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Travel Blogs from Villarrica
... to this really good parrillada (grill restaurant) where Mirja had her best steak so far (mine was still Salta). We chatted about how Villarrica was quite dissappointing and what we could have done differently had we known better. But then again, within a ten week trip, you will very likely come across at least one place you are not straight away falling in love with. So what are we really complaining about here? Then it was off to bed as we had yet another early bus to catch in the ...
The trip has officially been worth it. The awkward moments with my host family, the relative level of starvation, the borderline racist comments towards my north American origins are all suddenly worth it. Santiago is cool, for like a day, but Chile has the widest variety of natural beauty that I'd much rather acquaint myself with.
It all started when my host sister told me to google Pucon. So take a moment and ...
... continued, and gave us beautiful views as we crossed the Andes and into Chile. As we approached Pucón we saw from a distance the main attraction that had lured us there, the mighty Villaricca Volcano, which stood slightly under cloud cover, but looking spectacular in the evening twilight.
Upon arrival into Pucón we couldn’t have been luckier. We were only planning on staying two nights so needed to do a tour tomorrow, but we had heard from some friends that you had ...
... had our own guide when everyone else had to join the bulk of 'hikers'. Of course the path led steeply up the slopes of the volcano; first over lava rocks and gravel and then further up across the glacier. For this part we had to put on crampons and use the icepick for security. However, walking was easier than expected and we were able to set a good pace. Half way up we had already overtaken the rest of our team and also arrived on the top at 2847 m well before them. Again, we had ...
... to the whole ensemble. Then we slid down all that snow we´d so laboriously climbed, using the ice axe as a kind of brake, on our bottoms or on the frying pan depending on how steep it was. It was awesome fun. We treated ourselves to dinner at a gringo restaurant in town where we had real burgers (mine with BBQ SAUCE YES) and a couple of cocktails and bed. Next day we got up to move on to the big city, ...