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. I´m 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 didn´t 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 Z´s The Blueprint 2, to Luke Vibert´s Lover´s Acid, to Joe ´Bean´Esposito´s ´You´re the Best´taken 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 Rio´s Christ the Redeemer, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Next stop, the capital....
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