Pucón: The Adventure Capital of Chile
I arrived in Chile, bleary-eyed and smelly, at 3:50am. After a forced nap on an airport bench, I stared down the barrel of an 8 hour drive to Pucón. We'd read and heard about Pucón over the last 8 months, but it was finally time to make the move down there and begin our exploration of the lower third of Chilean terrain.
As I got closer the Pucón, strange Auracania trees and lovely lake-side cottages greeted me along the road. The wind howled across Lago Villarica, and the looming Volcán Villarica belched small plumes of smoke. As I pulled into the driveway of the hostel, I knew that this was a side of Chile I had yet to see.
Since staying in our own apartment for the last three months, we decided to switch it up and stay in a hostel. The Chili Kiwi Hostel is ranked by HostelWorld as the best in Chile, and it hasn't disappointed. As a home, it's the perfect mix of excitement and tranquility. As winter ends, the hostel only has about 14 people staying here at any given time, a welcomingly intimate atmosphere compared to the rumored 57 guests that occupy the hostel during the busy summer months.
Pucón has lived up to its title. Over the last week we've gone hiking, snowboarding, horseback-riding, and more. It's incredible that there is so much to do all so close by. Having a car has definitely helped us mke the most of our time here.
When I envisioned working remote from Chile, I imagined having the opportunity to do incredible things on the weekends, while living a fairly normal, relaxed life during the week. My vision for that lifestyle seems to be coming to fruition in Pucón. The coworking space has great internet, a view of the mountains, and two young ladies who come by to deliver food and let me say hello to their puppy.
So what's next? We'll be in Pucón for another week, then it's a 3 hour drive south to Puerto Varas for three to four weeks, then down to Coyhaique with a stopover in Chiloé, until I head back up to Santiago to catch a flight with CPT co-author Mike Rooney to make the 5 day W circuit down in Patagonia.
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