Malalcahuello Nature Park . February 23

Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2008

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Flag of Chile  , Maule,
Saturday, February 23, 2008

We left early again to the south. We spent the Bio-Bio river, natural border  that stopped at the Spanish conquerors. Here the names are very rare, translation of words of the Mapuche Indians. In the service stations  there are Indians selling their crafts, but they are few communicative and have not been integrated into white society, are an ethnic group forgotten by the government because they represent barely 5% of the national population.
In Curacaulin we pause to eat the typical pot, similar to our Madrid stew, but with some ingredients such as corn. There we took some photos of the Lonquimay volcano that it was a few months  in eruption, saw smoke coming out of the crater, but the locals tell us that when it's nighttime  is spectacular seeing the glow . Wanting to see we  return to retrace the 22 km at night but a cloud not let us see it.
We settled into a cabin of the springs Malalcahuello of 5 stars. It is a beautiful two-storey cottage. We tested the thermal baths with water at a temperature of 37 to 40 degrees. The restaurant has superb food and the views are postcard.
The next day we went to theMalalcahuello Nature Park and make the ascent to the  Lonquimay volcano. The park is full of ancient trees like sequoias called Araucarias. At the volcano you can climb by jeep, but due to the slag, if you stop or road salts have the danger of getting stuck, we climbed down praying that none in the opposite direction, but even skated the car reached the top.
After viewing the lunar landscape, covered with lava and without a trace of vegetation, we returned to the hot springs where we had a relaxing massage and later, started back to Los Angeles, where our hosts prepared us for dinner, a magnificent barbecue of roast beef.
The next day we got up early and using my agricultural knowledge acquired in Alicante, I began to prune and treat with insecticidal an orange and lemon trees that were in the garden.
The next day we took the Panamerican highway that crosses the country from north to south as the spine of the fertile valley between the coastal mountains and the Andes. It is a  unusual highway because although it is  payment is not enclosed,, which theoretically allows the use of it and go where you please, also pose a danger if a cow or large animal enters it. Half the way we stopped at a restaurant "Los Ganaderos" with the logo the famous Osborne bull.  Will they pay royalties to the Spanish?
Overnight in Santiago and 6 am, Sebastian took us to the Airport to take the plane to Easter Island.

You'll find more pictures of Malalcahuello Nature Park at this link. Use the Google translator top of the page:
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