Chile Travel

Get On Your Bike

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After another overnight bus journey we arrived bleary eyed into the sun and ridiculously pretty town of Pucon, Chile. Boy I may be in love. Wooden cabins, green lushness, lakes and wide streets of shops and small cafes all towered over by an active glacier covered volcano.

It reminds me of a cute all American town where everyone knows your name and you are raised on stacks of blueberry pancakes, maple syrup and mountain air. Just pretty as a picture cute. The hostel we stayed at wasn’t quite finished but the super friendly owners gave us loads of tips, cooked for us and even did our laundry for free. I was tempted to start house hunting as it was such a nice area. They said they moved here from Santiago to give their kids a fab childhood right here in nature and safety, the town doesn’t even have traffic lights!

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Anyway, enough about the gushiness we were here to explore. And to do that mountain bikes were rented, helmets attached and a picnic packed. For those who know me choosing a bike as a mode of transport ain’t my normal style. But something in me was desperate to be pedalling away through this picturesque place, I cant even blame the altitude for this random decision!

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The weather was perfect not too hot not too cold so we hopped on the road out of the town centre and tried to follow a map we had been given to get to some nearby waterfalls. I say try to follow as we soon got very lost.

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The only road ahead was so steep we had to get off and push for about twenty minutes. Mmm sweating, hungry and lost are not a good combination. To top it all Greg’s trousers split leaving a comedy flap wafting in the wind we could hardly breathe from laughing so much. The map was binned, lunch was eaten at the side of a rocky empty road and layers were shed. But we were determined not to give up so huffing and puffing past fields of cows, horses and wooden shacks we found a river. Not a waterfall but it was close enough.

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Dipping our feet in the icy water, munching on another sandwich and lying back in the sun as kayakers splashed past was perfect, if a little off schedule, but aren’t all the best adventures about just going with the flow?

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