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Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
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Flag of Chile  , Lake District,
Thursday, January 14, 2010

We left Barlioche after an eventful couple of days hoping to come into a more relaxed and smoother few days in Chile. However before we even arrived in Chile there was yet to be more drama. We were each given the usual forms to fill in when arriving into a new country, however when entering into Chile we were also given a separate form which was for declaring any items which were on the list. Pa reckoned we should declare the food which we had from the night before which consisted of onions, bananas, and sandwiches as the form stated that EVERYTHING must be declared. Of course Brian and Steve thought this was hilarious and proceeded to mock Pa for being such a Norris.....therefore Pa bowed to pier pressure and did not declare the items. Needless to say when we were all outside the bus at customs our bag was taken off the bus and held aloft in front of everyone and a guard asked who this belonged to. The three of us approached sheepishly while the rest of the bus (nearly all Israelis) had a good laugh at us. Of course at the start we were smirking at the fact that the guard was telling us that we could get a fine or go to jail for bringing these items across the border. She was not impressed by our attitude so another guard was called over to explain how serious this matter actually was. Of course Pa had an absolute field day on the two boys as they had mocked him for wanting to declare the goods which would have saved a lot of embarrassment.

When we eventually arrived into Pucon we immediately booked our tour in order to climb the Villarica volcano for the next day. We arrived to the volcano early in the morning and along with about 20 other people out of about 150 opted not to take the chair lift....partly because it cost extra and partly due to the fact that we are avid trekkers!!! As it turned out this was the most difficult part of the climb. In all it took us about 4 hours to reach the summit and like when we went to "The Island of Sun" in Bolivia, we failed to bring suncream so got yet another scalding. The trek itself was not that difficult and the views at the summit were pretty amazing. Also at the summit we got a good view of the crater with smoke billowing out, also below this you could hear the lava bubbling away with loud explosions every now and then.

The best part of the volcano though we all agreed was coming down. We were each given what we can only describe as protective nappies to wrap around our waists. Then it was a case of sit on our asses and slide down the volcano. The speed at which we traveled down is shown by the fact that it took us 4 hours to climb the volcano and 30 minutes to come down. Of course on the second slide Steve lost his axe/brake......boy-racer Steve would never need a brake....needless to say he went arse over tit on his first slide. All in all it was well worth the hike and all we could think if they only seen us at home sliding down the side of a mountain on our asses!!!

The following day we walked every inch of Pucon.....

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