Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Downtown Pucon, but where is all the snow ?

The customary statue of Bernardo O'Higgins that every town has

Pucon sits on the shore of Lago Villarrica

There's the snow, on the volcano, the base of which is 1000...

Pucon like most South American towns has a lot of wild dogs

A lot of dogs, but we only found one place in Bolivia...

Looks calm enough for us all to go skiing, but we can't

So we went for a walk along the black volcanic sandy beach...

Tried pursueding one of the locals to take us fishing

And ended up on steam engine


Well that's the way that an American at Portillo told us that Pucon had just had 4 days of solid snow. That was one of the reasons for heading there, as well as horseriding, adventure sporting pursuits, thermal springs at night and good restaurants. We had got a van to Santiago in time to catch the night bus to Pucon. This was by far the best bus we had been on in South America with seats only 3 across and not four. Quite like being in Business Class on a plane really.

We stayed at the same place that we had back in May and it was nice to be back in familiar territory, eating familiar empanadas and talking to other fellow travellers. We did horseriding the first afternoon and then because the wind was too strong on the volcano to ski we did quad biking the next afternoon. The day after we waited all day for the ski lifts to open but they didn't despite the wind being quite calm. We decided that in good South American tradition that they fancied a day in bed.

Luckily on our last day in Pucon the wind was calm and they got out of bed to operate the ski lifts. Excellent. Every town in Chile has a main street & statue named after Bernardo O'Higgins - an Irish immigrant who led the Chilean independence forces against the Spanish - which facinated Robert.



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