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Philippe, miembro de Ruka Pucon Hostel, en Wembley Stadium. London.

Philippe, miembro de Ruka Pucon Hostel, junto con Jorge Castro y Gigo Castillo estuvieron presentes en el partido de Chile ante Inglaterra en Wembley en Nov 2013. Londres - Inglaterra. Philippe, member of Ruka Pucon together with Jorge Castro and Gigo Castillo were at Wembley Stadium in Nov 2013, for the Chile vs England football match. London - UK — con Gigo Castillo, Jorge Castro, Ruka Pucon Hostel y Philippe Pinaud en Wembley Stadium. London.

Philippe, miembro de Ruka Pucon Hostel, junto con Jorge Castro y Gigo Castillo estuvieron presentes en el partido de Chile ante Inglaterra en Wembley en Nov 2013. Londres – Inglaterra.
Philippe, member of Ruka Pucon together with Jorge Castro and Gigo Castillo were at Wembley Stadium in Nov 2013, for the Chile vs England football match. London – UK — con Gigo Castillo, Jorge Castro, Ruka Pucon Hostel y Philippe Pinaud en Wembley Stadium. London.

Volcano Villarica

If you arrive in Pucón on a nice day the first thing you will see is the impressive Volcano Villarica (2,847 m / 9,341 ft). It is one of only five volcanoes worldwide that has a constant lava lake within its crater.

The hike up to the crater takes about 4 to 5 hours. But it’s definitely worth it! The view is amazing and if you’re lucky you can even see some lava within the crater. Oh, and you just hiked up a smoking volcano!

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But the funnest part is still the way down! Hop on your little plastic sled and you’re at the bottom in no time at all.

If you come to Pucón do not miss this amazing hike up an active volcano! This is one of the things you can definitely tell your grandchildren about!

How to speak Chilean

Upon arriving in Chile one of the first lessons that I learned was that the Chilean Spanish the customs official in the airport was  using was definitely not the equivalent of my stateside Spanish vocabulary. After years of formal classroom study of “standard” Spanish , I suddenly felt completely incapable of communication. Not only did Chileans speak faster than my ears were trained to listen, but they also used a host of words I had never even heard of.

To say that the Chilean/Spanish language differences are akin to the US/British English language differences is to neglect to acknowledge the richness and depth of Chileno.  A product of the nation’s unique cultural environment, chileno blends native Mapuche tongue, German cooking terminology, and US pop-culture slang.  [See the following links for further information on the Mapuche and German on the modern Chilean society].

A few Fridays ago, at one of our famous Ruka Pucon Hostal Asados, we invited our guests (all Chileans at the time) to help us create a list of Chilean slang. While we cannot guarantee that memorizing this will turn you into an expert, hopefully it will ease your travels from point A to B (not to mention, it’s always fun to surprise the locals when you pull out the slang). So here we go…

1. To start, Chileans conjugate verbs differently. The typical conjugation of the verb estar in Spanish is:

yo estoy

tú estás

él/ella/usted está

nosotros estamos

vosotros estáis 

ellos/ellas/ustedes están

Chileans have morphed the “tú” version with the “vosotros” version to create a whole new verb ending. Instead of saying “¿cómo estás?”, they say “¿cómo estái?”, pronouncing it eh-st-eye.  Now apply this rule to other verbs:

Ir (to go) — ¿Adónde vai? — Where are you going — pronounced “v-eye“, like the beginning of the word virul

Tener (to have) — Tenei que hacerlo — You have to do it — pronounced “ten-ee

2.  Chileans tend to drop hard consonant sounds.  For example, “muchas gracias” in Chile is pronounced without the “s” sounds, thus “mucha gracia”. The word “todo”, meaning all or everything/one, is pronounced “to-o” (or try saying: tow-oh).

 3.  There are quite a few words rumored to have Mapuche (native) linkage:
bacánbah kahn — cool
(used primarily as an exclamatory remark: “¡Que bacán!” for how cool! or “¡Que hombre bacán!” for what a cool guy! , also can be used to describe a situation or place)

cuático
cwat ee koh — cool
(used in ways similar to bacán)

quico
kwee koh — rich or snobby person
(typically used to describe people living in the Las Condes/Vitacura area OR light-skinned people OR well dressed people)

guagua
wa wa — baby
(aside from being used to describe children under the age of 5 – and those who act like children – it is also used in a few phrases like “mano de guagua” [a frugal person] and “me duele la guagua” [my stomach hurts])
4.  There are some words that you’ll here all the time…think the California version of “like”:
cachaikah ch-eye (the ending is like chai tea!)– get it?
(used at the end of sentences in a rhetorical manner)
 
popoh — well, like, etc
(used as a filler type of word, sometimes added to other words like “no po” or “sipo”, which simply mean no and yes with a bit more emphasis)
 
filo — fee low — whatever
(used in phrase like “ya filo” meaning sure whatever or okay)
 
ya — yah or jah — (nothing in particular actually)
(used before, after, and in the middle of phrases…could be due to German influence)
 
