon’s birthday was on Thursday and we all went to White Sands Beach (Playa Blanca) to celebrate. Although Jon didn’t stay for long, Alex and we had a great time. White Sands Beach is a beach out of Caburgua on Lago Caburgua. This lake is a bit warmer than Lago Villarrica, the lake right in Pucon, and it is much clearer, and doesn’t have the waves crashing on the shore. It was an awesome place to hang out for the day.

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Sorry Jon, took the pic right after you left. Playa Blanca, Lago Caburgua in Caburgua, Chile.

 

{Traveler’s Tip.. go to White Sands Beach (Playa Blanca) in Caburgua. You can take the local bus for 800 CHP to Black Sands Beach and then walk along the water to White Sands Beach. This lake is not as crowded as Lago Villaricca in Pucon, and has gorgeous views all around it!}

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A little zoomed in on Volcan Villarrica.

 

We spent the night relaxing at our campsite. Homer, the main construction worker that was helping us with getting firewood, invited us to hang out with him for a couple of drinks at the construction site. We sat and drank with him for a bit, but we had a new camping neighbor move in next to us, whom we planned on enjoying dinner with so we told him we had to get going. We returned to the campsite and Pierre and Heather made dinner while Jason and Alex went back to get more firewood from Homer, and ended up staying at the construction site with him and the other workers for over an hour. By the time they came back, Pierre and Heather had dinner ready and had already busted into the wine.

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Pierre, Homer, Jason, and Heather all enjoying a well cooked meal!

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Thanks Homer for a fun evening!

 

Alex went home before we had dinner, and Homer ended up taking his place at the table. After dinner was finished, Homer had invited his other friends over to hang out so Pierre, Jason, and Heather all hung out with three local construction workers until 1:00 in the morning. It was a great night filled with lots of laughs and us agreeing with everything that they were saying since we couldn’t understand their Spanish at all.

The peninsula jetting out into Lago Villarrica.

The peninsula jetting out into Lago Villarrica.

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Pano of the harbor.

 

The next day, we rolled out of bed in the afternoon and made our way to the ice cream shop downtown where we got amazing blackberry cheesecake ice cream. It was so good that we ended up taking Alex back to the ice cream shop for his birthday later that afternoon. We had bought Alex his birthday ice cream and were in line to get the ice cream when Heather thought to ask if we could get a birthday special for Alex. Without hesitation they sent us back to the cashier and the guy wrote up a free birthday ice cream ticket for Alex. He got not one, not two, but three huge scoops of ice cream, covered with chocolate and a cone on top! We were all so surprised since Heather had just somewhat jokingly asked and they actually gave him one!

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Alex with his amazing deal of ice cream for his birthday and Jason!

 

For Jon and Alex’s birthdays, Jon wanted to go to his “Chilean family’s” house for a nice dinner. He had arranged the dinner to be on Friday night, so after getting ice cream we made our way out to Curarrehue. Jon explained that the place we were going was the house of the Chief of the Mapuche Tribe and that we were going to be having dinner with him and his family. Needless to say, we were really excited to see how true locals lived their everyday lives. Dinner was absolutely amazing. All the people there were really nice and welcoming, and we loved it so much that we actually asked if we could stay with them for a week or two volunteering on their farm. They accepted our offer with open arms, so we spent the next ten days on the farm with them. Check out Life on a Farm to see the ins and outs of our ten days there!!

After returning back to Pucon, we stayed one more night at the same campground and this was where we camped.

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The second campsite we stayed in in Pucon. This night, Heather and Jason slept in their two person ENO Hammock and it was amazing!

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