Volcán Villarrica (2847 meters)
We left the ranch, and headed south to the market in Temuco, but we didn’t get far… Usually we drive right through the police check point, but this time we got pulled over
I thought, that I had everything in order. After handing the officer the papers, he kept asking for another paper. The officer only spoke Spanish, and I just couldn’t understand, what piece of paper that was missing. We went through all the paper one more time, and finally I pulled out a paper, that confirmed that we had paid the annual public fee for driving on the roads in Chile. Take a look at the left picture, I had to present (1) vehicle inspection, (2) the mandatory insurance and (3) receipt for road tax (the blue piece of paper). We were let through… and don’t forget to buy an extra insurance for the vehicle before leaving Chile (the MAPFRE in the right picture). Here in Chile you have to present all the papers to the police, because they can not look up the vehicle in their computer system to check.
We got to the market in Temuco. We were a little bit hungry when we arrived, so Esben tried Chiles national drink “Mote con huesillo” (a sweet drink), and I went for a ceviche. Loved the ceviche, but we are not a fan of the national drink here in Chile.
Buying fresh vegetables at the market
Buying fresh fish and some meat
When we finally came to Pucon the sun was setting, and we could enjoy the sunset with volcán Villarrica in the background
The next day we went for a walk in town. Pucon is a tourist destination, but at the same time it is a beautiful town. It is almost Christmas, so the local park has been decorated. We are trying to get the feeling of Christmas, but it is difficult, because we are not use to summer during Christmas.
Having volcán Villarrica creates an amazing setting. Esben used his new big zoom lens, which reveals that the volcano is active – smoke coming out of it. Volcán Villarrica is one of Chiles most active volcanoes. The eruptions have been recorded since the conquest of Chile and the founding of the city of Villarrica in 1552, with the first eruption recorded in 1558, and since 65 eruptions has been recorded. The last three eruptions was in 1964, 1971 and 2015. The eruption in 2015 happened on the 3rd of March consisted of minor explosions and low emissions of ashes were visible. Ten days later, another eruption occurred (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villarrica_(volcano)). An estimated 3,400 people were evacuated from the area around Villarica, including parts of the towns Pucón and Conaripe.
On our way to Pucon Esben had seen a poster for a rodeo just outside Pucon. So we went out to check out the Chilean rodeo. It was declared the national sport in 1962. Our Spanish is not that good, but there was only one discipline, were two riders had to chase a cow. They had to bring the cow to a complete stop, before showing their skills of turning the cow around, moving it to the other side. More facts about the Chilean rodeo: In Chilean rodeo, a team (called a collera) consisting of two riders (called Huasos) and two horses ride laps around an arena trying to stop a calf, pinning it against large cushions. Points are earned for every time the steer is properly driven around the corral, with deductions for faults. Rodeos are conducted in a crescent-shaped corral called a medialuna (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilean_rodeo).
Stopping the cow – and sometimes the cow didn’t wanted to get up again, and I don’t blame it
At the end the competition was about cattle skills, but we never found out who the winner was, and it was the same over and over again. We now know more about the Chilean rodeo, and there is not a lot of action going on. It was great to see the traditional clothes warn by the riders and the gals. The sport, in its modern form, is strictly regulated. Chilean Horses are used exclusively and riders are required to wear traditional huaso garb.
The very characteristic hat and big spur
From Pucon we drove to Playa Negra by the town, Caburga. Getting the fire going. We have had rain for 3 days, so everything was wet, but Esben got the fire going.
Here we could camp for free, and this would be our base for hiking in Huerquehue National Park and El Cañi Santuary – more nature adventures in the next post! We love it
Dinner evening one: a big piece of meet over a fire together with potatoes with onions (wrapped in aluminum foil)
Dinner evening two: Twisted bread (Snobrød) and chicken