Getting used to Chile
Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
18Trip End Feb 28, 2012
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La Tetera Hostal
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.