Colchagua Museum and Pucon
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Had a very long day of driving today, too long really. We think that the bus company should actually split today´s itinerary into two days because the small bus is not really comfortable - particularly when full - full such a long time sitting.
The highlight of today was visiting the Colchagua Museum created in 1995 by Carlos Cardoso, at one time one of the USA´s most wanted men. He made a fortune dealing arms and, apparently, stealing plans to a US military helicopter and cannot leave Chile without risking arrest since he brokered an amnesty with the US government. He has, however, funnelled some of his massive fortune into one of the best museums we´ve seen in South America. The complex is sited within an old hacienda and even the buildings are lovely, with a large outdoor area which is filled with old agricultural machinery, and even a replica of the Colchagua train station.
The rest of the day was basically spent sitting on a bus getting a numb bum! We drove straight down the Pan American Highway, and arrived at Pucon at about 8.30pm. Went straight to the adventure people as Noel and three others are intending to climb the volcano tomorrow and had to be fitted for their gear. The volcano is active, and at certain times you can even see the lava bubbling in the crater. Noel will give an update on that adventure tomorrow, Melissa will be staying at the hostel and hunkering down into the incredibly comfortable beds and snuggly doonas to try and knock her cold on the head.