Trip Start Apr 09, 2013
44Trip End Sep 30, 2013
Pucon was a breath of fresh air. We left Santiago at 11pm luckily we made the bus as while on the metro to the bus station the metro stopped and powered off 5 stops before we were meant to get off. Something in Spanish came over the load speaker and there was 'ooww's throughout the cabin, I looked at Tom thinking how long would it take to run from here..he yells out "does anybody speak English" one guy tried to explain to no avail. We made it to the bus station in the end as we got going again shortly after. our first overnight bus Tom slept pretty well but I was wired awake thinking about the bus driver falling asleep!
Pucon was really beautiful had a mountain very similar to that of Mt Taranaki and lakes similar to Central Otago
Fair to say rest was on the cards for the next few days..we extended our stay in Pucon and headed up the mountain. Volcan Villarrica it's an active volcano last exploding in the 1970s so smoke is constantly puffing out the top. Its 2847m so we had to take food and water etc to last the day. First attempt was cancelled due to high winds at the peak so we had another day of relaxing (pretty happy about it too) and the following day we were all good to climb it.
12 people in our group started together and only 4 or us made it to the top with the others turning back at different stages on the way up.
Top heavy Tom had to watch his footing a few times but it was unreal to reach the top around 5 hours up and 2 hours down. There was little snow so the volcanic rocks made it difficult to hike. Once we hit the snow line we needed crampons and an ice axe to help with our ascent and as we later found out we needed them to help with our descent too! ( see toms video of us sliding down, some great scenery).
We still battle with the language barrier but Tom has downloaded an app on his iPod to help with understanding menus etc... Otherwise we would be just guessing all our meals..
Pucon turned out to be really relaxing with some great weather and good activities.
Until next time