Sunday, January 19, 2014


We visited Lago Villarica for the third time since our arrival in Chile, this time staying along the shore between Villarica and Pucón. We holed up in a picturesque little cabin for a couple of nights.

Our cabin, halfway between Villarica and Pucón

Pucón is a bustling little town which is very popular among Chile's more affluent citizens (e.g. my students!). It's a great town with lots of activities to keep its visitors entertained, including water sports and adrenaline-charged excursions. We settled for a simple stroll around town and a quiet lunch.

Colourful boats on Lago Villarica

Charming streets in Pucón
The town's natural surroundings include the black shores of the lake and Volcán Villarica. We didn't hit the beach during our stay, but we did go the entrance of Parque Nacional Villarica where we did a small interpretative trail loop. We saw the beautiful flowers of the wild Hummingbird fuschia (Fuschia magellanica), leaf-lined forest paths, the passage of the lava flow from the last eruption and a cute little fox. Unfortunately the volcano stayed hidden behind the clouds while we were there.

The Hummingbird fuschia

Volcán Villarica (aka the Denali of Chile - always behind clouds!)

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