The Angry Chilean Volcano

Trip Start Aug 31, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, October 31, 2003

Three weeks of backpacking in South America brought us to Santiago, the capital of Chile for a rendezvous with Lucy's Mum (Marg), step-father (Mike - a farm consultant) and Charles 'bro' Baker (cousin) for a two week of 'we weren't sure what', which has turned out to be one of our most luxurious holidays to date!

Our first night before meeting the additional three was spent with a very warm welcoming Rios family in Santiago before our two hour flight south to the very grey and rainy town of Osorno. A short but very bumpy drive took us to our next resting place of Entre Lagos, and a dairy farm/weekend home of a successful Chilean car dealer. It was hard, we have to admit, to get used to the heated pool, spa, huge four course meals, barbeques and the maid that this weekend homes' hospitality had to offer, but we managed (oh the life of a backpacker!!).

A cheeky drive back into Argentina to the ski resort of Barriloche for two days of walking and climbing for some stunning views of the Andes brought to an end the first Chilean week of luxury and farm life education.

Back in Chile we headed north one hour by car for another farm where a Kiwi family welcomed us with more wine and piscosours than you can shake a measuring stick at, giving us a base for a few more days of more farm education, walking, rugby watching (come on the English!), quad-bike riding and entertaining children. To see the pictures and transformation of their once scrub-covered wasteland into a now very profitable and picturesque dairy farm is quite amazing!

From there, north again two hours brought us to the Chilean holiday/ski resort of Pucon which sits at the base of an active Volcano! So almost three thousand metres and four hours later on our first full day of Pucon we peered into the mouth of the volcano as it spat its lava out for the small group of adventurers to see - this has to be one of the best traveling experiences I have ever had! Absolutely breathtaking, if not a little scary with lava maybe twenty metres away only being held back by the wind!! The next day was for relaxing in the natural volcano hot springs (and cold river showers after) bringing three nights in Pucon to an end.

We are now back south, in Valdivia with our Kiwi friends, with the next stop Santiago for a few days and then our penultimate flight to Buenos Aires for late night movies and last minute shopping before our backpacking ends, and the next true adventure begins...
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