|Adventures in Pucón||1 | 2 | 3|
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Note: For more information on the second half of these photos, see our writeup on horseback riding in Pucón.
|Volcan Pucón — Towering over the city of the same name, Pucón continually emits plumes of gas and smoke, which makes for a great source of practical jokes.|
|Pucón Lakefront — The two reasons to visit Pucón: mountain sports, and water sports. This is the town's black-sand beach on Lake Villarica (black from lava rock, not garbage). Believe it or not, this is an off day...to us, it looks like MTV Spring Break is in town.|
|Parque Nacional Villarica — Surrounding the volcano is a national park, in which you can drive up to the base of the volcano, ski-lift half way up, and hike the rest. The ski lifts aren't operating yet at this time of year, so we opted just for the driving part.|
|Pucón from Above — Looking back toward the town of Pucón from within Villarica Nat. Park.|
|Rafting — It wouldn't be a trip to the lakes region without a white-water rafting trip. Being Keith's first time, we opted to take it easy with Level 3 rapids. This was made harder than usual by not knowing enough Spanish to fully understand the guide's orders. One thing's certain, though: we learned the words for "Get down!" really fast.|
|Rio Trancura — The waters look pretty calm here, but don't let that fool you. This is just the parking lot.|
|White-Water Rafting — Keith and Erin take the tail positions as they navigate a Class 3 rapid.|
|White-Water Rafting — Erin smiles, proud that she now knows the word for paddle...and so she does.|