We left Chileo yesterday and had a long (about 400km) but uneventful drive up the Panamerican highway, and then off to Pucon. Pucon reminds me of Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand, in that it is a young town entirely devoted to ‘adventure sports’ of one sort or another. It is a key holiday location for Chileans from Santiago.
Close to Pucon are three large volcanos, Villarica, Quetrupillan and Lanin. Lanin is the biggest and straddles the border between Chile and Argentina. So this morning we headed off, on a beautiful day, to have a closer look at Lanin. Our trip took us to within a few kilometres of the border; indeed you head beyond the last ‘official’ Chilean office in Puesco and seem to be an ‘international road’ between the border posts where you can head off on various trails. Our trail took us off through a Chilean Pine forest and up to some unspoilt Andean lakes with views to Lanin. It was a very special day.