Hot & Steamy in Pucon...

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
Trip End Nov 23, 2007

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Today we woke up to the persistent wind (no, Not Jonīs!) and rain that had hammered the roof of our room all night. Great! Our initial plan was to climb the Volcano, a mighty trek lasting 5 hours up to the top...and about half an hour back down!! However, due to the rain, tour guides will not take you in bad weather as itīs dangerous, especially on the way down! Lizz was especially gutted, naturally being the fittest of us both - she has been training for this event! By the way, this volcano is ACTIVE, and often there can be smoke seen billowing from the top. Again, due to intense cloud cover we can only see the base and not the volcano! Which is a shame! In the town centre there is a volcano plan, which has a gree, amber, red system - complete with a evacuation list of where to go!! Yikes!

After breakfast, we didnīt really know what to do, but knew there are many natural hot springs about the region. We asked Jenny at reception if / where there are springs under cover to shelter from the wind and rain! She listed three, so we decided to head to one that Jon had already heard of - Termas Huife (pronounced īooh-ef-ay)ī, which was in a hotel complex.

On the way, we decided, as it was still raining, weīd go and see the lake. It would have been stunning if it were not for the rain and cloud cover... We then decided to look for the waterfalls that were nearby. We drove along some dodgy roads (Jon handled them manfully!) that had ī4x4ī writen on the map!!! We got a bit lost and asked for directions. However the road we needed to take got a bit too serious when the first half of our car plunged in to a raging river that crossed the road in front of us! Ok, so not exactly a raging river - more of a deep puddle, but I like to tell a good story! We reversed back up the tiny lane, and tried turning the car around, tyres struggling to get a good grip! so no waterfalls. Never mind, weīll always have Iguazu!!!

After lunch, we finally arrived at the springs at about 4pm. Lizz had dozed off in the car - as usual! - and we walked down to the outdoor springs. She was really not impressed - "I thought these were under cover! Iīm going to sit in the car. Stupid springs!" We wandered around trying to find more info - no-one spoke English! We paid about 10GBP each to use the pools. Lizz meanwhile still not thrilled. The receptionist took us to the springs we going to be using - a lovely big undercover pool! Lizz was relieved!

They gave us lovely little grey hats, very flattering indeed, and we got changed and headed for the springs. It was cold outside, so we couldnīt wait to get in the pool... and it was amazing - really hot, like bathwater. There was plently of steam too - like a wet sauna! There were bed-type things with bubbles, and plenty of ledges to sit on. It was so nice we stayed in there about 2 hours, occasionally popping out for some cooler air!!! Itīs done wonders for our skin!

Thatīs about it for today... had a lovely meal out and went to bed exhausted, ready for another day! x
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