5.  And then there’s just a whole bunch of other words that you might find useful:
arto — arh tow — a lot
(used in phrases like “habia arto…” to mean there were soooo many…)
 
fliate — fly tay — Chilean gangster or wannabe gangster
(used to describe people in Bellavista bars, sketchy neighborhoods, or unliked soccer fans)

huevón
 or weón — way own — dude
(used in the same way west coast US teens use “dude”…everywhere and all the time)

carrete —
car reh tay — party
(used in place of “fiesta”, can also be turned into the verb “carretear”)

caña —
 kahn ya — hangover
(used typically with a sense of pride with the phrase “estoy con la caña hoy weón!” to mean dude, I’m totally hungover today)

pololo/polola — 
poh loh loh/lah — boyfriend/girlfriend
(used when two people are dating while the terms “novio” and “novia” are saved for people who are engaged)
Well, that should be sufficient enough for now. Best of luck with your travels…and if you get the chance, pick up a Chilean phrase book!
Saludos,
Your Resident Internationals
Max and Natalie

Landing Standing

This week we were lucky enough to have another blogging pair visit us here at Ruka Pucon Hostel.  With articles ranging from adventure tales to travelling know-how, their blog is a fantastic source for all travellers. Check them out!

Meet: Meg and Tony Rulli

From: United States

Blog: www.landingstanding.com

 

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El Asado Chileno

For homecomings, birthdays, holidays…or any other excuse to enjoy good weather, family, and long weekends, Chileans celebrate with a barbecue. The two most popular ways to prepare the barbecue in Chile areel asado al disco (bbq on a disk) and el asado al palo (bbq on a stick). The Pinaud family here at Ruka Pucon Hostel prefers to prepare the al disco version once a week with our guests to celebrate the summer season. Here’s the Pinaud recipe for a fun night with friends, family and food.

How to make a Chilean Asado al disco:

Step 1. Invite friends and family

Step 2. Buy food and drinks

Grocery list:

Meat: Chicken wings (ala de pollo), pork (cerdo), beef (vacuno), sausage (chorizo)

Vegetables: Zucchini (zapallo italiano), tomatoes (tomates), mushrooms (champiñones), onions (cebollas), bell pepper (morrones)

Fresh bread (pan)

Drinks: Beer (cerveza), red wine (vino tinto) and whatever you would like to drink

Step 3.  Prepare the food

Chop the meat into bite sized portions

Slice the vegetables

Step 4. Start a fire in your barbecue

Step 5. Grill the meat on the disk

Step 6. Put the finished meat in a pot to keep it warm

Step 7. Grill the vegetables on the disc and season them with salt, soy sauce and a bit of red wine

Step 8. When finished mix the meat with the vegetables on the disk (be sure to keep all the sauce!)

Step 9. Call your family and friends to the table ….and buen provecho!

Come and visit us to try the real thing!

Saludos,

Your Resident Internationals

Max and Natalie

Rafting Trancura Alto

Pucon is one of the hot spots for outdoor adventure sport in all of South America. One of these activities is Whitewater Rafting.

If you are looking for an adrenaline kick Whitewater Rafting in the river Trancura is the thing to do! On the Whitewater Rafting Scale the upper part of the river is rated between class IV and V out of a total of VI classes. You can expect a lot of fun. But with a professional guide you don’t have to fear anything. I felt safe the whole time even though some of the rapids were very scary! But even if something should happen there will alway be a safety kayaker that will save the day!

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Come to us to Ruka Pucón Hostel and have this once in lifetime experience! We will organize everything for you and assure you that you will have an unforgettable time!

Sincerely,

Your Resident Internationals

Max and Natalie

Happy New Year

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

We hope everyone had a great new years celebration. The video above gives you a little taste of what we had here in Pucon.

We started the evening of with a traditional Chilean asado and partied the night away in South American style until the sun came up.

Sincerely,

Your Resident Internationals

Max and Natalie