Just a quick update from Santiago de Chile. The computers here are really slow and the keyboards are strange too, but I will try my best...
Chantal and me just got back from our trip to the south of Chile. We left Santiago las Thursday together with Cindy, a friend from university and then traveled to Pichilemu on the first day. It is famous for its good waves and there is a national surfing competition there every year. We just wandered around the beach that day and enjoyed the sun after the German winter. I guess it must have been 30 degrees. celsius that is of course.
On the second day, we went to Pucon which is about 800 kms south of Chile, so we spent most of the time on the bus. We stopped at a museum in Santa Cruz along the way though, which is Chiles biggest museum.
Pucon is a good place to start day trips in the area but as we only had one day there, we decided to climb Villarrica Volcano which is Chiles second most active volcano. We had to walk from 1800 m to 2800 m, most of it covered with snow, Going down we had to walk down to 1400 m as there is no lift going down. I do not think I have ever been this scared in my entire life / I am scared of heights and some parts of the climb where pretty hard, but we somehow all made it and got to the top. Going down, we had to slide some parts on the ice which was really scary but most people enjoyed it I think. At night we went to some hot springs which were very HOT! but I guess that was good for our sore muscles.
The next day we left for Valdivia and that was not very exciting but probably just because we were all kind of sick from the water here and we had a guy in our dorm who snored really badly.
The next day we left for Puerto Montt, where all the ferries to Patagonia leave and we stayed in Perto Varas which is really nice, right next to Chiles biggest lake and next to Volcano Osorno. We walked around the beach and up a mountain there and at night had dinner at the hostel, well only tea for me, I still was not feeling well enough to have food.
The day after that we mostly only drove, stopping only in small towns to get some food. We stayed in Salto de Laja, where there are some nice waterfalls. We visited them the next morning and then drove through Central Chile stopping at a winery where we did a tour and some wine tasting.
We arrived in Santiago in the afternoon and where glad to be back in the sun / the weather was not very good the day before.
Today we went into Santiago again and went up Cerro San Cristobal. Another tricky one for me because you go up there on cable cars that look ancient and they go up a really steep slope. But we made it to the top somehow and had some nice views despite Santiagos ever/present smog.
On Saturday our uni field trip is going to start and I am already looking forward to seeing a different side of Chile.
Lots of love to you!