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Muchas personas y no bus. The buses were gridlocked outside and couldn’t get in.
Comfy, just 12 seats on the ground floor of this bus
Waking up to sunrise on the night bus from Santiago
Very spoilt with a view like this from our hostel garden for 8 days.
Ironman and triathalons are very popuar down in Pucon. Most Sunday’s a sporting event is held.
Volcano Villarica from the lake
Villarica dominates over the town so everywhere you walk there is the volcano in the distance.
This sign pointed to the lake…not sure what happens when you reach the water!
Pucon’s version of Bondi Beach!
Pucon’s Life saver.
Our lessons at Language Pucon.
She’s blowin’ smoke today.
Villarica Volcano by night
Ben assuming his usual afternoon position when doing his homework.
Pisco sours all round. Highly recommend no more than 3!!
Night out in Pucon with Liane and Britta our fellow students also learning Spanish. Thanks for the hangover guys!
The original Donde German Hostal
Retreating from the heat of the afternoons to cool off at the lake.
Typical umbrella man
The incredibly busy lakefront at Pucon
Beach volleyball on the lake
A well earned break from the hordes
Very crowded Pucon beach
The garden where we whiled away many an afternoon studying.
The resident dog at Donde German
Ok…I think we understand!
Ojos de Carbugua cascades. Was so much cooler down here then the 38 deg up the top.
I think Ben would have spent all day here.
Lagos Carbugua – a small town 30 mins from Pucon. This was one of our afternoon trips
Usually lake summer scene.
Typical local buses to visit neighbouring towns.
Typical dinner at Pucon. Our hostel had a gorgeous kitchen and most of the guests were Spanish so often the local currency is wine to chat about.
MamaCelias, where we had many a lunchtime empanada.
The Los Pozones termas (hot spring)
The Los Pozones termas (hot spring)
Getting up close and personal with the locals at Los Pozones termas
Our home of learning for 2 weeks
Pucon’s bus station.
Took this picture as it reminded me of somewhere in oz.
Briefing before our climb up on Volcano Villarica
Gearing up at the base.
The climb begins…this is about 8am.
Ticking our names off the list.
Gearing up at the top of the chair lift.
Part way up the Volcano, some old infrastructure abandoned after an eruption
paso a paso
Views across the Andes…so many volcanoes.
Climbing over volcanic rock is not easy.
The ascend starts on ice…and still 2 hours to go.
Not a bad view!
Every time you turn around, a great view
At the edge of the snowline
Resting at the ice line.
Vamos lady, vamos!
The zig zag angle of the ascent makes for a long walk
Follow the leader
Views across to Argentina from the summit.
Other groups distinguished by their colours
On top of the world!
The rim of the volcano.
Ben trying to take a photo down below. Yes he made me nervous doing this 🙂
The crater of the volcano. It smelt like Ben’s farts.
OK lovely view. Now back down we go.
Back below the snow line, hot and dusty
Took this on the afternoon of the climb when we returned. To the far left you can see the tracks in the ice – this is how we got down by toboganing in snow channels.
The view from our room in the NEW Donde German hostel
Our last day in Pucon and we celebrated with a grande breakfast.
Typical streets in Pucon…blue hydrangeas are prolific here.
Cafe street scene in Pucon.
This was our hostel for the 2nd week.
Pucon as viewed from the hill
A speciality in Pucon are these paper flowers sold in florists on the street.
More paper flowers!
Our staple diet here.
O’higgins Road in Pucon.
Many activity agencies in Pucon.
Volcano Alert. Always happy to see the green light.
Cute dog on the streets of Pucon (one of many)
Boat captain for our cruise on the lake
Took a sunset cruise out on the lake for our last night.
On the lake
Sunset on the lake
Perfect ending to our stay in Pucon.
Sunset casting colours in the surrounding mountains.
Beautiful old wooden boat.
A typical “corner store”
Night street scene
A mime on the street in Pucon.
A payrilla – Chillean bbq.
Michelle is in heaven with all the choices of chocolates in Chilean cafes
Dancing the Cueca on the streets
Pucon is pretty busy at Dinner time.
Vibrant colours at the craft market.
Goodbye shower…this will be the last decent shower we see for a while.