It’s been a long time since I went to South America for the first time. It was more than three years ago and my first long distance flight over ten hours. After I had spent a week in Argentina, I arrived in Santigo di Chile, the capital of Chile, for two days. Than I took a night bus to a much smaller village in the mountains called Pucon (450miles from Santiago).
Pucon is a popular travel destination in Chile. It is located by a lake and the well-known volcano “Villarrica”. This volcano is one of the most active ones in Chile. I stayed with some friends in their house for a few days and enjoyed an incredible view over lake and mountains and an outdoor swimming pool.
It’s all about adventure tourism and nature in Pucon. The area is perfect for hiking, riding horses, fishing, canyoning, camping and rafting. My two travel companions and I decided to go on a rafting tour. We had to book the tour one or two days in advance. When the day arrived, we met the guides and some other people in the city to travel by jeeps into the woods to the river. We arrived at a camp. The guides handed over our surf suits and showed us some lockers to store our bags. We had some time to put the suits on and after that they divided us into groups of six people per boat. Every group had to carry their boat above the heads to the riverside. All of us stepped into the boats and our guide gave us a few instructions and explained some commands.
Even if I was a little bit scared about rafting over waterfalls, my anxiety completely disappeared at the moment we managed the first one. In the middle of the tour, we had to step out of the boat and hike a few miles. Some of the guides were navigating the boats on their own over a big waterfall to meet us again on the other side. To get over the waterfall we had the opportunity to jump off a cliff about 5 or 7 meters high into the water. Those who didn’t want to jump could hike down the mountain but I did it and it was my personal highlight of the trip! Even if my heart beat faster, I decided to jump and the feeling when I plunged into the water was so good that I wanted to do it a second time. But unfortunately that was not possible and we continued rafting.
So, as you can see, I overcame my fears twice during the tour and at the end I had a lot of fun. Have you overcome some of your fears too while traveling?