Well hello there blogwatchers – another post from the depths of South America. This week Pucon in southern Chile. A refreshing change of pace – a nice slow little country town. Very similar to Wanaka in southern NZ if I am not mistaken.
Didn’t get up to much in Pucon really – I wanted to climb the local volcano, but after trying to get up there for four days straight, and the weather failing to meet expectations, I decided to high-tail it back to Santiago. So the above intro isn’t quite true – I am writing this from Santiago. But you get that…
Before I left, I did manage to contract a rather nasty eye infection, and got to visit the local hospital. Again, my spanish was again not up to scratch. But I do now know what “ojo infeccion” means. Anyhow, onto the pictures.
Some Notho-fags for the botany nuts – yes I was quite excited to see these… For the uninitiated, Chile and Tasmania share the same genus of rainforest tree (Nothofagus) – but have different species, which is a remnant of the two places being joined at some point in the distant past, as part of the superband Gondwana. The most common species in Tasmania is fagus – Nothofagus cunninghamii – found in rainforest in the western, wetter parts of Tassie. Fucked if I know what the Chilean species is – when I asked one of the locals he just laughed at me.
I am sure someone will point out the inaccuracies in the above synopsis – but to be fair to myself, it has been 10 years since I studied botany.