We are sad to say that our first trip has come to an end, and we are back in sunny South Africa, where we will be hanging out for a bit until we figure out our next move. We still have some great photos and stories to share however, including one of our favourite, most beautiful areas we visited in South America, Pucón. Pucón is in the lake district of Chile and is considered the very beginning of Patagonia. As we did not have the finances to keep going south into Patagonia, we decided we would have to settle for Pucón. That being said, it was not really settling as we absolutely loved our five days there.
Pucón was a great place for us to relax a little after all our fast paced traveling from one stop to the next. We stayed at the best backpackers of our whole trip, Chili Kiwi Hostel, where we met some interesting and generous travelers. The hostel is located in the perfect place, right next to a lake with an awesome view of the volcano Villarrica. Although there are some really exiting and adventurous activities to do in Pucón, such as climb the volcano, go white water rafting, kloofing, and a bunch more, we were feeling pretty pooped and so did a lot of chilling and walking. It really is such a pretty little town, although it’s packed with tourists. We met a fine American couple and a lovely Swedish girl who invited us to go hiking with them to Huerquehue National Park, where we saw some spectacular waterfalls, interesting vegetation and three massive lakes. We also went for a night out with our new American friends, along with a fun French couple, to some natural hot springs in the area. It was really fun to connect with some fellow travelers. Honestly, backpackers can be the best place to meet people, interesting people. Although we originally planned to climb Villarrica, we were pretty low on money by this point, which was a little upsetting for me. Something else I had to learn to accept very quickly while traveling; you just cannot afford to do everything. Villarrica is an active volcano and it was amazing to see some smoke coming out the top of her every day. One night we even saw an orange glow of smoke.
We found an amazing vegetarian place to grab some dinner one night. We also went walking along the black sand beach, swam in the crystal blue, ice cold lake, and went for a long canoe ride to the peninsula. Pucón is definitely one of those super special places I would love to visit again one day, but now more than ever we want to make Patagonia a future travel destination. Writing this all out, I am feeling a serious desire to plan our next travel spot. I honestly feel I have grown and experienced so much in the past seven months. My head is full of fresh memories and my heart full of experiences. We may have to settle for a while, but traveling will always be apart of me.
Huerquehue National Park
Canoeing on the lake.
Villarrica the volcano in the distance.
All photos and words by Cara