Hotel El Ciervo
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... was in a nice rural setting a bit like a South Island mountain valley with Beech trees. At about 1000m high we woke to a frost in the morning. We should have lit the fire the night before - instead of braving the cool temperature!
Then we had to leave Chile and brave the huge flat Pampas of Argentina.
But there were two highlights to see us off: a 4.5 km single lane tunnel and then at the border spectacular stands of Monkey Puzzle trees.
... and wanting to continue as soon as possible. But that's just the well-known disadvantage if you do a guided tour. However, I was pretty annoyed after a while due to being in a rush all the time. Just before we reached the summit it got even steeper and the wind was so hard that you really had some trouble with not loosing your balance. When you're used to go hiking you can make it, but you should be prepared that it will not be easy. Finally we reached ...
... are often known as the Monkey Puzzle trees and were around in the times of the dinosaurs. Through the trees we had glimpses of snow capped mountains. Once above the tree line the views were stunning, volcanoes in every direction. We had our last gourmet picnic beside a pristine creek before continuing on to a glacier which flows down of the Villarrica Volcano where we were yesterday. The ...
... in the sun to eat our packed lunch (that we made for the bike ride). After another quick soak, we changed back into our clothes for a drink on the bar's terrace.
Our pick up arrived at 4.30pm as agreed and drove us back to Pucón in time to pick up the rental car. It wasn't the car we had booked, we were given one with a smaller engine that might struggle on the hills, but it is a bit cheaper.
Before heading off ...
... if you were wondering what it is. We spent all night playing with the Chilean equivalent called emboque, which translates to "tight passage" which is exactly what it is.
we developed a sequence of tricks, one which had to be completed before you earn the "privilege" to attempt the next set of tricks. needless to say it was a heap of fun, and is now going to be a Chili Kiwi hostel tradition, so if you head there, don't miss out!