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Soaking up Chile

84 °F


We woke up to temps in the lower 40s and thoroughly enjoyed the woodburning stove in our lovely cabin. (We sure are experienced in fire-making and cabin-dwelling after our Chilean adventures!)

Our first goal of today was to plan out the rest of our week here in Pucon. As mentioned yesterday, this is a tourist mecca. You can feel it from the moment you drive in—hotels, activity reservation offices, lots of young people and families. What we didn’t realize until today—very few of these tourists are American, or even English speaking. We are in a very Chilean/Argentinian tourist area, with an odd sprinkling of German tourists thrown in.

As you drive through Pucon looking for a parking spot, you notice squadrons of “parking police” wandering the streets. Kinda intimidating. So this morning, I parked and started questioning one of these parking police guys. (Probably not more than 17 years old, and he was thoroughly horrified with my interrogation) After a ten minute discussion about nothing, I was able to understand with my French/Spanish/Chinese, that after you park, these cute little guys come put a parking “ticket” on your windshield, and then AFTER you return to your car, you pay them for the amount of time you parked (about 65 cents.)

I have never seen this parking system in all of my travels.

At any rate, Pearl and I continued on to our event for the day: the Thermal Baths!

This is a very volcanic area—our local volcano, Volcan Villarrica, is one of Chile’s most active volcanos. (Smart that our cabin is perched on its volcanic slope?) Villarrica last erupted five years ago. Notice the pale white sky. Not a cloud in the sky today, but the wildfires in Australia have very obviously sent their smoke in our direction.

Pearl and I had a great time in the thermal baths. Three large swimming pools and seven hot tubs of varying temps. A thoroughly relaxing way to spend the day: soaking, swimming, reading, napping.

Posted by skwclar 16:09 Archived in Chile

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Such fun soaking up some relaxation together!

by Kerri Druckmiller

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