Trip Start Nov 12, 2008
Trip End Apr 30, 2009

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

After another joyous 10 hour bus journey, I arrived in the picturesque town of Pucon. Another town seemingly plagued by the street dog phenomenon. I think the local councils in each town are trying their best to tackle the problem, but like the Israelis in my hostel, they seem to be multiplying. Iīm a little scared to wear my keffiyeh scarf in here in case one of the 18 year old Israeli girls, fresh from service, has a knee jerk reaction and bulldozes my hostel room.
I digress...
Pucon is a holiday resort for Chileans, the main draws being the grainy black sand beach, national parks, hot springs, and the smoking volcano Villarrica. They even have a volcano alert system in the centre of town indicating how likely an eruption is based on a green, amber, red scale.
I went to the Heurquehue national park to do a trek and take in some scenery along the way. I got on a bus early in the morning along with half of Tel Aviv, and 40 minutes later we arrived at the park entrance ready for the 9km Los Lagos trek. I decided to go it alone as I didnīt fancy being assassinated in a Chilean forest, so I flipped on the iPod and began the ascent. Accompanying me were an eclectic bunch ranging from Jay Zīs The Blueprint 2, to Luke Vibertīs Loverīs Acid, to Joe īBeanīEspositoīs īYouīre the Bestītaken from the Karate Kid Soundtrack - but only when the trek got tough. I saw the now obligatory waterfalls, mountain views, and lakes but being on your own really made you feel peaceful and at ease - interrupted occasionally by the poetic "bitch nigga ho" in the headphones.
After 6 hours of trekking I was famished and found a quaint little house selling kuchen (evidence of the German heritage). Unfortunately they had run out of cake so I settled for a large dirty steak and cheese sandwich, which hit the spot nicely.
The next day I also visited a little cemetery up in the hills, which had it own version of Rioīs Christ the Redeemer, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Next stop, the capital....
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