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 ...
... to stop 400m from the top, Ellie on the other hand prioritses fun over pain/danger, so opted to rest and turn back with 4 others. The final 400m were hell, the ice turned to soft, deep snow, loosing your ice pick completely as it sunk into the snow, constantly pushing upwards but going no-where fast, with the gradient getting steeper. About 40 minutes later we hit the top (c.2600m) and sat for a while, taking in the incredible views of Pucon below, the 3 surrounding ...
... in the bohemian area of Bella Vista - one of the specialities is red wine and strawberries, a delicious twist on sangria.
Next stop, Valparaiso! Short on time, we decided to only spend a night in Valpa. We arrived late morning in the middle of a student rally. After navigating our way past the demonstrators we arrived at our hostel and headed out to explore. After having a picnic by the harbour and browsing the local artisans market we decided to ...
... we felt like we were part of the Jamaican Bobsled team. We quickly learned how to use our ice axe as a brake but Ben had a little trouble stopping at the end...it was very fun!
Happy but exhausted we boarded an overnight bus that evening (our last overnight bus for the trip!) and fell immediately to sleep. We were leaving the lakes district behind and heading for the Chilean port city of Valparaiso.
... of the volcano. Unfortunately, the chairlifts weren’t working so we had an additional hour’s walk up a scree slope, the hardest part of the climb. This trek was a tough one. We climbed straight uphill for five hours straight. It became difficult to lift my legs and my chest started pounding. The guides were our smiling guardian angels who checked on us regularly and offered motivational words. After the first hour, we reached the snow-line. At this ...
- Adjoining Rooms
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
- Pets allowed