No volcano climb unfortunately

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
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Trip End May 14, 2009


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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A bit disappointed today as we were unable to climb the volcano (Villarrica Volcano) due to dangerous conditions near the summit. Must say that with a great hole full of lava, aren't all days full of dangerous conditions!! Anyway, the weather had played a part and made it impossible. Good thing was, we were booked with a reputable company so it didn't cost us anything. Some companies still take you to the foot of the volcano, they tell you that you can't go up, but still charge you a percentage for 'transport costs'!!

As we had got up at 7am for the climb, the unanimous decision was to return to bed for a couple of hours. Upon resurfacing, me and Lorna took a walk through the town of Pucon. This is a really nice place and very much like a ski resort. If we had more time we would definitely stay here a few more nights to see if the volcano conditions improved. Alas, time is now running short on our World adventure. We are still going to make though most of our last three months though.....and we still haven't got divorced!! Wonder what the odds were on that.
Funny, since we've been away people have been getting married, having babies, the economy has collapsed and Forest won a game!! Britain's gone mad! You can see the connection though....people get depressed because of the financial crisis so they go out and get drunk, then come home and have themselves some sweet loving (down - by - the - fiyyyyyah!), next thing you know - rugrat-a-mania and therefore more debt! So they go back out for more beer and.....so on.....!

Anyway, back to Pucon. The weather conditions actually improved in the afternoon so we got some good views around the town and of the volcano.
Then our driver, Juan Andreas, said that he knew of a waterfall nearby and asked if we all wanted to go......of course we did.
Now this place was clearly off limits and probably as dodgy as hell. How do I know? First we had to get the minibus through a barricaded dirt track, then we had to climb through barbed wire fences and finally descend through some rainforest which had no paths! I was wondering whether Chile was going to be our final resting place!
However, Juan Andreas came good and guided us to an extremely high waterfall where we were completely alone. It was immense. Myself & Niall decided a swim was in order. We swam across the small lake area and managed to get behind the falls - it was brilliant. The water was freezing again, but of course we weren't allowed to show this!

Next, Juan Andreas took us to another waterfall area that had a big cliff on it. This was a good 50-70 feet tall and Niall jumped off it into the pool below! Mental! Obviously, I was going to do it as well but Lorna didn't want me too - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!! I just about filled my pants watching Niall jump!

Finally on our tour of watery places, we ended up at Los Pozones Hot Springs. It was now dark and was really good fun soaking in the hot pools. We would then jump in the freezing cold river and then back to the hot pools - excellent. We also sipped a few Pisco Sours whilst soaking - just to be sociable.

We headed back to the hostel and all had a drink together just chatting about our day. At 2am, Vanessa (the bus guide) said it was time to go out!.....a blank look from us all followed. She said in Chile they never go out until late. Well, we wouldn't want to upset the natives, so a group of us headed to a bar called Mama's & Tapas I think. We had a really good night/early morning in here.

There was one moment of controversy however. There were some bottles of whiskey on the bar and I thought they were available to everyone so just picked one up and brought it to our table for consumption. About 2 minutes later, a bouncer came along to chuck me out! O-oh. In our broken Spanish, we explained that I was from Scotland and a whiskey connoisseur, and all I was doing was showing my friends the standard of Chilean whiskey.......unbelievably, it worked....but there's more! Not only did they apologise to ME, but the bar manager came over with a huge tumbler full of whiskey for me - free of charge!!
Vickers strikes again!!

It all went blurry after that.....as you can imagine.

After about 4am we headed back to the hostel and onto the back garden to continue our night if fun and relaxation. Somehow this involved a pushbike, a garden rake, a wheelbarrow and other random objects!! I think poor old Catherine took the brunt of the abuse as you can see from the photos!!
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