Getting used to Chile

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Feb 28, 2012

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La Tetera Hostal

Flag of Chile  , Lake District,
Friday, January 13, 2012

Pucon is 780 km south of Santiago-about 10 hours by bus. If you go on a deluxe travel bus, seats fold down to a full bed with a pillow and blankets so you can travel all night. That way you don't waste time traveling and can begin your day at your next destination without missing a beat! Apparently that leg is not so pretty - it is industrial most of the way so I guess we had a winning combination.

We arrived in the middle of what we thought was a bicycle race but it turned out to be the IronKids, Chile event. Sunday will be the IronMan event. The city really geared up and there were some special events, markets, exhibits, etc set up. We set aside Sunday to take that event in - more on that later.

Even though Pucon is pretty touristy - it is situated on a lake with a beautiful volcano (active) mountain next to it. It features skiing in winter and in summer many outdoor adventures. We have begun a little birding, and hope to get down to the delta area on the lake to do more.

It is unusually hot (+35) here. They are not equipped for heat (no fans) so it is uncomfortable until early morning. One afternoon we went down to the beach that was packed with people. They had some great music at the pub on the beach so we found some shade and enjoyed the local beer.

Pucon is totally different from Santiago.Pucón is a major centre of adventure tourism in Chile. During the summer, tourist attractions include hiking, rafting, horse back riding, birdwatching, fishing. Due to its privileged natural surroundings, near a volcano and several lakes, nature reserves and thermal baths, Pucón is a destination which can rely on tourism all year round. In winter and spring, it is possible to go skiing or snowboarding on the trails of the Villarrica volcano. See our next blog about our "extreme (to us) adventures"!

Some of you were asking if Chileans stay up late and if the wine is as good as they say. Yes to both. The town comes to life around 9 pm. There are a number of babies under 2 at our Hostal and even they go out to join in the fun. The wine is definitely good and inexpensive and so is the beer. We have really enjoyed the people. They are very friendly in a quiet way. Most cannot do enough to please.

Except for a few hotels, most accommodations are hostels in Pucon. Our hostel has 6 rooms and is quite quiet. Breakfast is included: French pressed coffee, home made bread, and a huge dish of yogurt with muesli, and fruit. Because of the Ironman event, we were unable to get a private bathroom but that is no problem. We are very comfortable.
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nancy on

look's like your're having fun! we are too! we are in pismo beach. not as hot but 55is better than snow

Linda and Fred on

Sounds fantastic. You picked the right time to be gone. It is -28 this morning. Having major problems with my mom. Hoping to get her relocated soon. Love the pictures. We're enjoying your travels vicariously.

Carly on

This could a cottage lake in Ontario like Wasaga Beach. Sure beats our -41 here.

Tom Cain on

Hey Cathy and Larry-now you are talking ...with more planning and winning the lottery -we all should be there watch Ryan in the Ironman. Oh he isn't there -we just wish we all were especially if Chilean wine is still as good as we know and INEXPENSIVE!. How much is a a bottle of Santa Carolina (one I have to get for Carrie because of the name)?
We join the jealous list.
Love Tom and Carrie

Val , Larry and John on

Nice to hear from you two !! Sounds great .You two sure can get a lot of traveling done in a short time. Why not swing around to Hawaii on your way back....

The three of us are watching whales from our lani this morning drinking coffee having a good time. Bev will join us on Thursday heaven help us. You guys keep in touch love you Val

Tracie on

Thanks for sending your blog, I glanced at 17 pages of pics and your pics which are fabulous and definitely on my bucket list now. Your powerful warm greetings have greatly warmed up the north shore on Lake Wabamun. Enjoy the Wine,and hugs to you both.
Love, Tracie

Kent on

Ok, larry with the beer just made me hate winter... Have a great time.. Love the blog.

Marianne Haak on

Looks like you are having a fabulous time. At least you are missing the deep freeze temperatures back home.

bal1234 on

What a wonderful adventure. I'm so happy for you. Have a glass of wine for me. Love Chilean wine!

Joyce on

How wonderful for the two of you to be able to go to such a wonderful place. How do you find these places to travel to??? Wish I was with you, but I know how chicken I would be.

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