We're Going to Pucon, All Night Long
Trip Start Jan 05, 2011
4Trip End Feb 22, 2011
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We head for Pucon but the bus has a brief layover in Valdivia. During this very brief layover, I decide that I reeeally need Chilean pesos, so I search for an ATM with some guys that are on the same layover. I can’t get any money out of the ATM…The Israeli guys that I am with have no problem. We wander around the station asking questions, taking our sweet time. I think to myself "these guys are on my bus, they would never miss a bus…I mean I would, but I’m with them"
We ended up getting on that bus…The first thing Rachel said to me after we sat down was “Amazing Race”. She knows it’s my dream to be on the Amazing Race and every time I pull one of these stunts (like booking bus tickets for the wrong day), that’s all she has to say to put me in my place. The steward did a great job of giving me a stare down every time he passed my seat. I just smiled at him and said “lo siento” again…and again…and again. Beers on me tonight.
We arrived in Pucon late at night having no clue where we were or where we needed to be
We decide to do hydro speeding and climb the volcano. Hydro speeding is basically white water rafting with a boogie board. I was nervous for rafting in Bariloche after some serious nightmares, but hydro speeding? Nooooo. I had my nerves in all the wrong places. We start out on the river and I’m having a great time. The water is a meter higher than usual because of all the rainfall, making the rapids more wild than usual. I was on top of the world. It was such a rush; going through rapids with nothing but a little foam board. You could not have wiped that smile off my face with steel wool. We went through some serious rapids, after which the guide said, “it gets more serious ahead, if you want to get out you can go in the raft.” ¼ of the group did just that.
We start in this series of rapids and I was woo-hooing like never before….that is until….I went over a boulder; a boulder we were meant to avoid
What can be said about Villarica Volcano? I will let the photos do the talking. Amazing. We were not disappointed and immediately understood why we haaad to do it. It was challenging but worth every second. The beauty…It can’t be put into words. The icing on the cake: sliding down the glacier on a plastic disc. We met some real characters and gained a whole new appreciation for the guides who have to put up some serious mental cases.
Now, please enjoy our new release entitled “Going to Pucon”.
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